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  • Episode: Crucible (Season 2, Episode 4)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Paul Blackthorne, Caity Lotz Colton Haynes, Summer Glau
  • Written By: Andrew Kreisberg & Wendy Mericle
  • Directed By: Eagle Egillson
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Brothers, DC Comics
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Arrow: Crucible Review

Black Canary Reveals Herself

By Tim Janson     October 31, 2013

The Black Canary Reveals Herself
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I’ve railed against the fact that Warner Bros. and DC have refused to let Arrow embrace its comic book roots but all that changed last night…at least for one episode.  With Green Arrow and Black Canary teaming up to take on gang of thugs, I could not help but feel the fight was pulled directly off the pages of a comic and it certainly had to put a smile on most fan’s faces.

Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity begin to track the movements of Black Canary and discover that she is not following Green Arrow but rather Laurel Lance.  Oliver sets a trap for the new costumed vigilante when he finds her watching Laurel outside of her apartment.  Caught helpless, the Canary shocks Green Arrow by calling him “Ollie”.  He removes her mask to reveal Sara Lance, who was presumed drowned when Robert Queen’s yacht sank, marooning Oliver on the mysterious island.  Oliver now confesses to Felicity and Diggle that he knew Sara survived and was, in fact, on the island herself although he claims to be unaware that she was still living.

Meanwhile, a local street gang led by a man known only as “The Mayor” has been stealing military grade automatic weapons and using them to take over control of The Glades.  After a dramatic confrontation with Oliver where Sara explains why she doesn’t want her family to know that she is alive, the pair team to take down the thugs, even exchanging weapons at one point just to show that Black Canary is equally adept with a bow as she is with her staff.

So Wow!  That sure packed a lot into an hour.  We now know that Sara is also connected to the island with an even more surprising development at the end as Oliver is shown captured and being tortured on the ship named “Amazo”.  Just as some secrets are exposed new ones crop up.  We know that with the League of Assassins episode coming next week and with the introduction of “Sin”, that Black Canary has ties to that shadowy organization.  We’re finally starting to see more of an ongoing, serialized style of plotting to the show outside of the bits on the island and this is indeed welcomed.

Another development is that Glades Alderman Sebastian Blood officially reveals himself as Brother Blood.  I could have done without the goofy, knockoff Predator-like mask that looked like it came from a dollar store, but never the less, this sets up another intriguing villain in the show, one that has a powerbase both publicly and behind-the-scenes.  In the comics, Blood was a villain of the Teen Titans and a worshipper of the Demon, Trigon.  It will be interesting to see how the writers work Blood into the fold as a Green Arrow villain.  There’s certainly a cultish like feel to him so far.

Two things I did not care for this week was the drama involving Laurel getting pulled over for a DUI and her unnecessary drama.  Is she taking over the angst role from Thea?  The other is the use of Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev.  Her sole purpose seems to be nothing more than chastising Oliver about how he is running Queen Consolidated.  So far her character has been completely useless and not what I expected at all.

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cinemaman72 10/31/2013 1:05:08 PM

Am I the only person that noticed the easter egg referencing The Flash's origin?

BoldlyNoted 10/31/2013 6:32:30 PM

Particle Accelerator! And I've heard them reference S.T.A.R. Labs in an earlier episode.. on the news during a tv broadcast in episode 1 I think?

moonsunne 11/1/2013 6:54:49 AM

 i saw that too on the TV in Ollie's Office

Eldogg42 11/1/2013 8:07:07 AM

Huh? What I miss?  I'm more of a Marvel guy, so i'm not 100% on catching all the easter eggs.  I saw the Star Labs thing but missed the reference to a Flash Orgin.  Is a Particle Accelerator what gave Flash his powers? I thought it was chemicles and a lighting bolt.  Either way, i'm digging this show alot so far.  Finally DC is doing something right.  Now if they are smart, they will use THIS Arrow as the Green Arrow for a Justice League movie.  By the time they are ready for that movie, this Ollie will have cemented himself as the true Arrow.  No need to make up another one.  But then, they would also now have to commit to the actor playing the Flash in this series also.

monkeyfoot 11/1/2013 9:27:00 AM

This was an excellent episode! I am not up on alot of stuff in the DC books for instance Brother Blood or Black Canary's sidekick/friend. I pretty much just know the basics, so all the twists and turns in this episode were great fun. You are correct that the series hasn't really embraced much from its comic book roots. I always call the show Dark Knight Lite in that it has always been more interested in doing a TV imitation of those hit movies than actually doing the GA comic mythos. This episode really seems to change that.

I haven't googled it yet but I'm assuming the actress playing Black Canary isn't the same one who played Sara Lance in the first season's flashback. I recall she was brunette. We see in this episode she was always blonde even in the shipwreck. I also can't remember if this is the same secret identity she has in the comics.

CaptAmerica04 11/1/2013 1:04:52 PM

Yeah, wait, what'd I miss?  I'm more Marvel than DC, but it was my understanding that Barry Allen and Wally West both got their powers from being hit by lightning during lab experiments.  What does that have to do with S.T.A.R. labs and a particle accelerator?

CaptAmerica04 11/1/2013 1:06:20 PM

Monkeyfoot, I do know that in the comics, LAUREL Lance is Black Canary, not Sara Lance.  I'm guessing/hoping that they will eventually kill off Sara Lance for good and then her sister will take up her mantle as Black Canary.

tjanson 11/1/2013 2:47:04 PM

Well technically the original Black Canary was Dinah Lance who is Laurel's mother in the show who we saw in the first season.  However after Crisis Dinah "Laurel" Lance was the new black Canary and her mother was Dinah Drake Lance...DC for ya...adding confusion when none is needed.

tjanson 11/1/2013 2:50:42 PM

Yes in the comics both Barry Allen and Wally West got their powers the same way

fft5305 11/1/2013 2:53:24 PM

Good call, monkeyfoot. In the Pilot, she was played by Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (a brunette). Actually, CaptAmerica04, I believe in the comics, Black Canary is played by DINAH Lance (the Lance girls' mother, on the show). I assume also that once Sara is killed, Laurel (whose middle name is Dinah, I believe) will take up the mantle as Black Canary.

I missed the particle accelerator reference, too. The lightning/chemicals origin is the only one I am familiar with as well. Like Eldogg42, I'm more of a Marvel guy.

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