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Although its placement as a penultimate epilogue to Arrow may give fans mixed feelings, there's no denying that "Green Arrow & the Canaries" is a tantalizing backdoor pilot for a new band of distinctive rogues.
As I watched, I couldn't stop thinking about how odd it is that this is Arrow's penultimate episode. When it ended, it didn't feel like we were heading toward the series finale. Nevertheless, I still had a lot of fun watching it.
Does "Green Arrow & The Canaries" work as an argument for the existence of Green Arrow & The Canaries, the future series? Yes. Does it work as one of the final chapters of Arrow? Also yes, though somewhat less successfully.
There's so much in the pilot that really works: the family legacy, the revamped setting, the small mysteries and the way it truly looks towards a new future. But what really clicks are the actresses and characters at the core.
I was objectively impressed with "Green Arrow & the Canaries" as a backdoor pilot designed to launch a spinoff, and I think that spinoff would fit in well with the post-Arrow era of the Arrow-verse, but I didn't love it as an Arrow fan.
These girls kick butt -- and infuse a new style different from all the other CW shows, which with the roster they have, that's pretty hard to do. There could be a future here.
"Green Arrow and The Canaries" successfully set up a series that promises to be every bit as engaging as its predecessor, while also showcasing some of the Arrowverse's most under-appreciated actors.
Was this enough to make me buy in to the spin-off? In a word, no. There's too much Arrow DNA in Green Arrow and the Canaries to get me excited about it
There's plenty of intriguing potential here - but "Green Arrow and the Canaries" doesn't introduce any wrinkles to the well-worn Arrowverse formula, which could quickly lead any spin-off down a disappointing road of dwindling returns.
It did everything it needed to do and more, with the level of excellence we expect from these creators. How soon can we get this on our screens full time, CW?
Perhaps when Green Arrow & the Canaries has its own proper show, it will gain its footing and leave a unique mark on the Arrowverse. But, looking at this singular episode, it set up a lot of decent backstory for more episodes to come.
As an epilogue to Crisis on Infinite Earths, "Green Arrow and the Canaries" mostly hits the mark... What this episode fails to do, however, is justify building an entirely new series around the new plot threads introduced here.
So yeah, there's plenty of intrigue to go around if The CW decides to keep this one around. Should The CW pick it up? I'd hedge yes.