A Season 1 finale needs to deliver on a lot of levels. We need to see the season’s over-arching threat thwarted, we need to see how each character relates to the endgame, and we need to have enough left over to leave us chomping at the bit for Season 2. And after a season that was often more shaky than solid, Arrow‘s finale, “Sacrifice“, went out on a strong note. Possibly the strongest of the season.
Last week’s episode left Oliver (Stephen Amell) in the custody of Malcolm (John Barrowman), after learning The Hood and his son’s best friend are the same guy. With Ollie in chains, Malcolm moves forward with his plan to decimate The Glades with the seismic device from Unidac Industries. But not before belittling Oliver with how easily he’s been beaten, again. Having made a name for himself as the courageous and cheeky Captain Jack, watching Barrowman gleefully ooze with arrogance about his crusade to save the city from the corruption of The Glades is a treat. I’m already campaigning for him to get more villainous roles in the future. And while he’s the most charming of villains, he’s still incredibly cold and calculating, and no more so than when manipulating his son, Tommy (Colin Donnell).