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All that considered, I have to say I enjoyed the pacing of this episode, though I didn't quite experience an "Oh no they didn't moment."
As a capstone for what has generally been a very promising run of television, "Year's End" is a missed opportunity.
The mechanics of the plot still aren't airtight, and many of the characters are still too loosely written...but when they're a part of a ride this brainlessly enjoyable, it's hard to take too much offense.
There was somebody out there who was not happy with The Hood and set out to make his holiday a little less merry.
The way that the action reignites with a sudden hostage crisis feels clumsy, though a strikingly vicious duel between the two archers arrives to redeem the climax.
While 'Year's End' didn't seem to pack the kind of punch its various surprises and reveals wanted, it did set the stage for some serious comic book villainy, come next year.
Amid a few logic gaps here and there and one or two clumsy flashbacks, 'Arrow' continues crafting an exciting and intriguing narrative that just so happens to feature some of our favorite DC characters intelligently re-drawn.
The holiday material may have been an afterthought, and some of the storytelling choices a little questionable, but "Year's End" was still a solid mid-season finale for Arrow.
'Year's End' is a great episode of Arrow and also works as a satisfying mid-season finale. It's action-packed, takes some big steps forward in the show's central story arc, and also includes some fun hints at what's to come.
Oliver is determined to renew the Yuletide spirit for his mother Moira and his sister Thea. But the bad guys have other plans.