Arrow finale -
Overall, I liked what they did with the episode. It was pretty much what the 100th episode should have been. It felt like the end of the series that we have been watching up to this point, so I'm curious to see if they take things in a different direction next season.
It would have been nice if they had gotten Caity Lotz to come back, but I guess that would have required a lot of explaining.
I'm glad that Malcolm is dead. I hope he stays that way. His character is just nonsense at this point.
I had a hard time understanding Evelyn, and even Black Siren. At one point, alt-Laurel seemed to feel something toward the people whose doubles she knew back home, but then she shifted back to being eeeeevil without much explanation. However, I did enjoy the battle between so many familiar characters on both sides. Nyssa vs Talia was cool. Slade coming back as an ally is awesome. I could see him becoming a member of Team Arrow, or at least coming in for the big events.
The cliffhanger... Okay, this is a good place to discuss one problem with Adrian Chase. He was a good villain, don't get me wrong. I definitely think that he worked as the villain for this third season of the show, and closing out whatever chapter of Oliver's life they're now closing. However, there were times when he was a little too much of a McGuffin factory. He seemed like some supernatural force of evil that knew what Oliver was going to do, no matter how unusual it was. By always being one step ahead of Oliver, right up until the credits rolled, made Oliver look less capable than he really is. There was no way to explain some of the things that Adrian did.
So yeah, he was a good villain for Oliver to fight, and it's even worse because he actually won in the end. However, it was hard to believe in him as a character. He was more of a representation, or a supernatural creature of some sort.
Now that cliffhanger. They quite possibly just cut the budget of the show by a ton! But let's face it, most of those characters lived. I think Malcolm might really be dead (Malcolm and Crowley in one week... is it Christmas?) but Black Siren, Rene and Dinah will definitely be back, because they've been signed as regulars. Which means that everyone else probably lived too, unless they decide to kill off Slade or William's mother, just for the heck of it. So, how do they survive?
If I were Felicity, I'd probably have just found a way to contact Cisco and have him Vibe the whole team out of there, but that might be too simple.