Question: I am loving Season 2 of Arrow. It is jam-packed with action and has been really fun lately. I can't believe I am saying it, but I think The CW may have beat a major network in creating a great show within the genre (looking at Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Felicity and Oliver's chemistry is off the chart, and I even like Grant Gustin as Barry Allen. Do you also think Arrow is doing better than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Do you think the ratings of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are enough to qualify for the people at Marvel to plan several rumored spin-offs or new series? — Aadil
Matt Roush: Can't quite tell if your main concern is quality or ratings, but my emphasis is almost always on the former, and by that standard, Arrow is by far the superior and more satisfying show, with a clearer focus, more dynamic action and character development....
Barry Allen's (Grant Gustin) arrival in Starling City didn't just facilitate the introduction of the Flash on Arrow. It also sparked new feelings in Oliver (Stephen Amell) for his go-to gal Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards). Fans have long waited for this working relationship to develop into something more, but will they actually take the next step?
Arrow Postmortem: Season 2's big villain revealed! What's next?
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Wednesday's midseason finale of Arrow. Read at your own risk!]
The real big bad of Arrow's second season was finally revealed!
It turns out Sebastian Blood's (Kevin Alejandro) quest to make super soldiers is under the direction of Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett). Sporting his infamous eye patch, Slade was seen in present-day Starling City, telling Brother Blood that he is determined to burn the vigilante's world to the ground. Why does he hate Oliver (Stephen Amell) so much after spending all that time with him on the island? Because, given a choice, Oliver instinctively saved Sara (Caity Lotz) over Shado (Celina Jade) on the island, much to the dismay of Slade, who had harbored feelings for Shado.
But that was the least of the action during Wednesday's midseason finale, which also featured Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) taking one giant leap to becoming the superhero we all know and love. What's next for him and the rest of Team Arrow? Executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti were on hand during a screening of the episode to tease what's next:
Being poisoned will be the least of Oliver Queen's worries when he discovers that Team Arrow let Barry Allen in on his big secret in order to save him. But for Barry (Grant Gustin), it's a dream come true as his suspicions about the vigilante known as the Arrow will be confirmed during Wednesday's Arrow (8/7c, The CW).
Mega Buzz: Will anyone else learn Oliver's secret on Arrow?
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Barry Allen made his much-anticipated debut on Arrow last week, introducing the DC Comics character who fanboys know will someday become the superhero The Flash. The opening arc concludes in this week's episode (Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW), paving the way for a potential Flash series for next fall.