Sins of the Father, Wednesday’s brand new episode of Arrow, has a lot of potential. A war between Malcolm and Nyssa? Great! A race to save Thea’s life? Exciting! Malcolm telling Oliver that he’s “very handsome, not especially bright”? Brilliant!
It’s surprising and disappointing, then, that this hour falls flat in a lot of areas. Particularly so, given that there are some aspects that work, mostly surrounding Oliver’s difficult choice of whether or not to finally kill Malcolm.
But mostly, this episode is a struggle. For the most part, this comes down to a great deal of stupidity across a majority of the characters. This is one of those outings in which you’ll be constantly wondering why Character X carried out a certain action, or why Character Y didn’t. And yes, one of these characters is Oliver, whose logic takes even more of a hit than it has before.
Interestingly, the conflict between Nyssa and Malcolm, in which Oliver gets involved, is pretty entertaining. But beyond that, there’s no real substance there. Ignoring this arc for the past several weeks – this rivalry, save for last week’s hour, hasn’t been mentioned since the third episode of the season – certainly hasn’t helped, but the problematic writing involved is the biggest factor in the episode’s shortcomings.
While a lot of time is spent with the Nyssa-Malcolm feud, there’s also Felicity’s father to contend with. Oddly, this storyline is easily the highlight, and while it does nothing special, it does provide a good insight into Felicity’s father’s past and the relationship that he shares with the Smoak family.
Mostly though, Sins of the Father is a memorable instalment, but not for the right reasons.
Some teaser quotes:
1. “We are in this mess because of him on, like, a million different levels.”
2. “I don’t even know why I’m so upset.”
3. “Are you all right?”
4. “I think she’s happy.”
5. “Baby steps.”
Tune in and watch Sins of the Father on Wednesday 23rd March at 8pm on Sky 1! Then, check back to the site after the episode for Cory’s review!