TV Review: Arrow S3E12 Uprising

arrowOn this episode of Arrow still operating without Oliver and desperate to stop Brick, Team Arrow is forced to consider Malcolm’s offer to help shut Brick down as Malcolm has a personal score to settle with the felon. Roy and Laurel point out that the team could use some help to save the innocents of The Glades, but Felicity is adamantly against it. They look to Diggle to make the final decision. Meanwhile, the flashbacks chronicle Malcolm’s descent from kind-hearted father and husband to cold-blooded killer after the murder of his wife.

The episode is an interesting one. There’s really three stories, Oliver’s return home, and then Team Arrow dealing with the Glades, and Malcolm’s origin. Each has its strengths and weaknesses.

Oliver’s journey back, especially with what he suffered, was a bit rushed. I guess it’s been some time, but his journey back felt similar to his previous disappearance flashbacks. Except in this case much more compact. But, it’s all a journey to get him back to his city and eventually d with Ra’s.

The reason I don’t mind the rushing back of Oliver is this story of Team Arrow dealing with The Glades. The whole idea the city would just give up a section because they’re afraid seems a bit silly. The fact that this is happening when The Flash exists not too far away, is just silly. The battle at the end of the episode also felt like a throwback to the meh parts of the first season.

What was really good about this episode was Malcom’s journey which was an origin of sorts showing why he went the route he did and presenting him in a grayish spotlight. He’s no longer pure evil, but a bit more nuanced. It’s a much needed thing, and how he’ll deal with Team Arrow from here on out will be interesting.

Overall, the episode gets us to the end game with Ra’s and drives where the show is going, it’s just a bit of a bumpy and uneven ride.

Overall rating: 7.5