Arrow -- "Haunted" -- Image AR404A_0029b -- Pictured (L-R): Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen and Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak -- Photo: Katie Yu/ The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

Constantine! Constantine! Constantine! John Constantine is one of my all-time favorite comic book characters. It was a shame that the show failed, but it was never going to do well on NBC. They tried with both that and Hannibal to have dark and cerebral shows, and it just doesn’t fit the main audience well. Stephen Amell fought to try and get Constantine saved, and then he pushed to get Matt Ryan on the show here. I wonder when it was they decided he would be the key to getting Sara back, but it was delightful all the same. If it felt a little forced in the flashback, I don’t care. Constantine! Hopefully this will not be the last we see of him. This episode continued my happy thoughts about character development and what a great team we’ve seen this year. Previously on Arrow, Laurel brought Sara back using the Lazarus Pit and she’s basically like a zombie. Quentin was exposed as working for Darhk and after an emotional confrontation with Oliver, they started working together. Oliver’s running for Mayor. Thea’s plagued with blood lust from her own Lazarus Pit ties. Felicity heard Ray’s last message before he disappeared (or “died”) and something seemed off about it.

I’m not sure how much of Arrow’s audience had seen Constantine, but I’m saying a decent amount of them. They make zero effort to give us any backstory here. He shows up, he’s a powerful magic user, and he saves the day. The flashbacks – which are mostly pointless – show that Oliver saved his life on the island when he was going after a magical object, so he owed him. In the current story, Laurel has lost Sara and she’s been going around killing criminals. The others found out about Sara, and Oliver was horrified and also pretty angry. This episode was a lot about the Lances and Queens; his political consultant encouraged Oliver to distance himself from Laurel due to their checkered past. Thea argued with him on it. Laurel and Oliver exchanged some really intense words this episode, about his lack of trust and respect for her, and how she wishes he’d put her family first for once. And he does just that in this, and he apologizes for his past actions yet again. This new Oliver is amazing, I really don’t want him to regress and I hope he doesn’t. He lacks judgment for lies because he acknowledges his own lies and secrecy. He forgives and supports both Thea and Laurel after finding out the truth, and calls in Constantine to help them with Sara.

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I do feel like they could have made the saving of Sara’s soul a much longer experience. It seemed a little simple, but I think they were pressed for time. They go in and fight some of her demons, and then Laurel and Oliver drag her out together. Sara’s back but she doesn’t have much to do for this episode other than look shell shocked. Thea was almost killed several times by her this episode, further going into her guilt about what happened with Sara and with the killer she’s become thanks to Merlyn. We love you Thea! Also Quentin and Diggle bonded this episode because Darhk sent him to this company to delete some files. In those files was info on Diggle’s brother, who Quentin goes out of his way to request from Darhk. Whatever he saw really shakes Diggle, so I’m guessing his brother went on a very dark and violent path that he never knew about. Poor Diggle. I still think Quentin is going to be in the coffin and that Oliver’s guilt at the tombstone was maybe not helping save him or letting him stay deep with Darhk. Either way, I feel like his story about all others is wrapped up well, and I think we’re ready to let Quentin go. At least this season we’ve gotten some of his strongest scenes and acting.

There is, of course, a Legends of Tomorrow plug here. Not just Sara, who will be herself again in time for it, but Ray. Mister Terrific and Felicity realize that there’s a message under his farewell, and that he says clearly he’s still alive. Next week’s preview showed that they are all dedicated to finding Ray, but he might be under Darhk’s thumb now so a rescue mission might be in order. It takes a little tension out of these storylines since we know all these characters are going to the new show, but like in The Flash, I didn’t find it really intrusive. They’re doing a good job of blending it in with the main storyline well. I hope we see Constantine again or that the CW considers taking his show over. It would be fun! It was nice to see some peace between the Lances and the Queens, and Oliver made certain that Laurel was not pushed away from him for the sake of his political campaign. Instead he’s doing a great job of running for Mayor and embracing his past mistakes to head toward the future. Constantine warned Oliver that Darhk is bad news, which we already know. It’s a little bit of a shame he won’t be sticking around to give them some magical support, I’m just saying.

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