‘Arrow’ Season 1, Episode 2: ‘Honor Thy Father’ Recap

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Stephen Amell in Arrow Honor Thy Father Arrow Season 1, Episode 2: Honor Thy Father Recap

Despite a pretty solid opening for the series, Arrow has decided that much of episode 2 needs to reestablish the basic tenets of the series. For Arrow, that is a fairly simple task, which means our hero once more sets his sights on a corrupt Starling City businessman, maybe works out a little, and then attempts to define just who Oliver (Stephen Amell) is when not wearing a hood.

Despite the presence of China White (Kelly Hu), ‘Honor Thy Father’ is really more concerned with addressing some Queen family issues, and the way they balance home life, work and the way the public perceives them handling both. Paying particular attention to the Queens affords the narrative time to expand the show’s characters and throw in epilogue scenes that connect elements to the larger conspiracy involving Moira that’s at play. It also grants a few moments to further develop Thea (Willa Holland), by having her establish just what life at stately Queen Manor was like when everyone thought Oliver had died alongside his father.

He’s only been back a short while, and Moira Queen (Susana Thompson) and her new husband Walter Steele (Colin Salmon) are eager to see Oliver take a substantial role in the family business – which has recently announced it will be breaking ground on a new applied sciences division. But first, the family has to gather before a judge to handle the issue of legally bringing Oliver back from the dead. Ollie capitalizes on the emotion of the proceedings to get some distance from the family and once more leave his bodyguard, John Diggle (David Ramsey), without a body to guard.

Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy in Arrow Honor Thy Father Arrow Season 1, Episode 2: Honor Thy Father Recap

As fun as Oliver’s maneuvers to evade Diggle are, the series is quite aware that making a primary character look like a fool every episode is probably not the best way to represent him – besides, Arrow already has the ultra-smarmy Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) to look foolish. As such, ‘Honor Thy Father’ gives Diggle ample opportunity to not only prove his worth, but also be the first to put enough of the pieces together to come to a quiet understanding with Oliver.

It’s likely no coincidence that Arrow and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) are both taking on Martin Somers (Ty Olsson), since Oliver’s last take down was also a corrupt businessman who was dealing with Laurel on the legal front. Meanwhile, on the less than legal front, Arrow takes swift measures in dispensing justice and affords Somers a chance to make amends, as it were. Given that Somers is attached to the Chinese Triad, getting out of the business isn’t exactly that easy, so in walks China White, who sets out to assassinate Laurel as a means to put an end to the legal proceedings against Somers.

While leading to an inevitable confrontation between Oliver and China, the attack on Laurel’s apartment also grants the episode a chance to better develop the dynamics between Ollie and Laurel, as well and he and Diggle. On one hand, although the ice-cream bit is a little corny, it’s telling that Oliver’s choice of people to reconnect with is Laurel – and not only for obvious DC Universe related reasons. Is Oliver motivated by the connection he feels with Laurel in relation to the similarities in their objectives, or is it simply guilt? As far as offenses go, sleeping with your girlfriend’s sister and then having her die while in your care is really, really bad. And for a guy looking to set things right everywhere, that seems like an important, if not extremely difficult place to start. However, it’s a problem that, for any kind of relationship to exist between Ollie and Laurel, they’re going to have to come up with a way for her to justify spending time with him without making her look shallow, or like the death of her sister was a big “whoopsie,” but that’s only two strikes against a guy with really great abs.

Stephen Amell and Kelly Hu in Arrow Honor Thy Father Arrow Season 1, Episode 2: Honor Thy Father Recap

Before the two can get to the really deep conversational part of the evening, China White and her cronies storm the apartment and put Ollie in a bit of a secret identity pickle, as no one wants to see him snapping Laurel’s neck to protect his secret. Thankfully, Diggle comes in and holds his own against the deadly assassin, but is ultimately saved by Oliver’s “lucky” throw of a dinner knife. Being the smart guy that he is, Diggle lets Oliver know he’s on to him, but not in any adversarial kind of way – Diggle gets it, even if he doesn’t quite get all of it just yet.

The aftermath of China’s assassination attempt brings Det. Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) into the fray. Not only does this reestablish Det. Lance’s distaste for Oliver, but it helps to reaffirm viewers just what he thinks of this green-hooded vigilante. It also shows an interesting dichotomy between the Lance family and the Queens. While Quentin struggles to protect his only living daughter, he essentially acknowledges to her stern, but caring reprimand regarding her autonomy. As far as the Queens go, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Ollie would step in and take a significant role in his father’s company.

Not only does Ollie not want a role in the company – for obvious vigilante reasons – but because there seems to be some legitimate difficulty on Oliver’s behalf in establishing a solid connection with his family. Perhaps it has to do with his quest of taking down corrupt businessmen, and what he knows (or doesn’t know) about his father’s dealings, but it may also have to do with the fact that when you get right down to it, Moira’s involvement in a plot to kill her husband and son aside, she, Walter, and maybe even Thea aren’t really on Oliver’s radar as significant enough for him to care about – at least not yet.

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen in Arrow Honor Thy Father Arrow Season 1, Episode 2: Honor Thy Father Recap

In the end, China White lives to be a thorn in the side of Arrow another day – which serves as the official beginning of bringing in heavy-hitters to deal with Arrow in a way the businessmen and their goons simply cannot. While this set up of Oliver attacking a new businessman every week and then having to face off against a more legitimately scary adversary looks like it could get tedious kind of quickly, the fight between Oliver and China was engaging enough that a few more episodes of the same likely won’t hurt until the season develops a more intriguing plotline. At any rate, next episode: Deadshot!

As far as the amount of time spent in flashback, it was relatively small, but what was there offered some intriguing questions about who is on the island with Oliver, and the extent of the information given to him by his father.

Arrow continues next Wednesday with ‘Lone Gunmen’ @8pm on The CW. Check out a preview for the episode below:

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  1. i didnt read this article.

    i just wanna know if the show has been good this far. it starts in the uk on monday so i have not seen any of it. just wanna know if its good or not.

    • It has both entertaining and eye-rolling moments but the latter outweighs the former. It’s worth checking out.

      • a bit like smallville i guess XD

        anyway, im looking forward to watching it.

        • It has a seriously strong Smallville feel. I almost changed the channel after 30 minutes. I’m glad I hung on until the end because the ending scene was compelling. I’ll give it another week or two to see if it improves.

        • Smallville was more like a soap opera based on a comic book world. This show seems more like a comic book based mini series or something. The tone is a lot more serious and the action is so much more satisfying than Smallville’s ever was.

          Don’t get me wrong, Smallville had it’s moments, but it was more like a teenage tv show whereas Arrow is more like an intense movie broken up into hour long increments.

          • Come on the Arrow is Dallas with a bit of (laughable)action. Soo cheesy soap acting tv.

      • so the eye rolling moments out weigh the entertaining ones?

    • It’s a great… but it’s impressive and actually made me want to continue watching the next episodes. I usually dropped a series after episode 1 if it didn’t impress me, but this is (quite) good indeed…

    • Basically it’s Christopher Nolan’s Batman but with a guy with a bow instead.

  2. i think it is great!

  3. I hate to say this but,I missed Arrow last night. At 6:30 I was watching the History channel and playing games on my laptop. Then I looked at the clock and it was 8:15. Oh well it gives me A reason to wait for the reruns and to buy the DVD’s wene they come out.

    • you can watch last nights episode on the CW web site anytime.

  4. It is extremely good and looks to produce some major plot twists just as Smallville did. The actor playing Arrow was the perfect choice for the show.

  5. Watching some of the things they did in smallville and now this show you can see just how bad WB wants a Batman series… they should just go ahead and make one and stop trying to recreate these other characters with Batman like storylines.

    • Green Arrow has always been a lot like Batman… They have major philosophical differences though and their means of being vigilantes are different as well.

  6. i really hated the first episode, but i gave it another shot (no pun intended) and i was really surprised, its good enough to keep watching next week, besides i got to know what happens at that island…

    • for me, the pilot was much better. it had more of a movie feel to it. the photography seemed different between the pilot and this ep. i really liked the camera work when he was jumping down roof tops in the pilot. i understand it is similar to what they did in raid:redemption. (not seen that yet)i hope they continue with more filming like that.

  7. This show just rocks! It keeps getting better each week. Very well done!

  8. This show just rocks! It keeps getting better each week. Very well done!
    Stephan Amell was cast perfectly as Oliver/Arrow.

  9. This episode was awesome.

  10. I loved this episode but my only gripe is I thought China White was underused. I don’t expect any large dramatic character arcs for most of these villains but I felt that she was just another henchman. But this was a great episode, can’t wait for next week. I thought it was cool that the actors who played China White and Martin Somers also were in X2: X-Men United.

  11. I just now noticed Walter Steele is black and married to his mom. Boy, mustve been a surprise for Ollie when he got back.

  12. this is the coolest show on tv.

  13. I love Oliver’s interrogation skills, upside down man feels very Batman-ish though.

    • … well, who knew id find you here. go back to prison luthor. before i have to make you

  14. loving arrow haters can go watch something else

    • I liked that we are now seeing that a lot more happened on the island than just him trying to survive. Presumably the guy who shot him will eventually be the guy who teaches him all his skills.

  15. another show to cross of the list b/c whilst they improved on the choreography and editing for the action scenes, there was way to much talking for my liking. plus the amount of characters they have introduces and the stupid sub plots throughout further the boringness of the show. they should have gone the burn notice route – one major plot with each season having a sort of ‘sub plot’ so you dont have to be a day 1 viewer to enjoy the show.

    • well your reasons are contradictory as that is exactly what this is. i think anyone could watch this , say from episode 10, and could easily catch up the “sub-plot” of what happened on the island, mostly due the “previously on arrow…” and the opening. since he spent 5 years on the island, there is lots of stories for flashbacks. i’ve never watched burn notice, so i cant say they are similar in that respect. but whatever, if you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

  16. It seems promising.

  17. The Dallas theme tune pops in my head whilst watching this.

    • Funny, cause I hear the airwolf theme while watching this.