Let It Go: Arrow 5x21 Review (Honor Thy Fathers)

See… this is what happens when I don’t pull all nighters. My life interferes with my ability to write insanely long reviews. Sorry for the wait my friends. Your patience is appreciated.

There comes a moment in every person’s life when you realize your life is your own, a separate entity beyond your parent’s expectations and dreams for you. You also see your parents for what they are… imperfect people just like you. There is freedom in these realizations and it is a crucial part of adulthood. As you grow older, your life is less and less defined by being what your parents leave behind. You begin to wonder what you will leave behind. You define a legacy for yourself. You learn how to live for yourself.

That is essentially the process both Oliver and Thea are going through in “Honor Thy Fathers” but because they are superheroes everything is on a super scale. Both Oliver and Thea faced their past tonight. They saw Robert Queen for who he really was and with those lessons came a certain peace. The past is no longer weighing them down. Both Thea and Oliver are free to look to the future.

Not quite sure what to do with a television show that gives me everything I’ve been waiting for on a narrative level. So… Imma gonna drink wine and throw confetti.

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Many of the currently employed state-sector workers are the children of the “old workers” [what workers from the Maoist era are referred to in China]; or they have had experience working together with the old workers; or they live in the same working-class neighborhoods. Thus, the currently employed state-sector workers have been influenced by the old workers’ struggles and their political experience. This was illustrated by the Tonghua Steel workers’ anti-privatization struggle in 2009.

Tonghua Steel was a state-owned steel factory in Tonghua, Jilin Province. In 2005 Tonghua Steel was privatized. The state assets, once worth 10 billion yuan, were appraised at only 2 billion yuan. Jianlong, a powerful private company having connections with high-ranking officials in Beijing, actually paid only 800 million yuan and took over the company. After Jianlong’s takeover, twenty-four thousand out of thirty-six thousand workers were laid off. Wages for the workers on “dangerous tasks” (with high rates of work-related injuries) were reduced by two-thirds. The managers could impose various arbitrary penalties and punishments on the workers.

In 2007 the Tonghua Steel workers started to protest. During the protests, a Maoist-era worker, “Master Wu,” emerged as the leader. Wu made it clear to the workers that the real issue was not about any particular problem, but about “the political line of privatization.”

July 2009 found the workers on a general strike. When the Jianlong general manager threatened to fire all workers, the enraged workers beat the manger to death. Although the provincial governor and thousands of armed police were at the scene, no one dared to intervene. After the beating, Jilin Province was forced to cancel the privatization plan.

The Tonghua Steel workers’ victory was a huge inspiration for workers in many parts of China. Workers in several other steel factories also protested and forced the local governments to cancel privatization plans. Worker-activists in other provinces saw the Tonghua victory as their own and regretted that “too few capitalists have been killed.“

Minqi Li, “The Rise of the Working Class and the Future of the Chinese Revolution” (2011)

Tapping the blast furnace #6 at Novolipetsk steel plant. The furnace had been put into operation in 1978. It produces 3.1 million tons of hot iron a year.



Our visit to this abandoned factory was quite an extraordinary experience. We entered the premises through an old part of the building that had a rather promising it. Broken windows, woodrot, peeling paint,… To our surprise though the production part of the plant was an alltogether different story! The monotonous humming of generators and all the lights turned on gave the impression that a team of payrollers was about to start their shift any minute… Allthough at the time of our visit the production had been put to halt for some time, due to the crisis in the steel industry. This factory produced large steel rolls, used for walsing steel. When the surrounding steel industry came to a halt, this factory also go tinto trouble. Employees could no longer be payed en the production was put to ‘sleep’. The fate of this plant doesn’t seem tob e sealed definitively, but the future looks rather grimm…

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Rating: T

Warnings: brief references to the “Bad” scene in 4x20.

“Simmons, have you talked to Fitz lately?” Daisy asks quietly as Davis exits the office (Daisy’s office, now).

Jemma thinks of the nights she’d spent on her side of the bed, huddled toward the edge, unable to stop herself from dreaming of a steel factory and the cold feeling of a gun pressed to the top of her head. She thinks of how Fitz sneaks off in the middle of the night, never to return, and how she finds him asleep in the lounge in the early morning hours. In between her busy schedule and his reclusiveness, there hadn’t been a chance to talk.

“No,” Jemma says in a quick breath, wanting to get this over as quick as possible. “Why?”

Daisy immediately averts her gaze and sits down in her chair with a small “ Shit.”

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My city -

- Called steel city
- 99% factory jobs
- Crummy industrial buildings
- A lot of shootings and 2 mobs
- Has in fact had criminals in costume
- No one can drive properly
- Rains like 75% of the time
- Smog and pollution
- Low employment rate high poverty rate
- Lotta homicides and drug related incidents and break ins and bank robberies and people hijacking cars like 4 times a week no joke
- No vigilate but ok police force
-Prison and Asylum and psychiatric wards in hospitals


- Steel city
- 99% warehouse and factory
- A lot of crummy buildings
- A lot of shootings and 4 mobs
- Criminals in costume 24/7
- No one can drive properly especially Batman
- Rains like 98% of the time
- Smog and Pollution and Fear Toxin and Laughing gas
- Low employment & high poverty
- Lotta homicides, bank robberies, drug related incidents, etc.
- Vigilante and ok police force
- Prison and Asylum/Hospital

just in folks im in alt-gotham

I went and found the bit of flashback where Robert talks about his involvement with the Undertaking in 1x21 and he describes a councilman coming to him before the opening of the steel factory, wanting a bribe, Robert fighting with him “I didn’t want to hurt him… but he fell” and earlier describing this event as the Glades ‘taking his soul’. 

My first thought in this episode was that “oh we already knew that Robert killed somebody” but I forget that while WE did, OLIVER did not. And this episode dealing with that anecdote from season 1 is an impressive bit of continuity. Especially when you consider that the information revealed in 1x21 is pretty in sync with what we know of Robert’s character, but that missing information informs the reactions of Oliver and Thea four seasons later in 5x21 so they are reacting purely to the video, not to anything from the flashback. It’s very well done and i like it better the more I dwell on it. 


Kevin Frayer’s photographs of illegal Chinese steel factories look like postcards from the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Thick smoke spews out of tall stacks, steam rises from vast pits, and molten steel flows across the ground like lava. All around, men toil without even basic protective gear.  “It was like stepping back in time,” says Frayer, who spent four days at two steel factories in Inner Mongolia in early November. “The way of working seemed unchanged and unaffected by technology.”

SEE MORE: Step inside China’s hellish, illicit steel factories.