Arrow: Time of Death Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, February 28, 2014
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.
Mania Grade: B-
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