Ye have been warned about the spoilers ahead so I’m doing it one more time – STOP READING THIS!!!!
On a rare alignment of the planets and my work schedule, I was able to watch the second season finale of Arrow live. To boot, we were also treated to a sneak peak for the upcoming Flash series. In a nutshell, I was overjoyed in that one hour of prime time television.
Let me begin with the only negative point with the finale. Seeing Starling City go up in flames and the chaos was great and awesome but we’ve seen this before in the previous year. Please, the writers and show runner of Arrow, I implore you, don’t make the Starling City go up in flames again next year. Yes, the ante has to get bigger next year but no more city destruction. The growth of this show has to be focus on its characters.
Last night, Oliver gave an amazing speech to Slade who was not killed in the end. He had thank Slade for giving him the strength to survive the island, to see his family again, and to becoming a true hero. This was one of the things I loved – this fundamental switch within Oliver this season who killed throughout season one and had made a promise to his best friend Tommy at the end of his life. As with each episode in season two, we hear Oliver’s monologue but this sounds more like a mantra that he would be saying to himself, “To honor my friend’s memory, I must be someone else. I must be something else.” That journey was completed. If the show can give this amazing arc to Oliver, his supporting players must also have something interest to show us to make us care about the show. Diggle was given some dedicate show time on his past and which included a mission with The Suicide Squad but alas Felicity – nothing. I LOVE Felicity and I would encourage more to be done with her. Let’s not make her just the brains of the outfit and becomes the alternate damsel in distress. Make her into someone else and something else. One word – Artemis.
On the plus side, this season has ramped up its action sequence to an amazing level. They have mastered the use of “powered” people effectively while at the same time made it believable and grounded despite the effects of Mirakuru. By grounded, I mean, more physical action as people can get tossed across the room ala Roy, Slade and his minions. Hell, I was wondering about this one throw Detective Lance suffered through and how it played up in the finale. Nicely done.
Going back to Slade, one of the big revenge deeds was killing Moira Queen; Oliver’s mom. Slade had mentioned that there needed to be one more death before this all ended. This question lingered as to who and Oliver thought that it was he who had to die. When was talked out that notion, Slade and his minions started to attack Starling City. When that was ruled out, Laurel was kidnapped and brought to Slade. He had wanted revenge for the loss of Shado and taking Laurel was the logical choice. However, we get a seen where Oliver brings Felicity to the old mansion and tells her to stay there until everything blows over. Oliver then tells her that Slade has the wrong woman and it was her that he loved not Laurel. WHAT? THE? FUCK? Thankfully, this played out differently as the true nature of the one more death Slade was talking about was his own. He knew that Oliver would have to kill him in order to end this conflict and thus destroying the person Oliver had become. However, Oliver played Slade as Felicity was in on the plan…later, and was able to inject the cure for Mirakuru when she was very close to Slade. Hooray for Felicity for being the hero. Oliver gives his great speech and now the heart break lingers as Felicity’s feelings for Oliver will not be reciprocated anytime soon.
Hopefully, I will get a chance to bring this show up on my podcast as it well worth the time to discuss this further. In the meantime, the other highlight of the night was the new teaser promo for The Flash.
PLUS the extended trailer for The Flash.
Let’s talk about the finale of Arrow, shall we?
True to form, The CW comic-book drama paid off a season’s worth of build-up with the “biggest fight” to date between Oliver Queen and Slade Wilson. With the help of some friends, Oliver and Co. left no stone unturned in their face-off, culminating in a life-altering moment for the Arrow. Would Oliver kill Slade, or would he cure him of the Mirakuru? Oliver chose the high road, a decision he would not have been able to make in season one.
Wednesday’s finale, “Unthinkable” (which could refer to a few of the episode’s developments), also set up a drastically different world for season three. Oliver may or may not have declared his love to Felicity, Thea abandons ship, Laurel may be on the road to becoming Black Canary and Roy may be embracing his superhero abilities. The Hollywood Reporter highlights the biggest revelations and cliffhangers from the season closer.