By Ryan Rigley
"In order to honor your wishes, I need to dishonor your memory," says Oliver Queen as kneels before his dead father's tombstone. Last night's episode of "Arrow" kicked off with a battle of legal proportions as Oliver testified before the court describing what happened on the night of that fateful accident. As Oliver leaves the courthouse, he bumps into Martin Sommers, a crooked businessman who happens to be on Robert Queen's list.
Mr. Sommers also happens to be involved in a number of cases that Laurel's legal aid office is currently wrapped up in, chief of which involves the murder of Victor Nosenti, the father of Laurel's friend Emily. However, Sommers was not the only antagonist of "Honor Thy Father" as last night's episode marked the first major cameo from a known comic book villain. Read on past the jump!
Within the first ten minutes of "Honor Thy Father," we are introduced to the fact that Arrow is completely unopposed to intimidating witnesses with brute force. Hanging Martin Sommers by his feet and recklessly firing arrows at him, Arrow convinces Sommers to plead guilty in the case concerning Victor Nosenti's death. Or so he thinks.
At the office, Walter and Moira inform Oliver that they plan on handing control of his father's company over to him but Oliver doesn't seem to have any interest in jobs that don't involve killing thugs with arrows. In fact, he's seems pretty against the idea entirely, going so far as to express his hatred for Walter right to his face. After all, he's not his real dad and it doesn't seem like he will ever be.
At another office, Detective Quentin Lance shows up to surprise his daughter, Laurel, and her friends with a protective detail of cops that are to watch the three women at all times. However, it quickly becomes clear that they'll need more than just cops to save them as Martin Sommers is seen cavorting with China White, the leader of the triads in Starling City and a ruthless heroin pusher in the comic books.
After Thea makes Oliver realize that he needs to talk to someone about his experience on the island, he pays his old flame Laurel a surprise visit at her heavily-guarded apartment. Oliver quickly apologizes to Laurel and breaks out a gallon of ice cream, which they proceed to eat by the fireplace that has candles in it for some reason. Suddenly, they're attacked by a group of thugs with machine guns and China White herself!
Luckily, Diggle finally puts himself to good use and saves Oliver and Laurel just in the nick of time. While Diggle and China White wrestle each other on the floor, Oliver skillfully chucks a butter knife at China White's hand. Later, Diggle confronts him about it to which Oliver feigns ignorance. Clearly, Diggle now knows that something is not quite right with his employer.
At long last, Oliver suits up and goes to confront Sommers about the attack on Laurel's apartment. Killing a handful of his best thugs, Oliver is finally able to get the confession from Sommers that will put him away for good. However, this victory is extremely short lived as the police promptly show up at the scene of the crime. Holding Oliver at gunpoint, Detective Lance almost shoots the hooded vigilante before being distracted by a trick arrow containing a recording of Sommers' confession.
The next day, Oliver attends the grand opening of his family's new company and pulls a Kanye West; interrupting Walter during his profound speech to tell everyone that he's not his father and that they should stop expecting him to be.
Back at home, Oliver crosses Martin Sommers' name off of his father's list and has a flashback in which we see a strange, circular symbol in his father's as-of-yet empty notebook. Then, in the present, we see Moira getting into a car with a mysterious, silhouetted criminal that has that same circular symbol on his notebook. Then, back in the past, we see Oliver being shot with an arrow by a rival archer whose identity remains unknown. Could this rival archer possibly be Deathstroke?
One thing that really stuck out to me about last night's episode was the fact that it was a lot more like Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy than the pilot episode. The way Oliver interrogates his witnesses by hanging them upside down, the way that he disappears in the blink of an eye, and even the way that he talks to his father's tombstone were all a bit more reminiscent of Batman than they were Green Arrow. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, now is it?
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