That was a fantastic return for Arrow. It hit all the right beats and gave me two surprises. The first was that Oliver is all ready alive. I thought the show would wait another episode or two to confirm him being alive. The second was Laurel dressing up as Black Canary. I knew it was coming because they've spoiled the heck out of it all ready but I thought her debut was still a few episodes away.
Brickwell's plan was pretty smart. Steal the evidence so he can get a ready made army that has a grudge against the Arrow and is loyal to him since he still has the evidence. He's going to be a good villain.
The fight in the evidence warehouse was really well directed. This show has had some amazing fight scenes before but I really enjoyed this one. It was also nice to see Roy get to kick butt. Whenever he was with Oliver he always seemed to get taken out quickly or just didn't have much to do.
Felicity's reactions were spot on in this episode. Of course she would hold out hope longer than the others, and of course she would crumble and want to be done with the crime fighting business when she learned the truth. There for a second I thought she was going to take the sword and stab Malcolm.
Speaking of, I think he truly is sorry Oliver is gone. It seems like he did believe Oliver had a chance to defeat Ra's, and he was pinning all of his hopes on that. He orchestrated this entire thing, and it failed.
Laurel's Black Canary costume looks amazing. Different enough from Sara's but with touches here and there to show it's inspired by it. I do wonder how she will fare. It wasn't that long ago that she tried to take the abuser down and instead ended up getting whooped. She's been training since then but not a lot.
Am I the only one not engaged by the flashbacks this year? I just can't get into any of the drama going on in Hong Kong. I was hoping the flashbacks wouldn't even be in this episode. I figured showing no Oliver would drive home the fact that he is gone.
Not too surprising that Tatsu is still alive. Now we just need to know how she brought Oliver back to life.