In Review: Arrow – Second Chances

Talia al Ghul helps Oliver take down Kovar, but he isn't sure he wants it when she reveals what she requests in return.

Synopsis: Talia al Ghul helps Oliver take down Kovar, but he isn’t sure he wants it when she reveals what she requests in return.

Review: Team Arrow go on the hunt for a new Black Canary to fill the place of Laurel Lance, but it seems that Ollie is a bit too fussy about the various options. At least until Curtis finds a meta human who has been helping people and victims of crime.

As the title suggests. Its all about second chances, which is something that Rene aka Mad Dog points out during the episode while in conversation with Arrow.

What I liked about the story is the fact that the Flash Back sequences to Russia actually tied in with what was happening in the present. In the flash back Talia Al Ghul is working on bringing Oliver back to the light by putting the notion into his head that he can go home. He just has to compartmentalise the more monstrous side of his nature. She even suggests he wears a costume and puts the idea of him becoming a vigilante into his head.

To coincide with the Flash back sequence. We see Ollie as Arrow trying to do the same for Tina Boland. The new woman that they are trying to recruit as the new Canary. Trouble is Tina has some issues to deal with before she can commit. She’s in a very dark place and Ollie naturally wants to bring her back into the light.

Elsewhere in the story Felicity manages to get hold of some evidence via the dark web, which gets Diggle out of prison.

Overall for me. This is the best episode ‘Arrow’ has done in awhile.

Juliana Harkavy put in a solid performance as Tina. It will be interesting to see how she works out as the new Canary if she decides to join up. 

We also see a pretty solid performance from Lexa Doig as Talia Al Ghul. Hopefully we’ll have more of her in weeks to come, but I’d really like to see a return for Katrina Law as Nyssa al Ghul. If only to see the two al Ghul sisters reunited. 

Arrow - Second Chances
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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