Arrow: Nanda Parbat Review

Holy Hell……. So hey, ummmmm, remember when I was super stoked for Deathstroke to come back, and it was essentially a glorified cameo?  Well, ummmmm, Ra’s Al Ghul is back, and this episode blew. me. away.



Last night’s episode was entitled “Nanda Parbat”, named after the fictional DC city in which Ra’s Al Ghul makes his home.  Naturally, we assumed that we’d end up there, but I don’t think many people thought that be the end of the episode, we’d end up there!  Don’t know what I mean?  Welp, you’re being warned.  We’re about to venture on a journey or epic and geek-tastic proportions.  Or, ya know, you’re gonna read my literarily nerdgasm about this episode.  In 3…2…1…


First and foremost, I’m going to apologize in advance because I’m going to be skipping around the episode quite a bit.  Do your best to follow my random thoughts and deep seeded rants journalistic genius.  And because I don’t want to touch on it beyond this point, I’ll address the scene that “broke the internet”, your first visual of Ray Palmer, who I love by the way, as The Atom in full costume.  Or as I will choose to call him, the “poor man’s Iron Man”.  We’ve seen this before, or 4 times, and we’re gonna see it again May 1st.  The suit even fastened like Tony Stark’s does!  While I’ll continue to root for Palmer, I like him as a character, the similarities between his suit and that of Marvel’s billionaire/genius/playboy/philanthropist was too much for me.  Also, him and Felicity have a thing going on.  As my soon to be step-daughter would say, whatevs!

The Queen siblings, Oliver and Thea, need the help of Malcolm Merlyn in order to defeat Ra’s Al Ghul.  It is shown relatively early on that both Nyssa and Ra’s are well aware that Oliver is both still alive, and back in Starling City.  Cut to Oli & Thea training with Malcolm, in a 2 on 1 battle situation of sorts.  It’s more than apparent that Thea’s skill have progressed at an incredible, if not unbelievable, rate.  But she was trained by her father, who himself has been a master assassin.  Merlyn remarks that they have to “coordinate their attacks”, or else it becomes his advantage, not theirs.  This was beautifully put, because the rest of the episode you see just how uncoordinated the Queens are when it comes to, well, everything at this point.  So Thea decides to set things in motion in a different direction than her brother wanted to…

Thea goes to the League of Assassins and turns in her father.  This happens at the perfect time for Laurel, as she confronts Merlyn herself, as the Canary, and subsequently gets her ass kicked.  As Malcolm perfectly stated, “Now you’re just embarrassing yourself. Your sister’s teacher was my teacher. Did you really think you could dispatch me with a stick?”  Well said, well spoken dude.  LOA takes Merlyn back to Nanda Parbat, despite Oliver’s efforts to thwart the kidnapping, which include capturing the “Demon’s daughter”, Nyssa.

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Now, before I go any further, there is a lot of dialogue in the episode that shows just how much this disfunctional cast of characters care about each other.  Thea admits to Laurel that Sara’s death came at her hands (with the help of some Merlyn drugs), and Laurel reacts in a very familial, sisterly way, choosing to not blame Thea, but instead focus on her actions of working with Malcolm now.  After Thea turns in her father, she’s faced with that guilt, as well as the guilt that still consumes her for taking Sara’s life.  Roy takes her to the family’s house of the police officer he killed last season, and there is a real touching moment between the 2.  And then there’s bromance numero uno on this show, Diggle and Oliver.  They have quite a few nice, brotherly scenes in this episode, the last of which has both of them in shackles in Nanda Parbat and Dig asking Oli to be his best man at his wedding (if they make it that far).  As I’ve said before, this is a family.

Now, to ME, the scene that should have broken the internet was the final one.  Oli is brought before the Head of the Demon.  Oliver tries to bargain with Ra’s, stating he will give up his life for John Diggle’s.  And then we’re hit with this bomb from Ra’s:

“You have shown tremendous strength, fortitude, power. No, Mr. Queen, I do not want to kill you. I want you take my place. I want you to become the next Ra’s al Ghul….”

As I remarked earlier, Holy. Hell.  I was blown away.  Obviously the episode ends at this point with more questions than answers, but the obstacles this brings about are endless.  If Ra’s al Ghul wants you to take over for him, you do it.  Oliver doesn’t necessarily get the choice.  Denying the “offer” would mean big problems for Queen and his Arrow family.  Also, being chosen by the League of Assassins will not sit well with Nyssa, I’m sure.  She’s his daughter, and I would assume, rightful heir to the LOA throne.  Where this leads the rest of the season is a virtual toss up at this point, but the possibilities are limitless.  Do I think Oliver will accept the appointment by Ra’s? Not Necessarily.  But I feel a link is coming, between Team Arrow and the League of Assassins that will continue throughout seasons to come.  Same team?  Probably not.  But I can see them as frienemies (I can’t believe I just said that…someone take away my reviewing privileges) that will occasionally work together for everyone’s gain.

Overall, another solid episode.  Like I said, I can’t wait to see where this goes throughout the rest of the season.  Also, I want to be in the Diggle wedding party as well.



Overall, another solid episode.  Like I said, I can’t wait to see where this goes throughout the rest of the season.  Also, I want to be in the Diggle wedding party as well.

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+ Diggle showing once again why he’s so valuable to this show

– The Mark .07 that Palmer is suiting up in now. sigh.

+ Matt Nable as the Demon Head, Ra’s al Ghul.  Every week I’m more impressed with his performance

+ The training scene: Malcolm vs. Queen Siblings

– The Flashback sequences.  I understand they’re trying to drag it out for the season, but the flashbacks of the entire episode were about 7 minutes in real time.  Please speed up that story line in order to make it a little more interesting



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