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When we last saw Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), he’d recovered from the Mirakuru cure, was given a red mask, and while wearing the mask and his trade mark red hoodie, he helped Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and company (David RamseyEmily Bett Rickards) save the city from Slade Wilson’s (Manu Bennett) Mirakuru fueled army. What will Roy Harper be wearing when we see him in season three of Arrow? Click on through for the full picture and find out! (more…)

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As a whole, Arrowhas grown by leaps and bounds since its first season. The series has come to rely less on annoying “villain of the week” devices in favor of a stronger season-long arc and has surrounded its hero with a diverse and interesting cast of friends and foes. Last night’s season finale, “Unthinkable“, needed to send Season 2 out on a bang. Which it did, thanks to a solid season’s worth of build up. (more…)

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Starling City is in utter anarchy. The city is swimming in chaos as Mirakuru-enhanced madmen flood the streets destroying and murdering just about everything in their path. Circumstances are dire, and typically such an over-the-top premise of the city collapsing around our heroes is an all too often overused season finale device. Hell! Arrowused the same premise last season! But in Season 2 they’ve earned it, properly setting up and selling this city under siege. (more…)

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Two weeks ago, Arrow dropped some serious bombshells. Not only did Slade (Manu Bennet) continue to wage war on Oliver (Stephen Amell), but he revealed to Thea (Willa Holland) her true parentage and told Laurel (Katie Cassidy) The Arrow’s secret identity. Last night’s episode mostly dealt with the repercussions of those bombshells, but the progression of events plodded along in such a way it was difficult to ever really appreciate any developments. There was simply too much going on in “The Man Under The Hood” to give any of its interesting threads the time and energy required. (more…)

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Arrow is surely hitting its stride. Last night’s episode, “The Promise” was a true pleasure to watch, especially for those who’ve stuck with the series through all its hiccups and growing pains. In the past, Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) and Slade Wilson’s (Manu Bennet) relationship is disintegrating before our eyes, while in the present the two pace around each other like prize fighters–neither too sure who’ll land the first blow. The tension they manage to build in this episode is unlike anything the CW drama could have pulled off a year ago, and it’s all the evidence needed if you’re still wondering if Arrow‘s worth watching.

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And it’s here, about half way through its second season, that Arrow begins to show the wear of a 22 episode order. A full season order of over 20 episodes has been the norm on television for years, but recently cable TV has garnered plenty of success with fast-paced, tightly scripted, 10-12 episode seasons. Should we see more programs adapt to these shorter seasons? I’d sure like to, as it would cut out so much of what’s been plaguing Arrow from the very beginning–extraneous drama. (more…)

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Arrow‘s second season ended its first half on a real high note. Oliver (Stephen Amell) is firmly cemented in his role as Starling City’s hero, Roy (Colton Haynes) survived his injection of Miracle (aw shucks), Barry (Grant Gustin) was successfully electrocuted and is on his way to becoming The Flash, and Slade Wilson (Manu Bennet) was revealed as the man funding Blood’s (Kevin Alejandro) slow take over of the city. Basically, the mid-season finale was fantastic. Can the second half keep up that momentum? (more…)

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The mid-season finale of Arrow was craaaazzzyyy good. It was easily their best episode yet, and please, by all means go enjoy my recap/review. Fans won’t have to wait too long as the series returns January 15th, and to whet our appetites even more, showrunners Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg discuss last night’s surprises and tease where they’ll take The Arrow next. (more…)