In Review: Arrow – Green Arrow & the Canaries

In the year 2040 - Mia Queen has everything she could have ever wanted - until Laurel and Dinah suddenly show up in her life again and things take a shocking turn

Synopsis: In the year 2040 – Mia Queen has everything she could have ever wanted – until Laurel and Dinah suddenly show up in her life again and things take a shocking turn; Laurel and Dinah track a kidnapping victim who has direct ties to Mia.

Review: Produced as a backdoor pilot for a new Arrow spin-off. This episode is a promising start that finishes off with a cliffhanger that will get resolved in next week’s season finale.

The Story

It’s been 20 years since Oliver Queen gave his life to save the multiverse and his daughter Mia has no memory of the events that happened and has been living life as a wealthy socialite. Having just graduated she is about to get engaged to her boyfriend J.J. who happens to be Deathstroke only he does not know it yet because much like Mia he has no memories of events prior to Crisis.

Mia’s idealized life ends when Laurel comes to Star City from the past and recruits Dinah to help her give Mia a wake-up call by giving her back the shocking memories of her involvement in Crisis. After some persuading Mia agrees to don the identity of Green Arrow and continue her father’s legacy and helps the two Canarys rescue the victim who has direct ties to Mia’s social life.

The Acting

Katie Cassidy totally owns this episode as Laurel who is the absolute Queen of sarcasm and bitchiness. Some of her interactions with Katherine McNamara’s Mia would probably come off as quite cruel, but it all comes from a good place given that Laurel is very much a reformed character and not good at playing nursemaid to people. Juliana Harkavy also puts in a good performance as Dinah Drake who has an interesting story arc with a new post Crisis life. Hopefully, we will find out more about that in the future. Suffice to say. All three actors showed fantastic chemistry together.


Should this go to a series in 2021 then I’m definitely in for the long haul. The three main characters work well together and I particularly enjoyed seeing Dinah and Laurel start to bond as women, which is especially impressive given that they both wanted to kill each other a couple of seasons back. McNamara continues to shine as Mia Queen and seeing her play a more innocent version of the character that had no knowledge of her old life was interesting. If I have one criticism. It would be that I felt she got all her fighting abilities back a little too quickly. Sure once you learn you know what to do. But if you haven’t exercised for a while you can lose a degree of muscle memory.

Despite that one niggle. I quite liked the episode and rather enjoyed the cliffhanger at the end.

Arrow - Green Arrow & the Canaries
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