TV Review: Arrow S3E22 This Is Your Sword
Oliver must complete two final tasks before becoming the next Ra’s al Ghul; Nyssa is threatened; Malcolm makes an offer to the team; Thea visits Roy.
Arrow‘s second last episode of the season is full of tension as will he/won’t he is teased throughout. That will he/won’t he applies for quite a few characters as Ra’s plan for a chemical strike is revealed to team Arrow, and they assemble to stop it. This takes them to Ra’s home, which is rather easy to get in and out of it seems, considering how many times they’ve assaulted it now.
Really the episode revolves around Oliver’s plan which is revealed, and shows how far he’ll go to defeat Ra’s. It’s interesting to see, but feels like plot lines and relationships that we’ve seen before in earlier seasons, a retread in a way.
That’s not a bad thing, as the episode is much darker in tone (the last few have been) than we’ve seen, so there’s a bit of difference to it, but not a ton.
There’s also some stuff about Roy, which makes you wonder if his exit is real, or if it’s more about closure for Thea.
The episode and series is shaking things up a bit more, setting up the tone and direction for season four as well as DC and The CW’s spinoff series. There’s lots of logical questions (like why the Arrow can show up on The Flash, but The Flash isn’t helping with Ra’s), and the double crosses and keeping folks in the dark as far as plans gets a bit old quickly. Plus the cliffhanger is supposed to be shocking, but sadly it’s not.
Still, it’s an interesting series that sets itself apart from other television series based on comics. How it’ll end the season in the next episode? We’ll find out!
Overall rating: 7