Arrow is probably the best action drama on television. It continues to improve every week by developing the main character’s story along the supporting character’s stories. The best part about last week’s episode was the main character, Oliver Queen, was not even in the show until the end of it. Stephen Amell plays Queen and again he was given the backseat to a few other main characters. Ollie’s partners Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), Diggle (David Ramsey), Felicity, (Emily Brett Rickards), and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) all take starring roles in this episode to stop Brick (Vinny Jones). Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) is also showed cased more in this episode as a catalyst for things to come in the future of Arrow.
Oliver Queen is supposedly dead and the maniac known as Danny Brickwell as taken over the city. Laurel Lance steps into the Black Canary costume in attempt to fight Brick’s men. She gets her ass pretty much kicked but Arsenal shows up and helps her. Roy remind Laurel that he has had training from Oliver and years on the street. Ray Palmer and other city officials hold a meeting to discuss the Brickwell problem. Brickwell doesn’t oblige their meeting because he shoots his way into the office and captures several city officials. The mayor decides to give against the consent of Captain Lance. Meanwhile Malcolm Merlyn tries to convince Thea Queen, his daughter, to leave Starling City because they are endanger. Malcolm tells her the truth about Ra’s Al Ghul. Felicity has a conversation with Laurel and realizes Laurel is continuing Ollie’s fight so she has too. She helps Ray Palmer solve his Atom Suit problem. Oliver is in a shack healing with the help of old friends.
First of all this Arrow episode really didn’t have a lot wrong with it. John Barrowman and Willa Holland did detract from the main storyline a little bit of the heroes trying to stop Brick. However, their storyline is important. Roy shows up at Thea’s apartment and demands Malcolm stop seeing Thea. Merlyn replies “thanks, I needed a laugh.” Thea also demands to know the truth why they have to leave the city. She reminds her father that he taught to be a fighter and not a person who runs away from a fight. These scenes set up the more important part of the main storyline of Malcolm finally confronting Ra’s Al Ghul.
This episode deserves a lot of props on how they handled their main female characters, Laurel and Felicity. Laurel has been an awesome or stupid character depending on the episode. This episode highlighted the strengths and weakness of Laurel. Laurel is a strong commanding district attorney. She uses her power and authority to exploit criminals into making deals. However, she is a weak crime fighter. She nearly was killed three separate times in the show and escaped her almost final fight by kicking Brick in the balls. Laurel and Felicity have a great chemistry on screen with their interactions to each other. Felicity is super stupid when she is a nagging witch but she is strongest she stands with and helps the people she loves. Emily and Katie showed a great deal of emotion during this episode. They really made this episode special.
The last positive that I want to touch on is Brandon Routh and Vinny Jones. They make their characters fun, likeable, and command the screen when they are in a scene and one of them plays a bad guy. Brandon plays a great romantic hero who wants to the save because he is noble and good. He might get his own show playing the Atom. Vinny Jones on the other hand is evil. He has fun playing the evil greedy one lining bad guy who will kill anybody for the hell of it. He needs to be reoccurring villain every season because he is so good.
Overall, this arrow episode was great. The secondary characters are being developed more and more each episode. Midnight City gets a 4.5/5.