Constantine Was the Best Thing to Happen on Arrow This Season

Thursday, 05 November 2015 - 11:42AM
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Thursday, 05 November 2015 - 11:42AM
Constantine Was the Best Thing to Happen on Arrow This Season
Constantine's return to DC TV has been hyped up for quite some time, and his appearance on 'Arrow' last night was a much anticipated treat for fans of the Hellblazer. With the rest of the team finding out about Laurel's little secret, Oliver brought in his old friend John - "Exorcist, Demonologist, and Master of the Dark Arts" - to restore Sara Lance's soul. Of course Constantine was successful, and there was a bit of a happy reunion between Laurel, Detective Lance, and their newly resurrected family member.

During this week's episode, Detective Lance also gained info on Diggle's brother from Darhk, and it was revealed that Dig's brother wasn't the man Dig thought he was. Likewise, Felicity and Curtis were able to begin decrypting Ray's final message, which (shocker) revealed he's still alive. Just as well, flashbacks concerning how Oliver met Constantine played throughout the episode, and the Green Arrow officially began his mayoral campaign.

'Haunted' was a marked improvement from the last few episodes of Arrow, and it really seems to go without saying that Matt Ryan's reprisal of the role of Constantine was absolutely brilliant. Stephen Amell is becoming more believable in his new nice guy role, and it was so nice to see that a major blowup/fallout didn't take place when the rest of the team learned Laurel's secret, as there was enough of that sort of thing last season. Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the show was hearing those four creepy yet familiar notes play in the background as the Hellblazer did his thing - if he doesn't happen to make another return to DC TV, that could truly be the last time Constantine fans ever get to hear that melody played live on air.

Of course, 'Haunted' still wasn't a perfect episode, however. For instance, the magical stuff could have been a bit more interesting if they would have done it in the style that was actually used in Constantine's show, but it's understandable why they went a little lighter last night - most Arrow fans probably aren't accustomed to the sort of horror that was involved in 'Constantine.' There were also some other minor issues, but they were a bit harder to see in light of Constantine's return.

In the end, however, the return of the Hellblazer seemed to be more of a reminder of why fans loved Constantine - not why they love Arrow. Of course, if Arrow is able to continue producing episodes with this kind of quality, it'll do just fine. Yet that seems to be unlikely, as the main factor as to why 'Haunted' was so fun to watch was a character who's not even a regular on the show. It may be time for fans to admit that Arrow probably isn't ever going to reach the heights of its former glory of seasons 1 and 2. That doesn't mean it's a bad show, but it's certainly not what it once was, and it may never be what it once was if something doesn't change.

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