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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
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!