TV: Arrow s3e2: Sara

Arrow — “Sara” — Image AR302b_0375b — Pictured: Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rating: 7/10

After Sara is killed by an unknown Archer, Laurel brings her body to Oliver’s hideout. They begin hunting an archer-assassin killing people in Starling City. In Hong Kong, Oliver discovers Amanda’s mission for him is to kill his best friend, Tommy Merlyn.

Okay, why did they kill Sara? I mean, she was hardly in the last episode and it felt like they just shoehorned her in there just to kill her off. I get that it makes an overarching storyline for this season but it’s a dumb reason for killing an awesome character. Also, do you know the term “fridging” it’s a trope that’s when you kill off a character (usually a love interest, almost always a woman) purely to give other characters a motivation to get the bad guy. I mean, just like when they fridge in the comics, it’s fairly likely they’ll come back from the dead somehow, but it’s still a lame thing to shoehorn into an episode that feels like they’ve already shoehorned in a great deal. And it’s such a lame cliche to use. It would have been better if she at least went out fighting.

Okay, I’m done complaining about the last episode. Being that it starts with Sara being dead it’s set up like a mystery. I liked that and having a few twists set up are always good. Despite that, this episode felt pretty much separated from whatever they might be setting up in the future. It’s making me wonder if the writer’s don’t quite know what direction to take this season.

Also, things are just so disjointed between the soap-opera bits with Oliver. I guess I’d be sad too, but this feels like the worst parts of the Walking Dead as one character gives another speeches for almost the entire episode. This is a weird season so far, it feels like a step back from the amazing 2nd season, like they forgot everything that worked on the show.

Oddly enough, the parts with Tommy are the only bits that I think really work in this episode. Maybe this was made on opposite day? The ending works out in an interesting way, and the storylines that felt really seperate do come together in the end, but still, too much soap-opera, not enough mystery or action.

SCORING:

+7: A decent episode, by the end

-1: soap opera much?

+1: the Hong Kong stuff was interesting, though short

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