By: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns, Ben Sokolowski (story)
The Story: This will teach Oliver to distrust the life-saving powers of rat poison.
The Review: I still get a little mental jolt every time I encounter a decidedly non-comic-booky person who says he or she loves Arrow. As delighted as I am, it’s all I can do to stop myself from asking suspiciously, “Why?” The popularity of superhero movies, each one a massive dose of generally undemanding escapism, I can understand. A TV show requires a certain amount of commitment, so how does Arrow earn it without playing on pure fanship?
For this episode, I tried looking at it through the lens of someone who had little to no connection with the DCU or its mythology at all, which was perhaps bad timing on my part. Arrow has long outgrown throwing in the obligatory Easter Eggs; DC mainstays now make up a significant demographic of the show’s population, and it’s not just second or third-tier figures, either. Here, the show is clearly confident enough to take on the big leagues, from the return of Deathstroke (with eye-patch, most importantly), the birth of Solomon Grundy, and Barry Allen’s transformation into the Flash—and you don’t get any bigger than that.
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