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.
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
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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