This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Arrow, including last night’s 2x09, “Three Ghosts."
What a winter finale, eh? Whoa. I need to rewatch that a time or 10 just to absorb it all. But what I do know is that Arrow 2.09, “Three Ghosts,” kicked off with Oliver coding on the table and never let up. We got Barry saving Oliver, Oliver freaking at Felicity over the reveal of his identity, Roy being injected with Mirakuru, Shado dying on the island, Lance nearly dying, Slade Wilson showing his face in present-day Starling, Tommy returning in a flashback, Laurel being consoled by Brother Blood, Barry gifting the Arrow with his mask and then commencing with his own superhero origin tale, and so many other amazing moments big and small.
And then there were the delicious Olicity moments. WE GOT A HUG. AN UNNECESSARILY LONG HUG, at that. It was beautiful.
Of course, this is after Oliver was a huge ass to Felicity for outing him to Barry TO SAVE HIS LIFE (which he never apologized/thanked her for, what a jerk). I dig the angst it brought in the short term and I understand Oliver being upset, but I hope this topic comes up again when tensions/stakes aren't quite so high and that Felicity gives him hell for thinking he can talk to her that way. Oliver/Felicity works so well because she doesn't take his shit—I need to see that continue. There's no question Oliver's entitled to being a bit (a lot) broken, but he shouldn't get a free pass ever, especially from Felicity and Digg. And I mean, c'mon, equally angry Oliver and Felicity would be hot to watch. (Oh, is my Starbuck/Apollo shipper past showing? I have no regrets.)
That said, Felicity's loyalty and devotion to Oliver was exciting to see as an Olicity shipper, and Barry not only picking up on it (Felicity was a bit obvious with her “Fantasy Island” snark) but even calling her on it (twice!) was THE BEST THING OF ALL TIME. Despite her denials, the guy clearly knew what was what (“I have a little experience with liking someone who doesn't see you the same way,” Barry tells her, an admission that works brilliantly for the story here and in further developing Barry's character) and bowed out gracefully, though not before outright saying he'd be around if she ever decided she was over pining for Oliver. Eeeee!
Yet for all that Oliver does still seem unaware of the depth of his feelings for Felicity and hers for him, “unrequited” was not a word that came to mind last night. For one thing, there was that blink-and-you-missed-it bitch face (or, OK, he was at least taken aback) when Felicity said she and Barry would go hang out at Big Belly Burger. And for another, there was that sequel to last week's eyefucking combined with an intense “I'll come back” when Felicity expressed concern about his leaving for a potentially suicidal mission (he refused to answer her when she pleaded with him to promise her he'd return, which let's be honest was a dick move, if an honest one—gaaaah, the angst). Oh, and of course when he did return safe and (relatively) sound, there was THAT HUG, GUYS. Still not over it. (In fact, I predict I will spend a lot of time staring at GIFs of it on Tumblr.)
So...let's talk this through. What did you guys think of the episode overall, and the Olicity scenes specifically? Did we interpret things the same way, or did you see them in an entirely different light? Finally...is it January yet?!
P.S. Anyone else find it interesting that Felicity was on screen solo during Slade's line about intending to “corrupt those [Oliver] loves”?! Gah.