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Welcome back to Arrow Squad! This is Miss Ice filling in for Podcast Overlord as he fights his way out from the snow shavings I sent his way. It was my plan all along, really, to be able to discuss this episode of Arrow with THE SHADOW. And discuss we did! This is our review of Season 3 Episode 13 entitled “Canaries”, marking the return of Count Vertigo (Sr. ?).

Question of the Week!
What fears do Thea and Oliver have to conquer on Lian Yu?

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Remember the Dr. Seuss book, One Fish. Two Fish? One fish. Two fish. Red fish. Blue fish. Black fish. Blue fish. Old fish. New fish. It’s a cute children’s book, right? That was a trick question. Yes, it is a cute children’s book! It’s also a really free-form, spiraling story about a young girl and boy who have diverse friends and pets. The idea behind the story being that amazing things come in all shapes and sizes and colors.

How easily we forget these stories. One of the things I am liking most about Arrow this season, other than simply everything, is the fact that we are seeing disparate, unique components being fused together in initially odd combinations. Our Green Fish and Red Fish butt heads, and now there’s a Black Fish joining the teem (see what I did there?). The paradigm has shifted and Team Arrow is rejecting the diversity of its growing members, dreading the differences and longing for things to fall back to the status quo.

But the writers of this TV show are intent on proving that doing good isn’t reliant on one person. Oliver Queen didn’t invent heroism, he merely modeled it in a way that had never been seen before. And by a city so ravaged by crime, its form was met with both welcoming arms and adversity, but the persistence of its form was not solely dependent on its acceptance. It was dependent on that drive inside of human nature to fight for someone, something, somewhere that one feels ownership or protection over.

Canaries drew this idea out of the characters possibly more than any episode yet this season. The Shadow and I spend a lot of time talking about how much Laurel is changing and how the evolution of her character’s arc has modeled itself ideally to become the person best suited to don the Black Canary costume. She has inadvertently been preparing for this role for a long time.

It was also pleasantly surprising to see Thea’s incredibly awesome response to Oliver’s truth-telling, and subsequent rejection of her manipulative father! A lesser person than Thea would need a lifetime of therapy to overcome the trauma she’s experienced in the last 24 hours. And now, as Oliver drags her to Lian Yu so they can confront their demons, she’s going to wish she chose therapy.

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