Arrow Season 2 Review “Three Ghosts”

I kind of don’t know what I want to say about the mid-season finale of Arrow. There were parts of it that I really enjoyed but some aspects felt slightly off. I can’t really put my finger on why though. Overall, I would say that the episode worked, but it just felt like the whole wasn’t necessarily greater than the sum of its parts.

Although, Arrow has certainly doubled down on the action this season, they’ve also taken more time to explore Oliver’s psyche. When Oliver first returned to Starling City, he was alone. Yes, he had his family and friends around him, but he kept them at arm’s length. He tried to pretend to be the Oliver that they remembered, but he never really let them see the Oliver that he had become. Part of that was a result of his desire to protect them from his mission, but part of it was also a result of his guilt about some of the things he’d done. The latter aspect wasn’t really explored too much during the first season, but this season most of Oliver’s story has been about his guilt. He feels guilty about not being able to save Tommy. He feels guilty about not being able to stop Malcolm from destroying The Glades. And now we find out that he feels guilty about the deaths of Shado and Slade back on the Island.



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