This is a side of Oliver we’ve haven’t seen in years. Him having to train the young heroes and develop a relationship with them takes Oliver in a new direction. The Russian flashbacks also showed us why Oliver is rough on his students. Seeing Oliver become apart of the Bratva is probably the best set of flashbacks we’ve since season two. Oliver is trying to climb up the Bratva ranks so he can take down Konstantin Kovar. The flashbacks don’t drag as much as they did last season, and they also know when to cut back to present day.
Team Arrow is trying to take down Tobias Church. A villain from Blüdhaven who is working for Prometheus (this season’s big bad). Church is just a thug but he did make a decent villain for the first few episodes. Church, Vigilante, and Prometheus all made great antagonist for our new team. Prometheus is someone who was affected by The Hood’s killing rampage from season one. He had five years to train so he can get his revenge. This is the same amount of time Oliver when became the Hood. Prometheus knows all of Ollie’s moves, the way he thinks, and the people he loves. The stakes are high and the fight is personal. When the team finds out that Oliver was killer in his early days they don’t take it very well. This effects Evelyn the most. Oliver had a list of people he would kill, and that’s pretty messed up when you think about it. Oliver has been trying to do the right thing ever since, but his past keeps coming back to bite him. This one of the strongest aspects of the season. Everything Oliver’s ever done matters. It makes it that much more meaningful. The kills, the list, the people he’s lost, it all comes to a head. This is evident the series 100th episode.
The CW had a huge
four three night crossover. The Flash called aliens to earth because of Flashpoint (dangit Barry!), and needs all the help he can get. Oliver, Felicity, Diggle and Thea go to Central City to help. Oliver has been through hell over the last ten years, so of course he gets abducted by aliens – because why not? Arrow’s 100th episode used the aliens as a way to make it a reunion episode. Oliver, Thea, Ray, and Sara are living their perfect life, while Diggle is the Arrow for some reason. Ray and Sara started off on Arrow so including them was a nice touch. This episode was very similar to the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Perchance to Dream“, the Supergirl episode “For The Girl Who Has Everything” and The Flash episode “Flashpoint“. A hero seeing their perfect life and having it taken away from them must be in the job description. Seeing characters like Robert, Moira, and Laurel return was amazing. It wasn’t the best crossover episode (we really didn’t focus on the other heroes), but it was a great Arrow episode. We’ll see if Oliver will need help from his super friends later in the season. They left the door open for numerous possibilities.
Arrow returns January 25th on The CW.
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