Arrow: “Honor Thy Fathers” Review and Recap
It kind of felt like Arrow only truly returned from its break last week. The last two episodes have been pretty ‘meh’ and while The Flash has felt like it was picking up steam, Arrow felt like it was losing it. Fortunately, this episode got us back on the path towards the ultimate end game of Prometheus. Spoilers for Arrow “Honor Thy Fathers” from this point on.
The name of this episode is sort of a call back to episode 2 of the series, which is titled “Honor Thy Father”. It seems very fitting that they would change the “Father” to plural for this one as we’re not just dealing with the legacy of Robert Queen anymore. This episode also deals with Justin Claybourne and how he really felt about his illegitimate son. This episode had some pretty interesting developments when it came to the Prometheus storyline. Unfortunately, our scenes with Adrian were pretty limited and we only had him for the final ten minutes.
The plot of the episode revolves around how many of Star City’s criminals who were prosecuted by Adrian back when he was a D.A., our now being released. This leads to one Derek Sampson, played by Cody Rhodes. I really enjoyed the first episode that we had with Derek, he was one of the better one episode villains we had on the show and the scene where Green Arrow takes him down ranks as one of my favorites, “Just because you can’t feel your tendons getting sliced, doesn’t mean you don’t need them”. To be honest, however, having Cody reprise his role in this episode was kind of a waste. He just felt like he was there for the rest of Team Arrow to have a villain to fight while Ollie took on Prometheus. I do hope we see more of him in the future though.
While all this is going on, Adrian pushed some of Robert Queen’s skeletons out of the closet as he forced Star City to learn how Robert Queen was a murderer (Just so you know, we do actually hear about Robert doing this back in season 1). Back in 2002, Robert got in a fight with a man named Henry Goodwin and accidentally pushed him off a platform, which killed the man. It’s kind of weird how every keeps referring to Robert as a cold-blooded killer when it’s pretty clear to in the video that it was an accident, and Robert looked very scared after he did it. Then again the characters in this show have never been good at not being hypocrites. Half the characters on this show have been cold-blooded killers at a time.
The side plot of this episode revolved around Rene trying to get custody of his daughter. I have to say, I’m still really enjoying the relationship between Rene and Quentin. It’s something that I didn’t think I’d like so much, but it’s nice. It was very sad to see that Rene didn’t turn up to his custody meeting and that he has now lost the right to get his daughter back, but I’m positive that Prometheus has Rene captured somewhere (Lian Yu maybe??)
The unexpected twists came as Oliver confronted Adrian about who his father really was. While it was Chase’s plan to get captured, he looked extremely shaken by the realization that his father didn’t want him. Whether or not Chase already knew this is up for debate, but I’m interested in seeing if Chase really only cares about what the hood did to his father or maybe there’s something deeper going on here. When Chase at first let himself get captured I got a little bit nervous. I was really worried that they were going to make Talia the end game villain and that would have changed how I’ve been viewing this season, but I’m glad they didn’t.
With two episodes left to go, it’s clear that there is a lot of ground to cover on the show. I’m hoping however that these episodes feel natural and not too rushed and crammed full of characters.
7.5/10 Arrow “Honor Thy Fathers” gave us a pretty good episode that leaves us excited for the final two
Connor Cunningham covers ENTERTAINMENT for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @Connoriscoolio