Corto Maltese
Arrow Season 3



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

"Corto Maltese" switches things up just enough to maintain the show's steady voice while offering hope for a brighter future.

Episode Info

Oliver tries to track down Thea in Corto Maltese as Diggle searches for a missing field operative. Meanwhile, Felicity adapts to her new job.


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
Colton Haynes
as Roy Harper
John Barrowman
as Malcolm Merlyn
David Cubitt
as Mark Shaw
J.R. Ramirez
as Ted Grant
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Critic Reviews for Corto Maltese

"Corto Maltese" offered a nice change of pace as it shifted the setting to the titular island nation. Unfortunately, this episode didn't focus directly on Thea and Malcolm as much as it could have.

Aug 7, 2018 | Rating: 7.7/10 | Full Review…

In "Corto Maltese," we finally see a key character in the Arrow universe revealed for who they really are, even though they're never on screen. And it's so very satisfying.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

'Corto Maltese' was promoted as Thea's big comeback, and while we do delve into her relationships with Oliver, Roy and Malcolm, this is also a strong ensemble episode, granting almost every Arrow regular a satisfying sub-plot.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The problem is that the "action mission" involving Diggle doing some quiet work for ARGUS before getting (expectedly) betrayed by a rogue operative isn't just's really dull.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

All it took was a continuous stream of lies and several deaths to start this story rolling in a completely different direction. The future looks pretty bright right now.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The women of Arrow were in a punchy mood this Wednesday, as we saw the lengths to which Malcolm went "temper" his daughter and Laurel got a bit overzealous in doing right by dead Sara's leather jacket.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

While the A.R.G.U.S. plotline felt rushed and rather underwhelming, the episode took its time developing Laurel's subplot, which was both compelling and poignant.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

As for the overall episode, it was nice to get out of Starling City for a bit, but some weird editing and the whole side-story feel of the plot knocked this one down just a bit.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Palmer's perplexing behavior isn't the only question we are left with, as the episode ends with Nyssa Al Ghul paying Oliver a visit while in search of her lover Sara. With a cliffhanger like that, it's going to be a long week.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

There's a cool Mission: Impossible vibe about this one.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's enough meat in the episode-specific story for this to work as an hour of television, but none of the serialized plot threads have moved far enough that they feel like vital parts of the show's overarching narrative.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…