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Arrow: Darkness on the Edge of Town

As the Dark Archer, Malcolm eliminates the scientists who created the Markov Device and then ships it to Starling City to destroy The Glades. Meanwhile, Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity infiltrate Merlyn Global to learn of Malcolm's plans, and Laurel tries to resolve matters with Tommy. Five years earlier, Fyers tells his captives what his plan is for the missile launcher.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x22
Production Number: 2J7322
Airdate: Wednesday May 08th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) May 08, 2013
UK (sky 1) May 13, 2013
AU (Nine Network) Sep 25, 2013

  • Currently 8.4/10
8.4/10 (15 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Colin Salmon
As Walter Steele
Manu Bennett
As Slade Wilson
Byron Mann
As Yao Fei
Celina Jade
As Shado
Sebastian Dunn
As Edward Fyers
Roger R. Cross
As Detective Hilton (as Roger Cross)
Jarod Joseph
As Alan Durand
Emily Bett Rickards
As Felicity Smoak
Colton Haynes
As Roy Harper
John Barrowman
As Malcolm Merlyn

Co-Guest Stars
Bombyx Du Murier
As Uniformed Officer
Tommy Europe
As Security Guard
Marrett Green
As News Reporter
Lee Vincent
As Kelton
Michasha Armstrong
As Merlyn Security #2
Michael Bean
As Secretary
Gaelan Beatty
As Sleazy Businessman
Sage Brocklebank
As Desk Guard
Christopher Pearce
As Merlyn Security #1
Paul Piaskowski
As Male Scientist
Lindsay Winch
As Female Scientist
Eric Floyd
As Markov (Dr. Brion Markov)
Main Cast
Stephen Amell
As Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
Katie Cassidy
As Laurel Lance
Colin Donnell
As Tommy Merlyn
David Ramsey
As John Diggle
Willa Holland
As Thea Queen
Susanna Thompson
As Moira Queen
Paul Blackthorne
As Detective Quentin Lance


At Unidac, two scientists are going to their lab and one of them starts to invite the other on a date. As they enter the lab, they discover that the rest of their staff is dead except for the lead scientist, Dr. Markov. The Dark Archer is there and kills him, and then shorts out the doors. Security guards arrive and attack the Dark Archer, who takes them out. He then advances on the two new scientists and kills them. Afterward, Malcolm drives off into the night...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Imagine DragonsRadioactiveOliver and Laurel get together

Episode Quotes
Felicity: Are you okay?
Oliver: My mom and my best friend's dad are involved in a conspiracy that may have dire consequences for this city, and I'm pretty sure they murdered my father. I'm not planning on using the word "okay" again anytime soon.

Felicity: Well, no, the last time the vigilante paid your mom a visit, you got shot and I got to play doctor with you. Ahh! My brain thinks of the worst way to say things.

Oliver: Felicity, are you hacking into the Merlyn Global mainframe?
Felicity: "Hacking" is such an ugly word. No. I'm/... yeah. Totally hacking into the Merlyn Global mainframe.

Oliver: Don't look down.
Felicity: Too late. I should mention that I'm afraid of heights. Which I just learned.
Oliver: Hey, Felicity.
Felicity: Hmm?
Oliver: Hold on to me tight.
Felicity: I imagined you saying that under different circumstances. Very platonic... circumstances.

Oliver: Roy, we haven't met. I'm Thea's disapproving older brother.

Episode Goofs
When Felicity brings up the website about the Unidac Massacre, everything after the first sentence talks about a legal case that CNRI is filing on behalf of the Moores against Edward Rasmus, and has nothing to do with the massacre. it's in fact a recycled computer screenshot from the preceding episode, which did feature Rasmus.

When Oliver visits Tommy, he tells the security guard his appointment is at 11:30. However, when he gets to Tommy's office a few minutes later, the clock on the desk says 5:35.

Near the end of the episode when Oliver asks Felicity if she has found the location of the seismic device, she makes a mistake in saying that she has at least 1 teraFLOPS of data to go through. FLOPS isn't a measure of data but of computing performance. She should have said that she has at least 1 TB of data to go through.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAndrew Kreisberg  |  Marc Guggenheim  |  Greg Berlanti
Executive ProducerMarc Guggenheim  |  Greg Berlanti  |  Andrew Kreisberg
Co-Executive ProducerDrew Z. Greenberg  |  Melissa Berman
Supervising ProducerJake Coburn
ProducerJoseph Patrick Finn
Co-ProducerCarl Ogawa  |  Jennifer Lence  |  Wendy Mericle
Associate ProducerJon Wallace
Production DesignerRichard Hudolin
EditorKristin Windell
CastingDavid Rapaport  |  Lyndsey Baldasare
First Assistant DirectorKen Shane
Second Assistant DirectorYannick Leray
MusicBlake Neely
Music EditorZed Starkovich
Music SupervisorSeason Kent
Costume DesignerMaya Mani
HairstylistPaul J. Edwards
Set DecoratorDominique Fauquet-LeMaitre
Property MasterKen Hawryliw
Script SupervisorPortia Belmont
Script CoordinatorMary Iacono
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
Director of PhotographyGlen Winter
Production ManagementTodd Pittson
Sound MixerPatrick Ramsay
Casting AssociateMike Page
Special Effects CoordinatorDave Gauthier
Makeup ArtistPatricia Murray
Canadian CastingHeike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
Warning: Arrow season 1 episode 22 guide may contain spoilers
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