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A lot of this episode falls under the heading of table-setting, as the show prepares for its big finale.
Though this episode could have just as well been the finale, we have plenty more to look forward to next week.
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.
"Darkness on the Edge of Town?" That's putting it mildly. There was darkness everywhere in Starling City this week.
It's not a bad episode per se: just one that feels like a placeholder, biding time.
'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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.