Instead of letting the show continue ad nauseam, would it better to wrap things up after five seasons?
When Arrow returns this fall, it will have a lot to prove. Season 4 was largely derided by both critics and the fanbase — especially the season finale. From the sounds of things, producers are looking to return the show to its early roots, but could it be time to just bring the story to its end?
Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: I love Arrow. It’s one of the three shows I most look forward to each week (the others being The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, of course). I mean, I love Arrow so much I started this website just to talk about it!
And, yes, I still love Arrow even after last season’s muddled mess of a story. I agree with many in the fan community that say the show’s quality has dipped in recent years. Season 2 was Arrow‘s pinnacle of excellence, and while many say Season 3 was a disaster, I actually enjoyed the vast majority of it.
Even Season 4 wasn’t all bad. We got some cool guest appearances from Constantine and Vixen, and the setup for Legends of Tomorrow last fall mostly worked. Even at its worst, I still enjoyed watching the show each week because its still Arrow, no matter what.
But there’s no denying the Olicity storyline took some ridiculous turns, and the flashbacks were so boring I had trouble even remembering what was going on. Also, the less said about Laurel’s death, the better.
When there’s a series we love — whether it be a television show, a series of novels, a movie franchise, or a comic book — our natural inclination is to let it run forever, so long as it’s still enjoyable. It makes sense; I mean, if you love something, why would it want it to end?
It may be hard to swallow, but indeed, all good things must end.
But there’s power in endings. Star Trek: The Next Generation summed it up when they titled their series finale, “All Good Things…” It may be hard to swallow, but indeed, all good things must end. And wrapping things up in a succinct, meaningful manner, before the story is stretched so thin it breaks, is a good thing to do.
Consider the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. For ten years, the adventures of young Calvin and his stuffed tiger dominated newspapers’ comic sections. But rather than let the quality of the strip decline and its popularity wane, cartoonist Bill Watterson chose to end it. Now 20 years later, he’s held firm and never resurrected Calvin and Hobbes; but the comic’s popularity remains, because that decade of stories was so fulfilling, fans continue to cling to it, and new readers are discovering it every day.