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  • Episode: League of Assassins (Season 2, Episode 5)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Paul Blackthorne, Caity Lotz Colton Haynes
  • Written By: Jake Coburn & Drew Z. Greenberg
  • Directed By: Wendey Stanzler
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Brothers, DC Comics
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Arrow: League of Assassins Review

Enter The League of Assassins!

By Tim Janson     November 07, 2013

Enter The League of Assassins!
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Arrow continues to make great strides this week in cementing its comic book foundation be introducing the Ra’s al Ghul controlled League of Assassins into the show’s mix after a brief glimpse last week.  The episode opens with retelling the sinking of Robert Queen’s yacht, ret-conned with Caity Lotz into the role as Sara Lance.  Sara survives the ship’s sinking clinging for life on a piece of floating wreckage.  She is found by the ship Amazo where her crew immediately imprisons her until she is released by the man funding the ship, Anthony Ivo.  So we now have a further connection as Professor Ivo was the man who created the android known as Amazo who had the ability to replicate the powers of superheroes.

Oliver allows Sara to stay at the Queen mansion where they are attacked by a man dressed in the same black, ninja-like garb worn by Malcolm Merlyn.  Together, Oliver and Sara manage to take the man out where he is unmasked as Al-Owal, a member of the League of Assassin and is hunting Sara in order to return her to Ra’s al Ghul.  However before they can interrogate him, Al-Owal creates a diversion and escapes.  When the Al-Owal, realizes he will not be able to forcibly return Sara to the League, he instead targets Sara’s family, Laurel and her father Quentin.  While Sara had been keeping her return a secret, she now has no choice but to reveal herself to her father.

With Laurel protected, Sara retreats to her clock tower lair with her father to set a trap for the league but the fight goes poorly until Green Arrow arrives to even the odds.  In a true mark out moment that makes Detective Lance realize that Sara is no longer a little girl, she snaps the neck Al-Owal, and allows the last member of the League to escape, as a warning to Ra’s al Ghul to leave her, and her family alone.

There were a lot of good things in this episode.  First, it was among the most action-packed episodes of Arrow yet featuring three well-choreographed battles between Black Canary and Green Arrow, and the League.  While I thought that Al-Owal was taken down a little too easy—he is the man who trained Malcom Merlyn after all—the fight sequences were still thrilling and creative.  This episode also began to build Sara’s background and what transpired for her after the yacht sank.  Adding Ivo this week would seem to indicate that the ship named Amazo isn’t just an inside reference but hopefully a hint of what is to come down the road.  At the end of the episode Sara leaves so it might be a while before we see her again but she’s already been the highlight of the second season so far.

In other developments, Laurel finds herself assigned to the murder case against Moira Queen much to Oliver’s consternation.  Moira decides to refuse a plea agreement and risk the possible death penalty in order to fight the charges.  There wasn’t much not to like this week although Laurel’s poor me angst has quickly grown as tiresome as Thea’s rebellious angst from last season.
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JDK008 11/7/2013 11:02:43 AM

Great review Tim! Thought this was an excellent epsiode of Arrow. Did anyone catch the line Canary (Sarah) says? Be mindful of your surroundings.  Was that a nod to Batman Begins and the L.O.A.?

monkeyfoot 11/7/2013 11:17:04 AM

I didn't like this episode as much as last week. Something about the way it was done seemed too cheesy. Dad not beleving that he could be a target, Canary showing up and she and Dad battling side by side. Its a CW show and it is always alittle unbelievable but this one pushed it for me.

And I am also seeing how it is virtually impossible for former Det. Lance not to realize Queen is the Arrow. His secretary works for Arrow. His daughter returns as a crime fighting killing machine from the same island, just like Queen. How dull in the head can he be? Still I enjoyed it.

I'm now wondering who will show up as Ra's al Ghul. My favorite scenario is for the return of Malcom Merlyn. If they want to go more the comic book route he is supposed to be immortal.

Wiseguy 11/7/2013 2:45:34 PM

Let me add a little hyperbole here because  you know I can't stand measure level headed opinions :)

Best motherfucking live action superhero show ever.

raynardmuldrake 11/7/2013 2:46:53 PM

You are correct was indeed a nod to Batman Begins.

LooneyBinJIm 11/7/2013 2:47:05 PM

Totally agreed monkeyfoot. Since this is a review forum, I will assume spoilers are expected. As soon as Lance realized she was the girl in the mask, the next words out of his mouth should have been:

"Then that means the vigilante is Oliver Queen! You come back after six years, and he came back after five. Of course! How stupid can I be!"

As for Malcom Merlyn...two words...Lazurus Pit. That might be the case seeing how Sara kept hinting at coming back from the dead in the episode. It could be reference to people thinking that she was dead, but if Ra's is involved...maybe.

hanso 11/7/2013 3:25:08 PM

 Next one they got drop is "theatricality and deception are powerful agents."

hanso 11/7/2013 4:28:26 PM

 I knew I had seen the guy playing Al Owal and I was right.  He was Abu Nazir!

Cimmerian666 11/8/2013 8:50:18 AM

 I agree with Wise.



mikemc2 11/8/2013 5:10:20 PM
 I am liking this season.  Thea is really growing as a character (far less 1 dimensional and self absorbed) far more mature.  I still wish for some super powers though, this is my 1 complaint about this series.  Speaking of complaining, I am glad I was proven wrong about Sabastion Blood (he is actually Brother Blood in this show - good).  

Now in the show Canary has a disc which emits sonics.  This being the shows way of giving her  her signature Canary scream (not sure of the name).  What they could do since in the comics she wears a choker with a broach around her neck.  Why not in the course of the story, while away from Starling City she finds a way to miniaturize the disc and attach it to a choker and wear it as a broach.  This way she can simulate her comic-book power and have it be (at least in appearance) properly done.  Having the device activated by her scream & she would have the ability to aim it.

BunyonSnipe 11/9/2013 4:06:33 AM

I'm pretty sure Ivo is Ra's...

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