Critic Consensus: Thea's long-overdue realization of the Arrow's true identity aside, Laurel's growing role and contributions to the action scenes signal a welcome change within the team.

Episode Info

Vertigo causes Laurel to hallucinate an epic fight that pits her Black Canary against her sister Sara. Meanwhile, Chase surprises Thea; and Roy warns Thea to stay away from Malcolm.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
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
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Critic Reviews for Canaries

There wasn't a wasted subplot or story element. There wasn't a wasted scene, really. Well, except for the Flashbacks, which I will yet again state that I think are played out.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

"Canaries" was an odd episode. Characters did a lot of zig-zagging, sometimes emotionally, sometimes geographically. But within the chaos, [there were] five perfect moments for us to savor.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Arrow regained some of its lost momentum from last week with strong conflict that both allowed for a rematch with Zytle and forced Ollie and Laurel to deal with some personal demons.

Aug 7, 2018 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

Perhaps one of the best moments of Canaries was when Oliver finally let Thea in on who the Arrow was.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

It shouldn't come as a surprise that "Canaries" was another excellent installment of our favorite superhero show since if there's one thing Arrow does better than the comic book drama, it's the family drama.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

It's big moments like this - for Quentin, for Thea, for 'past Oliver' as he makes a surprise return home - that ensure 'Canaries' remains a mostly satisfying experience, even if Laurel's plot disappoints by failing to offer much that's new.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

There was much to like about "Canaries," though the titular, well-hyped face-off(s) frankly came up short for me.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The return of Sara Lance and her alter ego Canary was wonderfully done.

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

"Canaries" was a little talky at times, but I have to admire the way they just went for it with getting a few things cleared away this week.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It is almost refreshing to see Oliver sit someone down and explain the whole story on his own terms. Even more refreshing is Thea's reaction.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…