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  • Episode: Streets of Fire (Season 2, Episode 22)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Caity Lotz, Manu Bennett
  • Written By: Jake Coburn & Ben Sokolowski
  • Directed By: Nick Copus
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Brothers, DC Comics
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Arrow: Streets of Fire Review

The Run to the Season Finale Begins

By Tim Janson     May 08, 2014
Source: Mania.com


Nyssa al Ghul played by Katrina Law on Arrow.
© The CW/ Warner Bros.
Best line of the night…Felicity: “Isabel attacked Dig so I hit her with the van.”  Bwah ha ha ha ha!  The episode could have ended right there and I would have had a smile on my face.  “Streets of Fire” picks up right where last week left off as Deathstroke’s army of Mirakuru powered underlings are terrorizing the city.  One of the thugs goes after Thea in the train station but she is rescued by her father, Malcolm Merlyn, decked out in his Dark Arrow garb.  At the Starling City Police Department, Lance is reinstated to Detective and his Lieutenant asks him to reach out to the Arrow for aid.

It turns out that the call that Felicity received from S.T.A.R. labs at the end of last week’s episode was to inform her that they found a cure for the Mirakuru and not about Barry Allen (Boooo!).  A courier is on his way to Starling City but was in an accident on the way.  Before Oliver can get to him, Deathstroke’s men arrive first, killing the man and stealing the cure.  Also returning to Starling City this week is Sara Lance, arriving to help Laurel escape and also rescue a young girl from a fire, finally realizing that she is a hero.

Things quickly go south for new Mayor Sebastian Blood.  Deathstroke has his men kill Blood’s entire staff as well as the Chief Prosecutor, Laurel’s boss.  Blood realizes he’s been betrayed so he steals the case containing the cure from Deathstroke and gives it to Oliver, vowing to help rebuild the city,  Unfortunately for him he won’t get the chance as Isabel arrives and puts two swords through his chest.  Oliver his hesitant to test the cure on Roy but when Amanda Waller blockades the city with Argus forces and threatens to bomb the city at dawn, Oliver has no choice.

Overall a strong buildup to the season finale although not without its problems.  First of all, the whole idea that Waller would level the city and 500,000 innocent civilians just to wipe out a hundred or so super powered thugs is utterly preposterous.  You have an armed military force at your disposal and you make the jumped to scorched Earth with nothing in between?  No thought of even sending in your own Suicide Squad to assist first?  

Secondly, Deathstroke wiping out Blood’s entire staff was also a heavy-handed response.  What’s Deathstroke’s endgame here?  Wipe out the city and then what?  I mean Blood as Mayor would make the perfect puppet leader for Slade Wilson.  And how does Blood simply walk out the door with the ONE thing that might be able to stop Deathstroke’s army?  Far too convenient.  And the Flashback scenes were too much of distraction this week and didn’t forward that element of the story.

Despite the flaws though there was still an element of the dramatic that was lacking in another comic book-themed show this week which I shall not name.  We have all of the players in place…Ollie, Sara, Roy, Merlyn, Waller and perhaps the Suicide Squad…leading in to the showdown next week with Deathstroke,  I’m geeked!

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DarkJedi41 5/9/2014 7:04:13 AM

 Anyone else catch Roy wearing the Speedy/Arsenal mask in the preview?

Moz72 5/9/2014 9:00:45 AM

Tim, Deathstroke's endgame is to destroy Starling City and turn it into a graveyard.

Also, too soon for Barry to show up as the Flash. Remember, he's still in his coma. 

I agree with you on Waller's scorched earth policy.  Seems like a drastic decision.  Waller's probably rationalized that even the Squad cannot defeat the Mirakuru army. But, considering the fact that she is a government agent I'm pretty certain she doesn't have the authority to deploy troops and destroy an entire city without approval from the President. Seems kind of shady.

From the preview, i saw a glimpse of what appears to be reinforcements from the League of Shadows joining Ollie and his team. Looks like it's going to be one hell of a showdown. I hope Deathstroke sticks around as a regular villain.

tjanson 5/9/2014 10:11:53 AM

 Moz...i agree...but jeez this really makes Deathstroke an over the top psycho.

javaone 5/9/2014 11:07:25 AM

Good review Tim, you were pretty much spot on with everything.

Some of the high points:
Lance got his detective badge back...yeah! I actually couldn't stand him as a regular beat cop. He was a way more interesting and believable character as a detective.
Laurel revealing to Sarah she knows her identity. One thing that has bothered me throughout has been that these people dress up in masks and hoods and wigs, but with no real conviction about who they are or what they're doing. So Laurel tries to convince her sister that what she's doing is important, and then sees her as a hero when Sarah saves a girl, and then refers to her as "The Canary"...hopefully it changes both characters in the long run.
There is a cure for the Mirakuru drug. It's really gotten old that all of these guys are superhuman, but the only ones trying to stop them are NOT superhuman. That and the fact that Roy is out of his mind when he's conscious. Seriously, if they don't bring superhumans to the show to stop them, then level the playing field and make them NOT superhuman.

Low points:
The whole Sebastian Blood angle. He's bad, then he's uber-bad, then he's instantly good. NO WAY. If you're THAT evil you don't just flip it like a light switch. And how the heck do you just walk out on Deathstroke with the one thing that can stop him? If Superman had a big batch of Kryptonite in a lead box do you really think someone would be able to just wander out with it?
Malcolm Merlyn & Thea. So he suddenly shows up at the train station, saves Thea, wants to be her daddy again, then she supposedly shoots him. C'mon, the storyline could have been done better.

All-in-all a great episode and I'm SOOO pumped for the finale next week!

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