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TV Rundown: April 29 | Oliver Clashes with Estranged Loved Ones as Al Sah-Him on 'Arrow'

Arrow | Oliver completed his turn to the dark side as his loved ones attempted to get through to him one last time. Meanwhile, Laurel and Nyssa’s growing friendship hit a snag as Ra’s demanded his daughter be brought back to League of Assassins headquarters to face her punishment. Unwilling to bend a knee to Al Sah-him FKA Oliver, Nyssa was about to be executed by Al/Oliver when Ra’s stopped him and announced a shocking change of plans.

The new intro hinted that Oliver’s dalliance with his dark persona wouldn’t be short lived and yet that seems incredibly hard to believe. As the ones he left behind dealt with the aftermath of his new life, Laurel clung to her blossoming relationship with Nyssa, who she was willing to pretty much sacrifice Lyla to save. When Diggle made the beyond valid point that Nyssa had murdered hundreds and should hand herself over to deal with the warped discipline of her father, Laurel scoffed as if his argument wasn’t as logically airtight as it was.

How she could equate the importance of helping Nyssa to coming to the aid of Lyla (a mom) was mind boggling. Laurel’s moral compass has always been a bit scattershot but her reasoning in this episode was downright absurd. It is has never been the credo of Team Arrow to save those who’ve wrought their own ruin or else they would’ve exhausted themselves protecting Malcolm. 

Side Notes/Burning Questions: Enough with the flashbacks. Black Canary’s bird call was…awkward. How much longer will Oliver stay with Ra’s? When Ra’s al Guhl eventually wills his title as Ra’s to Oliver, will Oliver in turn disband the league? That would provide the framework for next season as Oliver and the team tracked down those who’ve not obeyed his orders to lay down their sword. If Oliver is actually “turned off”, could being reunited with his love child be the only thing that restores him? Why else would they plant the seed of him having a kid, if it wasn’t bound to have any significant impact down the line?

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