Last Night’s “Arrow” Recap: Canary Hunting


Black Canary’s ex-coworkers come to give her her severance package. And another major DC bad guy comes into the story.

Before I get to tonight’s episode, I wanted to mention that TBL’s esteemed entertainment editor, Jim Halterman, did a round table discussion on how Arrow is doing so far. He invited some of the finest critics of the land and even let me join in. So, if you want to debate the highs and lows of S2 so far, have a look see.

Sooo…. The show picks up with a flashback, and it’s kind of clever. Because it seems at first just more of the reshooting of Sara’s scenes on the Queen’s Gambit before it sank, but it’s actually about her, and not Oliver. It’s the point where their paths diverged—the first time. And while it’s interesting to see how the little betrayer survived, I did let out a groan of despair at the thought of adding her backstory to the already unwieldy flashback gimmick.

I’m a little unclear on why she didn’t swim in the direction of Oliver’s wailing and holler for him. I mean, she couldn’t be that far away. Instead, she is rescued by a canary. I think. Or maybe she was hallucinating.

Anyway, Sara was just having a nightmare. I recommend a warm glass of milk and canoodles with Oliver. Well, you can skip the milk. Canoodles with Oliver will fix pretty much anything.

Given that she has moved into Oliver’s house, it shouldn’t be hard to fill that, um, prescription. Thea is apparently staying with Bad Boy Roy in her endless and sad efforts to turn him straight so Oliver has the mansion to himself. And of course there is just no way that hiding the woman who everyone believes you got killed, who you have lied to her entire family about her not-deadness, who is tied to your SUPER SECRET alter ego, could ever possibly go wrong.

It’s a good thing Oliver is so pretty. Because sometimes he’s impossibly dumb.

Even as he is dealing with Sara’s craziness, he is trying to get his mom to defend herself against the charges that will put her away for life. Laurel has joined the prosecution team, which makes little to no sense. But I think Laurel’s character has been abandoned by the writers in favor of things they actually care about.

Anyway, the jackass DA, who is clearly just out to further his political ambitions by landing this high-profile conviction, offers Moira a plea deal. I kind of wish the DA was less of a D-Bag. I would prefer to feel conflicted on whether or not Moira should go to jail.

Moira doesn’t seem conflicted. In fact, she seems ready to throw herself on the mercy of the court. I really need to believe this is all some master plan of hers. I’ll be very disappointed otherwise.

An old friend of Sara’s drops by the mansion and tries to kill her. I guess it’s because she decided to talk about Fight Club. In any case, he’s dressed up in the same outfit Malcolm Merlyn wore, so it freaks Oliver all the heck out. He thinks it’s a disciple or something and he wants to find a way to shut that whole thing down.

Sara reluctantly fesses up that the assassin was after her and that they totally used be besties and that she may have accidentally been a member of an infamous league of murderers.

Oliver, to his credit, only gets a little mad. He’s usually much crankier with people (who aren’t him) who break the rules. But he’s been going easy on her, probably because he kind of sort of ruined her whole life just because he didn’t have the stones to break up with Laurel.

Our crime-fighting duo runs off to stomp on the assassin whose name sounds, incongruously, like LOL.

LOL is not impressed by Oliver’s arrows. He scorns them as inadequate. And he goes on to say he trained Malcolm. If he did, and he thinks archery is lame, then why was Malcolm such a good archer? Who trained him? Is this a question I shouldn’t bother asking?

LOL calls in some pals and fisticuffs ensue. The fight is quite acrobatic, but very brief as the heroes run off to fight another day.

Team Arrow then surmises that the Lance family will become targets of the assassins, which is a weird guess out of the blue and actually makes no sense. I don’t see how killing her father and sister will accomplish the goal of getting Sara to return to Panda Bear City (yes, I know it’s called Nanda Parbat).

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