ARROW Mid-Season Finale Parts 1-2 Recap

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The two part mid-season finale of Arrow introduced viewers to several new elements both character-wise and plot-related, making it that much harder to bear the holiday hiatus.

This season has been building up to the point where we finally discover what happened to Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) friends on the island, and it’s a bit of a doozy. After the cargo ship personnel landed on the island with Oliver and Sara (Caity Lotz), it didn’t take long before they discovered that their bombs didn’t finish off the locals – namely Shado (Celina Jade) and Slade (Manu Bennett). Even though they did manage to incapacitate Slade for the most part, half of his body appeared to be badly burned, they didn’t count on how resilient he would still be. As soon as Oliver and Sara evaded their captors, they joined the others and headed to find the submarine that housed the mysterious drug that Dr. Ivo (Dylan Neal) claimed would produce super-soldiers.

The effects of this drug are now being felt across the globe in Starling City as Oliver, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), and Digg (David Ramsey) are forced the fend off the city from the first of many super-soldiers. After it becomes clear that the organization behind his existence is attempting to mass produce the drug and build an army, Oliver jumps into action. At first the raw strength produced by the serum proves to be too much for Oliver. His first encounter with this new/old enemy lands him pretty close to death.

It’s a good thing that there’s an extra super-brain hanging around town because it turns out to be a pretty close call. Felicity uses her best judgment, and brings newcomer Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) into the mix – a decision that ultimately saves Oliver’s life.

Three Ghosts

Oliver doesn’t have a lot of time to be grateful, a sentiment he’s mastered at masking, before the side effects start to kick in. Appropriate for the holiday season, Oliver starts to see the ghosts of his past, forcing him to face the present.

When Oliver and his friends found the drug on the missing submarine, they had no choice but to use the serum to attempt to save Slade’s life. Only it appeared that instead of saving him, it stopped his heart. Their mourning was interrupted when Dr. Ivo and his militants caught up with them. They seized the remaining doses of the serum as well as Oliver, Sara, and Shado – again. Back on dry land, Ivo gave Oliver an ultimatum – he could only save one of the women, and if he refused to choose, they would both die.

When it came down to the wire, Oliver threw himself in front of Sara. This was probably out of a misguided attempt to not let her go twice, but Ivo wasn’t bluffing and killed Shado on the spot. If you remember back a few episode ago, Sara asked Oliver where Slade was, so it shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise when we found out that Slade survived being injected with the serum and came to the rescue. If only he came just a few minutes earlier, he could have saved everyone.

We already know that Oliver ended up thinking that Sara died on the island, and it took him several more years to finally escape – or decide to leave – so there’s plenty more backstory to come. However, it looks like his past has definitely caught up with him in Starling City for the moment. Slade is the one pulling the strings behind Brother Blood, and the only silver lining is that now the Arrow has a super-soldier on his side.

Roy (Colton Haynes) was snatched during his break-in at a local psych facility. Unlucky for him, Blood was trying to cover up the connection between the recent deaths of those whose bodies rejected the serum and his blood drives on the same night. Before Oliver could save him, he was injected with the serum. Although thanks to some CPR help he survived it but it won’t be long before he starts manifesting some unusual new physical talents. If he wanted to be part of the fight before, now he has a real shot of joining the team as more than just an informant.

There’s still a few weeks before Arrow returns to the CW on January 15 for the second half of season 2, but there’s so much to speculate in the meantime. How did Oliver and Slade part ways on the island? Will Sara come back to help defeat Slade? How much longer until Laurel finds out who the Arrow really is?

Let us know all your thoughts and theories in the comment section below!

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Lindsay Sperling has A.D.D. and her tastes reflect it. Her movie collection boasts everything from Casablanca to John Tucker Must Die to every season of Sons of Anarchy to-date. She adamantly supported a Veronica Mars Movie, hopes that the Fast & Furious franchise continues far into the future, and has read every popular YA book series turned film in recent years (except Harry Potter..). When she's not on an indie film set or educating the youth of America, she uses her time arguably productive as a freelance writer.