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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.
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.
The Foundry scene, which I spoke on briefly, was SO tense but necessary...
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.
"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.
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.
Perhaps one of the best moments of Canaries was when Oliver finally let Thea in on who the Arrow was.
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.
There was much to like about "Canaries," though the titular, well-hyped face-off(s) frankly came up short for me.
The return of Sara Lance and her alter ego Canary was wonderfully done.
"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.
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.
Oliver got to face Dark Oliver in the first installment, but the twist was a bit more interesting this time around as Laurel faced off against her dead sister, a much more complex relationship.