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  • Episode: Heir to the Demon (Season 2m Episode 13)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Caity Lotz
  • Written By: Jake Coburn
  • Directed By: Wendy Stanzler
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Brothers, DC Comics
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Arrow: Heir to the Demon Review

The Daughter of the Demon

By Tim Janson     February 07, 2014

A couple of months back when I spied ahead at the titles of the upcoming episodes of Arrow I circled “Heir to the Demon” in my head as likely being one of the season’s key episodes and it did not disappoint.  So much happened on this week’s episode that it’s hard to believe it was crammed into a mere hour timeslot.  To make room for everything the writers dispensed with any island flashbacks and kicked Roy Harper’s character to the curb.  And speaking of being kicked to the curb, what the hell happened to Summer Glau?

Nyssa Raatko (Katrina Law), daughter to Ra's al Ghul and a member of the League of Assassins arrives in Starling City to convince Sara Lance to return to Nanda Parbat.  But Nyssa doesn’t come as an enemy but rather as Sara’s lover…and wasn’t the look on Ollie’s face priceless when he saw the pair embrace?  Sara refuses and essentially tells Nyssa that they are through.  Oliver finds out that Nyssa poisoned Laurel in the previous episode as a ploy to get Sara to return to Starling City.  Nyssa later kidnaps Sara’s mother Dinah and threatens to kill her unless she agrees to return to the League of Assassins.

Moira Queen’s announcement of her candidacy for Mayor becomes a bitter pill for Oliver when Felicity reveals to Oliver that Thea is actually the daughter of Malcolm Merlyn.  Oliver can barely contain his heartbreak and rage at his mother as he introduces her before a crowd of supporters.  Oliver tells Moira he will support her political run but he is done with her otherwise.  

That is not the only fractured family we get this week.  In flashbacks we go back to the Lance family first learning that Sara was aboard Robert Queen’s ship when it sunk.  After five years of thinking Sara was dead, Laurel, who is a total mental wreck at this point, is less than enthused to see that her sister is alive, blaming her for all the ills that have plagued her family.

“Heir to the Demon” not only combined some great action scenes but also gut-wrenching emotions.  Right now the Lance’s and the Queen’s are seriously damaged.  Both Oliver and Sara are left isolated from those they love the most.  Yet that becomes the very thing that pushes them back together at the end of the episode.  Sara made it clear that she is home and intends to stop running from the league so it looks like we will be seeing much more of her in the weeks to come.

Unlike some of the forced melodrama of last season with Thea and Laurel’s bouts of angst, what we’re getting now from the writers feels much more genuine and emotionally-charged.  These are storylines which you truly care about.  Great casting choice with the beautiful Katrina Law as Nyssa.  She joins fellow Spartacus alum Manu Bennett in the show and I hope we see much more of her.  

Right now Arrow is simply sizzling and another peek into the future shows titles such as “Suicide Squad” and “Birds of Prey” on the horizon hinting that even more DC Universe comic elements are coming soon.


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hanso 2/7/2014 9:26:44 AM

I haven't seen the past few episodes, will try to catch up since there are lesbians in this one.

monkeyfoot 2/7/2014 10:52:41 AM

Hanso, LOL!

Another excellent Arrow episode!

For me, This show has managed to walk a nice path of a well done superhero TV show that stays fairly faithful to the source, has great action, a sense of soap opera drama, but is still light and fun in a "comic booky" way. It could have been too serious and dramatic or gotten way too silly like how I viewed Smallville but it has instead walked a line I thoroughly enjoy.

Chopsaki 2/7/2014 11:02:41 AM

Nice to see another Spartacus alumn on the show!

Iridan 2/7/2014 11:22:15 AM

This one was kind of a mixed bag for me. I loved that Laurel was not very thrilled when Sarah just showed up. That was good.

But I didn't much care for Sarah's love story with the assassin. It seemed very forced to me.

And I didn't really buy that Oliver would be that angry over Moira's lie about Thea. She certainly had good reason to keep it a secret. He may have been upset, but that appeared too much to me. Despite that, I think Stepehn Amell is a very fine actor. He really portrays emotions well on screen.

CaptAmerica04 2/7/2014 12:15:32 PM

Another strong episode.  I'm hoping that Agents of SHIELD takes a few notes from these last few episodes of Arrow.  The kiss between Sara and Nyssa was a surprise - I think I had the same look on my face as Oliver did!  Lol.

I think that this show is definitely taking a better approach to superhero shows than Smallville or really any other show to date.  I do want to see the introduction of SOME superpowers, and they seem to be veering into that territory with the Miracuru drug.

I'm also optimistic for the Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey episodes.  The latter certainly seems to portend the return of Huntress, and maybe at least one more female hero?  I'd love to see Sara bring in fellow League of Assassins alumni like Cassandra Cain or Lady Shiva to join them, even if it's just a one-episode appearance.


CaptAmerica04 2/7/2014 12:18:17 PM

P.S.  If Warners really wants to step up their game to Marvel's level, how awesome would it be for Stephen Amell to appear in the next Man of Steel debacle... I mean film.  Tying in Arrow to the films would be a boon for the show and the films, I think.  And Stephen Amell's performance certainly is of a caliber deserving of some big screen time - even if it's just a cameo with Affleck in a boardroom or something.

almostunbiased 2/7/2014 1:22:16 PM

I'm waiting for season 2 on netflix so i'll be waiting a long time


Eldogg42 2/7/2014 1:51:36 PM

Good episode, not great.  I like how they are bringing in more of the DCU.

Actually SHIELD taken its notes by finally revealing its long range plan in the second part of the season with Deathlok.  They are now starting to introduce more and more of the comics and still making it about them.



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