Critic Consensus: "Sins of the Father" is a sprawling entry that feels diffuse in its narrative strands, threatening to spin out of control but bolstered by the thematic through-line of fatherhood.
as Oliver Queen
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
as John Diggle
as Robert Queen
as Quentin Lance
as Thea Queen
as Felicity Smoak
as Roy Harper
as Malcolm Merlyn
as Damien Darhk
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Critic reviews for Sins of the Father
Whether your father is Ra's al Ghul... or even the Green Arrow, you're going to be the one to have to pay for his sins. That's the lesson Arrow tried to teach us tonight, and it's a lesson that will stick with everyone for the rest of their lives.
All told, a very strong episode of Arrow in spite of some weird decision-making on Oliver's part. Felicity tells him he made the best out of an impossible situation, but I don't think so.
Laurel tells Oliver back at the lair that "just because you've changed doesn't mean everybody else has" which is actually quite a poignant and realistic revelation for Oliver to come to as a character...
If anybody asks my opinion, I'd say Felicity Smoak has a helluva lot more courage than Oliver Queen.
The hour's disparate plot parts benefitted from a strong central theme: everyone's dad is the worst. Especially Thea's.
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