Arrow: Canary Cry – Review

Arrow: Canary Cry (Season 4, Episode 19)

“You’re just one illegitimate child away from a really awesome Oliver Queen impersonation.” – Felicity

Laurel died last week and this episode was all about everybody dealing with their grief.

After Laurel died, a new Black Canary turned up in Star City but with a much more aggressive approach to fighting crime. The team tracked her down and stopped her from unintentionally ruining Laurel’s legacy. Everybody felt sad about Laurel’s death but Quentin, in particular, struggled with accepting the fact that she was truly gone.

For an episode about loss, the first half contained surprisingly little grief and a great deal more anger and guilt. Felicity blamed herself, Diggle blamed himself, Oliver blamed himself… I can see where they’re coming from but carrying the weight of the world is such a common trope in Arrow that it felt played out and boring. I really just wanted them to move past it and deal with the loss of Laurel.

The flashbacks became infinitely more interesting this week and in death, Laurel finally got some good scenes. The flashbacks dealt with the time where Tommy Merlyn died in Season 1 of the show and we saw Laurel and Oliver during that time. These were some of my favourite scenes in the show. Sadly, we’ll probably be going back to Lian Yu for the rest of the season’s flashbacks.

Quentin was not ready to accept the loss of his daughter in this episode and who can blame him? So many times, he’s thought that Sara was dead only to have her come right back. Paul Blackthorne delivered an amazing performance as a grieving father – at first I felt sorry for him but when he broke down with Oliver, I was sobbing along with him.

The final Ruve Adams scene was awful- Oliver stopped the mock-Black Canary from shooting Ruve Adams and then escaped. This all would have been fine if it wasn’t for the completely ineffectual SWAT team that stood by the entire time. Maybe they didn’t want to catch the vigilantes – I hope that that’s what the show was trying to do, otherwise it was just pathetic. Only half of them even raised their guns whilst they watched as Oliver slowly ascended to the roof.

So it is now official that the mysterious grave belongs to Laurel. The team is shaken but more than that, they are out for blood. There should be a great deal more intensity in these final episodes of the season.

What did you think of this week’s Arrow? Will you miss Laurel? Does this mean that Felicity’s back for good? Let me know in the comments.


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