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IGN: Arrow: "Second Chances" Review

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Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Arrow added two major characters to its Season 5 lineup this week (not counting their respective cameos in “Who Are You?”). In the present, Team Arrow set about wooing vengeful ex-cop Tina Boland (Juliana Harkavy) to become the new Black Canary. In the past, Ollie had his first big team-up with the other daughter of Ra’s al Ghul, Talia (Lexa Doig). And while the show’s ensemble cast is becoming increasingly large this season, both characters are shaping up to be worthy additions to the mix.

Initially, I was a little ambivalent on the idea of Team Arrow essentially being handed a gift-wrapped replacement for Laurel. From her fashion choices right down to the awfully convenient fact that she has a built-in sonic scream, Tina seemed an awfully convenient way of allowing the show to have its cake and eat it too as far as Black Canary's death goes. Though the fact that Rory referred to these coincidences as a sign of fate in action at least showed a slightly self-aware quality to the writing.

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