Brick has fallen, the Arrow has risen again and Merlyn is on the straight and narrow...so we think. Last week's episode was full of character moments that could change the city of Starling for the better. Now with Oliver back on the team, it looks like the team has returned back to balance. But what if the team was already balanced? Besides that, this week marks the return of Werner Zytle, but you may call him Vertigo. Does he still wish the death of the Arrow? Does a Canary wear black leather? I mean Laurel, not the actual bird...yeah you get it. ENOUGH BABBLING! Lets start the review!
The storyline this week was to recapture Vertigo, who in my opinion was criminally underused this week, while Arrow tries to fit back into his machine, and Laurel faces her demons. As I mentioned above, Laurel faces a hallucination of her sister. Why? Well it is because she is afraid of letting her sister down, as well as tarnish the name of The Canary. This has been done before, but the dynamic becomes all the more interesting when she begins seeing Sara where there is no one, like a ghost. This was more than an hallucination, this was a ghost like Oliver saw in season 2's midseason finale. The ghost helped inspire Laurel, not to become the Sara canary, but the herself. Another interesting facet was Arrow trying to step back in. He thought the crusade would just stop because he "died." This is false. He has been put in a position where he no longer is actually in charge of team Arrow. Before his death, he would make the plans, order Diggle and Arsenal around, and go in arrows a-blazing. In this episode however, he finds Arsenal standing up to him, as well as Laurel. This is interesting because we have seen this building up of the other heroes' confidence during Bricks attack. It truly does show how much difference time away from your city can change people.
This was an awesome episode post-brick both on the emotional level and the action level. We see these confessions and their reactions are so human the characters become more relatable. The action was quite good, especially between the battle between Canaries, showing both their techniques. It was nice to see character development from everyone, especially Roy standing up to Oliver, even if that will lead to an eventual split. Even though I believe Vertigo should have been used more, this episode was another great chapter in the city of Starling.
That was my review to this week's Arrow Episode!What did you think of the episode? What did you think of this review? Leave a comment, and I'll see you next time!