The Canaries have always played a huge part within the show of Arrow. Sara Lance was the first to take up the mantel followed by Laurel, and now Dinah. This episode focuses on all three Canaries as Dinah and Sara try to redeem Laurel. Many fans were very excited when it was announced that there would be a Birds of Prey themed episode coming to Arrow, and I can tell you it lives up to the hype. This episode was very entertaining and did a lot to expand the world of the show.
The main storyline surrounding Laurel’s Black Siren was extremely interesting and entertaining. I really bought into what Laurel was going through and the choices she made. Also, her redemption at the end of the episode never felt forced to me, it was done really well. While the story is simple and straight forward, Laurel tiptoeing between good and bad is what made it interesting. This episode also provided a great depiction on how women work together. Yes, this episode is female-centric however the show never tried to force feminism or women empowerment on any of the characters throughout the episode. It was just women, teaming up to get the job done.
This storyline was mainly sold by the great chemistry between the Canaries. Both Caity Lotz and Katie Cassidy do a great job in their respective roles. You can tell that Legends of Tomorrow has made Caity Lotz a lot more independent and confident. She very much seems like a hero who can lead her own team. However, the standout in this episode is actually Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak. These days Felicity gets a lot of hate however Rickards knocks it out of the park in this episode. Felicity is a genuinely funny character, not goofy funny, but actually funny. Now there are two weak links acting wise in this episode. Juliana Harkavy as Dinah continues to be the angry mom of the group and Carmel Amit as Shadow Thief looks cool but simply cannot act.
As far as the other two storylines in this episode go, they were just white noise. The Oliver and Diggle storyline was way too hard to follow. I just could not keep up with what they were doing to the point where I literally had no idea what was going on. On a side note, it’s a real shame what happened to the Longbow Hunters, they were such a cool group of villains and the show just tossed them away. As far as the future storyline goes, I also had no real idea of what was going on. At first, I actually thought I missed an episode because it was so confusing. Both storylines tried to tell a full story and just didn’t have enough time to do so. They really should just stick to one main storyline. Aside from the reveal at the end of the episode, both storylines were pretty much pointless.
The best thing about this episode by far and away is the directing. From square one, director Kristin Windell creates a very unique and immersive experience. This episode is filled with amazing action sequences. The opening scene alone when Laurel was fighting the guards and the camera was swaying with her movements was amazing. The production level was also very impressive. There were a number of great sets throughout the episode. Particularly, when Laurel and Sara were in the graveyard, it was so eerie and mysterious.
Overall this was a pretty great episode. The story was very interesting and entertaining. This episode was filled with great action sequences and great sets. The comradery between the Canaries is spot on and there is a lot of great acting done in this episode. Emily Bett Rickards may be on her last few episodes but she still brings her A-game. Kristin Windell is a fantastic director and really does a lot to elevate this episode. Sure, the two side storylines were confusing and underdeveloped but the main storyline was so good. Going forward the show should really start focusing on one storyline. Bottom line, I want a canary spinoff show.