This may seem like cheating once again but I don't have the time or energy to do a full-on review of last week's episode of Arrow. Thankfully, I don't have to. The website GreenArrowTV has a great in-depth review full of spoilers and easter eggs that's as thorough as anything I could provide here. If you're so inclined, check out their review for the season 2 episode, "Time of Death", and then come on back!
|Screen cap from "Time of Death", courtesy CW Network.
My Oh-So Brief Review
Arrow has had some good episodes, but this was a very good episode. It introduced a classic villain with tons of potential for future appearances. It spent a lot of time with the Lance family, fleshing out more of Laurel and Sara's relationship, as well as a few character details of their mother, Dinah. We got to see the Canary in action and we now know how her connection to Sin originated.
Another thing I've noticed that has to go in the complaint section: As Team Arrow grows to include Canary and Roy, and Sin and Thea by extension, we've seen Diggle pushed more and more to the side. I think the show found its identity once Ollie and Diggle teamed up, so it's a shame that Diggle has become more and more marginalized. Maybe he needs to get a Green Lantern ring in order to get some decent screen time again.
There are a couple of references to Kord Industries and a very blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo of Blue Devil on a poster, as well as mention of the Oblivion Bar. All nice bits of fan-service.
Lots of threads are coming together as we near the end of the season. And don't forget, the episode titled "Birds of Prey" is just a few weeks away!