Arrow: Three Ghosts


By Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

So far this season Arrow has really hit the mark. It finally figured out what it is as a series and then they execute it well. Really it’s what every show should do. “Three Ghosts” was the best episode the series has ever produced. It was a non-stop thrill ride with great twists and turns along the way.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

I always get a little weary when there is a holiday themed episodes. Sometimes they tend to be out of place. Not to mention it is hard to re-watch a Christmas themed episode when it’s summer and 100 degrees outside. But, Arrow did a themed episode without really doing a themed episode. It subtly nodded its head at the holidays with Moira and her Christmas tree, Felicity making a swift comment about a Menorah, and Ollie’s three ghosts much like Mr. Scrooge.

Random, but the ghosts were completely out of order. Until Tommy appeared on screen, I really didn’t realize how much I missed him and his handsome face. I suggest he become the Boone of Arrow and show up once every season. The ghosts were an inventive way to integrate Shado and Slade into the modern day storyline.

It’s really astonishing how they used every major character except Malcolm.

The last act alone was epic and overwhelming. So much happened: Barry became the Flash! Deathstroke is alive and actually Deathstroke! Ollie got a mask! Other shows need to take note. This is how you do a mid-season finale.

Arrow fleshed Barry Allen out a little bit more in this episode and made me a believer that he will be able to hold down his own series. He was more than the adorkable new guy, he stood up to Oliver when he was being a jerk to Felicity. Not cool Oliver, not cool. Barry’s accident was a little rushed but it was an interesting choice for the producers to actually make him the Flash on Arrow instead of on the pilot of his own show.

Ollie’s mask looked good. Sure, it was a little odd seeing him wear it but it felt right. Tommy gave him the pep talk he needed to recognize that he is a hero, not a vigilante; that he just didn’t survive the island, he defeated it; that he didn’t leave Tommy to die, he tried to save him.

It would have been neat for it to be revealed that Slade was actually there in the Arrowcave, but alas it was only a vision since he had both of his eyes and no grey hair. As it appears, present day Slade is after Oliver because of what happened to Shado. It doesn’t seem fair that he destroy the Arrow just because of her death. Sure, Slade loved her but Ollie’s action was more of a sacrificial act than trying to save Sara over Shado.

Laurel returned this episode, and she was regulated to helping Thea, Roy, and Sin. They are obviously setting up a Laurel and Brother Blood romance, and that can only end well.

What did you think about Arrow’s mid-season finale? Are you excited for present day Deathstroke? What did you think of Ollie’s mask?

Rating: 6 out of 5

    One Comment

  1. Hebrew HammerDecember 13th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I thought the episode was done correctly! Also they set up the origin stories for both Solomon Grundy as well as Roy Harper’s Red Arrow! This show far surpasses Smallville!

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