TV: Arrow s1e23: Sacrifice

Arrow — “Sacrifice” — Image AR123a_0022b — Pictured (L-R): John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn and Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2013 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

Rating: 9/10

The Undertaking is underway and Tommy is just now realizing what kind of man his father really is. On the island, Fyers plan is going down as well. Oliver, both past and present, must do all he can to stop these horrible men.

As the climax to the first season, this is very good. I was pretty much on the edge of my seat the whole time. You can also tell they didn’t cut and costs on this season finale. Especially in the demolitions department, if you like explosions, there’s plenty here. Malcolm is a perfect villain for this season, and John Barrowman is great as Malcolm Merlyn and the reasons he’s doing this, as revenge for his murdered wife from so many years ago, is both believable and interesting and adds depth to his character, some superhero shows and movies don’t always feel they have to do that, make the villains believable. But it works perfectly here.

Also, SPOILERS, Tommy dies! And it only makes the show better! But even as he’s sacrificing himself for others what happens just feels like more melodrama just for the sake of it. I think they blew their chances to make me like Tommy when he quit his job at Oliver’s club. Pretty much everything he does after that only seems to make sense to him. Here, actually, it does make sense but feels just as contrived as everything else he ever does. The writers needed Tommy to do something, so how about we kill him? I guess in this case I’ll say the ends do justify the means, but again, it would have been nice if he had become a supervillain instead. Oh well.


+10: Almost perfect climax to the season

-1: Except for the Tommy stuff, but at least he’s dead now

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