‘Arrow’: Black Canary Revealed – What Did You Think?

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Caity Lotz and Stephen Amell in Arrow Crucible Arrow: Black Canary Revealed   What Did You Think?

[This is a review of Arrow season 2, episode 4. There will be SPOILERS.]


From the beginning, Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and crew stated that Oliver Queen’s backstory told through the island flashbacks would be as integral a part of Arrow as the vigilante’s present day adventures in Starling City. For much of the first season, those flashbacks told of Oliver’s survival against basic things like the elements and hunger, and, eventually, his more extreme fight for survival against Edward Fyres and his merry band of mercenaries.

Naturally, all of that introduced pre-Arrow Oliver to an increasingly interesting group of characters that included Yao Fei, his daughter Shado and, of course, the irascible Slade Wilson. Things could have continued as they were for quite some time, but in season 2, Arrow has decided that as exciting as things on Lian Yu tend to be – especially following the discovery of a cave full of dead WWII-era Japanese soldiers with what looks like deformed skulls – it’s time to get the characters (or Oliver, at least) off the island for a little while and introduce a different dynamic to the mix. The decision, frankly, comes at the perfect time, as the supposedly deserted island that was Oliver’s home/prison for five years has turned out to be a pretty popular hangout trafficked by pirates and ne’er do wells the world over. And besides, the idea of Slade, Oliver and Shado running around trying to find a way off the island is only exciting as long as there is some compelling reason to keep them there; once Fyres was taken out, that reason left with him.

What’s been so enjoyable about season 2 early on, is the idea that the Arrow writing team have fully embraced the idea of forward progression, of moving the storyline in directions it needs to go in order to continually feel fresh and interesting – which it has managed to do by introducing characters like Kevin Alejandro’s Brother Blood and even Summer Glau’s Isabel Rochev. And perhaps it’s a testament to what they are doing at this point that they can bring back a supposedly dead character and tell us with a straight face that the story Oliver had given recounting her demise was pretty much false.

Summer Glau and Emily Bett Rickards in Arrow Crucible Arrow: Black Canary Revealed   What Did You Think?

Once Black Canary started showing her masked face around Starling City, it probably didn’t take long for fans of the comics to surmise she had something to do with Laurel Lance, and the Lance family in general. And some may have even figured it was the supposedly drowned-at-sea Sara Lance from the get-go – although The CW played a fast one on everybody by replacing Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Sara from the pilot) with Caity Lotz (a.k.a. Anna Draper’s niece from Mad Men), so trying to place who the character actually was became exponentially harder. On the plus side, however, the show landed a performer capable of pulling double duty as both an emotionally wounded individual and someone skilled at taking down gang members with similar proficiency as Oliver.

It’s an incredible stretch, to be sure, but Arrow certainly seems to be moving in that direction. Beside it’s a move the show seems eager in backing up via Oliver’s newly invigorated flashbacks, which, so far seem to have more of a thematic connection to his present day adventures than before. If the show continues to upend expectations as it has, and maintains the bombardment of plot-thickening end scenes, we could be in for quite the entertaining season.


Arrow continues next Wednesday with ‘League of Assassins’ @8pm on The CW. Check out a preview below:

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  1. Clé Bennett as Black Panther

    • looks the part. never seen him in anything though

  2. While it may be a bit cliche, I have an extreme weakness for Arrow or anything Green Arrow related.

  3. Can someone please give me just the major break downs? My DVR didnt record the episode.

    • Go to the CW website and watch the episode there. I just finished it myself. This show is awesome.

      • you can watch it on the website channel cw, they upload all the episodes same day.
        enjoy it

        • Thank a lot guys!

    • If you have an XBOX 360, PS3, or PC you can download the CW app for free and watch it the same day it airs.

    • Well, I did say months ago that I could picture Slade showing up in the mask in the season 2 finale so who knows.

  4. When Sarah told Oliver, “What happened to Slade?” I went mad I can’t wait for the flashback scenes! Oliver’s reaction was just a straight face was epic!

    • I wonder if Slade will end up being the bad-arse he is in the comics??

      • He probably will. He’ll be that bad guy Deathstroke the Terminator that we all know from the comics. He’ll have a score to settle with Oliver .

  5. Thinking back…

    Did anyone else notice that we see the AMAZO ship sunk in the first episode when Diggle and Felicity parachute onto the island?

  6. im sooooo disappointed that jacqueline macinnes wood didnt continue playing sara… :( she would have been awesome! not really loving the actress-change at the moment…

    • Yeah, I can’t agree with you anymore!!! So… anybody knows news which about Jacqueline MacInnes Wood didn’t continue playing Sara?

  7. @bananaWHO,yes you’re spot on the Amazo ship is torn apart in two pieces!It also shows Deathstroke’s mask with an Arrow through the eyes maybe a sign Oliver killed Slade!

    • Slade would not go down that easy… Maybe Ollie thinks he killed Slade. Either way Slade is gonna kicka**es & take names! When shows up in present day Starling City.

  8. Oliver will probably shoot Slade’s left eye with his arrow in their eventual battle. For sure, Slade will come back in Season 3 in present day Starling City to hunt Oliver for payback.

  9. As for Sarah Lance/Black Canary being more interesting than Laurel Lance, 3 episodes compared to 2 seasons – that is because she is an interesting character from the get go as Black Canary and how she became that way unfolds later, whereas Laurel’s “crucible” is unfolding now.

    Both valid storytelling mechanisms but for entertainment value, the former always works best.

  10. I`m confused, was that Scarecrow in that last sequence of the episode ?

    • No it’s Brother Blood…. as named in the episode.

  11. LOVED this episode… and it got me thinking… Could the deformed skeletons be from the Lazarus Pits? Which give immortality?

    Could Yao Fei have been brought back from the dead and really be R’as Al Ghul? and Shado be Talia? hmmmm…
    Even though the character Shado is a pre-existing character in the comics, could this be some elaborate misdirection and rewriting of the characters for the show for the ultimate reveal?

  12. The least they could have done is dyed the new chicks hair the same color as the original Sarah. They look nothing alike,she went down on the boat w/ black hair and different Bra and Panties and floated too the surface a minute later blonde, 6 inches shorter with her hair dyed blonde and so much plastic surgery that her face haS CHANGED COMPLTELY.

    • i would have preferred jacquelinne mac innes wood as the black canary. this other actress not much chop!