By Christopher Ross (@boss_ross92)
It’s a miracle!!! The return of Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance on our screens is a sight that has been missed, even if things weren’t all as they seem. Spoilers ahead.
With that in mind, let’s get right into it. Arrow’s 5x10 “Who Are You” starts off right where the mid-season finale left off. Laurel is in the Arrowcave right as Oliver (Stephen Amell) enters and he is in disbelief. She explains to him that Sara went back in time, transported her onto the Waverider, and used the future technology to heal the stab wound inflicted by Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) from season 4. If that doesn’t sound like a bedtime story, I don’t know what does.
Felicity comes into the headquarters a minute later and before you know it, Team Arrow is throwing a welcome home party for the fallen hero. However, the party was merely a strategy by Felicity to gain some DNA from Laurel to test if she truly is who she says she is. Eventually Felicity determines the DNA checks out but is given an “ah-ha” moment from Rory (Joe Dinicol) who suggest an evil twin and not a second later does Black Siren from Earth-2 make her way into the Arrowcave to knock out Rory and Felicity before the villainess flees after Oliver makes an entrance.
The team finds out that Earth-2 Laurel escaped her cell at Star Labs with a little help from Prometheus. Speaking of Prometheus, it is quite terrifying how quickly he was able to subdue Black Siren and manage to put the fear of God into her about following his orders.
Not long after her escape, Laurel is calling Oliver to ask for help from Prometheus and for the Emerald Archer to meet her at the Black Canary statue by the pier. When Black Siren makes her way to the pier, Felicity calls an audible and has the rest of Team Arrow attack evil Laurel. Nonetheless, Siren’s sonic scream makes quick work of Oliver’s team, but is quickly subdued by the Green Arrow with a knockout arrow.
Back in the Arrowcave, Laurel is locked up in a power-dampening cell and Oliver is trying to talk some sense into the Earth-2 counterpart, but Felicity sees right through this deception. After slipping some tracking nanites into Laurel’s cup of water, Felicity orchestrates a plan that allows Black Siren to escape and lead the team straight to Prometheus.
The third act of the episode offered some great exposition into Curtis’ (Echo Kellum) future with the team. He finally got back into his genius/inventor characteristics and created a portable dampening device to stop Siren’s scream. We also got a quick battle between Prometheus and Green Arrow, where Oliver used a toxic gas arrow to slow down the villain, unfortunately, the trick arrow had no effect. It seems that Prometheus knows every trick in the book when it comes to the Green Arrow! The hooded villain escapes and leaves Black Siren to be stopped by the dampening device and a good right hook from Felicity.
The episode ends on a couple cliffhangers. In a flashback scene from Oliver’s days in Russia, a hooded archer saves Oliver from being killed by Ishmael Gregor. The archer turns out to be Talia al Ghul (Lexa Doig). It will be interesting to see where this plot goes from here. Also, in the last minute of the episode, we are taken back to present time Hub City, where a new female character named Tina (Juliana Harkavy) takes out a couple thugs in a bar with the use of a canary cry similar to Black Siren’s. It’s only a matter of time before Team Arrow tries to recruit her to fulfill the promise Oliver made to Laurel of keeping the Black Canary mantle alive. Let’s just hope she is up for the job.
-- A subplot of this week’s episode revolved around Diggle’s (David Ramsey) dilemma of once again being in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Oliver gets help from Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) to represent wrongfully convicted hero. We get to see Adrian really use his attorney intelligence to outsmart General Walker (Garry Chalk)to make sure Diggle doesn’t get transferred and likely killed. Hopefully, this storyline doesn’t take too long to resolve, as it would be great to have Spartan back in the lineup.
-- Did anyone else catch the line where the President of the United States is a she. Maybe they will use the same character from Supergirl for Earth-1’s version.
-- It’s good to see Curtis get more into his Mr. Terrific character and stick with his roots. Hopefully we get to see some T-Spheres pretty soon.
-- The flashbacks this week were a little bland up until the Talia al Ghul reveal at the end. Maybe next week’s episode will raise the stakes some more in this storyline.
-- Rene (Rick Gonzalez) might be hotheaded as Wild Dog but he sure does know how to make some inspirational speeches to the supporting characters.
-- Nothing is more entertaining than watching Felicity knock out Earth-2 Laurel.
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