Arrow "Honor Thy Father" Review: The Second-Episode Blues

Arrow S01E02: "Honor Thy Father"

Second episodes are tough. Pilots, while no cakewalk, have a clear goal: Convince a network to buy, and then convince an audience to come back for Episode 2. Second episodes have to keep the audience that returned, but they also tend to work at bringing in anyone who didn’t see Episode 1, and that makes them sometimes function like a second pilot.
"Honor Thy Father" ended up very firmly in that "second pilot" camp. There was a lot of expository dialogue to...


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