Review: ‘Arrow’ S04E13 – “Sins Of The Father”

By February 11, 2016

On this week’s episode of Arrow, we learned that a little blue curacao cures everything, Ollie and Nyssa have a marriage of convenience and like a Tolkien story, it’s all about the bling. Let’s take a closer look at ‘Sins Of The Father,’ shall we?

This week’s episode opens where last week’s left off, with Nyssa blackmailing Oliver into killing Malcolm. She’ll give him the cure for Thea, if he kills the newest Ra’s Al Ghul. Gotta love how quickly she throw out the ‘we’re married’ card and Oliver just as quickly counters with a ‘no we’re not.’ Oliver refuses, however, because even though he hates Malcolm, he will not kill Thea’s father. He then realizes that what Nyssa really wants is to be head of the League, so he confronts Malcolm about giving up the title. Shockingly enough, Malcolm will have nothing to do with it.

While this is happening, Laurel heads to Nanda Parbat to try and reason with Nyssa. It goes slightly better, although Nyssa knows that Malcolm will never concede his crown. She then goes on to threaten all of Star City. If Oliver and his team doesn’t kill Malcolm, then she will bring war to all of them. Seriously? Where is Damien Darhk when you need him? At least he brings something new and interesting to the table. I’m so over this battle for the League and what not. And, like, how many direct flights are there to Nanda Parbat. And even if they are using Ray’s private jet, how long are these flights? I mean, that jet must go pretty fast in order to get them there and back in a matter of what seems like minutes. Anyway, it’s Oliver’s turn to drop in on Nyssa, where he demands proof that the serum will work. She provides him with a sample and it seems to do the trick (at this point I’m assuming that we’re jumping through portals to get back and forth so quickly).

Everyone meets, and it seems like Malcolm is going to surrender his title… but then in typical Malcolm fashion, he double-crosses everyone and attacks with reinforcements. That’s the Malcolm Merlyn I know and love! Nyssa is forced to retreat, but Oliver and Diggle stand their ground and don’t let Malcolm pass. The plan then becomes to take down the generals in the League civil war, and the hunt is on for Nyssa and Malcolm. The two swath a path of destruction through the city as their war hits the streets. They manage to capture Nyssa, but she refuses to give up the lotus serum, her only leverage. When Oliver comes face to face with Malcolm, Malcolm still refuses to give up his power, making a compelling argument for why he is so obstinate. He also reveals that he knows about Oliver’s son. Oliver then proposes that Malcolm and Nyssa have a trial by combat, and that way, Malcolm can get the lotus and keep his ring, provided he wins, of course. In a surprising twist, just as the two are about to do battle, Oliver pulls out the marriage card and insists on fighting Malcolm on Nyssa’s behalf.

So, here we are again, Malcolm versus Oliver. The two battle it out, and this time Oliver has the upper hand. He asks Malcolm to yield, but Malcolm refuses, telling Oliver that he must kill him and that it was always meant to be this way. Instead, Oliver takes Malcolm’s hand and knocks him unconscious, before giving Nyssa the ring. She thanks her husband and gives him the lotus serum. It works, and Thea is cured, of everything. How easy was that? Nyssa then summons Laurel, Oliver and Malcolm to tell them that she has disbanded the League, much to Malcolm’s disappointment. Malcolm and Oliver then have a pissing contest and threaten each other, and then tell each other not to threaten each other. Malcolm then runs to Damien Darhk and tells him about William, Oliver’s son.

In other news, Felicity has coffee with her absentee father, who reveals that he knows she’s Overwatch. In order to regain her trust, he gives her proof of his previous hacks and tells her he’s just looking for a chance. When she talks to her mother about him, her mom freaks out and advises that she run as far away from her dad as possible. When Felicity takes him to Palmer Tech, she sets a trap for him and he falls right into it, when he tries to steal data and information. She then gives him a piece of her mind, before having him arrested for his crimes.

In the I-still-don’t-care department, the flashback’s this week consisted of Oliver and the woman (at this point, I don’t even remember her name) having a heart to heart about killing and goodness and being lost. She gives Oliver’s stone, or rune or whatever the hell it is to Ricker, but it doesn’t gain her freedom. Then Ricker tells them that it was the final piece of the puzzle and they have to dig. Whatever!

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Whew, a lot happened in this episode. While I’m really not all that interested in the whole League thing, I can never get enough of John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn, so I can’t really complain. I’m glad that the League stuff is now done, and that Malcolm managed to survive. I’ve got to say, I also really love that he has a reason to hate Oliver all over again. Malcolm is so deliciously evil, I just can’t even. Hopefully this will be the last we see of Nyssa, at least for a while. Although now, she honestly has no reason to show up at all, so we should be clear on that front. I’m not exactly sure what the point of the Felicity and her dad storyline was, although I have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the Calculator. It seemed kind of tacked on and didn’t really go anywhere, other than to add a bit of depth to Felicity’s character. Not that she needed it. It was just sort of out of place.

Overall, I liked this episode a lot, even though it was mostly filler. It closed out the League storyline and gave Malcolm another vendetta to pursue. I also love how under-handed and sneaky Malcolm is and how the first thing he did was run to Darhk. I would like to change my answer as to who’s in the grave now, however. How much do you want to make a bet that it’s Oliver’s son? Do you think the showrunner’s would actually go there? I mean, they’ve already killed off Maseo and Tatsu’s son, so it seems like children are fair game. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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Erin Parisien
Erin is a writer, a comic-book geek, a movie nerd and a pop culture junkie... all long before it was cool! She's the senior Editor and a writer over at and can always be found behind a keyboard, because it's all about the words. Follow her @erin_the_novel over on twitter.
  • Chris Skalicky

    Did Laurel go to Nanda Parbat? I thought that at first but I think it was their little base/hideout in Star City?

  • David Johnson

    Maybe they have a Tardis?????? They need to outfit Malcolm with a hand hookup like Meryl’s on early TWD!!!!!!