After taking another break, Arrow returns with a new episode and a new villain, along with a revamped team as Sara/Black Canary has been worked into the fold. The villain in question is one William Tockman, aka The Clock King. As played by Robert Knepper (Prison Break, Hitman, Transporter 3), Tockman proves to be an intelligent and ruthless adversary who plots everything out down to the last second. His command of time aids in him stealing a device known as the Skeleton Key, which can open any bank vault in the city. Not only does Tockman know precisely how to time things out, he also is brilliant at hacking into computers, and infiltrates the team’s computers at one point, causing them to explode in a shower of sparks. There was even a nicely engineered sequence where Tockman put a bus on a collision course with a train, which Ollie managed to stop just in time.
But it turns out Tockman seems to have a reason for doing all of this. He’s dying of a rare disease, and wants the money to help his sister, who is also suffering from health problems. For Ollie and his team there are other problems to deal with besides stopping Tockman and his criminal pursuits. With Oliver bringing Sara aboard the team, Felicity starts to feel left out, even though Diggle tries to buoy her up by telling her that she’s irreplaceable. Felicity goes so far as to try and track Tockman on her own, and gets shot for her troubles, even though she manages to take Tockman down by exploding his cell phone with the same virus he used to fry the team’s computers. It was nice to see Felicity take some action, even saving Sara’s life when Tockman shoots at them. That alone makes her feel more apart of the group, as earlier in the episode everyone was comparing scars, and her “My own scar!” remark was both heartfelt and funny.
Reconciliation and emotional baggage also carried over to the Lance family. Laurel gets convinced by Quentin to try and accept Sara back, and he even hopes for a minute that he and Dinah may find their way back together. That doesn’t quite work out, as Dinah reveals that not only does she have a job back in Central City but that she also has someone waiting for her there. Laurel has an issue with Sara and Oliver being together, leading to an argument with Oliver in which he tells her he’s done running after her. In the end, the sisters do come together, and Laurel even starts on her road to recovery from her addictions by attending an AA meeting with Quentin.
We even get a bit of Sin’s backstory, though most would have figured it out before its reveal. In a flashback to the island, a plane is shot down, and Sara attends to the pilot. The pilot tells her he needs to get home to his daughter, since the girl’s mother has died from cancer. He makes Sara promise to look after the girl, and gives her a photograph. Sin and Sara already have a connection, as Sin knows that Sara is Black Canary, something they conceal from Thea at a party Oliver throws in honor of Sara’s return. Sara refers to her as her little sister, and we’ll have to see if the show goes somewhere with this or if it was just used to tie Sara’s time on the island to her return to Starling City. The plane was also revealed to holding a way for Ollie, Sara, and Slade to infiltrate the freighter and get back at Ivo. Hopefully we’ll get to see that play out in the next couple weeks.
This was a pretty solid episode, with some nice acting from the cast and for once the drama didn’t seem to detract from the action. Hopefully we’ll see Knepper again as Tockman, because he proved to be a quite capable adversary, and it would be a shame to just see him relegated to a mere villain of the week. With the Lance family on the mend, and Sara hired by Thea to be a bartender for the club, things seem to be settling down on the dramatic relationships front. Thea is concerned about Oliver’s feelings towards Moira, and senses things are not quite right between her brother and mother. She even sends a fake emergency text to Oliver to try and get the two to talk.
That fake text sets up a real doozy of a cliffhanger ending, as Oliver arrives home to find Moira in a meeting. Moira takes Oliver in to meet the person, and it turns out to be none other than Slade Wilson. This was an unexpected shock for Oliver, as Slade was the last person he expected to find in his house. It looks like things are being set up for an inevitable Deathstroke/Arrow showdown. Hopefully they don’t make us wait too long.
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