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I’ll give the CW’s “Arrow” this — they sure know how to tease and surprise you. Yesterday’s episode, the first of a two-parter that introduces Barry Allen aka The Flash, was all about playing with comic book fanboy expectations. Lightning, chemicals in beakers everywhere, all that “I’m always late” dialogue. And the show can still surprise you, even if the surprises don’t always make a lick of sense. Arrow shooting ol Roy in the leg? I didn’t see that coming!
Check out a promo for next week’s episode, “Three Ghosts”. Looks like it’s all Arrow, and very little Barry Allen. Of course, that’s also a pretty clever way to hide what’s about to happen to ol Barry. I’m guessing it’ll be less chemicals in beakers and more particle accelerator mayhem.
After a fight with Cyrus Gold AKA the Acolyte (guest star Graham Shiels), Oliver (Stephen Amell) is drugged and left for dead. Determined to cure him, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) makes a risky decision. The cure causes Oliver to hallucinate, and what he sees forces him to confront his past. Meanwhile, Barry (guest star Grant Gustin) continues to help Felicity, and their connection grows stronger. The Arrow asks Lance (Paul Blackthorne) to look into Gold, but when the stakeout on Gold goes bad, someone is killed. Roy (Colton Haynes) is captured and tortured by Brother Blood (guest star Kevin Alejandro).
John Behring directs the episode with story by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kresiberg, and teleplay by Geoff Johns and Ben Sokolowski.