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"Heir to the Demon" tackles both fight scenes and character development in equal measure for a thoroughly competent installment of superhero television.
This was a strong episode. Lots of action and meaningful movement in several of the plots. I wonder if Nyssa letting Sara go means we won't see more of the League of Assassins.
The reckoning is drawing closer, and perhaps the biggest unanswered question of "Heir To The Demon" is just where Moira Queen fits into it all.
"Heir to the Demon" paid off a lot of the table-setting Arrow's been doing since it returned from the winter break, particularly with regard to Laurel's fall from her already shaky place in the world.
Wrinkles and all, what "Heir to the Demon" does best lies in clearing out a few stale threats to supplant them with newer possibilities.
While "Heir to the Demon" didn't set the stage for any more immediate conflict with the League of Assassins, it did leave Sara in a very interesting place and left the door open for more from Nyssa and her minions should the need arise.
Aside from its numerous well-crafted action sequences, it gives us a brief respite from Oliver's POV, delving more into the show's second most important family: the Lances.
You would think..."Heir of the Demon" would be crammed full of fight scenes - and there are some sweet ones in there. But mostly last night's Arrow fed off its audience's tears.
'Heir to the Demon' remains strong stuff though. Roy may be absent, but Oliver's return to the spotlight and the screentime afforded the likes of Sara, Felicity and Quentin is most welcome.
The problem is that "Heir to the Demon" gets at least as much wrong as it gets right, and some of the "wrong" is a dark cloud that may hang over the rest of the season.
Tonight's episode, though it served mainly as exposition to set up the remainder of the season, was a great example of rich, dynamic character exploration set in a world of capes and cowls.