ARROW “League Of Assassins” Episode Recap

Arrow treads into Batman territory when the name Ra’s al Ghul makes a repeat appearance on tonight’s episode, “League of Assassins.” I’m not sure how it works in the comic books, but for the CW’s purpose, Sara, who has recently returned to Starling City from the dead, is an esteemed member of their organization.

It all started one fateful night when Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Sara (Caity Lotz) were aboard the Queen’s Gambit, enjoying a tryst at Laurel’s emotional expense, when their worlds were rocked (quite literally) apart. Oliver ended up on a not-so-deserted island, and Sarah apparently ended up on a cargo ship. It’s hard to decide which one of the two was the lucky one.

On one hand, Oliver had to fight for his life and endure countless episodes of torture, but on the other hand, Sara’s story (although we’ve only scraped the surface of the tale) doesn’t sound particularly pleasant either. By some twist of fate, however, there misadventures crossed paths about a year after the Queen’s Gambit went down. Oliver was taken off the island during a bombing, brought to the ship, and eventually returned to the island – with Sara.

The middle part of that saga is still a bit fuzzy, but something tells me these two forever altered characters have had some practice watching each others back in a fight before. Whatever happened after they returned to Purgatory (that’s the name of the island) that separated them again, I’m sure we’ll find out right along with Oliver, who seemed convinced that Sara was dead – not the first time like the Lance’s, but ultimately.


Having watched the ramifications of this loss before, it’s definitely an intense moment when in one night Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne) both finds out his daughter is alive, and loses her all over again. At least Laurel (Katie Cassidy) was spared the same treatment. Given her current state of emotional flux, it’s hard to imagine how she would have taken this news. The guilt of losing Tommy (Colin Donnell) has been taking its toll on her and doesn’t seem to be letting up. Even though she had a “break through” after her recent abduction, the way she approached that pill bottle concerns me.

Almost as much as Laurel’s position within the dynamic of Moira’s (Susanna Thompson) trial does. It’s one thing to do your job, but it’s another thing entirely when that job could put your oldest friend’s mother in an early grave. Moira isn’t innocent by any means, but she did also come forward. Better late than never. A lot of people still died, but it could have been even worse. I’m not suggesting she just get a slap on the wrist and sent home to the comforts of her over-priced mansion, yet death seems a little on the extreme side, don’t you think? After all, like “they” say, an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.

Sara did make a comment about Oliver’s choice in friends on this episode that makes me wonder about his island experience after what we already know. Oliver’s only friends on the island to this point are Shado (Celina Jade) and Slade (Manu Bennett). After last week’s reunion, Sara only asked where Slade was. Either there are more friends we haven’t met yet, or Shado doesn’t turn out to be BFF material.

This episode of Arrow ended with Sara supposedly leaving town, on the run from Ra’s al Ghul, and Oliver once again left as the only super hero in town. Do you think Sara is gone for good, or will the Canary fly back into town sometime soon (excuse the pun)? Can Oliver and Thea (Willa Holland) handle whatever dark secret their mother is hiding? Will Laurel be able to hold her position in court, or will the history between her and the Queen’s prove to be too much?

Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling has A.D.D. and her tastes reflect it. Her movie collection boasts everything from Casablanca to John Tucker Must Die to every season of Sons of Anarchy to-date. She adamantly supported a Veronica Mars Movie, hopes that the Fast & Furious franchise continues far into the future, and has read every popular YA book series turned film in recent years (except Harry Potter..). When she's not on an indie film set or educating the youth of America, she uses her time arguably productive as a freelance writer.

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