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TV Review: Arrow - Season 3 Episode 22 "This Is Your Sword"

05.07.2015

Join us each week as we review the latest episode of ARROW. Warning: the following review contains major spoilers for the newest episode of the show.

Episode 22: "This Is Your Sword"

Synopsis: Oliver/Al Sah-him finishes his training and is left with two final tasks to become the next Ra’s al Ghul. Ra's threatens Nyssa and delivers some shocking news. Meanwhile, Malcolm makes a surprising offer to Team Arrow and Thea goes to see Roy.

In Starling City: Oliver/Al Sah-him learns the shocking truth about what it takes to become the next R'as Ahl Ghul: he must use the Omega to destroy Starling City to cleanse his past life. Oliver also learns that his friend Maseo gave the Omega to R'as after allowing it to destroy his home of Hong Kong. Oliver agrees to the demand of destroying Starling and marrying Nyssa, but the look on his face says otherwise.

Back in Starling, Diggle, Laurel and Felicity carry on the fight to defend the city. Diggle beats the crap out of a criminal which prompts an argument about what they should and should not do to defend Starling as well as whether Oliver is still the Oliver they knew. Thea meanwhile plots a trip to see Roy which Malcolm cautions her against. But, Malcolm has his own secrets as we soon find him meeting Oliver secretly in Nanda Parbat, both planning something mysterious.

Thea finds Roy, hiding out as a mechanic named Jason. He apologizes and they run off to spend time together. Back at Palmer Consolidated, Felicity visits the recently returned Ray who has her sign some forms. She does so without asking what they are but quickly leaves when she gets a text from Malcolm Merlyn. As it turns out, they are transfer of ownership for his company to her. Malcolm reveals to the team that Oliver joining the League is a hoax. They don't believe him but he brings Tatsu with him as proof of what Oliver needs to happen next. Still dubious, Malcolm tells the team they have to believe him and to meet at Ferris Air to depart for Nanda Parbat.

Everyone arrives at the airfield including Felicity after having a heart to heart with Tatsu. In Nanda Parbat, Nyssa prepares to avoid getting married to Oliver even though R'as threatens her with a brutal death if she disobeys. The team arrive in Nanda Parbat, Tatsu donning the mask of DC character Katana, and begin to fight League assassins. Felicity tries to hack into the League's mainframe. Maseo confronts Tatsu and the two fight. The Leagu's fighter jet takes off to attack and A.T.O.M. arrives to help stop it. Ray destroys the jet and crash lands safely. As Maseo gets the upper hand and tells Tatsu to tell their son they love him, Tatsu stabs him and tells him to do it for them. Maseo dies in her arms and Tatsu weeps. At that moment, R'as and Oliver appear and show they still have the Omega and demand the team's surrender.

In audience with R'as, the team learns of the upcoming wedding and are all in shock. Oliver signals that he is in on the plan. After sleeping together, Thea tells Roy about Oliver joining the League  Oliver holds audience with Diggle and reveals he did what he had to but Diggle says he has lost trust and faith in his friend. R'as meets with Malcolm where Merlyn reveals to R'as that it was in fact Oliver who betrayed him to his friends, not Maseo. Oliver is confronted and denies Malcolm's claims.Thea awakes to find Roy gone. At the auto shop, she finds he quit and left a note saying she needs to lead her life without him and leaves her his Arsenal suit.

Oliver and R'as arrive in the cell where Tatsu is taken away because she is inoculated. R'as then breaks the vial and has Oliver lock them in. They plead with Oliver that they believed in him. In the main hall, Oliver arrives for his wedding. The League present swords as Nyssa arrives in her gown. Underground, Oliver's friends begin to succumb to the Omega. As the vows continue, Nyssa tries to stab Oliver but he stops her and the ceremony continues and the two are wed.

Flashbacks: In Hong Kong, the city burns as Omega ravishes the population. Oliver, Maseo, and Tatsu frantically try to save Akio and wonder why the Alpha doesn't work on him. Maseo and Oliver infiltrate a military base to try and find a cure. On the base, they find the General and demand the cure. They shoot him to prove they are serious and take him with them to give the cure to Akio. They arrive too late and find Tatsu cradling her dead son.

Review: As we come to the end of the third season of Arrow, I am still struggling to figure out just what the hell is going on. The flashbacks are coming to a conclusion and the Maseo/Tatsu story arc is resolved. We now know how their son died as well as seeing their relationship come to an end. The side-plot involving Thea and Roy feels unnecessary and tacked on to justify Thea becoming Speedy next season, but I get why they did it. Oliver's not so secret plan is coming to a close and I still cannot figure the end game. If the payoff to him marrying Nyssa and "killing" his friends using the Omega does not get a satisfactory explanation next week, I will be very disappointed. As episodes go, this one was full of action, some great use of A.T.O.M., but a sore lacking in Arrow himself which is what made the first two seasons so good.

Final Verdict:

Next on ARROW: My Name is Oliver Queen" airs May 20th: Everyone's lives are in danger as Ra's al Ghul puts forth his final plan. Oliver/Al Sah-him must decide if he's strong enough to take on this new role and what it will mean for everyone on Team Arrow, and his soul.

Source: JoBlo.com

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2:33PM on 05/07/2015

This shows biggest problem...

...is the dialogue is too on the nose. You have 20-some episodes to convey what you need to convey without the dialogue sounding contrived. Use them. On the plus, I enjoyed this episode more than the last few. I even enjoyed seeing Thea and Roy have their moment. Its nice they got to see each other before he leaves for good.

So I'm gonna Assume that Barry Allen resets everything in the finale to the flash otherwise all Oliver's friends are dead. Which wouldn't bother me really. It
...is the dialogue is too on the nose. You have 20-some episodes to convey what you need to convey without the dialogue sounding contrived. Use them. On the plus, I enjoyed this episode more than the last few. I even enjoyed seeing Thea and Roy have their moment. Its nice they got to see each other before he leaves for good.

So I'm gonna Assume that Barry Allen resets everything in the finale to the flash otherwise all Oliver's friends are dead. Which wouldn't bother me really. It would actually make next season pretty darn interesting. I guess we'll see.
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8:50PM on 05/07/2015
I'm sure it was fake toxin that was thrown in there. Whether time resets or not, there's no way a completely clear Oliver lets his friends (and Felicity) die.
I'm sure it was fake toxin that was thrown in there. Whether time resets or not, there's no way a completely clear Oliver lets his friends (and Felicity) die.
10:20AM on 05/07/2015
I don't understand you're rating system. Your final thoughts at the end of the article has nothing but negative things to say, other than the action being good. So how does it warrant an 8/10? Was the action really THAT good in an episode that made no sense.

So with Thea becoming the new Aresenal/Speedy and Roy now going by the name Jason, does this mean if he ever returns he'll be doing so as Red Hood?

This season has been all over the place and really disjointed in it's story
I don't understand you're rating system. Your final thoughts at the end of the article has nothing but negative things to say, other than the action being good. So how does it warrant an 8/10? Was the action really THAT good in an episode that made no sense.

So with Thea becoming the new Aresenal/Speedy and Roy now going by the name Jason, does this mean if he ever returns he'll be doing so as Red Hood?

This season has been all over the place and really disjointed in it's story telling. It's kind of sad given how great the first two seasons were. I'm hoping they can end the season on a somewhat decent note and then take the hiatus to look back on what they did wrong and correct the show moving into Season 4. There is still a lot of potential in this show, but it needs to be tweaked for Season 4 to get back to it's former greatness.
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1:56PM on 05/07/2015
My mistake. I forgot to update the rating when I saved it. Corrected to a 6/10
My mistake. I forgot to update the rating when I saved it. Corrected to a 6/10
8:53PM on 05/07/2015
Oh, then my bad for the comment, Alex. I still think you grade this show (and AoS) consistently too highly, but I'd agree this episode should have been a 6. There were good moments (I even liked Thea and Roy), so it wasn't a trainwreck or anything.
Oh, then my bad for the comment, Alex. I still think you grade this show (and AoS) consistently too highly, but I'd agree this episode should have been a 6. There were good moments (I even liked Thea and Roy), so it wasn't a trainwreck or anything.
9:54AM on 05/07/2015
Kinda annoyed with this show. It tries way too hard to be serious.

Oliver isn't Batman, I wish they would stop treating him like he is. Ah well, show isn't for me.
Kinda annoyed with this show. It tries way too hard to be serious.

Oliver isn't Batman, I wish they would stop treating him like he is. Ah well, show isn't for me.
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9:09AM on 05/07/2015

So you say everything about it is crap....

....but then give it an 8 out of 10? Seriously, what is going on with the reviews here? It was another mediocre episodes with ridiculously unbelievable character choices and horrible dialogue (that line Felicity said was just embarrassingly bad). The bigger they try to make the shows look, the smaller they actually look. While The Flash went huge with the sewer chase and Grodd (plus the buildup to RF), Arrow had 30 guys standing around in a field with swords fighting people with guns (plus
....but then give it an 8 out of 10? Seriously, what is going on with the reviews here? It was another mediocre episodes with ridiculously unbelievable character choices and horrible dialogue (that line Felicity said was just embarrassingly bad). The bigger they try to make the shows look, the smaller they actually look. While The Flash went huge with the sewer chase and Grodd (plus the buildup to RF), Arrow had 30 guys standing around in a field with swords fighting people with guns (plus the bow & arrow). It just looked silly.

Plus can someone explain to me when Laurel suddenly became such a great fighter that she could fight 3 and 4 assassins simultaneously? Wasn't it just a season ago when 6' 200lb Marine Diggle was shown to be helpless against one of these guys? I never thought I'd look back fondly to dead Thea getting dunked in the water then immediately jumping 15 feet into the air in a karate pose.
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10:48AM on 05/07/2015
I thought the same thing about Laurel. She's had some additional training from Nyssa, but not enough to take on that many well trained assassins so effortlessly. Also Felicity (and Thea to a lesser degree) constantly whining to Malcolm about what he did before is becoming tedious. Yes we get it already.
I thought the same thing about Laurel. She's had some additional training from Nyssa, but not enough to take on that many well trained assassins so effortlessly. Also Felicity (and Thea to a lesser degree) constantly whining to Malcolm about what he did before is becoming tedious. Yes we get it already.
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