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Oliver Queen is absent for most of the aptly named "Left Behind" -- although not gone forever; the show is named Arrow, after all -- but it gives the rest of the cast a chance to shine in the stunt scenes.
Some really spectacular stunt work in this episode, but my favorite shot involved Roy dodging bullets as he ran through the pipes during the fight with Brick's men. That was just stunning.
To be honest, the introduction of Arrow's newest villain, Brick, wasn't all that compelling, but Emily Bett Rickards' performance along with the rest of Team Arrow's response to Oliver's death carried the episode.
Brick seems like an interesting new villain, and it's about time we saw Laurel do something heroic and not lawyer-ish.
The relative lack of Oliver Queen did nothing to hurt Arrow in its mid-season premiere.
Arrow is back, and it's letting us know a couple of important things. One -- no one can even guess where this season is going to go. Two -- it's going to be incredibly sweet to get there.
'Left Behind' is a busy but compelling episode of Arrow skilfully scripted to allow its many miscellaneous plot threads time to breathe.
So, you have your answer.
Arrow returns with "Left Behind" and immediately does exactly what it does very best.
The win of the night goes to the boys and Laurel for carrying on and stepping up.
Here's hoping that some of the DC mythology bleeds its way into next week's episode by way of explanation, because for a mid-season premiere, this episode was only so-so.
All in all, a very entertaining and eventful beginning to the second part of Arrow's third season.
I can't be the only one who cried, can I?