With nine episodes behind us, we're taking a look at Arrow Season 4 so far.
While we're calling it a midseason checkup, we're hardly halfway there, as we still have 14 full and ambitious hours to go.
What have we seen? A whole heck of a lot.
There have been incredible guest stars, shocking moments, a paternity reveal, deaths of everyone, terrible violence at the hands of a new, heinous villain and much more.
Scroll through our breakdown and let us know your thoughts while we wait for Arrow's return on Wednesday, January 20th.
If you're aching for more before then, you can watch Arrow online to relive every moment.
Most Compelling Overarching Season Mystery
Setting up the who's in the grave mystery was rather brilliant, even if it is annoying as all get out. Annoying from a fan perspective to learn the writers apparently didn't have an end game in mind at the time they filmed the scene shown in the gif. Shouldn't they know that before writing such a scene? It also sets up fan groups to mutilate each other with the hope they will reign supreme and their favorite character will not make it into the grave. On the positive side, it has given fans something to analyze and discuss all season long. If done well, that can be a lot of fun.
Best Guest Star
There's no doubt at all that the best guest star comes courtesy of Matt Ryan as John Constantine on Arrow Season 4 Episode 5, "Haunted." While it wasn't the best story or even the best integration of a guest star, using him to bring Sara's body and soul back together was a great way to honor Constantine fans and do the cancellation of that show justice. Matt Ryan never disappoints, and he proved once again he has chemistry with everyone. Bringing him as Constantine and/or the show back full time in some way or form would be justified.
Most Heinous Villain
Damian Darhk is mystical, powerful, sometimes compassionate, a shockingly good conversationalist, ridiculously witty, distrubingly heinous and full of surprises. Whether he's using a simple hand gesture to toss a man across a room or stunning someone with a one liner, he never stops being entertaining. He doesn't pull any punches, and if he says he's going to come for you, look out, he's right behind you or, worse yet, already in front of you. And you never know what's next. A family? Did any of us see that coming? Here's hoping he keeps rolling for a long time.
Biggest Let Down
We admit it. We like girl power, and the thought of two Canaries and Speedy fighting together got us a little excited. The preview was awfully exciting, but the end result was anything but memorable. How could we know Sara and Canary would both be suffering from blood lust? Oh well. At least we still have this cool looking gif.
Most Unnecessary Story Change
Oliver has a son. We learned that while Moira was still alive, and always thought it would be Connor Hawke, the boy who one day follows in his father's footsteps. Instead, it's a boy named William who Oliver had with a woman named Samantha Clayton. As this boy is not Connor, now we wonder if he and his mother have been brought in strictly as a plot device for the Olicity relationship to survive or to help Oliver grow in some way. Honestly, does anybody think Arrow will be around long enough to offer up a second son, one that will take over for Oliver? They should have just waited and introduced Connor Hawke.
Most Dramatic Scene
Oliver and Quentin Lance finally having their moment on Arrow Season 4 Episode 4, "Beyond Redemption," airing their grievances and expressing their contempt, disguest and begrudging respect for one another was beautiful. Stephen Amell gave one of his best, if not the best performances of his tenure on Arrow. If you don't believe us, go back and watch again.