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  • Episode: Seeing Red (Season 2, Episode 20)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Caity Lotz, Manu Bennett
  • Written By: Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz
  • Directed By: Doug Aarniokoski
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Brothers, DC Comics
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Arrow: Seeing Red Review

A Mother’s Sacrifice

By Tim Janson     April 24, 2014

Arrow Episode Review 2.20
© The CW/ Warner Bros.
Ok I get it…the angst of a rich, spoiled young girl…but I will still take ten Skyes over one Thea any day of the week.  After saving Roy from Slade Wilson, Oliver has him restrained in his hideout, waiting for S.T.A.R. labs to come up with a cure for the Mirakuru drug.  But before that can happen, Roy escapes and goes on a violent rampage in the city.  He attacks several men on the street and even hits Sin when she tries to reason with him.  Later he kills a cop and severely injures another when they try to apprehend him.

Moira’s strained relationship with Thea forces her to consider dropping out of the mayoral race.  She is set to have a rally in Thea’s club and intends to make the announcement there.  Meanwhile in the central theme of the episode this week, we flashback seven years to see Oliver looking like a fresh-faced teenager revealing to his mother that he got a young woman pregnant.  Moira is willing to do anything she can to protect her son, including paying the woman two million dollars to tell Oliver she lost the baby and to leave Starling City.  

As Moira gets set to make her announcement she has a change of heart.  Knowing she can help the city and her family best by winning the race she reaffirms her commitment to the people of Starling City.  Just then, Roy attacks, intent on killing Thea.  Sara shoots Roy in the leg and Oliver manages to take him down with arrows that inject him with pit viper venom to keep him in an unconscious state.  After Roy is captured, Sara tells Oliver she loves him but cannot be with him and leaves the city to “visit” a friend.  After the Rally, the Queen’s limousine is smashed into knocking them all out.  They awake and found themselves bound and at the mercy of Slade Wilson.  He gives Oliver the same choice that Oliver had on the island…he has to choose to let either his mother or his sister die.  Moira stands up and tells Slade to kill her so that Thea may live.  Wilson commends her on her bravery, turns as if to leave, and then stabs her through the heart, killing her.  He then tells Oliver that one more person has to die to make things right.

I mean wow…there is cold-blooded and there is Deathstroke.  I have to say the shocking and abrupt way in which Moira was killed surprised me.  Slade has been making threats and toying with the entire queen family for weeks now but it was still a serious jolt.  At the risk of sounding callous, Moira’s murder elevates this show well above normal superhero TV fare.  Major characters just don’t get killed off that often on regular broadcast TV shows.  And this wasn’t done for the sake of it but it fit in perfectly within the recent context of the show.   Oliver has been beaten down physically, mentally, and now emotionally.  

So how does Oliver recover from this?  Roy seriously hurt Oliver’s knee, hobbling him and now Sara is gone.  I would have loved to have seen The Flash introduced here to help Oliver out but we know that’s not happening.  Could Sara’s friend provide some assistance?  I can’t see her just leaving, especially after she learns what happened to Moira.  One thing that bugs me though is Roy’s killing of the cop.  Yes he was under the influence of Mirakuru but that’s a heavy incident to just gloss over.  He kills some thugs and well ok…but killing a cop?  Only three more episodes left in the season and no more weeks off!


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Dazzler 4/25/2014 4:12:14 AM

Feels like they are getting rid of the parental units like Smallville and 90210 first series to get rid of the family dynamic.  I never was a fan of that type of storytelling.  The best seasons was with Mom and Dad types in the show. 

RedHood2010 4/25/2014 4:25:58 AM

What a shock!  My family didn't see that coming.  We all just were in shock.  I really hope that Sarah did leave to go get help, but like I said last week; this crew isn't going to get it done without some help!

Slade is an awesome villian.  Sad in a way considering their time on the island, but he is a bad a$$ tv villian.

samson 4/25/2014 4:28:22 AM

In case anyone has not seen this week's episode, read no further. Spoilers abound!

Wow! This was a very good episode. I did not see that coming. I thought Sara leaving and Moira's big reveal about her knowing who Olie is was handled a bit clumsily. But, everything else that happened was so good, it more than made up for any short comings this episode had.

Gonna miss Moira. I thought she would eventually turn into some evil politician that Oliver would have to bring to justice. But, I don't see that happening now. She died rather gruesomely, too. Arrow got into some Game Of Thrones territory for that scene, there. This show just got a lot darker, ironically, as Olie has tried to liten up.Will he still be the better hero and not kill Slade? Or, will he go back to his old ways, kill his mother's murderer thereby breaking his unspoken vow to his dead friend and destroy everything he worked so hard to teach both Roy and Sara?

And, getting back to Moira, as far as older women go, she was kinda hot. For that matter, adjusting for age, she was the best looking woman on the show.

Can't wait for next week.

samson 4/25/2014 4:33:26 AM

 After watching the episode, my girlfriend said she wished there was a "Talking Arrow" type of show on afterward. She says she needed some kind of debrief to help her proccess what just happened. ...LMAO!

Iridan 4/25/2014 4:34:22 AM

They killed the wrong character. Thea can go at this point. Moira was at least interesting. Hopefully Thea's character changes after this. I've pretty much not agreed with all the distaste for her, but she is growing tiresome this season.

It's about time this season picks up. I still like the show, but it's not as good as season one, IMO. Seems that this season has kind of meandered a bit.

DarkJedi41 4/25/2014 5:32:53 AM

 This show is as good as any on network TV. I can only imagine what they could do with a big 3 network budget.  As far as the police officer, the producers said in an interview that will come up as a big part of season 3. 

LivinLaw 4/25/2014 6:04:43 AM

 @ Sampson:  If your girlfriend is looking for an aftershow that discusses Arrow, AfterBuzz TV has a show available via YouTube (video) and iTunes (audio only).  The TV Talk app also provides access to their own aftershow for Arrow.  I haven't actually watched/listened to either Arrow show yet, but I do listen to some of their other aftershow content, and the production quality is very good IMO.  

DarkJedi41 4/25/2014 6:10:28 AM

 He said adjusted for age....

RedHood2010 4/25/2014 6:38:41 AM

@ Samson - No kinda to it, she is hot.  :-)  I am with ya!  lol

monkeyfoot 4/25/2014 6:45:09 AM

Great shocker episode. I think the new way to make event TV in the modern age of DVRs, On Demand, and other delayed viewings is to have unexpected and shocking events happen on a series. Game of Thrones, Scandal, and others like that have proven it works. Now its come to genre shows like Shield and Arrow. It certainly recreates the old watercooler talk the next day.

I'm really, really hoping that Moira may still be alive and saved somehow because as others have said she has become a great character. And before I thought of Slade as just a great typical comc book villain for the show. Now I'm emotionally involved. Now I hate him and want to see our hero kill him very slowly and painfully.

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