Episode 14: Time of Death
In this installment of Arrow, we get to pick things up in the aftermath of Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) having made her return from the grave common knowledge. With Sara’s return comes certain elements of tension and awkwardness. To start things off, when Oliver (Stephen Amell), Diggle (David Ramsey) and Sara are comparing war wounds in a Jaws-esque fashion, poor tech-whiz Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) feels a tad left inadequate. This sense of inadequacy is only heightened further when William Tockman (Robert Knepper), aka DC’s Clock King, manages to mastermind a heist and corrupt the computer system of the Arrow-cave. Poor IT tekkers, Felicity.
Whilst the Arrow team are doing their best to track down Clock King and rid him of the skeleton key now in his possession – which just so happens to be able to open any bank in the world – away from the hoods and masks, we find the Lance family looking to deal with Sara’s return. In recent weeks, it seemed as if Katie Cassidy’s Laurel Lance was starting to develop nicely again, particularly when her character was given some meat on its bones during her interactions with Kevin Alejandro’s Sebastian Blood. Don’t get your hopes up too much, though, as Laurel falls back into the habit of being an unlikeable, bland dick again in Time of Death. Is anyone else tired of seeing Laurel’s half-arsed fall into alcoholism and drug use? By no means are we championing alcoholism and drug use, but having one glass of red wine and an expensive martini does not make one a raging Oliver Reed. Laurel constantly being depicted as being at rock-bottom purely because of a glass of red wine and a paracetemol wore thin several episodes ago.
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