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Worried that Prometheus may be right about him being a killer, Oliver finds a ray of hope in the apparent return of Laurel. Felicity swears revenge against Prometheus for causing Malone's death.


Gregory Smith


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
David Ramsey ... John Diggle
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen (credit only)
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
Echo Kellum ... Curtis Holt / Mr. Terrific
Josh Segarra ... Adrian Chase
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance (credit only)
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance / Black Siren
Rick Gonzalez ... Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog
Joe Dinicol ... Rory Regan / Ragman
David Meunier ... Ishmael Gregor
Garry Chalk ... Lieutenant General J.G. Walker
Juliana Harkavy ... Tina Boland
Lexa Doig ... Talia al Ghul
Jag Bal Jag Bal ... Boyfriend


Worried that Prometheus is right and he is truly a killer at heart, Oliver looks for any ray of hope and finds it in what seems to be the miraculous return of Laurel Lance. However, Felicity, still reeling from Detective Malone's murder, is bent on revenge - she wants to stop Prometheus at any cost. While in prison, Diggle fights for his life.

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25 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Juliana Harkavy has also appeared in NBC's cancelled Constantine in the episode, "Blessed are the Damned" as Preacher Zachary's sister. See more »


Oliver Queen: I spoke to Laurel.
Felicity Smoak: When did she become Laurel? She's not Laurel. Not "Laurel" Laurel. She's not our Laurel, okay? Not...
Oliver Queen: Okay, Felicity, I'm... I can't pretend to understand parallel worlds. But if I'm going to believe in them, and... and I kind of have to now, then I need to believe that differences are caused by circumstances. So why can't we change this Laurel's circumstances?
Felicity Smoak: You think that you can save her? After she's thrown in with Prometheus?
Oliver Queen: Under duress. I just... I think I can reach ...
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Welcome Home Laurel...
25 January 2017 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

I think most of us had assumed that it was either going to be Earth-2 Laurel (Black Siren) or just simply a hallucination of Oliver's as soon as she showed up in the lair. Arrow has done a lot of divisive things over the years, but perhaps none more divisive than the decision to kill off Laurel/Black Canary last season. Luckily, the writers didn't blatantly choose to erase that from the lore of the show, and instead, are going to incorporate her into the show in a variety of ways in the future. We'll get to that other Black Canary issue a little later.

Because of how grounded the first 9 episodes of season 5 felt, I'm not sure how I felt about Black Siren's presence. I've always said this show is much better without any sort of meta-human or enhanced beings at all. While this version of Laurel is a far cry from most villains that appear on Flash, I still prefer Arrow to stay grounded in its crime drama roots. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Siren had a direct link to Prometheus as she played into his plan to continue to manipulate Oliver's life. How exactly Prometheus planned for Laurel to do that? Yeah, I'm still not so sure on that, but I was glad to see the big baddie make an appearance.

Diggle was left in a bit of a pickle last time we saw him as he's once again dealing with the aftermath of the incident with the military. Oliver hired Adrian Chase to take on his case, which led to mixed results. Diggle is presumably okay for the immediate future, considering how long Chase's "prosecution" will take, but he's far from being a free man.

The Team had some weekly conflict as always, this time, between Curtis & Rene and also Felicity & Oliver. The latter felt like age-old arguments from the early days of Arrow as Felicity repeatedly tried to convince Oliver of his blind-spot when it came to him trying to help Laurel. It's definitely nothing we haven't seen before, but I believed both sides of the argument enough for it to get by. The Curtis/Rene squabble was a bit of the same. It felt more like the writers needed to fill air time than natural. I believe Curtis in what he's frustrated about, but I'm not sure this episode was the right time for that to come to head.

The flashbacks also didn't carry a ton of weight this week, that is, until the final few seconds. Lexa Doig made her grand entrance as Talia al Ghul. Of course, even though she is said to be training Ollie in the coming episodes, she won't be able to tell him her last name considering that would wipe away the al Ghul's presence in season 2 and 3 (Oliver would have then mentioned that he knew Nyssa's sister). But Doig wasn't the only female to make her debut tonight as Juliana Harkavy made her first appearance as Tina Boland. Sure, seems like she'll be the new Black Canary, though I'm not sure we even need one, right?

Doesn't it seem weird that in the episode in which Laurel 'returns', they push her aside and welcome in a 'new' Canary? Didn't the show-runners say they will honor the Laurel Lance version of Black Canary? I'm not sure the fans will be pleased with this decision. Can't we just end the Black Canary character? Sara or nobody at all, Arrow. Come on now. Aside from a few cool set-ups for the latter part of the season, this episode was just plain average. Not exactly the follow up to "What We Leave Behind" that I was hoping for.


+Chase & Diggle present a welcomed team

+Thankfully this wasn't a full on resurrection of Laurel

-But did we even need Laurel in the first place?

-Prometheus' plan for Laurel was unclear


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