After just talking about The Flash the other day, it only seems fair to turn right around and discuss the season premiere of The CW’s Arrow. How was the season three start of the thus far awesome show based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow? Let’s talk about the particulars!
What I liked:
- It jumps right into the epic action Arrow is known for. Makes you feel like the show never even took a break. Ah it’s good to be back in Starling City.
- Roy (Colton Haynes) gets a costume—a pretty rockin’ costume, too! It’s nice to see his sidekick role elevated to a costume-worthy status.
- OLICITY IS HAPPENING. Well, okay, Olicity is trying to happen. Let me explain for those of you who have no idea what I’m on about: Oliver Queen a.k.a. The Arrow (Stephen Amell) and his trusty tech genius gal pal Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) have had oodles of chemistry for a long time, and many fans (including this one) have been anxious for some romance. Well, something finally happened. Now it doesn’t go along perfectly—sort of a “two steps forward, one step back” thing—but it’s a start.
- The return of Black Canary (Caity Lotz)! I love this kickass lady, and seeing her unexpectedly pop up to help out Oliver and co. is pretty awesome.
- The very big shock at the end. Like, I saw it coming, but I expected it to happen much, much farther into the season. What happens is actually pretty heart-breaking, but it’s a hell of a way to get a reaction out of people and set things into motion for the rest of the season.
What I didn’t like:
- Peter Stormare as a new Count Vertigo. I don’t hate him, but he just doesn’t seem right for the part, y’know? I liked the old Count Vertigo pretty well, so maybe I’m just reluctant to accept someone else in the role…
- Ray Palmer’s (Brandon Routh) terrible speech to the Queen Consolidated board. Like, it’s supposed to wow them, but it just seemed corny to me. In fact, Ray’s presence in general is fairly annoying, and I’m looking forward to the day that changes (because he’s actually a character from the DC world, so I know there are bigger plans for him).
- Not much happens for Roy. Sure, he gets a brand new costume, but other than that he’s just…hanging out. Of all the characters on team Arrow, I feel like Roy has had the least opportunity to develop. I’m hoping that changes this season.
- We get to see Diggle (David Ramsey) gearing up for fatherhood, which seems to suit him quite adorably, but it makes me worry that he might have a diminished role this season. I really hope that’s not the case because I’ve grown quite fond of him.
- I’m getting to where I really cannot tolerate Oliver’s awful hair in his flashbacks. I’m sorry. I just can’t. I’m also sorry that I always seem to include at least one superficial bullet point on these write-ups. I can’t contain myself.
The Potential: As usual, Arrow’s potential is through the roof. There’s a reason this show is one of my favorites right now. Honestly, this may have been Arrow’s best season premiere yet, and I’m very excited to see where things go since there are already some interesting plot threads in place. Arrow is action-packed, filled with fascinating characters, and just way too much superhero fun. If this season manages to improve on the fantastic second season, then we’re in for quite a ride.
My Grade: A