Season Review: Arrow

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The final finale of the DC universe has aired and it pretty much blew all the other finales out of the waters….if you saw it, you got it. It’s time to reminisce on what I believe is the best season of “Arrow.”

Season five was a much darker season, which is hard to believe on a show that had Oliver choose whether he wants his mother or sister to die, and made us all watch Black Canary get stabbed and be okay before crushing our souls with Laurel Lance’s death. #NeverForget. It was a full circle season as it’s the last to have the flashbacks of Oliver’s life before season one. I’m okay with this because the flashbacks haven’t really been good since season two. This season’s flashback focused on his life in Russia and how he got involved with the Russian mob. They were hit and miss which is expected to the flashbacks. While they were better than the past ones, I didn’t enjoy them as much as the flashbacks that were more recent. I’m glad that they are over.

 

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Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak

The main story arc featured Oliver balancing his life as Mayor of Star City as well as his past with the villain Prometheus. There was a little story arc where Oliver must form a new Team Arrow in order to stop a gangster for taking over. It wasn’t anything spectacular but it was good. But the Prometheus storyline was probably the best they have done since the Deathstroke arc in season two. They made it seem more intense and like the stakes have never been higher. There was also intense wondering on who exactly Prometheus was. Because of “Flashpoint,” many people thought it was someone who died in the previous seasons, excluding Laurel (I get to her later). We knew that Prometheus knew Oliver’s secrets and that he wanted revenge, but it wasn’t until later on that we knew why.  It was shocking but shocking because it took five seasons for someone who was affected by something in season one to take revenge. I tried to be vague as possible but you know what the story in season one even if you stopped watching after the mess that was the latter half season 3.

 

“Arrow” didn’t have as many characters as “Supergirl,” but rather a few new ones of both

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Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake

main and recurring nature. I like how they incorporated some older characters more and fleshed them out when it came to the new Team Arrow. There was also enough time without the former members that when they came back, you treated them all the same. Most superhero shows that do a mix up like this just have an episode or two before they bring the older characters into the fold. “Arrow” waited for five episodes, which was an entire subplot. I also like how they use Black Siren. It was teased that it would be the return of the actual Black Canary, but it was Black Siren pretending to be Earth-1 Laurel. It was something that everyone wanted from “Flashpoint” and they teased it and then took it away from us. It was a genius move. I enjoyed the fact that Katie Cassidy got to play “Evil” Laurel Lance again and it adds so much to the character. We already know that she will be the main character again in season six and I can’t wait to see what will become of that Laurel. I also hope they don’t kill her again. I also really like how they introduced the character of Dinah Drake, the original Black Canary in the comics. It didn’t piss on Laurel Lance but rather build on her legacy.

 

Besides Stephen Amell, the best performance goes to both Emily Bett Rickards and Paul Blackthorne. All three did an amazing job with how they presented their characters. Felicity and Quentin went through the most character change this season. One took more risks after a horrible event happened to them at the hands of Oliver because of Prometheus while the other fell from grace and had to work their back to where they were before the end of season four.

This season was about cause and effect and how every action has can come back in ways you don’t expect it. This was an absolutely great season. The flashback isn’t going to affect the rating because you come to write off the flashbacks. “Arrow” took an even darker approach and had a cliffhanger ending that you don’t know where it’s going to go next season. This season was everything. It came full circle and was the best DC show that aired during the 2016-2017 season. I cannot wait to see how it will build on the massive amount of momentum that season six will have. “Arrow” didn’t fail this city .

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Arrow gets Darhk

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Now that I’ve had a chance to reflect, it’s now time to review the fourth season of the CW show “Arrow.” So let’s sit down and reflect on the happens. Contains Spoilers.

Before we get to the overall plot, let’s just take care of the elephant in the room: The death of Laurel Lance because it was polarize between the fans to say the least. Yes, it was sad by the death of Laurel but it had to happen in order to raise the stakes in the battle between Team Arrow and Damien Darhk. Could it have been another character? Probably not because Oliver and Laurel have a very strong emotional connection dating back to longer than everyone else on the team that isn’t his sister. It won’t have been as motivating if it was Felicity. While they were engaged, Laurel is considered to be his first love. First anything trumps all.

The overall plot this involved Team arrow taking on HIVE, Oliver trying to run for mayor, Diggle find his brother, and Olicity. Olicity takes the most out of the season. It’s the downfall of the season because it’s used ineffectively to tell the main story, which was Arrow vs HIVE.

One of the major flaws with this season is the pacing of it. The season starts off really well paced and then it died. Literally, the momentum just stopped. It tried to get it back but then the season finale happened. The season had really well done episodes but all the goodness those episodes built up to was just lost. I do want to mention that the action scenes this year was extremely well done.

The flashback this season didn’t work at all. It was tied into the main plot but it just got too confusing in where the flashbacks became filler to the already intense main plotline. The flashback became pointless and didn’t matter at all.

The season finale was pretty much the same as the season before-literally. Except for the fact the team left Oliver and Felicity alone to protect the city. Oh, and Oliver is mayor and he ended up stabbing Darhk. But it felt like a rip off. The episode before it was really good and raised the stakes and then it went down the drain. The only good thing it did was set up nicely for season five.

Overall, the season was bad but it wasn’t great either. At times, it was amazing but overall it was just ehhh. I cannot wait for season five in order to see where the hell this goes. I hope it goes where the pace is better.

 

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Arrow Season Four: Felicity is BA

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Oh my! Stephen Amell and The CW treated everyone to the trailer for the newest Season 4 of “Arrow”. It’s all kinds of goodness that makes my soul glisten with glee!

The trailer is everything I wanted and more in it. You got all the main characters suiting up, Olicity in bliss, Felicity and a machine gun, Thea kicking ass, and everyone’s favorite canary being dumped into the lazarus pit in order to be reborn for the new series “Legends of Tomorrow.” Pretty much, it’ just in time to get you excited about the new season of Arrow, which will premiere on October 7 on The CW. Check out the trailer down below and be ready to watch it over and over again.

 

Posted by Stephen Amell on Friday, September 4, 2015

Arrow: My Name is Oliver Queen

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Welcome to the most cleverly named “Arrow” recap blog on the interwebs, “Arrow.” It’s the season finale and boy, do we have a barn burners this week.

Let’s begin with the fact that Team Arrow is not dead.  I mean, they ruined it by the previews but I’m glad to know that there is a cure.  Too bad, that Oliver is a cure. The Flash saves them and they go out to Starling City to help Oliver save the city….whether they want to or not. Oliver sabotages the plane and ends up fighting the League with Nyssa before Ra jumps off the plane with the weapon and a parachute…because even the leader of the assassins can’t fly.

Fun fact: League of Assassins just doesn’t kill people with weapons, they also use bio warfare. Ra infects four of his men and has them to kill themselves so they can release the toxins into air. All I keep thinking is this is very thought out plan for people who are like ancient technology.  Team Arrow takes care of them, with the help of Speedy while Oliver takes on Raul. While this is happening, Felicity and Ray try to find a way to disperse the cure to the city.

Oliver and Ra battle to the death on a bridge while the SCPD watches on and getting ready to kill both of them. Oliver finally kills Ra and gets his ring. SCPD shoot him down and when you think he is dead, the Atom flies in and saves Oliver. Shocker he’s fine because the League has bulletproof armor and it was Felicity and not Ray that saved him. But let’s pause for a moment and reflect on something. The assassins have bulletproof armor but not armor that protects you against not against swords and arrows. Something doesn’t seem right there.

After the battle, Team Arrow has a sappy moment of reflections. Diggle leaves angrily, Malcolm takes over the League as Ra because that was part of his deal with Oliver, Ray dies in an explosion, Thea becomes Speedy, Laurel is a badass now, and Oliver and Felicity drive off into the sunset….yes, that actually happened.

Overall, I felt this episode was lackluster but it was still very good It just had me saying “that’s it?” I thought that it would have a little better ending to it. I didn’t like how they killed off Ray. I wish he died a little more heroically. It honestly just felt rushed and like it should have been a two parter and not just one episode finish.

This episode felt like it was the series finale because you had Oliver and Felicity running off and all the plots wrapped up to a point. I don’t know if this is for the new TV show but it makes me feel not know where it’s going for Season four. Will the Arrow return? What does it mean for Malcolm? Where is Oliver and Felicity going? I guess we will have to wait until the fall to know.