Season 4 Premiere of Arrow Begins to Move the Series In a New Direction

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 - 10:44PM
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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 - 10:44PM
Season 4 Premiere of Arrow Begins to Move the Series In a New Direction
After 5 months of waiting, Arrow is finally back on air. The first episode of the show's fourth season, entitled 'Green Arrow,' premiered this evening, and it certainly seems that Arrow will be moving in quite a different direction this year, which might be just what the show needs in order to make a full comeback after a rocky run in 2014. And while the first episode of this season wasn't necessarily anything spectacular, it also didn't disappoint.

'Green Arrow' began by showing the suburban life of Olicity, and put into view more than once that Oliver was planning on proposing. However, with Damien Darhk's "ghosts" reeking havoc on Star City, he never gets the chance to pop the question as Team Arrow comes banging on his door in dire need of help. Throughout the course of this week's show, Oliver realizes that the darkness that fueled his fight in the beginning made him someone he didn't want to be, and then chooses to become someone new - someone who can inspire hope in others.

Oliver and the team end up uncovering a plot to bomb the train station, but are able to put a stop to it before it can happen. The show then ends with two major twists. First, it turns out that Detective Lance is being forced to work for Darhk. Likewise, a scene from sometime in the future (presumably at the end of this season) is shown with Oliver and Barry Allen at a grave site - hinting at the death of a major character sometime this year (it seems like the easy guess at this point is Felicity, as this particular scene immediately followed one of a hidden engagement ring, but this could be misleading).

So what exactly did 'Green Arrow' get right (and wrong) this week? One of the best things about the episode was without doubt the DC Easter Eggs that were strewn throughout the show. Darhk's ghosts steal weaponry from Kord Industries (as in Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle); of course it's doubtful that he'll actually make an appearance on the show, as DC seems to be trying to keep most characters relegated to either the TV universe or the cinematic universe, and it's been rumored that a Blue Beetle/Booster Gold film is going to be in the works somewhere down the line. Nevertheless, it was still very cool seeing him referenced in the episode.

Likewise, there's a flashback scene where the camera moves from the view of someone's torso to Oliver and Amanda Waller sitting at a bar. That someone happened to be wearing a pilot jacket with the name "Jordan" printed on the front of it. That's right, Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern, was technically in this week's episode!

'Green Arrow' also made the wise decision to present generally everyone in the episode in good spirits. Even Diggle seemed to be making real progress in forgiving Oliver, so those tensions will hopefully subside soon as well. Last year's run of the show probably held enough drama between members of Team Arrow for the next two seasons at least, so it's great that the focus of the show is being moved away from that particular area.

Just as well, 'Green Arrow' seems to have set a very nice pace for this season's plot; things don't seem to be moving too fast or too slow. Black Canary doesn't seem as helpless as last year, and she finally lost that stupid wig. Likewise, the fight scenes were quite on par with expectations, and everyone loves a good scene with Stephen Amell kicking some butt. It was also a huge reward to comic fans to hear Oliver Queen finally announce that he was "the Green Arrow."

Nevertheless, there were some issues with this first episode of season 4 - the main problem being that it wasn't really the attention grabber that it needed to be. After a near perfect episode of The Flash last night, many fans were hoping for something equally as gripping, and that simply didn't happen. After a rocky season 3, it really would have been a huge boost to the show if it could have hooked audiences with a particularly momentous beginning.

The dialogue also bordered on being a bit corny from time to time, and the flashback scenes seemed a bit out of place. Speedy has yet to prove herself to be an actual asset to the team, but this is understandable so early in the season. Also, it's yet to be seen if the show can actually pull off using an enemy that utilizes magic instead of other abilities, and sadly Diggle's getup was no better looking in action than it was in the promotional images. There were also other issues that stood out as detractors as well, but none too major.

Overall, the season 4 premiere of Arrow definitely seems to be moving the show in a new and better direction. Things are definitely looking up after the problems Arrow faced in season 3, though there hasn't been anything too groundbreaking take place as of yet. Nevertheless, 'Green Arrow,' gets a 7.8 out of 10 from this author.

Catch next week's episode of Arrow, 'The Candidate,' on the CW Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.
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