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Review: Arrow "Heir To The Demon": Misses Its Target

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Thu, 02/06/2014 - 00:25


Tonight's episode of Arrow, "Heir To The Demon," featured the much anticipated debut of Katrina Law as Nyssa al Ghul, the daughter of Ra's al Ghul, sister to Talia al Ghul and member of the League of Nations.

What could have been a fantastic episode featuring Batman-centric villains ended up being something more akin to your mom's daily soap opera.

This episode kicked off in a most ridiculous way as Nyssa matter-of-factly presents her boarding pass where we see she is flagged by A.R.G.U.S. She then proceeds to take out the airport security and matter-of-factly walks with her luggage to board the plane. 

I knew the episode was all downhill from there.

The episode continues with the yawn fest that is Laurel Lance and her perceived alcohol addiction. Sure, she is down on her luck a bit, but it's not the end of the world. However, it just might be (oh, no) as she passes out.

We then learn that Nyssa poisoned Laurel in order to get to Sara (Black Canary). When the two confront each other, they kiss. Definitely didn't see that coming, and it's learned that the two were lovers. It also seems that Nyssa appearing in the episode is not about revenge or bringing back Sara to the Assassins fold, but more about a lover scorned. 

Throughout the episode we see flashback scenes with the Lance family, where the acting was just plain bad. One particular scene even saw the two Lance sisters talking "boys" and being "bitches." Who writes this stuff?

There is further added drama in the episode featuring Mrs. Queen as now she is running for office. Well, you can't have politics without scandal, and the Arrow writers do their part to make sure that happens by having Felicity research Tempest and bring it to Moira's attention which leads to her discovering that Merlyn is Thea's father. Well, the drama is not done yet as at first Felicity doesn't tell Oliver about it, but Oliver of course realizes something is amiss. He then confronts his mom and tells her they are done.

Hold on. More drama to follow. 

The episode ends with Oliver and Sara kissing. Guess what guys? She's found her home!

I felt this episode of Arrow was filled with too many eye-rolling moments. Maybe it's my fault for expecting too much with the League of Assassins attached, but the episode needed some testosterone to balance out all the progesterone. It was definitely aimed at the female audience as it centered on: Nyssa, Sara, Laurel, Maura, Felicity and Dinah. I just think there should have been a better balance in the episode.

And what's up with Diggle? All he has been doing lately is sitting in the Arrow-cave doing a whole bunch of nothing.

The episode wasn't a total loss for me as I thought Katrina Law was fantastic. I just wish she had a better story for her first appearance.

For once, Arrow comes up short and Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes on top for the week.