Sometimes on “Arrow,” you get episodes that are great because of the larger story at hand; then, on other occasions you get stories that are great because of individual character moments and performances. When it comes to “Time of Death,” we have more of the latter.
For those who wanted to see more progression on the Brother Blood / Slade Wilson story this week, you were probably disappointed (at least for the first 59 minutes); however, what we had was a nice story that finally gave Felicity Smoak the chance to feel like a hero, and boasting a few great performances in the process.
Emily Bett Rickards – She played Felicity’s despondence perfectly, mostly because it was not entirely jealousy that Sara Lance was not around. Instead, it was that feeling like you are completely lost; you want to find a place, and she didn’t have one. Is there still awkwardness that Sara is with Oliver? Sure, but she’s not whining or crying about it. She’s stronger than that.
Stephen Amell – Just for that one moment where he told Laurel that he was closing the door on her for good. What a great scene that was, since he was the one person who could finally put her in her place after all that they have been through.
Robert Knepper – We didn’t really have enough of the Clock King, and we want more after this. Knepper is fantastic in pretty much everything, and he never gets enough appreciation for it. Hopefully, that changes soon.
This was a quieter episode in that there were no enormous battles like we’ve seen in the past, but there were still a number of other great reasons to love this. All the emotion! Plus, Sara and Laurel finally made up again at the end, and we have a good foundation set for the future.
Also, remember how we mentioned that there were 59 minutes without Slade? Well, that final minute showed him meeting with Moira Queen, and that can’t be good. Grade: A-.
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