Samantha Dolenz, first wife ofMonkee Micky Dolenz and mother of actress Ami Dolenz, has passed away from a stroke. She was 69. She married Micky during the time of the Monkees and the couple had a child in Ami. Though their love remained strong, their marriage didn’t last but they stayed friends throughout the years. Samantha was vibrant and lucky in love. She will be missed by her family, friends, and the rock and roll community worldwide.
We return with an episode that features the debut of the Clock King, who strikes against Team Arrow in a different way than other villains in that he’s an evil version of Felicity when it comes to computer hacking skills. In a way, Felicity has an arch-enemy of her own in Clock King. He has managed to destroy the team’s computers at the Arrow Cave and no other villain has done this. The climax has me hoping he will return down the line.
The episode is about Sarah’s first days as a full-fledged member of the group and what effect her presence has on other team members like Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity. While Oliver and Diggle are taken to Sarah in terms of the physicality and scars, Felicity feels left out because she’s non-combative and has virtually no scars until the episode’s climax. Alongside in what she felt was Sarah infringing in her territory of computers, she decides to head out into the field to prove her worth.
The Lance family have their dinner that didn’t go well because of Dinah Laurel’s personal problems that are coming to the fore and Oliver finally calls her out on it that has paid off in the episode’s end between Dinah Laurel and Sarah trying to mend fences. Nice to see Sarah working as a bartender at Thea’s club as well as the revelation of why Sarah looks after Sin since she returned to Starling City.
Everything was building to the end where Oliver finds out that Slade is alive in the present and in Starling City and what better place to do it than the Queen Mansion. That sets up the next episode and I think it’s a foreshadow that someone close to Oliver will be gone and I don’t think it will be Sarah or Thea, but rather Detective Lance or Moira Queen.
Great episode overall.
Actor, writer, and director Harold Ramis has passed away at the age of 69 due to vasculitis, an inflammation of blood vessels. He was known for appearing Ghostbusters 1 and 2 as Egon Spengler and Stripes as an actor. As writer-director, he did Caddyshack, Groundhog Dog, and National Lampoon Animal house. Ramis influenced many writers-directors in the comedy genre. He kept the illness quiet and was visited by many, including the long-estranged Bill Murray. He will be missed by his family, friends, and the show business community worldwide.
Former WWE star Nelson Frazier Jr., who wrestled as Mabel, Viscera, and Big Daddy V, has passed away at the age of 43 by a heart attack. He just celebrated his birthday last week on February 14. As Mabel, he won a King of the Ring. He was a member of the Undertaker’s Ministry of Darkness as Viscera. Nelson had a brief stint in TNA. He will be missed by his family, friends, and the pro wrestling community worldwide.
Iconic child actress Shirley Temple has passed away. She was 85. Shirley appeared in many films and topped box offices from 1935-38. It was during this time that she received many honors, including Oscars. Her golden curls caught the imagination of the public and captured a great time in the motion picture industry. Shirley retired from acting at the age of 21, got married, and went into public service worldwide, but she would appear in numerous films from time to time. Her contributions to the motion pictures are cemented and she will be missed by her family, friends, and the show business community worldwide.
The episode sees the debut of Nyssa Al Ghul, one of Ra’s Al Ghul’s daughters, who comes to Starling City to bring Sarah Lance back to the League of Assassins. It was during the course of the episode that we find out that they are Lesbians and the producers threw that out in the open immediately. Nyssa came across as an awesome villain and someone who can be used again down the line perhaps in targeting the Lance family through someone else and maybe go after Malcolm Merlyn. The fights and action stuff were awesome such as Arrow and Canary chasing the van that has Sarah’s mother, the 2-on-1 fight against an assassin, and the fight between Oliver and Nyssa. The result has Sarah being freed from the League of Assassins for now and coming home to Starling City to try to rekindle her relationship with Oliver.
The second storyline has Felicity talking to Oliver, Moira, and Walter about Tempest concerning Moira’s affair with Malcolm Merlyn that resulted in Thea being born to both Moira and Malcolm. One thing that bothered me was that this wasn’t Felicity’s business to be involved with and was thrust into this out of nowhere. I hope there can be consequences for Felicity’s actions, but we see Oliver ending his relationship with his mother for keeping many secrets and lies, a trait that runs in the family.
The flashbacks with the Lance family showed what happened to them before Sarah got on the boat with Oliver, but it was unnecessary as there was not much we didn’t already know about. That screentime could have been used for flashbacks with Oliver, Slade, and Sarah. However, the flashbacks showed the Lance family in happier times in contrast to the present where things are in disarray where Dinah Laurel’s reaction to Sarah was one of anger and rage as she blames Sarah for stealing her life. She also went as far as throwing Sarah out of her apartment. That line was also a message from the writers that Dinah Laurel isn’t working at all for the show. Dinah Laurel is doing this while she’s drinking in front of everyone.
We also have the return of Dinah Drake Lance, mother of both Dinah Laurel and Sarah and wife of Detective Lance, as she’s involved in the flashbacks and in the present storyline where she’s kidnapped. Also, after last week that focused on Roy Harper he’s not in this episode and there was a deleted scene involving he and Nyssa. Good thing the producers cut it out as their reason was not moving the story along, but I find that hard to believe Nyssa could take down Roy since he has Mirakulu in him.
Good episode overall.
The episode focused on Oliver training Roy due to having the Mirakulu in him and the parallels of their relationship with Oliver’s with Slade, who also has Mirakulu;. Both Slade and Roy are going through similar things as they made different choices. Oliver is determined to succeed with Roy that he couldn’t with Slade and he finally did so when he revealed his identity and made him part of his team. The producers were talking about two groups as Oliver is building his own team while Slade is likely building his through Brother Blood. There’s also the League of Assassins out there. We have the return of Bronze Tiger who was used better this time around than the last time and thanks to DCU nods he will be joining the Suicide Squad, led by the returning Amanda Waller.
The other storyline is Dinah Laurel’s downward spiral since she’s no longer an attorney and is job-hunting, but her drug addictions are getting in the way and her father is trying to help her with therapy that he went through earlier this season. She reaches her lowest point until her sister, Sarah returns. The sisters have finally reunited and this will lead to the next episode concerning the entire Lance family.
One other storyline that’s not been given enough emphasis is Moira Queen running for Mayor of Starling City against Sebastian Blood and we may see reconciliation between Moira and Walter Steele. Moira goes to Thea about running for Mayor of all people as she could’ve went to others. At least Moira has something useful to do in the season’s major storyline with Brother Blood.
A lot has moved forward in this episode and lots of DCU easter eggs. Great episode overall and the ratings went up significantly.