I am so happy I decided on a whim to binge “Arrow” a few months ago. Because I got sucked into Oliver Queen’s universe, I was ready to take on Barry Allen’s in “The Flash” when that premiered. If any “Arrow” fan isn’t watching “The Flash” or vice versa, I highly recommend you fix that immediately. Not watching one of these brilliant shows would suck some of the fun out of this entertaining crossover episode.
“Guilty” felt like an episode that was meant to be a set-up for bigger things to come. We got some character development for Ted Grant, confirmation that Laurel could actually make a believable Black Canary and the introduction of a villain that can’t possibly translate well to TV. Then again, I didn’t think Laurel could pull off Sara’s Black Canary costume, but the Internet proved me wrong on that one:
And the plot thickens. It was only a matter of time before a clear and present danger loomed for Oliver Queen and company, and it came this week in the form of a feud between The Arrow and The League of Assassins. We also had the return of Malcolm Meryln and got some new direction for the Hong Kong flashbacks. It was a busy week for the protectors of Starling City.
For an episode called “Sara,” Caity Lotz certainly didn’t have much to do other than be a corpse. I expected to get some Sara flashbacks, maybe to how Sara and Oliver got together before they took that trip on the Queen’s Gambit. Instead, we got an episode that amounted to a giant dead end. There was some good material along the way, but also a few questionable creative decisions to ponder.
Well, that was fast. It was just a few weeks ago that I finished my “Arrow” binge, and I’ve already been graced with more new episodes. And “Arrow” came back in a big way in an episode that was asking a simple question: can all these characters living multiple lives ever strike a balance between them?