Arrow: Midnight City Review


By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

Well Starling City and our Arrow-less Team Arrow are having a tough time keeping the streets clean in “Midnight City.”

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

This episode, more so than the previous episode “Left Behind,” showed that the team could indeed function without Oliver. “Midnight City” and the one before were episodes about the five stages of grief. “Left Behind” was an episode about characters being in denial and anger, especially Felicity, and this episode was more about acceptance. Coming back together as a team and fighting Brick, who is quite formidable, interesting, and entertaining villain.

For some reason the chemistry between Roy and Laurel is very strong and I actually really like it.  It’s almost if I would watch a series just about those two trying to figure out how to navigate the city-saving hero world. Watching Roy, who was just trained a year ago, mentor Laurel was a little weird but it worked. They are both inexperienced compared to Oliver and Diggle, so they have a different energy with each other than compared to the other duo. Put together they are competent enough to adequately fight crime.

Not only that Laurel had a pretty touching scene with Felicity that made me wonder why they don’t have more scenes together. It would seem natural that two of the three female series regulars would spend more time together especially since Laurel now knows about Team Arrow and is actually suiting up as Canary. Hopefully this is a bonding moment that will start an on screen friendship that the show needs. I’ve never understood the lack of female friendships on the series. Sara and Felicity ended up getting along well, but they rarely had scenes together.

At first I was ambivalent when I saw Laurel suit up as the Canary for the first time in the “Left Behind.” Watching her fail miserably a couple of times in this episode did nothing to alleviate my wariness, but she eventually pulled it together enough to keep on fighting.

Okay when I asked for Caity Lotz to guest star again this episode’s totally not what I meant. I feel cheated. I want to actually see her in a flashback, not Laurel trying to pretend to be Sara so they have to use her voice. This episode took Laurel’s deception to her father to an absurd place. I know, she wants to preserve his health but she’s taken it to a whole new level. I’ve always believed that Papa Lance deserves to know his daughter is dead. It’s only fair that he not be deceived and actually have a chance to go through the grieving process with older daughter. At this point it’s just heartbreaking to watch.

Oliver continued to recuperate thanks to his old pals Maseo and Tatsu. They had double doses this week as an addition to the present they were in the flashbacks. I’m starting to think the thing that “wasn’t Maseo’s fault” was the possible death of their son. That’s the only thing I can think of that would drive them apart considering how determined he was to get his wife back five years ago. Especially since their son is neither seen nor talked about in the present day.

I’ve always thought as the DJ as a waste of airtime, but Arrow goes ahead and surprises me. You’d think I’d be used to Arrow’s twists but I didn’t see that one coming.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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