That's it. No more time off until what should be an epic finale four weeks from now. Arrow's schedule during the second-half of the season has been spotty at best but last night's "The Man Under the Hood" marked the first of the final, uninterrupted stretch until reaching the "Unthinkable." And the installment was injected full of DCU references. The previous episode, aptly titled "Deathstroke," saw the season's big bad reveal a part of how he plans to build an unstoppable army of super-soldiers in order to exact his revenge on his former protege and that led to a violent visit with a couple of interesting new characters...

4. Friends Of Flash
It's jumping ahead but we might as well get right to the most exciting part of "The Man Under the Hood" and that's the introduction of two people who will be key players in the upcoming series based on DC's Flash. Desperate for a bio-transfuser, Deathstroke ends up infiltrating the Starling City storage facility for S.T.A.R. Labs which brings him into contact with a few of Barry Allen's friends from Central City.

Apparently, Barry's been moved to their facility for treatment as his coma worsens and that's where Felicity met Caitlin Snow, eventually also known as Killer Frost (played by Danielle Panabaker), and Cisco Ramon, a.k.a. Vibe (played by Carlos Valdes). The writers included a couple nods to the latter's super-future, having him question the security guard's 'vibe' before using a pulsating gun on the one-eyed intruder. Their scenes also included the first mention of Iris West, Barry's 'something' (played by Candice Patton), and Dr. Harrison Wells. Oh, and I'm pretty sure Ms. Snow said that the vibrating gun was developed by Arthur Light. I guess we should expect to see him on the spin-off?

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