“Arrow” has done a heck of a job this season when it comes to surprises, whether it be via new villains, relationships, or just cramming so much stuff on the show that sometimes it’s completely ridiculous at times.
But when it came to Wednesday night’s episode, this is definitely one that surprised us in terms of what did not happen. The biggest thing is that about fifteen minutes away from the end of the episode, this was going to be the moment where Sara Lance was set to die. After all, the idea in the comics was for Laurel Lance to become the Black Canary at some point. Maybe this will still happen, but the show is continuing to surprise at the moment.
The craziest thing here is that this episode did so much without really giving us that much of the regulars. There was no Roy Harper on the show this time around, and Diggle was basically absent yet again (even if he was there physically). On the flip side, Felicity figured out the truth about Moira (somewhat random), and she managed to break the news to Oliver.
Now, let’s talk about what actually was the biggest surprise of the episode to us: The revelation that Sara Lance is the first bisexual hero on the show, at least in that she and Nyssa al Ghul had a relationship. That’s a nice change-up for the show, and also good in the sense that the relationship was handled just like any other. Nyssa was enraged about Sara leaving her and the League of Assassins, and she apparently did so without ever even telling her love that she left. (Granted, this would have been a much powerful moment had she not gone and made out with Oliver at the very end of the episode … and right after seeing Laurel throw glass at her after learning that she was alive.)
While not every little piece of this puzzle was perfect, at least “Arrow” is really giving you the sort of comic-book story that all adaptations should give you, where you can still get lost in the story without knowing for sure what is next. Having Sara back for good definitely changes things up, especially since everyone knows about her being there. The only twist now is if she will connect the dots and let everyone find out who Oliver really is. Grade: B+.
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