ARROW ‘Honor Thy Father’ – Review

Arrow -- "Honor Thy Father" -- Image: AR102c_7266b -- Pictured: Kelly Hu as China White -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW © 2012 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved.

It was all fun and games until she showed up.

ARROW (1:2)  The pilot episode was supposed to get us over the hump and convince you to watch the next episode. Instead, Honor Thy Father was nothing more than a “second pilot” episode. There was a lot of dialogue to clarify much of what happened in the past episode–Oliver (Stephen Amell) did a lot of reminiscing, running into an ex-girlfriend drama, and the “I never wanted to run my father’s company” speech.  This second episode of the season turned out to be unconvincing–I guess the third episode Lone Gunman will be the one to get the ball rolling.

Quick recap: Oliver targeted a man with ties to the Chinese Triad, who murdered an innocent man. His daughter is seeking justice for her father with the help of Oliver’s ex Laurel (Katie Cassidy).  Just when everything is settling down, everyone is getting reacquainted with one another Oliver has to face a new challenge–China White (Kelly Hu) and we got to see John Diggle (David Ramsey) kick into action! This was the best moment in the episode.

There were other revealing moments that eventually led to more flashbacks. One flashback in particular, Oliver found a book in his dad’s pockets just before he was to bury him. All the pages were blank except for a strange circular symbol on one of the pages. Then immediately the scene changes back to his mother Moria (Susanna Thompson) who knows a lot more than she lets on. She knew that the yacht Oliver, his father and girlfriend was on was rigged to sink. Also, there was this book the mysterious man held that had the same circular symbol on it. So what does that symbol represent?

Just before the show ended there was yet another flashback. Oliver was show in his shoulder by an arrow. In the distance, a man in a green hood was there waiting to shoot him again–but Oliver then passed out. Overall, not a very good episode but it seems that the story is finally starting to move forward.

At least I hope so.

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Arrow, Honor Thy Father
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2 stars
  • Poor

Review Summary:

Oliver heads to the courthouse to get his death certificate repealed and is pleasantly surprised to run into Laurel, who is there prosecuting Martin Somers (guest star Ty Olsson), a criminal with ties to the Chinese Triad.

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