Darkness on the Edge of Town
Arrow Season 1



Critic Ratings: 10
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Episode Info

With the Undertaking only days away, Malcolm dons his black hood, while Oliver must outwit and/or outfight the Dark Archer in order to save the city.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
Colin Donnell
as Tommy Merlyn
Colin Salmon
as Walter Steele
David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Jamey Sheridan
as Robert Queen
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards
as Felicity Smoak
Eric Floyd
as Dr. Brion Markov
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Critic Reviews for Darkness on the Edge of Town

A lot of this episode falls under the heading of table-setting, as the show prepares for its big finale.

Jul 20, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Though this episode could have just as well been the finale, we have plenty more to look forward to next week.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The tonal shift is made pretty apparent from the title alone, "Darkness on the Edge of Town," but the bleakness is overwhelmingly obvious by episode's end.

Jul 27, 2018 | Full Review…

"Darkness on the Edge of Town?" That's putting it mildly. There was darkness everywhere in Starling City this week.

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

It's not a bad episode per se: just one that feels like a placeholder, biding time.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

'Darkness on the Edge of Town' managed an incredibly propulsive plot quite well, even if some of the less prominent storylines still felt as though they were lagging behind.

Jul 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Not only have the major secrets of the season been spilled, paving the way for some exciting climaxes in both past and present day, but the personal conflicts seem to have reached a precipice as well.

Jul 25, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Darkness on the Edge of Town" is jam-packed full of plot, and most of that plot is heavy stuff. Fortunately, to lighten the load, there are some moments of pure physical comedy in there.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

My concerns about the hackneyed nature of Malcolm's plot aside, there's little in 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' to find fault with. It's a funny, dramatic, romantic, action-packed episode of Arrow that reins in the show's weaknesses.

Jul 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This [episode] was just a matter of the central characters playing catch-up to the audience, learning all they need to know for the big finale. But, boy, was it fun to watch.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…