Critic Consensus: Although multiple flashbacks do little to advance the story, the return of Nyssa al Ghul promises an interesting character arc this season.
as Oliver Queen
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
as Walter Steele
as John Diggle
as Robert Queen
as Quentin Lance
as Thea Queen
as Felicity Smoak
as Roy Harper
as Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer
as Ra's al Ghul
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Critic reviews for The Magician
This week's Arrow is probably one of the most focused and single-tracked episodes they've ever done, and that's certainly not a bad thing.
"The Magician" was the weakest installment of Season 3 so far. The action was satisfying, and Ollie had some solid moments in the present and in the flashbacks, but the conflict was a little more dull than it should have been.
Arrow enters its usual first-quarter holding pattern in this episode, so we don't make much progress. But "The Magician" is still peppered with great moments.
The main problem with "The Magician" is that it's an extraordinarily talky episode. And it's not the kind of talking that particularly moves the plot along.
With strong performances for nearly the entire cast, "The Magician"... takes advantage of the rich world Arrow has built in the past two years, while also giving this season the dramatic kick it needed.
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