FELICITY: He’s out of town and how did you get in here?
THEA: My dad’s a super villain and you left your doors unlocked.
The man who was Oliver Queen takes on his former associates.
Title: “Al Sah-Him”
Cast and Crew
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Writers: Beth Scwartz, Brian Ford Sullivan, Emilio Ortega Aldrich
Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
Matt Nable as Ra’s al Ghul
Katrina Law as Nyssa al Ghul
David Ramsay as John Diggle
Audrey Marie Anderson as Lyla Michaels
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
Katie Cassidy as Dinah “Laurel” Lance / Black Canary
Karl Yune as Maseo Yamashiro
Willa Holland as Thea Queen
Rila Fukushima as Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana
John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn
Brandon Nomura as Akio Yamashiro
Oliver’s new role brings him into life-and-death conflict with his former associates.
The story features some interesting and well-realized insights into character. The Canary’s new partnership with Nyssa brings out the best in both characters, and makes Laurel more convincing as a superhero.
If I didn’t buy Ollie’s transformation, Ra’s’s efforts to create an heir out of a reluctant man do as much as his threat to Starling City to show the villain beneath the imperial robes and calm demeanor.
Oliver Queen made a difficult decision when he chose to become Heir to the Demon, but he made that decision for reasons that make a kind of sense. However, it’s his show, he has to return as the Arrow—and so we’re getting some nonsense about magic brainwashing to explain his behavior. It completely weakens the conflict.
Acting: 5/6 The scenes involving Laurel and Nyssa work well, and Matt Nable remains strong as Ra’s. Some of the supporting cast don’t quite rise to the challenges of this episode. Most notably, Audrey Marie Anderson was a little flat as Lyla.
Given how effective the Canary scream appears to be, it’s odd that she only uses it once.
Emotional Response: 4/6 The Low Point and its handling blunt the emotional response. The show failed to sell me Ollie’s transformation, and therefore I could not feel the tension.
In total, “Al Sah-Him” receives 31/42