This week, Arrow brings us a twist that wasn’t entirely unexpected, a second twist that’s certainly another ruse, and signs that Thea may become the Arrow’s Speedy.


Title: “This is Your Sword”

Cast and Crew
Director: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Ben Sokolowski, Brian Ford Sullivan, Erik Oleson

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow/Al Sah-him
Katie Cassidy as Dinah “Laurel” Lance / Black Canary
David Ramsay as John “Dig” Diggle
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
Willa Holland as Thea Queen
Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance
Colton Haynes as Roy Harper / Arsenal
John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn
Rila Fukushima as Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana
Matt Nable as Ra’s al Ghul
Katrina Law as Nyssa Raatko
Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer / Atom
Karl Yune as Maseo Yamashiro
Brandon Nomura as Akio Yamashiro
Françoise Yip as Priestess


The plot involving Ra’s al Ghul grows more labyrinthine, Thea tracks down Roy, and the flashbacks bring out the Katana in Tatsu Tamashiro.

On their wedding day, Nyssa unsheathes a surprise for Ollie.

High Point

We finally see Rila Fukushima in full Katana mode.

The fight scenes work, though I can see a number of options that a group called “The League of Assassins” might be expected to take against their opponents, that they don’t even consider.

Low Point

The upfront reveal of the answer to a question haunting last week’s episode meant that much of what follows this week feels blunted– and, of course, means we can’t buy the ending cliffhanger at all.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 4/6

Story: 4/6 The flashbacks work well with the present-tense plot. The main plot itself feels like an old-style cliffhanger serial, where the main outcomes are no longer really in doubt.

Emotional Response: 4/6

Production: 5/6.

Overall: 5/6

In total, “This is Your Sword” receives 30/42