We have been anticipating Barry Allen’s arrival on Arrow ever since the news broke over the summer that The CW was developing a potential spinoff series for the character. After viewing a screener of “The Scientist,” we can say that we are more excited than ever to have the character be part of the Arrow universe and hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of him next fall if the pilot is ordered to series.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. We’re here to talk about Arrow and the beginning of the two-part midseason finale. Season two has been filled with great episodes and this is one more to add to that growing list. A lot happens in the episode. In fact, so much happens in the episode that we can’t even imagine what they have in store for viewers during the second half of the finale, which will air on Dec. 11.
The episode begins with a robbery at Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences facility. Oliver, Felicity and Dig head to the scene where Officer Lance is investigating. The police believe at least three or four people had to be involved given the scope of the damage and the brute force that was used, but Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) arrives on the scene and insists that it was only one man and he’s seen a case like this before.
Of course he’s not the only one who has suspicions about who or what is behind the case. Dig quickly picks up on the fact that Oliver seems to know more than he’s saying. Oliver confirms that he might, but he’s hoping he’s wrong. Who’s behind the robbery? What did they steal? Are Oliver’s fears justified? Obviously we know the answers since we watched the episode, but we can’t spoil the entire thing because where’s the fun in that?
Instead, we can offer up some teasers and hopefully get our fellow viewers even more excited for the episode. It’s a great one and it ends with the kind of cliffhanger that will leave the audience wishing for a time travel device to get to part two. Check out the teasers as well as the video promo below and then hit the comments and tell us what you’re looking forward to seeing in the episode.
1. Oliver is definitely not a fan of Barry’s right off the bat. He’s annoyed by his presence and his questions and he definitely does not like having someone outside of Team Arrow working on the case that might be connected to his past. He asks Dig to investigate him and learns something interesting.
2. Felicity, on the other hand, warms up to Barry immediately. Everything that has been said about Gustin’s chemistry with Emily Bett Rickards is spot on. Barry and Felicity are super adorable together and he opens up to her about something pretty heavy. They also share some lighter moments. One character accurately notes that, “Ms. Smoak is smitten.”
3. Fans will see a lot of nods to the DC Comics character (probably even more than the ones we picked up on since our comic book knowledge is limited). One scene in particular between Barry and Felicity is filled with heavy foreshadowing that should set off a wave of fan reactions.
Bonus Tidbit: Barry is the only one to bring up the vigilante saving Felicity and he has a lot of questions and theories about the Arrow, including his take on the color choice.
4. Malcolm Merlyn continues to be a pain in Moira’s side. For a supposedly dead man, he seems to have no problems getting into places he’s not welcome without more people noticing. He wants something very specific from Moira and anyone who saw the end of the last episode can probably venture a guess.
5. He’s not Moira’s only problem in the episode. She returns to Queen Consolidated and has a tense reunion with Isabel. ‘Icy’ is not a strong enough word to describe the scenes between these two women and Oliver is caught in the middle more than once. But look for something surprising to happen on this front.
Bonus Tidbit: Oliver’s judgment is called into question a lot in this episode. One poor choice in particular leads to someone correctly pointing out that he owes a woman an apology.
6. Some big stuff happens on the island this week and we’re not going to spoil it, but we will say that there are two super awkward moments thanks to the various romantic entanglements. Our favorite involves a picture of Laurel, which sadly, is the only reference to her in the entire episode.
7. Sin asks Roy to help her find her missing friend and Thea tags along. When they do get answers, they end up with more questions and Roy reaches out to Arrow for help. Will he finally bring Roy into his inner circle?
Bonus Tidbit: A lie is told that seems small at the time, but we’re guessing it’s going to come back and bite the person who told it hard.
Arrow airs Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 8/7c on The CW.