Arrow season five review
Intro: After two bad seasons and removing two key characters in the Green Arrow mythos I didn't have high hopes for this season. Why am I still watching this show is because sometimes I'm a three strike person consider this Arrow's third chance plus I have a love hate relationship with this show. Also this is the last season for the flashbacks I'm curious to see how this will rip up. Side note I wish this series would have ended on this season because I don't want this show to surfer the same fate a Smallville, as far as over staying it welcome. With all that being said did season five recover or did this show continue to go down the toilet let's find out.
Arrow season five: This season takes place a few mouths after Oliver become the Mayor of Star City, so he's being the Mayor and Green Arrow at the same time. One day he decides to recruit new team members and train them, why I don't know. Meanwhile an archer called Prometheus has problems with Green Arrow and gives him grief so Green Arrow has to stop him before things get out of hand.
This season wash the bad taste out of my mouth that is seasons 3 and 4 however there are things that keep this season from being better. This is the story they should have told after season two, the story of Oliver dealing with the collateral damage he cause in season one. I like that Prometheus doesn't want to destroy or take over the city. The flashback this season are fine. The flashbacks deals with how Oliver got involved with the Bratva and him becoming what he was in season one. The problems I have with it is that it created a plot hole for season one and the solution to Oliver's problem he has since season 3 flashbacks.
I can see why people like the main villain Prometheus, he challenges Green Arrow both physically and mentally. he reminds me of The dark knight Joker, you'll see what I mean when you watch this season. The mystery of who he is was handled better then the mysteries in the previous two seasons. The problem I have with him is that this show failed to make him a sympathetic, I can't get into details without spoiling anything. I wish that he and Green Arrow didn't fight each other so often because that takes away the build up for there showdown in the last episode. This was the same problem I had with the previous season. Also I wish the mystery of figuring out who Prometheus is would have dragged out. This seasons crossover episode reminds me of Superman's for the man who has everything comic book.
After seeing the lack of a role Quentin Lance have this season it made me wish he should have been the one who dead in season four. That would have made sense because he would die trying to stop Damien darkh's plan, that would be his way of redeeming himself for working for him.
Thea doesn't have much to do this season. Well they kind of did something with her character but that when now where.
Besides learning how to live with what he did in season four Diggle didn't have much to do this season. The subplot with him feels like filler.
Wild Dog (one of the new members of team arrow) is like Roy but worst.
Felicity is still annoying. What annoys me about her is that she got away with murder and Oliver is letting it happen. In season four Felicity send a nuke to Havenrock, I know she didn't have a choice however when you do something wrong and regret it you answer for it. That didn't happen in this season. She didn't think about that until she learned that one of the new members of team Arrow is from Havenrock and she had the nerve to tell him that she was the one who killed his family. She didn't do that to give him closure she did that to make herself feel better. Side note I'm surprised that Prometheus didn't use this against her or have that member turn against team Arrow.
Something tragic happen to Felicity this season that cause her to go A-wall on team Arrow. The problem I have with this is that Oliver doesn't put his foot down with her or kick her off the team. I mean he did this with everyone else but her. Another problem I have with this is that team Arrow are being hypocrites about the situation, I mean why do they have a problem with Felicity getting her hands dirty when they do it all the time? Y'all are not a bunch of humanitarians!
Here are the problems I have with this season, one of them is the new team members. There is no reason for Oliver to recruit a new team because Oliver is not having problems with fighting crime on his own. It would make sense if being the Mayor was taking up a lot of his time but that's not the case. The reason why I'm bothered by Oliver training the new team members is because they are comic book characters. i'm tired of seeing him train or schooling other comic book characters, I would like to see them stand on there own. Plus Team Arrow has too many member, I'm glad they got rid of some of the members. Why didn't this show remove Mr. Terrific? The purpose he serve in season four was to give us the idea the Felicity will die in that season. In this season he's not as smart as felicity so what's the point of having him?
Another problem is some of the episodes. The first two episodes after episode 9 will make you mad. This show did a PSA episode on gun control. I don't understand why people are upset over this episode what's the point of Oliver being Mayor if we don't have episodes of him deal with these issues? Also The dark knight created social commentary and you didn't complain about that. The problem I have with this episode is that it feels heavy handed. Also I don't think that was the right issue to address considering two member of team Arrow use guns. In the flashback centered episode Oliver revealed something about himself. The problem I have with it is I'm having a hard time buying the reveal and it went nowhere. There is an episode where Oliver and Felicity try to reconcile, do I really have to comment on that episode? I was annoyed with what happen in the final episode because it seems like they did that to get a cheap reaction from the viewers. Also the episode feels rushed.
Oliver/the Green Arrow is another problem with this season. He is the reason why Prometheus exist and he doesn't feel terrible about it, not in the way he did with Slade or any other villain he face. The writers tried to give him an arc about forgiving himself for the damage he cause but his attitude ruins it for me.
Despite all the problems this season have this is a fine season. It makes me wonder what they will do next.