It’s no secret that the last two seasons of Arrow have been less than awesome.
After such a spectacular first two seasons, fans were primed and ready for more. Season 3, however, turned out to be a little flat, and things only got worse as Season 4 came and went.
Don’t get me wrong, both Seasons 3 and 4 had their times to shine: Laurel finally taking on the mantle of Black Canary, Oliver finally adopting the iconic name of “Green Arrow,” etc. However, it was clear that something had to happen to bring the show back to its former glory. Even Stephen Amell was cited saying “We’re either going to do what we do and do it well, or it’s the last year.”
Season 5 has been such a great time to be an Arrow fan. The show feels much more like what we all had known Arrow to be. So what exactly is happening that is making the show great again?
Street-Level Crime and Dark Drama
With the introduction of The Flash, suddenly the Arrow writers were faced with the challenge of making Oliver Queen fit in a world with metahumans. But what made the show so good was the way it brought realism to the stories and crime of Star (Starling) City.
You felt connected to Oliver because he was forged into the man he had become without superpowers. As fun as metahumans and magic are, they don’t fit into the world of Arrow very well.
Events like the Invasion! crossover are proof that it can work for an episode or two, but Season 4 is also proof that an entire season full of mystical, metahuman-like characters just isn’t what Arrow does best.
“We are a street-level crime fighting show. We’re at our best when we’re focused on those things.” -Stephen Amell
Season 5 has seen a resurgence and recommitment to Green Arrow taking on the corruption and street-level problems of Star City.
Between Tobias Church, the corruption of the Star City Police, and the murderous Prometheus, Arrow has captivated us again with a storyline that is interesting, compelling, and realistic — the true strengths of the show.
Not to mention, there is once again mystery and speculation as to who the villain is! I still have no idea who Prometheus is! The show needs that kind of compelling mystery to keep fans guessing what may unfold next.