This is a retrospective review for Arrow Season 1! If you’re looking for something else Arrow-related, click HERE!
Keep in mind, I’ve seen every season of Arrow, so I can’t approach this from a new perspective, but it has been awhile since I’ve watched Arrow, so it’s kinda a fresh perspective right? There are SPOILERS for Arrow below, I’ll try and keep it to just season 1 though…
This season is pretty good. The introductions to the characters are all mostly perfect, with few exceptions. One unique thing about Arrow, is that it actually maintains a strong list of characters. The show keeps them all relevant, and also maintains focus on the main character. The few seasons that have sucked (season 3, and (coughfourcough)), were because they broadened horizons, and failed to remember the main character.
Season 1 is definitely a building block, if you decide to skip it, you might miss some important details. It had been awhile since I watched season 1, so I definitely realized I missed stuff from season 5 and season 6 coming back and watching.
John Barrowman is a phenomenal actor, and makes a compelling villain in Malcolm Merlyn. Tommy Merlyn is a much needed breath of fresh air for this season, and I cried when he died in the season finale. His presence is missed in later seasons. The family drama Oliver experiences adds only to the feeling of Oliver’s reintegration into society.
If you’re hesitant on beginning this show, please do. You can skip season 4 100%, but definitely start from the beginning here. I’d rank this season of Arrow at: