Arrow – Recap: Who is the Blonde in Black?
The Black Canary is none other than Moira Queen! No, not really. She’s still locked up. Arrow did, however, give us the true answer to the biggest question of Season 2 tonight! Who is the blonde in black?
Episode 4 of Season 2 of Arrow, “Crucible,” introduced us briefly to The Mayor, but that’s not even of the utmost importance. Arrows flew, batons were swung, and the self-proclaimed king of the street thugs would end up behind bars before the episode was over. He did, however, link us to a very interesting twist that could quite possibly connect back to Ollie’s (Stephen Amell) days on that awful island. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) hit the bottle hard, and this reviewer got excited. I think an off-the-rails Laurel will be so much more fun to watch! Also, does Diggle (David Ramsey) have a new love interest in the works? Here is the Recap and Review of Season 2 Episode 4 of Arrow, “Crucible”!
Episode 4 opened at a party thrown by Oliver Queen, an attempt to wrangle in new investors to the floundering Queen Consolidated company. Oliver would arrive late, true to form, but all eyes would inevitably turn to Laurel, who was “not herself” this week. We’d rarely witness Laurel without a wine glass clenched in her hand, but it honestly took me half of the episode and a reminder that Officer Lance (Paul Blackthorne) is a recovering alcoholic to make me take notice. Remember, Laurel’s suffered quite a few near-death experiences. Throw in the actual death of a boyfriend, and that was that. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) focused on Laurel curiously from across the room, eventually begging her pardon and stealing Oliver away for a bit. She’d had a revelation! Although, part of me was hoping the revelation was that she wanted Ollie all to herself forever, but alas. In truth, Felicity had deduced that this looming new frienemy, the woman we’ve come to know as The Canary, seemed only to appear when Laurel was in danger.
Oliver, realizing that the event would be enough of a public appearance to bait The Canary out of hiding, slipped outside in costume and managed to apprehend the woman in black. Funny, I truly thought Arrow was going to drag out the big reveal, but nope. The mask and wig (I knew it!) came off at the start of Episode 4 revealing that Black Canary is… Sara Lance (Caity Lotz)! She’d manage to give Oliver the slip soon after, but what was her deal?
From within the private quarters of The Arrow Cave, Oliver admitted to Felicity and Diggle that Sara hadn’t died on The Queen’s Gambit. Instead, he revealed that he’d crossed paths with Sara yet again some time afterwards; however, he was certain she’d bit the bullet since then. Felicity and Diggle were peeved with Ollie for even considering not telling Laurel and her father, especially now that Sara is back in fine fighting form. Oliver, having suffered through five years of hell on the island, fired back in his own defense. Seriously, though, why hasn’t Oliver mentioned any of this to Diggle prior to tonight’s big reveal?
Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) is growing on me. Sure, she’s icy and slightly scarier than any super-villains we’ve come across on Arrow, but even the mere mention that she’d like to help the city get back on its feet (if the company she’s a partner in wasn’t about to crumble into pieces) was enough to sell me on her character for now. Oliver and Isabel met with Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro) in order to discuss yet another opportunity to give back to The Glades. Oliver would fund, out of pocket, a cash-for-guns event in which he’d offer to pay for weapons turned in by those living in the area. You see, this faux Mayor had been somehow stealing military grade weapons and smuggling them into the Glades community, thus creating a grave danger and a post-quake anarchist government of sorts.
Laurel, meanwhile, hit a bit of a snag herself. Having spent the night out with the DA and, more importantly, a few glasses of wine too many, Laurel was pulled over and only narrowly avoided a DUI with a little help from her father, who’d continue to show his concern for his daughter’s wellbeing throughout Episode 4. Had he passed on his bad habits? Well, he inevitably turned to Oliver, Laurel’s friend, for help in setting her back on the right path. Funny enough, Sara Lance hid in the shadows of Verdant as she witnessed her father’s fear of losing another daughter. Oliver, refusing to rat her out, continued to carry Sara’s secret, even if he hadn’t gotten any answers as to where she’d been all this time. The earthquake had drawn Sara back to Starling City in hopes of finding her family healthy and happy, yet what had transpired since then in the wake of the destruction of half of The Glades had convinced her to continue acting as their secret guardian angel.
The charity event would seem to go over well. Oliver and Blood would chat as civilians turned in any guns for Ollie’s cash. It’s also important to note that this was a bit of a trust building exercise for Oliver and Blood, as Queen acted as a silent donor. Blood, recognizing that Oliver was a bit frazzled and frustrated, offered his ear. Oliver had been struggling with both Lance girls. First, well, Sara is this new lady-vigilante, and she adamantly refused to budge on revealing her status as a living breathing person to her family. Laurel has become a lush. Oliver, yet again, is caught between the two. Blood, brought up the concept of a “Crucible”… Some live, some die, and some get so comfortable with the fire that they never stop fighting through it. Blood’s goal is, it seems, to heal The Glades before it becomes accustomed to its current state.
Like clockwork, The Mayor arrived with a few goons to put an end to the cash-for-guns event. Blood boldly stood before the heavily armed men, condemning their audacity in claiming the people of the city as their own. They’d open fire on the man, driving Oliver to act on instinct and knock him to safety behind a police car. Roy (Colton Haynes) and Thea (Willa Holland) seemed to stay out of the line of fire, but by the time the bloodshed was over, it seemed poor Sin (Bex Taylor-Klaus) would not be so fortunate. Roy would save her life, watching over her until medics would arrive on the scene. Sin, if you recall, is The Canary’s spunky sidekick of sorts.
We’d discover this week, in a moment shared between the two, that Sara had rescued Sin from a group of male assailants, reaffirming her status as a feminist vigilante. Sara would secretly check in on Sin during her stay at the hospital, but it was Roy and Thea who’d stand by her while doctors operated to save her life. In the end, it seems the two have a new buddy in Starling City. I like that all of these plot lines are now getting tied together. I’m not so much a fan of shows that are well-written but inevitably find characters divided too far apart to the point where it feels like we’re watching several different shows crammed into one series. Arrow is incorporating new faces in a way that keeps the narrative centered while it expands.
Diggle’s old military buddy, Lyla, returned this week with a key bit of information on the location of the stolen weapons. Most importantly, sparks are flying between these two. Expect to see more of “single” Lyla this season! Anyway, The Mayor had swiped crates with homing beacons installed; however, someone had deactivated them prior to the start of Diggle’s search.
Luckily, Arrow has Felicity, and if they need her to do the impossible, she can do it. Not only was she able to use government face recognition software to reveal the identity of this Mayor delinquent, but she managed to reactivate the homing beacons for just enough time to get Oliver an exact location to bust.
Of course, retrieving the weapons as The Arrow is one thing, but capturing The Mayor would prove to be slightly more difficult. That would be a task that would put Black Canary’s skills to good use. The two partnered up officially for the first time this week, even swapping weapons for a bit there while they demolished their latest foe. I liked the looks of joy that spread across their faces at the mere sight of witnessing a counterpart doing alongside them what they’ve always done so well solo. By the episode’s close, Oliver would convince Sara to come clean to her family. We wouldn’t get to see anything this week unfold, but the repercussions will surely include the Lance family writing off Oliver, who’d kept the fact that Sara had been alive all this time a secret.
The island flashback sequence this week was a doozy! Long-haired Oliver remained confined on the enemy ship, eventually finding himself interrogated by a sufficiently intimidating mercenary. What was made most clear is that the cave-grave Ollie and his friends had discovered did, indeed, mean something of immense important to these people, yet Oliver wouldn’t squeal regarding where it was or whether they even found it. Following a bizarre test in which Oliver was expected to extract a freshly embedded bullet from his gut then to subsequently sew up the wound, he was deemed strong enough to carry on. His silence, though, was deafening, so it will only be a matter of time before the men find the cave-grave. The flashback arc ended this week with Oliver being transferred from his cell to a cushy-by-comparison room on the ship. There, he caught his first glance of… Sara Lance.
Episode 4 closed with yet another whopper of a twist. Oliver had made nice with Blood, even going as far as to put a little pressure on the man to consider actually running for mayor. As in, the legitimate government position rather than the role of foolish gun-obsessed anarchist opportunist. The show ended, though, with that Mayor, the apprehended criminal, awaking in a dank room that was clearly not within the safety a police station. There, Brother Blood introduced himself, injecting the fallen gang leader with some sort of drug that inevitably killed him. Brother Blood than revealed his true identity… He is Sebastian Blood. Hmm… Could the poison injected into The Mayor be connected to what mutated the men on the island? Is this how superpowers will come to be legitimately on Arrow this season?
What did you think of Arrow Season 2 Episode 4, “Crucible”? Did you know that Sara was The Canary? Would you like to see Sin stick around? Is the super drug Blood injected into The Mayor the same thing that mutated the bodies on the island? Is this how they will introduce superpowers into the world of Starling City? Will Laurel continue to spiral downward, or will Sara’s return start a clean slate?
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