Arrow: City of Blood Review (Mania.com)

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Thursday, May 01, 2014
Source: Mania.com

Ollie was limping!  I am so happy!  I mentioned last week that I hoped the writers did not just forget about the serious knee injury that he suffered as if it never happened.  When we see Oliver for the first time he is still walking with a heavy limp…of course he was moving pretty well by the end of the episode but there’s still something to be said for continuity.  

The funeral for Moira Queen kicks off this week’s episode and Oliver is noticeably absent and hasn’t been seen in several days.  When Diggle and Felicity are unable to locate him, they turn to Amanda Waller to help track him down.  Waller discovers that Oliver is at his secret hideout…his OTHER secret hideout that none of his other companions knew about. Diggle and Felicity find Oliver a broken man, completely defeated after the murder of his mother by Deathstroke.  Oliver knows it won’t end until he is dead and is resigned to die at his enemy’s hands.  

It is Laurel who brings Oliver back from the brink, revealing that Slade Wilson told her that Oliver was The Arrow.  Laurel discovers proof that Sebastian Blood knew about Moira’s murder before it happened and won the Mayor’s race by default.  Oliver finds a new reason to carry on and has a tense meeting with Blood.  But Blood is the least of Oliver’s worries.  Deathstroke has created an army of Mirakuru enhanced soldiers; all costumed exactly like him including Isabel Rochev.  He intends to release his army of henchman on Starling City and has several of them placed in strategic locations such as the train station and police department.  Oliver and Diggle attempt to blow up the underground structure where the men are gathered but the plan backfires and Oliver gets caught in a battle with one of the thugs. barely escaping as the army begins to march on the city.

It might be wishful thinking on my part but with dozens of superhuman thugs set loose on the city can there be any question that Oliver needs help?  Is this why Sara left?  At the end of the episode Felicity receives a call from S.T.A.R. labs but we don’t know why.  Did they call because they discovered a cure for the Mirakuru drug?  Or did they call because Barry Allen woke up from his coma?  I am hoping that this isn’t going to be a quick fix, mass cure that they are able to use against Deathstroke’s army but I would guess that is the most likely outcome.  Despite her appearance this week this doesn’t look like a job for Waller and the Suicide Squad.

Laurel’s turnaround from depressed drunk to crusading attorney took place a bit too fast but I like what she has evolved into.  She even gets involved physically when Oliver is being beaten by one of the thugs.  I just hope they don’t go too far and turn her into a costumed hero as well.  She’s a valuable asset in her position with the District Attorney’s office and that’s the best place for her.  Stephen Amell continues to grow into his role as both Oliver Queen and the Arrow.  I believed he was ready to sacrifice himself and it was one of the series’ most emotionally powerful scenes thus far.  

And let’s not forget Manu Bennett and Kevin Alejandro.  They have been standout as the season’s villains.  They are not just villains because they do bad things but these are two genuinely evil and despicable men that you can love to hate.  Arrow is steamrolling towards its season finale!


Mania Grade: A-
Episode: City of Blood (Season 2, Episode 21)
Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Caity Lotz, Manu Bennett
Written By: Holly Harold
Directed By: Michael Schultz
Network: The CW
Studio: Warner Brothers, DC Comics
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