The Return
Arrow Season 3

93%

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Critic Ratings: 15
Critics Consensus

Notwithstanding its action-heavy plot, "The Return" mainly stands out as a dramatic and emotionally ambitious episode.

Episode Info

Malcolm puts Oliver and Thea in a dangerous situation that lands them on Lian Yu with Oliver's former enemy Deathstroke. In a flashback, Oliver and Maseo return to Starling City to retrieve the Omega bio weapon.

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Critic Reviews for The Return

The Return was a weird episode. Enjoyable, but weird.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

There was plenty of good drama to be had this week, especially concerning the ongoing Lance family woes.

Aug 7, 2018 | Rating: 7.9/10 | Full Review…

The real fun of this episode was the flashback full of bafflingly bad hair.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

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

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.

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

If the aim was to focus on strengthening the relationship between Oliver and Thea, then I suppose they succeeded.

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

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.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The set-up's a good 'un but "The Return" doesn't entirely deliver the goods.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Look at all that sibling bonding.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…