This review is late but yeah I want to get it over with. This episode details two things: What happened to Thea Queen/Merlyn after the events of the Season 2 Finale when she went off with her biological father Malcolm and Oliver's effort in bringing her home to Starling City. Although they have to contend with some bad guys along the way.
I'm going to say it right here and now that I really did enjoy this episode. It has that intensity that I come to know from the series. We're already in the third episode and right off the bat, things are intense. At the same time, we get some exposition detailing Thea's whereabouts. Since as far as we can remember, things haven't gone so well for her and the second season is proof. Having found out she is the daughter of Malcolm Merlyn and seeing her mother murdered by Slade aka Deathstroke. That really can do a number on a person's mentality. Made worse is thinking that everyone has betrayed you and hurt you really sucks. It's a reason why she ended up with her dad in the end. I thought that maybe being with her would help give her some solace but in actuality after seeing the episode, I was wrong. She's now stronger than before but why do I have this feeling that it's all some kind of setup. I know it. I really do know it.
Oh yeah, there is also a subplot where Felicity seems to have to contend with Ray Palmer. We know how that's going to go. There isn't much to say about it. It's that Ray is being a smug bastard.
My favorite moments have to involve with Thea and her father. We see that she is no longer the weak person we remember. She has grown. She has improved and I feel that this had developed her character. Though I wonder how this will turn out in the episodes to come.Another favorite moment was Oliver and his team kicking butt by using stuff that they found in the hotel room. It shows his natural wilderness skills at work creating things out of everyday items. And it delivers because the bad guys really get what's coming to them. An action-packed episode that's intense and I have to say it's great.
Final score for Corto Maltese is a 9.5 out of 10. One of the best this season has had so far. Features the return of some familiar characters, provides info on what happened to said characters and balances out with a whole lot of action. And I like it.
However on Wednesday well... looks like it's not over with Malcolm. It isn't over especially with what happened in the end of the episode. Oh boy.