Nyssa: “You’ve reminded me that the strongest metal is forged in the hottest fire.”
“The Magician” is the October 29 episode of “Arrow.” If you haven’t seen it yet, beware of spoilers. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from tonight’s episode. “Arrow” airs Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. CT on the CW.
Nyssa’s return is fantastic and heart wrenching. Watching her react to Sara’s death, and how she goes about wanting revenge is very telling. She is a member of the League of Assassins, after all.
Nyssa challenges Oliver on his vow of no killing, as does Laurel. Oliver doesn’t budge, which considering how personal this is to him, is pretty amazing. Nyssa represents almost who Oliver was – a person who wanted revenge and didn’t care about the body count.
Oliver is not that person anymore. He protects Malcolm Merlyn, a man he hates. The writers really should have Oliver explain this situation more, and it would be great if Malcolm found out about this. Do you think this would change how Malcolm views Oliver at all?
Let’s talk about Hong Kong Oliver for a second. He just killed a man on order. What’s interesting is his face is stone cold when he kills the guy, but then afterwards, he Oliver out. He hasn’t quite become the killer that he is in the pilot, but perhaps his time in Hong Kong is what pushes him there.
Alright, here is where people with knowledge from the comics can help out. Ferris Air has been mentioned a couple times now. Waller wanted to target a specific person, and if memory serves, it is China White. Yes?
Anyways, it is interesting to learn about bigger storylines, but in this case, it is a little confusing. There is a lot going on, and Amanda gives a lot of information at once that relies on viewers to be able to recall things from seasons ago, and not everyone is that skilled.
Nyssa and Laurel bonding is absolutely amazing. It’s just great to see the two of them, especially at the end when Nyssa gives Laurel some advice. They are two very strong women who loved Sara in different ways, and Nyssa is doing what Laurel wish she could. Well, maybe Laurel doesn’t want to be an assassin, but Nyssa can fight for Sara in the way that Laurel wants to.
Hopefully, Nyssa and Laurel will team up again. Neither one of them are okay with Oliver’s decision to protect Malcolm, and so maybe Nyssa will use Laurel’s inside role at Team Arrow to gather information. Did you love Nyssa and Laurel?
One little thing that was a little weird was Diggle commenting on how Nyssa didn’t vow never to kill someone. Diggle has always been Oliver’s moral compass, making sure he doesn’t go too far. Having Diggle condone killing Malcolm feels a little strange. Did anyone else do a double take at Diggle’s comment?
Malcolm and Oliver have a one on one chat. There are just so many things the two of them need to say. Malcolm points out that Oliver can’t protect Thea. Now all that needs to happen is for Oliver to take that to heart. If Malcolm Merlyn, a murderer, is better at protecting Thea, then what does that say about Oliver?
The Oliver and Thea scenes are nice. It is a slow rebuild of their relationship. Oliver is genuinely trying to be honest (discounting the whole “I’m the Arrow” thing). For once, Thea is the one keeping secrets, and it’s an interesting role reversal. Will Oliver find out about Thea’s lies first or will Thea learn some of Oliver’s secrets first?
Gotta hand it to Malcolm, he is not delusional about who he is. He owns up to being a murderer and generally not a good guy. What’s really interesting is how adamantly he denies killing Sara. He could be that forceful with his denial because he knows that he is facing two skilled people who both loved Sara and could kill him. What’s your take?
What did you think of the episode? Did you like Thea and Roy bonding during this episode? How did Diggle do at being Felicity? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.