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League of Assassins

Season 2, Episode 5 Aired: 2013-11-06

Arrow: League of Assassins Review

The Weight of Secrets

Reviewed: by Tyler Olson

***The review below contains minor spoilers.***

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Over the past few episodes we have been slowly introduced to the Canary, who just happened to be a member of the Lance family who we thought to be dead, but this week it seems her time on Arrow, at least in the present day story, has come to a temporary end. And what a fantastic end it was.

The main problem with the major D.C. Universe characters introduced in the first season was that they were built up way to quickly, then left in an anti-climatic fashion, but it looks like the writers have figured out how to solve that problem this year. Sure, we still have a few that are single-episode stories, but both Blood and Canary are being created slowly over time, and when it is time for them to leave, like Canary this week, they go out fighting.

Although, the huge fight scenes were just the icing on the multi-layered cake that included details on how she survived, who took her in, the groups she got mixed up in, why she returned to Starling City, and, why she had to leave again. While that information would have been more than enough, throwing in names such as Anthony Ivo, Ra's al Ghul (and his child), and Al-Awol, man who trained Malcolm's, this was one super sweet desert!

For someone who trained Malcolm, I did expected more of a fight, though.

On top of all that, like a glistening cherry, was the break from all the secret keeping. Sure, some characters are still in the dark about a great many things, but we finally got a taste of how Quentin reacts to learning of a vigilante's secret (even if our main hero is still unknown to him), plus an admission from Oliver that it is time for him to lift the veil from his own crate of secrets... to his friends anyway. There is still lots of work to be done before the starring cast knows as much as we all would like them to, but it is a giant leap forward. I just hope the burden of keeping secrets will give Quentin and Oliver more to bond with.

Sadly, not everything was prepared to perfection, though. I had really hoped that the writers had learnt by now that Laurel doesn't need to be stuck into every situation, especially ones that are very unrealistic, but that is exactly what they did with Moira's trial. I guess that whole conflict of interest rule doesn't apply when it comes to Starling City. Why couldn't they just leave it with Laurel convincing the D.A. to give Moira the option instead of her being on the prosecution? It still would have given a good reason for Moira to be conflicted because of her own secrets without adding unnecessary drama. Maybe it is time for someone in green to pay her a visit and tell Laurel she has failed the city.

One last thought that also didn't fit... if Thea is staying at Roy's, where is he living? Did his home somehow survive the Undertaking, or does she play in the sewers?

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