|Ollie returns to help Starling City recover.|
‘City of Heroes’ begins with Ollie back on the island of Lian Yu in a form of self imposed exile after the events of the season 1 finale, having spent the previous five months there trying to come to terms with the failure of his mission and the loss of his best friend Tommy Merlyn. Whilst the show could have very easily spent the whole of the first episode having Diggle and Felicity trying to get Ollie to return to Starling City, instead they spend only ten minutes doing so and the episode benefits from this quicker pace.
|Quentin's been demoted but has a new found faith in The Hood.|
It’s not just Ollie that’s changed over the last five months though, Thea has become the manager of Ollie’s nightclub Verdant and seems to have dramatically grown as a person and is already a much better character than she was in the whole of the previous year.
Laurel has taken the death of Tommy hard and has completely changed her outlook on The Hood and now sees him as a criminal and a threat to the city. Though this is something of a rather big leap from her character last year it’s a great contrast to her father Quentin, who has since been demoted to a regular beat cop and is showing full support for the man he once hated.
|Ollie's island adventure continues with Shado and Deathstroke.|
The final moments of the episode also gave the audience a nice tease of things to come later in the season as well as a massive treat for comic book fans. The first appearance of Black Canary, who could quite possibly end up being Roy’s vigilante mentor rather than Ollie.
|Black Canary makes her first appearance in Arrow.|
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