Surprisingly enough, I was very much impressed with how big this episode felt. Arrow came off one of its best episode of all time with "The Slabside Redemption" and I was intrigued as to what "Unmasked" could bring to the table. While it isn't as strong as could have been, it sets the show up for a very exciting and different new year after the crossover passes. There is certainly more effort put into plot development than last year. The flash-forwards seemed to pick back up a little, though they were middling at best. Katherine McNamara's Blackstar received a weak introduction, with her Black Widow style action scene being the only interesting aspect of her character thus far, aside from her connection to future Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards). Speaking of Felicity, I felt that her drama with the newly released Oliver (Stephen Amell) was of top quality. Nothing felt forced, and both parties made very valid points regarding their troubled situations. Oliver, inevitably putting the Green Arrow costume back on was a treat and made way for an awesome long-take fight scene in a busy nightclub, something that harkened back to season one. While the entire storyline leading up to said exchange may have been tedious, it was a necessary detour to flesh out Queen's new agenda, which will surely be a cool one. As for the reveal of the New Green Arrow, I felt a little underwhelmed. While I love the concept, the execution left much to be desired. As it stands, Arrow felt very much in command of its stories, with plenty of groundwork laid for the episodes to come and while the entirety of it all felt rushed at times, "Unmasked" was a fine way to cap off the first half of the season.