written by Justin Prince (@prince_justin)
What an ending to the premier episode right? I did not see that coming and echoed the views of many fans that were surprised at Sara's sudden death on the show! Sure I realize that in comic book canon there was no Sara Lance and this perfectly opens up t he possibility for Laurel to take on the Canary mantle, but after last season I grew very fond of Caity Lotz's take on the character.
Onward and upward... Arrow continues right where the first episode this season left off. Sara is gone, Laurel takes her body to the only place she felt she could go... the Arrow cave. Team Arrow is just as taken aback by the sight of Sara's body, killed by an unknown archer... this of course starts Team Arrow on a hunt for an archer with that specific set of skills. This leads them to look for Simon Lacroix, code name Komodo.
On the flashback front, a familiar face makes his way back to Arrow. While in Hong Kong, Oliver is given orders to assassinate a mark... this mark turns out to be Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell). In what has been the most entertaining flashback sequences since the initial reveal that Sara survived. It was great seeing Colin Donnell back, his death after the season one finale left such a hole in the cast. I know that Tommy's death played a huge part in Oliver's development, but still I missed seeing the guy and rewatching episodes from season one left me wishing he survived.
Feels like Arrow is really trying to get back to its comic book roots. After introducing a Vertigo that I felt rectified the disappointing way he was previously portrayed and with Komodo making his appearance this episode, it looks like we'll just have to wait for Starling to officially become Star City (like the comics).
Arrow got so much better last season and it looks like this third season is progressing nicely. Overall, I enjoyed this episode... it left some questions to be answered, but with it still being so early in the season... looks like Arrow season three is gearing up to be quite a ride.