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Arrow: Honor Thy Father Review

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  • Episode: Honor Thy Father
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy and Colin Donnell
  • Directed By: David Barrett
  • Written By: Mort Weisinger (characters created by), George Papp (characters created by),
  • Network: The CW
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Arrow: Honor Thy Father Review

Episode 2

By Tim Janson     October 18, 2012

Comic book fans are some of the most loyal fans there are.  But their loyalty comes with a price.  The price being that many are like mother hens when it comes to their possessiveness towards their favorite characters.  I think they’d rather never see their favorite heroes on the big or small screen unless they are done exactly like they are in the comics.  But TV shows and films need to reach the masses, not the niche market of comic books.  So like it or not, we have to put up with a certain degree of soap opera drama and angst.  

In Arrow’s second episode “Honor Ty Father” we actually have some of those soap opera elements, so pervasive in the pilot, toned down quite a bit.  The episode opens with Oliver Queen doing a voice over, recounting his father’s death and making his oath to right the wrongs of his father and other wealthy businessmen of Starling City who have taken advantage of the weak and downtrodden to build their financial empires.

Oliver’s latest target is Marc Summers, a man with ties to a Chinese Triad, who is responsible for the murder of an innocent man and is now threatening his daughter.  Laurel Lance also becomes a target as the prosecuting attorney in the trial against Summers.  Oliver faces his first true challenge since returning home in the guise of the Triad assassin, China White.  Through a series of short flashbacks, we begin to learn more about what happened to Oliver during his five years on the island, and how his body came to be so horribly scarred.

The action in “Honor Thy Father” was scaled back from last week’s pilot and largely forgettable.  The showdown with China White was all too brief.  While it’s Oliver’s goal to settle the score with all of these wealthy but dishonest businessmen, these “villains” themselves are poorly developed and one dimensional.  Rich bad guy of the week looks like it’s Smallville’s equivalent of meteor rock mutant of the week.  Is this supposed to be some veiled slam against the wealthy?  Is President Obama one of the show’s writers?  Let’s hope that this Robin Hood act is short term or at least can offer some antagonists with a little more sizzle.

One interesting development was Oliver’s relationship with his bodyguard, John.  John’s no dummy and he already suspects what Oliver is up to in his late night disappearances.  Are they evolving an Alfred Pennyworth/Batman type of relationship?  Seems we might be going in that direction.  As mentioned last week, Stephen Amell already has it over Justin Hartley as Green Arrow.  He has an edge that the charming, but interminably boring Hartley could never seem to muster.


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joe4306 10/18/2012 7:36:37 AM

i am really,really gettin' to LIKE this show!!!!!!!!!!!

monkeyfoot 10/18/2012 8:09:52 AM

My DVR didn't record so I'll have to check this one out online. So far, the show has a nice tone to it with action and mystery. I don't think the show is great but it is enjoyable.

DarthBob 10/18/2012 8:30:36 AM

Still not digging this; the villains are lame, lame, lame!  I'll give a few more episodes, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

JDK008 10/18/2012 9:29:46 AM

I really enjoyed this episode. I thought the flashbacks with oliver carrying his dead fathers corpse was reall raw. I enjoyed the christian bale like bruce wayne style when oliver showed up to the ground breaking fo the applied science building! solid acting on stephen's part. I thought this episode wqs a solid b ! Keep it going Arrow!!

DarthoftheDead 10/18/2012 11:07:13 AM

 Was watching this show and had to cringe, lol, the scene with Laurel's Father was so Laughable...

Detective Lance speaking to Oliver - "People seem to die around you....Stay away from my daughter."

Add the fact that Arrow seem's to be doing an even worse than Christian Bale's gruff voice.......



So very Lame.

dnbritt 10/18/2012 12:59:38 PM

Marc Summers?!  What have the writers got against Double Dare?!

Knightscream126 10/19/2012 11:28:42 PM

Considering how 'Smallville' got its start by downplaying Superman/Superboy, this show is starting to slip into an early grave, i.e., 'Green Lantern'.  Nobody cares about the romance of the hero, just have better villians that are not limited to uzis and karate chops.  Green Lantern suffered because it strayed away from what made him a superhero.  Still too early to call it, but Arrow is going to have to do better than recycle the 'Smallville' formula-that failed on several occasions.  The CW would be better off bringing back Aquaman.  Oh, wait.  They would probably start him off as a tadpole, with a LOT of ANGST and grow up wearing green shorts with orange tops.  I agree with Darthbob, villians are super lame. 

JDK008 10/20/2012 5:41:53 AM

 if smallville failed then why did it last 10 seasons? Arrow is nothing luke smallville, its darker then that show ever was. 

KyleRayner 10/23/2012 12:37:06 AM

I dont understand some of the comments in the review, complaining about the robin hood qualities in Green Arrow? oooookey


Anyhow Im liking it, I dont find it soap opera-ish at all, comic books, people seem to forget also rely heavily on their romances and personal relationships, sure it becomes more cheesy and a tad more prominent, as said in the review, to reach wider audiences but I dont think it should be something that should even be noted as a negative, in fact Im liking the Oliver/Dinah stuff, specially cause its taken all 8 minutes of two episodes (if you ad all their scenes together), I know its the CW, we have Smallville as a backround so I get the predjudice but I belive that although it can easily become that, so far it hasnt.

lusiphur 10/23/2012 6:30:16 AM

 I've enjoyed the first two episodes.  I foresee a larger force behind the villains listed in Olly's book.  Not sure who though.  

I do disagree about Amell "having it over'" Justin Hartley.  At least Hartley didn't go to the Chris O'Donnell school of facial expression (yes, that's singular).  Maybe Amell graduated with Kristin Stewart.




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