From one Hen of Prey to some other.
Caution: Complete spoilers for Arrow Season 7, Episode 18 under. If you wish to have a refresher on the place we left off, take a look at our overview for Season 7, Episode 17.
Lots of Arrow’s largest issues since Season four boil all the way down to a very massive solid. It at all times turns out like there are too many heroes and no longer sufficient room to do all of them justice. And now with the sequence hastily winding down, it’s all of the extra essential that the display blank the board if Oliver Queen’s heroic adventure goes to obtain the end it merits.
The excellent news is that the writers appear conscious of the wish to streamline issues main into the overall season. The sequence already bid farewell to Echo Kellum’s Curtis, and we lately realized that Emily Bett Rickards is leaving after Season 7. Now it seems that that Katie Cassidy-Rodgers is bidding farewell to the Arrowverse, too. “Misplaced Canary” marked the tip of Earth-2 Laurel Lance’s tenure in Crew Arrow, and it’s no longer a foul means for this incarnation of the nature to move out.
It doesn’t matter what Earth she hails from, Arrow has had a rocky good fortune charge in the case of Laurel. She’s by no means absolutely embodied the Black Canary of the comics. That obviously used to be by no means the objective, therefore the verdict to divide the Black Canary mantle amongst such a lot of characters. However whilst all the Black Siren storyline has had its particular low issues, in spite of everything Laurel is a basically extra fascinating personality when she’s a foul particular person suffering to be just right.
With that during thoughts, this episode wrapped up her multi-season arc in the one means it might, with Laurel’s darkish previous being printed and her backing out again into the function of Black Siren. “Misplaced Canary” posed the elemental query – can Laurel in reality grow to be a greater particular person, or has she been residing a lie all this time? And as we noticed, Laurel is in the end in a position to doing justice to the legacy of her Earth-1 counterpart. She possibly simply wishes a reminder or two of the way onerous she’s labored to get this some distance.
It did turns out as even though Laurel’s arc used to be compressed a little bit an excessive amount of. I’d somewhat have see her care for being a pariah and a fugitive for a couple of episodes earlier than getting her large send-off. It’s as even though she flipped a psychological transfer with the best way she so briefly and completely reverted to Black Siren mode. This complete storyline just about glossed over the truth that by way of taking at the identify and identification of Earth-1 Laurel, Earth-2 Laurel mainly destroyed the recognition of one among Celebrity Town’s commemorated useless. There’s some particular overlooked possible there, despite the fact that Laurel roughly smoothed issues over in spite of everything.
If the rest, the flash-forward storyline helped essentially the most in the case of cementing her personality arc and sending Laurel off on a prime observe. Usually, the flash-forward scenes had been slightly bland this week – all motion and little in the best way of plot development or fascinating tale trends. However seeing an older Laurel soar to Mia’s rescue with Canaries in tow made all of it profitable. We see Laurel at her absolute best and in reality embodying the redemption being Black Canary provides. That ultimate scene served as a powerful farewell to a personality who’s been a mainstay in a single shape or some other for many of Arrow’s life. And on the similar time, it confirmed that Laurel hasn’t left Earth-1 in the back of without end.
Every other primary promoting level with “Misplaced Canary” is that it’s an extraordinary female-driven Arrow episode. Now not simply in the case of the solid, but in addition in that it used to be written and directed by way of girls. We were given a neat little subplot involving the go back of Kodiak, however rather than that it used to be the Felicity Smoak/Black Canary Energy Hour. It’s important to wonder whether this episode is meant as a litmus check for a conceivable Black Canary or Birds of Prey-esque derivative. Or “Birds of Justice,” as Felicity referred to their team-up. With more than one Canaries at the crew and Felicity filling in for Oracle, it might paintings.
That team-up integrated an excessively welcome visitor look by way of Caity Lotz. It will had been a disgrace to wrap up Laurel’s adventure with out an look from her sister. Greater than that, Sara’s temporary go back helped strengthen the display’s legacy and remind us simply how some distance those characters have come from the early seasons. After 4 seasons of Legends of The following day, it’s onerous to bear in mind a time when Sara used to be only a humble vigilante seeking to flee her bothered previous. The interplay between Sara and Felicity used to be particularly nice, appearing two close-knit buddies reconnecting after an extended and chaotic absence.