Thursday, May 25, 2017

Arrow season five review

Arrow season five review 

  


Intro: After two bad seasons and removing two key characters in the Green Arrow mythos I didn't expect much from this season. Despite that I'm willing to give this show another chance, sometimes I'm a three strike person consider this Arrow's third chance. Plus 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 as 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 becomes the Mayor of Star City, so he has to balance being the Mayor and Green Arrow. One day Green Arrow meets one of the amateur vigilantes that he inspired and see that he's rough around the edges. Worry that they'll cause more harm then good he decides to take them under his wing. Meanwhile an archer called Prometheus who has a grudge against Green Arrow, gives him grief and challenge his crusade 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 flashbacks 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 had since the season 3 flashbacks makes him look stupid.       


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 well regardless of the hiccups. The gripe I have with him is that this show failed to make him 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. 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 die in season four instead of Laurel/The Black Canary. 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. 

Since Thea quit being Speedy at the end of season four she doesn't have much to do this season. Well they kind of did something with her character but that went no where. 

Besides learning how to live with what he did in season four Diggle didn't serve much of a purpose this season. The subplot with him feels like filler.  

Wild Dog (one of the new members of team arrow) is like Roy but worst. 

Ragman ( another new member of team arrow) is the outsider looking in. My beef with him is that he's too powerful. 

Felicity is still annoying, don't worry it's not as bad as the past two seasons. 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's 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 the Havenrock 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! That's the theme of this season hypocrisy, almost everyone has double standards.  

Here are the grievances I have with this season, one of them is the new team members. There's no reason for Oliver to bring them into his war on crime because Oliver is not having problems with fighting criminals 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. Even if that was the case that would be a issue, what's the point of watching this show if Oliver is barely Green Arrow? This is why they should have saved the Oliver running for Mayor story for the final season. 

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 Curtis/Mr. Terrific? The purpose he serve in season four was to give us the idea that Felicity will die in that season. In this season he's not as smart as felicity do to him being more of an inventor so what's the point of having him?     

I have gripes with 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 the Mayor if we don't have episodes of him deal with these issues? The problem I have with this episode is that it feels heavy handed and out of place. Also I don't think that was the right issue to address considering two members of team Arrow use guns. In the flashbacks 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 this episode feels rushed.

Oliver/the Green Arrow is another problem with this season. He's 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 overcoming his past but his attitude ruins it for me.

Despite all the problems this season have this is a good season. It makes me wonder what will they do next?    

      

  

                 
  


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