Arrow Season 7 (first half) #review:
Now Arrow’s first 9 episodes have aired, it’s time to discuss the series so far before it comes back soon. Arrow’s been a funny show- season 1 and 2 are both awesome, season 3 not so much, less said about season 4 the better, season 5 is a brilliant return to form and season 6 was ok but had issues. Well, at this point, I’m pretty into the latest season and really like what they’ve done.
Firstly, Oliver’s prison storyline was so well done. It was dark, gritty, returning to what made the first two seasons great. I very happy that we got to see a lot of episodes dedicated to this and Oliver was taken to different lengths as a character. That was easily the best element. The season has also done something clever with William, Oliver’s son- they’re showing flash forwards when he’s starting his journey to become a vigilante himself. I’m really liking where they’re taking this story, I just wished we had more of it.
As it stands though, anything going on with Felicity and the team members was easily the least interesting aspect. The team members just feel very redundant and Diggle is once again useless. I liked the concept behind Felicity’s dark turn as a character, but she still annoys me largely because it’s clear now that the actress who plays her just isn’t good at drama. And I’m a bit tired of Diaz as a villain, despite his conflict with Oliver leading to a fantastic seventh episode. But now they seem to be making him an anti hero- which could be very interesting to see in the next half.
My concerns are that can the season continue its intrigue now that Oliver’s out of prison. Are the other characters gonna get something substantial to do and will these new villains, The Longbow Hunters, be worthy threats. We’ll have to wait but for now I’m mostly satisfied.
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