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Arrow – Recap & Review – Midnight City

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Midnight City

Original Air Date: Jan 28, 2015

Brianna – Associate Editor

Last week’s Arrow left the rest of Team Arrow in an a sad, yet interesting place—trying to figure out how or even if they should continue this mission without Oliver. Tonight, we got a definitive answer if I ever saw one about where they’re going from here and some traction for two of its members (finally). The hour, though not holding many twists, left us with one HUGE twist in the final minutes that left me scratching my head.

While the team is still going through a bit of an identity crisis, Laurel decides to take matters into her own hands and go out and test her fighting skills. Of course, her first outing goes less than well and ends up getting help from Roy, who has many thoughts on her going out as the Canary. None of them positive, obviously. Digg is equally as unhelpful as he gives her his two cents as he tells her it’s not the Canary the thugs and criminals feared but her sister.

All the while, Roy finally became an active part of the story this week! It seemed that he has been following Malcolm around, trying to get to the bottom of what’s going on. Though, his confrontation with Merlyn at Thea’s loft doesn’t go as intimidatingly well as he’d hoped (It’s Malcolm Merlyn, after all. The only man who can scare him has marked him for death!), it serves as a catalyst for Merlyn’s…version of telling the truth to Thea, which was honestly a bit surprising. Yet if I had to guess, it probably means he’s got something up his sleeves.

The Canary’s second outing only seems to go worse than the first, as Laurel and Roy see one of the three alderman die at the hands of Brick and his men, right in front of them. Now, we’ve seen how Oliver has dealt with deaths like that but have never really seen the emotional aftermath for the rest of the team, until now as Laurel and Roy both deal with how their attempt at stopping Brick went.

As a result we got one of my favorite scenes in the episode as Felicity stops by Laurel’s office after she figures out that Laurel is the Canary. While we thought that our favorite computer genius may have quit last year, it was really only a matter of time before she returned to her post. In a heartfelt moment between the two, Felicity offers a new perspective on their mission and their reason to continue. It is actually pretty great to see this character moving in a positive direction, or any direction at all really after having it feel like she stagnated for a bit.

This moment is kind of echoed in Roy and Digg’s moment when he breaks out Oliver’s vodka stash—which, yes. I got a little sappy over—and offers Roy a drink after the harsh loss. Roy and Digg seem like they are all but ready to hang up their team vigilante towel, Felicity comes in and takes up her mantle of team leader, admitting she was wrong and saying “it’s not just Oliver’s mission anymore. It’s ours.”

Felicity’s decision to stay with the team also meant that she changed her mind about helping Ray with the ATOM suit and after an episode free of odd behavior and filled with funny moments between the pair, this definitely means some interesting development there. Don’t make me choose.

While all of this character development and really solid team building is going on in Starling, Oliver’s recovering (and dreaming of his and Felicity’s last conversation!) with the help of Maseo and Tatsu in a cabin and the pair’s own unresolved issues. Hello, parallel!

As we see him talking with his flashback friends, Maseo prepares himself to go back to the League, Oliver questions whether the choice Maseo is making the right choice for him and Tatsu and in his stubbornness and resignation of his plight with the league, I couldn’t help but pick out certain mirrored elements in Maseo’s story and Oliver’s leading up to his fight with Ra’s. Especially as Tatsu brought Oliver up to speed on Maseo’s motives for staying with the League, “The line between grief and guilt is sometimes a thin one.” While not much moved forward, it was interesting to see him kind of just accept the fact that he’s recovering (sort of) and we got that temporarily and fabricated happy Oliver/Felicity moment…even if it was a dream and ended with Oliver dribbling blood.

Twist of the episode has to go to Verdant’s new DJ, who seemed like a small unrelated piece to the puzzle that is the League story…until the final scene and we find out that he seems to be pretty familiar with the set League set up. I just want to know, why and how?

So, what did you think? Did you see that whole DJ/League connection happening? What did you think of the Roy/Digg and Felicity/Laurel moments? Who else thinks that that Quentin Lance is not going to make it out alive after he finds out the truth about Sara?

Next week: “Uprising”


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