TV: Arrow s3e11: Midnight City

Arrow — “Midnight City” — Image AR311B_0349b — Pictured: Vinnie Jones as Danny “Brick” Brickwell — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rating: 9/10

While Oliver is recovering in the Himalayan Mountains (and everyone still thinks he’s dead) Laurel tries to be a vigilante as Roy does his best to convince Felicity to help him finish his super suit and Brick makes a play to take over the city.

What the hell? Last time I complained about overdoing everyone’s mourning but here it feels more like what I would expect from a comic book series when they were going for a darker, sadder tone after the death of someone major. Some action, a coherent plotline, a villain who thinks he can get away with anything because the city’s hero is gone. People are dealing with the loss of Arrow, both physically and emotionally, in every way possible, without being over the top with the melodramatic mourning. Also, great use of the villain this time. It’s like we didn’t even need the last episode…

I like this episode quite a bit. I like that instead of flashbacks we have it cutting between Oliver’s recovery on the other side of the world and Team Arrow as they try to fight off Brick and learn to cope as a team without their leader.

Okay, the only complaint I have for this episode is that the lying to Detective Lance for about his daughter’s death has run its course. She’s been dead for two or three months now, it’s just getting ridiculous the lengths they’re going to in order to keep lying to him.

SCORING:

+10: Great episode

-1: Just tell Lance about his dead kid, geez…

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