As expected, the resurrected Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) was just too good to be true on "Arrow." It was, in fact, Earth-2 Laurel that was broken out of her STAR Labs containment cell. Sadly, that means the Black Canary isn't back -- or does it?
At the end of the midseason premiere, Oliver (Stephen Amell) told Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) it was time to find a new Canary to join the team -- and based on the final scene of the episode, it looks like "Arrow" has found her.
The character of Tina Boland (Juliana Harkavy) has been introduced, and she's got a very powerful scream and a thirst for fighting. In her only scene, she shows a couple of guys at a bar in Hub City -- home of hero The Question, in DC Comics lore -- that it's not nice to mess with women.
Boland is described as a "brash but tactful" SCPD detective who "isn’t impressed by anyone, let alone vigilantes like Green Arrow. She’s tough, speaks her mind and has the skills and experience to back it up." Given her affinity for the Canary Cry though, we think she might be changing her tune about the Green Arrow.
While Boland herself does not appear in the comics, executive producer Wendy Mericle tells Comic Book Resources, "We’re going to reveal her to be somebody very much connected to the comics." Given this season's focus on legacy, what are the odds that her connection has something to do with Oliver's past?
It'll be interesting to see how long it takes for Boland to suit up as the Black Canary -- but it's good to see someone will be filling that void. After all, Laurel's final wish to Oliver before her death was to not let her be the last in the Canary line.
Besides, after Artemis (Madison McLaughlin) was revealed as a traitor, the team could really use a Canary on their team. With the way their fight against Prometheus is going, Team Arrow needs all the help they can get.
"Arrow" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.