TV: Arrow s2e9: Three Ghosts

Arrow — “Three Ghosts” — Image AR209a_0460b — Pictured (L-R): Graham Shiels as The Acolyte and Colton Haynes as Roy Harper — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2013 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Rating: 9.5/10

After Barry saves Oliver’s life, Oliver starts hallucinating people he’d lost in the past. Meanwhile, Brother Blood steps up his game just as the police get closer to catching him. And on the island, Oliver gets captured yet again!

Barry is once again great on the show. I read something while researching this episode. Originally Barry was always going to turn into the Flash and have a third episode on this show that was meant to be a soft pilot for the Flash show next season, but the executives at the CW liked Grant Gustin so much they decided, correctly, to give him his own pilot. Just a fun fact, but it makes sense. Barry is such a great addition and Gustin plays the part so well he feels like he was made to be the Flash.

Okay, this is just me being a huge fan of Solomon Grundy in the comics, even though he’s basically you’re typical unstoppable killing machine. The fact that nobody really knows who he is, why he’s immortal, why he can only recite the Solomon Grundy poem, has always been kind of fascinating to me. So I’m just more than a little disappointed that Cyrus Gold, Arrow’s stand-in for the iconic villain, is just such a one-shot and, outside of a few nods to the character, he’s just the first super soldier in Brother Blood’s army, and nothing more than a stronger-than-average goon.

Also, a couple of twists that really boost the season. I guess they learned from last year’s show it probably wasn’t best to tease a villain all season only to have things actually pick up in the very last episode, more or less, and things are picking up from the first half of the season. Good decision and a pretty great twist at the end of this episode.

SCORING:
+9: Pretty good

-0.5: Solomon Grundy wasn’t born on a Monday in this universe…

+1: Pretty good twist at the end

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