Arrow: Streets of Fire Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Thursday, May 08, 2014
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!
Mania Grade: B+
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