We have made no secret of our love for John Barrowman, and for his character of Malcolm Merlyn on “Arrow.” If you are right there with us with your own feelings, we have to tell you right now that the upcoming February 4 episode “Uprising” is going to be right up your alley. After all, this allows for a chance to really see more of where this man came from, and how he ended up becoming a shrewd, violent, and evil supervillain following the death of his wife. Like many other villains, there is a purpose in Malcolm’s head for everything that he does.
The CW released a full synopsis for this episode earlier this week, and it gives you a few clues that you should be more than happy to see:
“Still operating without Oliver (Stephen Amell) and desperate to stop Brick (guest star Vinnie Jones), Team Arrow is forced to consider Malcolm’s (John Barrowman) offer to help shut Brick down as Malcolm has a personal score to settle with the felon. Roy (Colton Haynes) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) point out that the team could use some help to save the innocents of The Glades, but Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is adamantly against it. They look to Diggle to make the final decision. Meanwhile, the flashbacks chronicle Malcolm’s descent from kind-hearted father and husband to cold-blooded killer after the murder of his wife.”
There is something that is very much fascinating with the idea of seeing Malcolm work alongside the likes of Team Arrow, but the question we wonder at the moment is really rather simple: Are we going to see the likes of Diggle really be cool with this? It may take a whole lot for him and Laurel especially to want anything to do with a guy whose actions ultimately brought about the death of his own son Tommy.
Regardless of what happens here, we’re pretty confident that it is going to be awesome.
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