You’ve waited patiently for the return of everyone’s favourite Emerald Archer since his last appearance on UK scenes in December, now his return is imminent (Arrow is almost back!) but the question is, has it been worth the wait?
If you’re expecting a spectacular reintroduction to life in Star City, lower those expectations. Blood Debts is a solid episode, rather than stunning, though there are some nice ideas and certainly some nice sequences. We pick up in the aftermath of the attack on Oliver’s car where Felicity is now gravely injured – does she survive? Is she the one in that infamous grave? I’m not going to tell you, but her fiancé isn’t best pleased and begins a ruthless hunt for Damien Darhk. It’s fun to see the darker side of Oliver come to the fore once more, this takes up the first half of the episode which I definitely feel is the stronger. It’s in keeping with Oliver’s character that he foregoes visiting to Felicity to maintain his hunt, just as we’ve seen him avoid Moira’s funeral and escape to the island after Tommy’s death in previous seasons.
Aside from Oliver’s hunt, or more something that develops in the process of it, is the return of Anarky – now scarred and wearing a haunting mask after Thea set him on fire. He seems creepily interested in Thea, due to what she did for him but in truth, it’s a nice take on things – certainly more refreshing than him wanting to come after her for revenge. Anarky factors into things in a big way as the episode progresses. How? Well, let’s just say Oliver’s logic will get called into question once again.
The episode gets a little weaker towards its conclusion, but all in all, it picks up where things left off in good fashion and sets things in motion for the second-half of the season.
Some teaser quotes:
1. “So you’re back to dropping bodies?”
2. “Aren’t we risking some crazy Bond villain stupidity here?”
3. “I didn’t think you had it in you.”
4. “You make sure he’s dead.”
5. “What’s the point of doing it, if you lose yourself in the process?”
Make sure to tune in and watch the midseason premiere, Blood Debts, on Wednesday 2nd March at 8pm on Sky 1! Then, check back to the site after the episode for Bradley’s review!