TV: Arrow s3e12: Uprising

Arrow — “Uprising” — Image AR312A_0294b — Pictured (L-R): Katie Cassidy as Black Canary, John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn and Colton Haynes as Arsenal — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rating: 9/10

Malcolm discovers that Brick killed his wife. He wants to join Team Arrow to avenge her once and for all, but the team has to question if they can trust him.

I kind of love it when heroes and villains team up for a common goal. It’s probably one of my favorite comic book tropes, actually. Actually, comics are one of the few places we get to see villains fleshed out into real characters and not just an evil force of nature which is so often the case in other mediums. Then again, comic book movie villains are a different story…

Anyway, the great team up I want to see isn’t exactly what happens here, but I do enjoy seeing the more human, though not exactly likable, version of Merlyn, the Big Bad from the first season.

I liked the focus on Malcolm in this one, and that this episode humanizes him, at least a bit. Sure, he’s evil but it’s not just a gun full of hate pointed at whatever angers him that week and actually has a purpose and a character.

Oh, something stupid happens at the end of this episode that I can’t mention without spoiling too much.

SCORING:

+10: Very good episode with villain focus

-1: Really, it’s just stupid…

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