In Review: Arrow – Inheritance

Laurel learns about some damaging information that affects Emiko.

Synopsis: Laurel learns about some damaging information that affects Emiko. Always looking to protect his sister, Oliver invites Laurel to help investigate, which makes Felicity happy as her friend is now working with the team.

Review: The team slowly learn the truth about Emiko.

The Story

Having killed Diaz. Emiko has made life a little more difficult for Oliver and the others. Oliver tries to convince Emiko that he and the team can help her break away from Dante and the Ninth Circle, but all is not what it seems.

When Oliver and the team save Emiko from Dante. She uses the opportunity to learn more about Oliver and his base of operations before going back to Dante.

In several Flashback scenes. We learn how Emiko tried to ingratiate herself with her father but found herself continuously rejected. The episode closes out with the huge reveal that Emiko Queen is in charge of the Ninth Circle and Dante has been working for her.

The Acting

Adrian Paul is excellent throughout this episode as we see him portray the villain of the piece. His scenes with Emiko are really strong and it is a genuine surprise when the reveal comes at the close of the episode. Sea Shimooka also puts in a strong performance as Emiko. I loved how layered her performance was. Especially when it came to tricking Oliver into thinking that he would be able to save her. When in fact she was playing him from the start.


This is a fantastic episode with great performances all round and some awesome twist and turns to the story. I loved the reveal at the close of the episode and the way in which we got there.

Even though it has been revealed that Emiko is the big bad for this series. We are still left wondering if there could still be a chance for her to redeem herself. There is a moment in the episode where she has Rene in her sights and has him dead to rights. But instead of shooting to kill. She aims her arrow so it just misses him.

Sea Shimooka does an awesome job of showing us how conflicted Emiko is and we are left wondering where this is all going to go. Will she redeem herself or will she carry out her mission? Whatever that may be. The fact that it involves drones that are able to be cloaked while delivering lethal gas. Can’t possibly be a good thing.

Arrow - Inheritance
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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