Arrow Season 3, Episode 16, “The Offer” Review

Contributor Paul gives us a rundown of the latest episode of Arrow, and includes his thoughts as well. 


00F0F_klIim39lpbo_600x450_zpsvhnfviln  Arrow Season 3, Episode 16 review “The Offer”

“I want you to become the next Ra’s Al Ghul” blurted Ra’s when Oliver was at his mercy. Ra’s then gave Oliver the primer on The League of Assassins and how as the next Ra’s Oliver would have unlimited resources to make his quest global. To try to sway Oliver to take the offer, Ra’s prophesied that Oliver was destined to be alone and that the city he loves, as well as friends and loved ones, would turn on him: hated, hunted, and killed.

Finally Ra’s showed Oliver the Lazarus Pit and explained how it has extended his life and kept him strong. The Ra’s and Oliver exchange in the first part of the episode was well paced, even if it was another plot taken from the classic Neal Adams Batman lore. Ra’s pitch is so strong that Oliver strongly considers taking the offer.

Matt Nable as Ra’s was spectacular again and I do dare say he’s been a better Ra’s than Liam Neesom. The only problem with Ra’s Al Ghul this season is that he hasn’t been seen enough, and instead of Ra’s being a true force of nature (maybe a plot to wipe out power across Starling City as part of his revenge for Sara’s death), he’s been the boogeyman everyone fears without a true show of his power at it’s worst.

Unfortunately for the rest of the episode was poorly paced and felt. Thea’s poor me plot is getting tiresome. She let Nissa out of the cage and practically begged Nissa to kill her. Is this really the girl who spent months training to be stronger? She winds up taking her pity party to Roy at the end of the episode. Poor Roy really was nothing more than a chess piece this episode and used only to fight the bad guys and be Thea’s safe harbor. It makes me cringe to think she’s going to be on Team Arrow soon as one of his partners.

Team Arrow faces off against a villain names Murmur, a seemingly psychotic who sewed his mouth shut when his wrongful conviction was overturned. His plot is to steal industrial diamonds. Team Arrow tracks him down, once again Laurel is defeated, and again disgraces the name of Black Canary; proving to easily be the worst member of Team Arrow. It appears that unlike Batman, Arrow is willing to let poorly trained heroes enter the field to not only jeopardize the mission, but all the lives of Team Arrow. When told that she still needs training, Laurel retorts by replying “when are you going to stop telling me that?”

One of the only well-paced and heartfelt moments of the episode that Ra’s wasn’t in was when Captain Lance told off Arrow for not telling him that Sara had been dead for awhile now. His anger is completely justified. Lance took big risks helping Arrow in many episodes and trusted him, even betraying his oath to uphold the law to help Arrow because he trusted him.

Felicity and Diggle did not appear much in this episode besides to tag team Oliver, telling him he’s insane if he takes Ra’s offer. Oliver does discover that Felicity is dating Ray Palmer and later throws it in Oliver’s face that it’s his fault that they aren’t dating. Felicity has become a lesser member of Team Arrow due to the fact that she’s helping Ray Palmer become the Atom.

Nyssa confronts Ra’s with her rage over why Merlin is still alive. They have a heated exchange that gets worse when Nissa learns that Oliver is to be the next Ra’s. She refuses to accept his decision and feels cheated over the loss of her birth right. Nyssa winds up back in Starling City, offering to train Laurel.

Murmur attacks the police and a wild gun fight ensues that leads to Team Arrow to save the day. However Murmur escapes, his fate left up to the writers of the show whether or not they want to bring him back. Where The Flash creative team took a lame villain in the Weather Wizard, in my opinion, and made him cool, Arrow’s creative team took a lame villain in Murmur, in my opinion, and made him completely boring, one dimensional and totally lifeless.

Oliver does make a decision in regards to the offer from Ra’s al Ghul and the consequences of that decision are already being felt by Arrow and those in his life, as the ending of the episode was powerful.

Overall, on a scale of 1-10 I give this episode a 4.


Arrow returns this Wednesday at 8/7c on the CW!

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About Paul Caldarazzo 6 Articles
I'm the senior producer, founder and Senior Game Master of the Vermin & Valor gaming group. The group has been running table top games and LARPs of a mostly dramatic nature set in a futuristic super hero setting for the past eighteen years. My two favorite comic book heroes are Batman and Captain America, and influences of both can be seen in my character Captain Freedom. I'm mostly a classical comics fan (80's era) as I don't like anything campy and I despise Deadpool. Wolverine isn't high on my list either. My favorite comic book writer is Ed Brubaker. I love the use of real world events and themes in literature and well developed, detail orientated twisting plots, even in video games. My favorite video games are the Arkham series, the Dragon Age series, the Mass Effect series, Game of Throne (both games) and a little known game called The Saboteur. I consider myself an Xbox loyalist and love my 360 and Xbox One. I am also an avid history buff. My two favorite time periods are World War 2 and the Roman Empire. The Middle Ages is a close third. My favorite authors are TS Elliot and Chaucer. I like some Shakespeare, especially A Midsumme Night's Dream and Othello. I am also a huge Game of Thrones fan and would love to be part of an ongoing Game of Thrones LARP group. My favorite character on Game of Thrones is Jon Snow. My second favorite is Littlefinger. I totally despise Caitlyn Stark and cheered when she was killed off at the Red Wedding. The Imp is also highly amusing to me. Personally, I want House Stark to win but I am also fond of House Lannister. I am also deeply into politics (a theme that is huge in my role play games; table top games and LARPS alike. My favorite TV shows are The Newsroom (which ended way too early), Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Archer, Gotham and Arrow. I also like The Flash and love the show Reign I'm also a huge Falling Skies fan as I love the dark twisting plots and tales of survival outside the Zombies genre.As a writer I aim to be passionate about my subject matter and to give both praise and criticism as it is warranted. I love writing about controversial issues and important subjects with a well detailed argument that illustrates my position. I consider myself a very private person and only give personal information to people I have fostered a relationship with and feel comfortable sharing my life with on a daily basis.

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