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From terrific action sequences to some incredibly poignant moments, the episode wrapped up this season's most pivotal storylines and set the stage for a stellar season 2 in a way that was both cinematic and substantial.
This episode is a giddy, triumphant embrace of the show's comic book roots, and it proves decisively that Arrow doesn't need superpowers to create a heightened, more epic reality.
In twenty-three episodes, Arrow has improved by a significantly wide margin.
I'm blown away, almost as much as the town was jolted, by the way the finale unfolded.
It starts strongly - alternating Oliver's enshacklement with his father's final instruction to "Survive!" - and keeps the jeopardy level high, refusing to let the tension disperse.
'Sacrifice' managed to gleefully convey the superhero elements, while offering up a few genuine surprises as well.
Not all of our questions from the season bore answers, including any real setup for 'Arrow's second season, but tonight's conclusion "Sacrifice" more than delivered on the series' exceptional potential, past and present alike.
Bowing out - for now - in fine style, the show is at an absolute peak and I await season two with enormous anticipation.
It's a testament to the show, however, that this shock twist wasn't the only stand-out moment of a fantastic hour.
The episode is so fast-paced, so laser-focused on its goals, that the characters - never mind the viewers - never have a chance to catch their breaths.