Thursday, October 18, 2012

TV Review: Arrow Episode # 2 - "Honor Thy Father"


Stephen Amell as Arrow in Arrow Episode # 2 "Honor Thy Father"
Stephen Amell as Arrow

Click here to read the review of the pilot episode.

Oliver makes a court appearance to have this death certificate nullified. We get more details about the shipwreck in this scene and towards the end of the episode.

Oliver’s mother expects him to take over the company. Oliver is dead set against such a move and even makes a public announcement about his intentions. Not everything is down in Oliver’s life though. On the upside, Oliver bonds with his sister, Thea Queen (Willa Holland).

Willa Holland and Stephen Amell as Thea Queen and Oliver Queen in Arrow Episode # 2 "Honor Thy Father"
Willa Holland and Stephen Amell as Thea Queen and Oliver Queen

The focus of this episode is not only on Oliver, but also on his ex-girlfriend, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). Laurel is prosecuting Martin Somers, a mobster with links to the Chinese Triad. Things get personal when the mob makes an attempt on Laurel’s life. Oliver saves the day and goes after Somers.

In one of the secondary plots, Oliver’s friend Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) is up to no good and is quite resentful of Laurel's affections for Oliver.

Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy as Oliver Queen and Laurel Lance in Arrow Episode # 2 "Honor Thy Father"
Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy as Oliver Queen and Laurel Lance in Arrow
Pros
  • Stephen Amell shows strong improvement on the acting front. His facial expressions sometimes reminded me of Christian Bale (as Bruce Wayne). Amell may not be Christian Bale, but he is no Robert Pattinson either.
  • If Twilight was the target last week, this episode takes a nice jab at the Kardashians. I love these digs.
Stephen Amell as Arrow in Arrow Episode # 2 "Honor Thy Father"
Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen

Cons
  • Paul Blackthorne (born 1969) and Katie Cassidy (born 1986) do not make a believable father-daughter duo. They are more suited to be a couple!
  • Kelly Hu does not have much to do as China White, an assassin with an outlandish hairdo. She appears in just 3 scenes and her total screen time would definitely be just around 5 minutes. Her climactic showdown with Arrow is strangely anti-climactic and is a major letdown. Kelly was way more intimidating and effective as Yuriko Oyama / Lady Deathstrike in X2: X-Men United (2003).
Kelly Hu as Lady Deathstrike (R) and China White (L) Arrow Episode # 2 "Honor Thy Father"
Kelly Hu did much better as Lady Deathstrike (R) than as China White (L)

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Summary


The writers have done some excellent character development and Amell is eminently watchable. Both these factors bode very well for the show’s future.

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2 comments:

  1. "They are more suited to be a couple!"

    a 17 year difference is enough. age-wise, at least. do the actors not look like there's a 17-year difference in their ages?

    i watch so little tv, but your reviews make me think i might check out some of the current shows.

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    1. The actors look like they are 10 years apart at best. This was not noticeable in the first episode, as they did not share much screen time together. In this episode, they do have a few scenes together, where this becomes painfully obvious!

      I too do not watch that many TV shows. Just CW Arrow and CBS Elementary right now, thanks to my interest in DC Comics and Sherlock Holmes respectively.

      Thanks Divers for stopping by :)

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