Oliver: “You want to know why I always blame myself in situations like this? Because at least it’s an answer. Sometimes we just need a reason when a situation is completely unreasonable.”
“Canary Cry” is the April 27 episode of “Arrow.” Warning, this article contains spoilers. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. “Arrow” airs Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. CT on the CW.
This hour was such a disappointment because it really wasn’t about Laurel. The episode masqueraded itself as a tribute to Laurel and her legacy, and the flashbacks even featured Laurel, but it wasn’t about her. It’s a shame we weren’t given the chance to fully honor Laurel, her life, her relationships, and the legacy she left behind.
The flashbacks were more about Laurel and Oliver’s relationship than they were about Laurel. We saw her mourning the loss of Tommy and turning to a past love, Oliver, for comfort. Also, please explain how a week after Tommy’s funeral, Laurel and Oliver are kissing. It doesn’t make sense.
There was one moment where you could tell that the goal was to show that Laurel has always wanted to save the world. There was one line conveying as much. If that was the goal of the flashbacks, then let’s see Laurel kicking some butt as a lawyer and fighting against the system. Let’s see more of her early days as the Black Canary or more of her debating whether putting on the mask is a good idea.
Tommy’s funeral and the week afterwards was such a weird time to focus on. It didn’t make any sense why we would be taken back to that moment and time. The flashbacks mainly showed why Oliver went back to the island, so they became about him and not Laurel. If anything, the flashbacks hurt Laurel and the legacy she left behind. What did you think of the flashbacks?
Then, there was Evelyn who decided to go around playing Black Canary. First off, we never found out how Evelyn could use the canary cry that Cisco had apparently set up to only work with Laurel’s voice. Why mention that Evelyn shouldn’t be allowed to use it if we aren’t going to get an answer?
It’s unclear what the point of this storyline served. The only thing that came out of it was that Oliver decided to tell the world that Laurel was the Black Canary to protect her legacy. Couldn’t we have come to this conclusion some other way?
Instead, we had to pretend to care about Evelyn, and why she was running around beating people up as the Black Canary. Then, somehow, the Green Arrow got her not to kill Ruve Adams by asking Evelyn what the Black Canary would do.
Sorry, but how does that stop Evelyn from getting her revenge? It shouldn’t. The Green Arrow pleading with her not to ruin his friend’s legacy got zero response from Evelyn, so why would asking her what someone she doesn’t know would do have a different result? Did this bother anyone else?
The very best part of the hour was Quentin Lance. Paul Blackthorn just continued to deliver phenomenal performances that left you sobbing. He redeemed as much of the hour as he could. It will be interesting to see how he copes in the following weeks. What was your favorite Quentin scene?
It made sense that Quentin would believe that Laurel would come back and that he could bring her back, even Dinah held onto belief that there was a way to bring her daughter back. They buried Sara twice, and she came back both times. Of course this made everything more heartbreaking too.
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