There were things in this episode that surprised me, I’ve got to say… I won’t go into details of course, you’ll have to find out… But ‘Canaries’ is a good episode, enjoyable and a further sign that Arrow is returning to form after a sluggish start to season 3.
Oliver is back and adjusting to the fact that the status quo has changed at Team Arrow, his word is no longer final and he’s met with resistance, especially regarding his dislike of Laurel being out in the field. Furthermore, Malcolm is pushing him to do certain things as part of their new partnership which is met with resistance from Team Arrow. All in all, it’s perhaps not a happy camp and not exactly what Oliver was expecting after travelling back from the dead.
Peter Stormare is back as Count Vertigo and is again disappointing. They don’t really give us all that much from him. He’s good at what I’d call a ‘filler villain’ in the sense that, he suits an episode to act as a threat where much bigger plot strands are unfolding but he’s as underused as he was in the season premiere.
In terms of returns, Caity Lotz is also back as Sara (with Vertigo as the villain, I’m sure you can guess how…) and it’s good to see her back. She’s been missed and she’s on good form, providing a big part of Laurel’s journey this episode and she’s used reasonably well. It is a shame we had to lose her as a spark for Laurel’s journey, couldn’t there have been other sparks?!
The flashbacks are okay with some nice moments and more of that dreadful wig. They give us more of an insight into why Oliver hates Amanda Waller as well as an ending that bodes something interesting for next week…
Three really satisfying things happen in this episode. Let’s just say, some things are resolved and they’re very well handled in doing so. All in all, I’d probably rank this as one of the strongest episodes of the season.
Some teaser quotes:
1. “You’re not a hero. You’re a liar.”
2. “You should be dead. I salute your persistence.”
3. “If you beg forgiveness for trying to hurt my daughter, I’ll grant you a quick death.”
4. “I really hope you’re not expecting a thank you.”
5. “Welcome home, Mr. Queen.”
Make sure to tune in and watch ‘Canaries’ on Thursday 5th March at 8pm on Sky 1! Then, check back to the site after the episode for our review, podcast and the promo for next week’s episode!