TV: Arrow s1e22: Darkness on the Edge of Town

Arrow — “Darkness on the Edge of Town” — Image AR122b_0284b — Pictured: John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2013 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

Rating: 6.5/10

The Undertaking is almost here while Thea and Roy try to find the Hood. Moira is captured and reveals what the Undertaking is to Oliver. On Lian Yu, Oliver gets captured yet again!

This was a very exciting episode with lots of tense moments both on the island and off it. I like the correlation between Fyers on the island as his plan to start a war is beginning just as Malcolm’s plan to destroy the Glades is almost ready. Still, being that this is the second to last episode of the season, I guess I expected it to be something other than a filler episode. True, action is definitely rising, but we should be past the point of no return. If this were a movie I’d complain that the third act is taking too long to start.

It does get pretty exciting once all three members of Team Arrow infiltrate Malcolm’s business, but that doesn’t start until halfway through the episode. I feel like it should have started the episode with that. Also, while in the middle of breaking into what is essentially Malcolm’s evil layer, Oliver decides now is the time to confront Tommy about who is and isn’t in love with Laurel. I mean, again, I hate love triangles so maybe I’m just overly biased against stuff like this, but there’s a time and a place for everything, Oliver, and this ain’t it.

SCORING:

+7.5: Decent episode, except when it isn’t

-1: This is too late in the season for more filler

+1: Does have some pretty cool heist stuff

-1: But it culminates with Tommy stuff…

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