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Notwithstanding its action-heavy plot, "The Return" mainly stands out as a dramatic and emotionally ambitious episode.
The Return was a weird episode. Enjoyable, but weird.
While I think the idea of swapping locations for the flashbacks is interesting, and like I said, the flashbacks this week are far more engaging than they have been, I still hold firm to the idea that we don't need the flashbacks anymore.
There was plenty of good drama to be had this week, especially concerning the ongoing Lance family woes.
The real fun of this episode was the flashback full of bafflingly bad hair.
In the end, The Return was a decent episode. Though the plot was questionable and sometimes pointless, it was nice to see some more truths come out into the open.
More so even than other Arrow episodes, this is a tale of two halves... 'The Return' mostly strikes a decent balance between fan service and spectacle.
What an odd (uneven?) hour of television. Instead of a well-woven story, Arrow Season 3 Episode 14 consisted of moments in time and they were quite scattered.
With all of the callbacks to season one and season two, "The Return" almost could have been a "clip show." Except...it wasn't. It was more clever than that.
If the aim was to focus on strengthening the relationship between Oliver and Thea, then I suppose they succeeded.
It's nice to be reminded where the cast was before we met them in Season 1 and to see how far they've come since banding together to help Oliver save their city.
The set-up's a good 'un but "The Return" doesn't entirely deliver the goods.
Look at all that sibling bonding.