TV Review: Arrow S3E9 The Climb

arrowOn this episode of Arrow The League of Assassins give Oliver 48 hours to find Sara’s killer, or Starling City citizens will die. Oliver than has an epic confrontation with Ra’s al Ghul.

This season started off with a surprising death and eight episodes later we finally find out who shot the arrow that killed Sara. That shocking, but at the same time not unexpected, revelation leads to a something else we knew was coming, the confrontation between Oliver ad Ra’s al Ghul. The series has been building to that since the League of Assassins was introduced, and that is about to start paying off.

What’s interesting is the episode builds up to that confrontation and battle, but spends 50 minutes to do so. The actual battle between Ra’s and Oliver is a little short, though I guess if someone is really good at what they do, then the battle isn’t going to last long, especially when it should be as one-sided as it is here.

The ending is a bit shocking I’d say, with things just left out there until the show returns in January, which feels like forever!

Also, we get a bit more insight into Ray Palmer, and what he’s up to. All of that is fairly cool for comic fans who’ll geek out at the various references thrown out there. Where that storyline goes…. we’ll have to wait to January as well.

The episode is an interesting one. Not as strong as some others this season, but a relatively solid payoff considering this season’s build up to this point. Where it all goes, we’ll have to wait and see!

Overall rating: 8.5