Arrow: Three Ghosts Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
The second half of the Arrow Season Two Midseason finale continues to build on the foundation set in the first part, paving the way for the in-costume debut of The Flash in his own pilot, and setting up the second half with a major new villain to torment Green Arrow and his allies.
As the first part ended, Oliver was critically injured and injected with a substance that was coagulating his blood. Felicity and Diggle have no alternative but to reveal Oliver’s identity to Barry Allen, the only one who can save him. Barry manages to thin Ollie’s blood, reviving him although Oliver is less than thrilled with having his identity exposed to someone he barely knows. But there’s little time for conflict…Cyrus Gold, the super-powered henchman of Brother Blood, is still on the loose and needs to be stopped. With the Miracle formula, Blood plans on creating an army of similarly powered villains to help take over the Glades and then the entire city.
When several cops are killed and Detective Lance is seriously injured by Gold, Oliver is forced to confront the ghosts of his own guilty conscience to overcome the killer and become a true hero. In the flashback sequences, Slade has apparently died after being injected with the Miracle formula. Oliver, Shado, and Sara are captured by Ivo and his men and Oliver is forced to choose which of the women will live. Barry Returns to Central City for the start-up of the particle accelerator but a storm causes things to go awry. And then…in a moment of pure Silver Age comic book bliss, Barry is struck by a bolt of lightning and thrown into a rack full of chemicals which douse him and leave him unconscious. Before Barry departed he left a present for Oliver, a specially designed Domino mask for Oliver to finally complete the Green Arrow costume. The episode ends by revealing who is behind Sebastian Blood and his ominous warning for Oliver’s future.
I am sure I heard legions of comic book fans cheering when the bolt struck Barry and he was doused with chemicals. But the scene was not paid homage to the Flash’s original origin but done with a modern twist by using the malfunctioning particle accelerator that gave it more of a true science slant. The only disappointment is that we will have to the Flash series to see Grant Gustin in costume. That’s one of the few disappointments I can find this week. Oliver’s battle with Cyrus Gold was one of the best fights thus far in the series’ history. Oliver showed that skill and tactics and overcome brute strength.
The reveal of the “big Boss” wasn’t especially a major surprise although there was a small part of me that thought it might end up being Malcolm Merlyn and I was ecstatic when it wasn’t. What made the reveal so powerful was the utterly chilling proclamation by the man and how he intends to completely destroy Oliver’s life and everyone he knows before killing him. Now THAT is a comic book villain! I am already counting down the days for Arrow’s return!
Mania Grade: A-
Episode: Three Ghosts (Season 2, Episode 9)
Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Grant Gustin
Written By: Greg Berlanti (developer), Marc Guggenheim (developer), Greg Berlanti
Directed By: John Behring
Network: The CW
Studio: Warner Brothers, The CW