TV: Arrow s2e21: City of Blood

Arrow — “City of Blood” — Image AR221a_0060b — Pictured: Kevin Alejandro as Sebastian Blood — Photo: Alan Zenuk/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rating: 4/10

After Moira Queen’s death, Sebastian Blood wins the mayor candidacy in a landslide. Oliver Queen goes missing so Diggle and Felicity contact Amanda Waller to help them find him. On the island, Oliver, Sara, and Anatoly try to escape in a beached submarine.

Well, it’s my own policy to not “spoil” things as they happen within an episode, but in the next episode onward they’re no longer spoilers. In this case, Moira was killed at the end of the last episode, and I wanted to talk about it then but it’s better to talk about it now.

Okay, here’s my problem with it. It’s just like Tommy in that it feels like the writers were looking at certain characters, Tommy last season and Moira in this one. They said to each other, “Well, I don’t know what to do with this character, how about we kill them?” I mean, that might seem like a good idea being that this show definitely has too many characters from time to time and it’s “good” to thin out the herd, so to speak, but I’m not sure just killing off people like this is the best solution. I mean, I understand it’s a comic series so people can come back from the dead, but still. They should have built her into either a loving mother, someone on the mend for being such a shady figure in her past, or they should have turned her into a total supervillain, one that takes over the city and seems unstoppable until Arrow himself has to kill his own mother. Yeah, that would’ve been good. Also, when Moira admits to figuring out Oliver is the Arrow last episode, she should have apologized for shooting him in the first season. Did everyone else forget about that? Just a personal complaint.

Okay, I guess I should actually review this episode. It was slow paced to the point of boredom. I get that it’s meant to be an emotional episode, but, much like Tommy, it’s really hard for me to feel as mournful as the people in the show are when such lackluster characters die. In fact, I’m mostly thinking that the show is better overall without characters like them around ready to run into the scene and make it suck. I mean, maybe there’s things I don’t know. Maybe Tommy and Moira were impossible to work with or something. But I just see what could have been something great but the way they were handled just ended up being a stain on the show.

Really this was a weird episode with a weird pace. It kind of feels like this episode and the last one you could have taken all the parts that didn’t work out of both episodes and made one pretty good show at normal episode length.

I really liked watching Diggle and Felicity working together throughout the episode. I mean, that’s what they do, they’re a team. But I wouldn’t mind seeing Diggle and Felicity pairing off for other mini-adventures in the future.

SCORING:

+5: Not bad, but not that good either

-1: Moira could’ve been something, instead of, you know…

-1: Too many scenes with nothing going on

+1: Diggle and Felicity should team up more

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