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  • Episode: Time of Death (Season 2, Episode 14)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Caity Lotz
  • Written By: Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz
  • Directed By: Nick Copus
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Brothers, DC Comics
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Arrow: Time of Death Review

The Daughter of the Demon

By Tim Janson     February 28, 2014
Source: Mania.com


Arrow: Time of Death Review
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Arrow returns from its short winder hiatus to deal with the aftermath of the last episode which saw Oliver disown his mother after learning that Malcolm Merlyn is Thea’s father and Laurel Lance disown her sister Sara for…ummm…being alive…and every other bad thing that has happened to her.  The angst isn’t limited to just the Queen and Lance families.  Felicity has become jealous of Sara and her closeness to Oliver, not to mention her ability to kick-ass and do just about everything else.  While Ollie is oblivious to Felicity’s feelings Diggle does take notice. 
 
There’s little time to deal with feelings, however, as a new villain has come to Starling City, William Tockman, aka The Clock King.  The Clock King is one of those minor villains that have been revamped over the years in DC Comics.  Originally he had no super powers although he had a genius intellect.  The modern Clock King had the ability to see a few seconds into the future to anticipate an opponent’s next move.  It’s unclear as to what version we get in this episode.  While he displays no overt powders his quick ability to determine the next move would seem to indicate at least a minor meta-human power.
 
The Clock King uses a couple of thugs to break into Kord Industries to steal an electronic skeleton key which will allow him to break into bank vaults.  Oliver and Sara quickly get on his trail but Tockman is a step ahead of them and hacks into Arrow’s network, sabotaging it and causing it to explode.  This leaves Felicity feeling even worse and she uses herself as bait to try and catch The Clock King when he goes to rob another bank.
 
In this week’s island flashbacks, Oliver, Sara, and Slade Wilson see a plane shot down and rush to find the wreckage.  They find the pilot barely alive.  With his dying breath he hands Sara a picture of his daughter and asks her to make sure she is ok.  The picture is of a young Sin.  So ok, now we know why Sin is with Sara but better questions are who the hell was her dad and why was he flying a plane over the island to begin with? 
 
Not as strong an episode as I would have liked coming off a fantastic show a few weeks ago but not bad.  The Clock King is the kind of villain who fits well into the show’s framework and budget.  A bonus was that the character was played by Robert Knepper who always plays a good villain and even has some experience in a super hero show from his turn as Samuel Sullivan in Heroes a few years back.  Knepper’s presence raises the character above some of the other minor villains we’ve seen like the Dollmaker and Shrapnel.  Still, I am no computer expert by any stretch yet I’m pretty sure computer viruses like the one Clock King used, do not cause servers and computers to explode.  But hey…it is a comic book series after all.
 
But it was clear this week that the emphasis was more on the relationship issues than a villain.  Oliver finally goes off on Laurel for blaming everyone for her problems.  This harsh, in your face truth finally seems to make Laurel see the light as she finally reconciles with Sara and also meets her dad at a group meeting for substance abusers.  So as much as these mellow subplots might seem intrusive, at least there was a means to an end this week and Laurel can now concentrate on getting her life back together.  The last segment saw Oliver return home to have his mother introduce him to a guest…Slade Wilson!  This sets up the showdown we know is coming between Green Arrow and Deathstroke and I am laying money that we see very few if any weak episodes the rest of the season.

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GreatOne 3/1/2014 6:55:35 AM

The largest weakness of this show shone through again - the inability to have any competent writing of the Lance family.  First off, old favorite:  "Lack of knowledge of how law enforcement works."  A beat cop does not get called out to a homicide, or any other crime, while off duty.  Nor would a detective, unless it's related to a case he's working on.  That's why they work shifts.  So there's no reason Lance would get called away from Sara's party. 

Also, can Skeletor do anything but bitch and moan?   She's now on Lori Grimes-level of annoyance for me.  Since it's obvious that Sara will be the love interest, time to kill Laurel off. 

Really enjoy Armell's performance, and think it'd be a huge waste if DC didn't get him into a movie.  The fact that they're doing a Flash series seems to be an indicator that they're at least open to it, as I can't imagine they'd have 2 versions of that character, and he's a must for a Justice League movie. 

Looking forward to Slade.  Hope they ditch the metallic mask and go with the one worn on the island.  Metal one looked goofy and ill-fitting.

WarCry 3/1/2014 7:54:10 AM

 On the issue of Lance getting called out on that call, he IS a beat cop and he was on duty. He stopped by Laurel's house just because he wanted to check on her (and, yes, police officers will occasionally get out of their cars without being on official business, believe it or not). The call came in and was likely in his coverage area, so dispatch sent him as a first-respondant, not as a homicide detective.

As for your reference to Katie Cassidy as "skeletor", I'm pretty sure her look is intentional. Laurel has been going downhill since Tommy died. Have you ever seen someone going through alcohol, drug, and depression issues? Frankly, I think she still looks a little too "Hollywood" to be believable for the circumstances, but it's a helluva lot better than most shows do!

And, come on, can you really blame her for losing her shit? Everything she said was dead on! Sara ran off with her at-the-time boyfriend. Her death (as was believed) led to their parents' divorce. Her return led to her (Laurel) getting drugged and left for dead, her mom kidnapped, and she shows up with Ollie as if to say "Hey, Laurel, remember when you couldn't hold on to this guy six years ago and I stole him from you?"

All things considered, I think Laurel's holding herself together better than anyone in reality would do!

Mooncrow 3/1/2014 8:26:27 AM

 Plus the advert on the side of the bus for the Blue Devil tv show or movie! Cool easter egg for us geeks.

Iridan 3/1/2014 10:36:11 AM

 I figure a B minus is about right. Good episode, but nothing all that stand out. Wednesday night is definitely a packed night with Arrow, Revolution and the return of The Americans. Also The Tomorrow People isn't fairly decent.

GreatOne 3/1/2014 11:00:54 AM

WarCry: We're talking about two different scenes.  I'm referring to when he showed up at Sara's homecoming party - in casual clothes - then got a call to leave, where he meets up with GA and BC - in uniform.  Uniformed law enforcement officers never take their uniforms off while on duty.  And as a uniformed officer, not a detective, he does not investigate homicides as the show has depicted.  He might catch the first call, but he then hands the investigation off to the detectives who arrive at the scene.  Completely separate roles.

I should have clarified that my Skeletor comment was not at the actress, just the whiny character she's portraying.  If it was the show's intention to turn her into a thoroughly unlikeable character, they've succeeded with me.  I find nothing worthwhile about her, like Lori Grimes. Even if that's how a person would naturally react to the events she's experience (and I'm not doubting that), she serves no purpose to the show any longer and seems forced (like Skye on SHIELD).

javaone 3/3/2014 11:08:15 AM

I actually give the episode a B, but I typically grade it higher anyway. I think we could have seen a little more of the Clock King storyline and a little less of the Lance family at dinner drama, but Slade showing up to meet Oliver made the episode so much more worth it.

millean 3/3/2014 2:54:13 PM

It was OK, but the writers do have the Lance's all screwed up.  The most glaring inconsistency was a couple of episodes ago when Laurel had her break-down.  She saw/hallucinated her long dead sister as being in the apartment with her when she blacked out.  When she came to, it gave her such joy and hope.  30 mins later in the ep. when Sara shows up for real and is not a figment of her imagination, she goes bat-$#! crazy and kicks her long, lost sister out of her house.

And this week, Sara invites Ollie to come to a private family dinner for support, but still expects them to be able to keep their relationship a secret.  Puh-lease!  :)

 

Noovtere 3/4/2014 3:59:45 AM

They don't seem to be consistent about whether Lance is back to being a detective or still a beat cop.

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