In early October “Arrow” will be back on The CW, and with it comes some uncertainty — not to mention high expectations. The DC Universe on The CW is quickly expanding, and of course every show is expected to improve as a result of that.
This is still a show with arguably some of the highest highs of any of them. The majority of season 2 is stronger than almost any superhero show in recent memory, but seasons 3 and 4 had some creative stumbles, with it be uneven villain stories, a polarizing series of romantic arcs, or flashbacks that simply did not matter much. So where should we go entering season 5? That’s what we want to try to figure out in the latest chapter of our What Should Happen series.
Where we left off – After the end of Damien Darhk’s reign of terror, Oliver Queen was appointed Mayor of Star City while the majority of his team fractured off. Thea needed to find herself, while at the same time Diggle chose to enlist again in the army. Oliver and Felicity were left together to try to navigate the future of Team Arrow, which may not be an easy task.
What should happen – First and foremost, restore the playfulness in the Oliver / Felicity relationship before things between the two of them got super-dark and depressing. We originally loved the two because she brought some lightness to his life, and he in turn gave her greater purpose. They were symbiotic in some way, and restoring that balance is essential for them.
Meanwhile, from here also vanquish some of the superpowers and get back to the core of the story: A reasonably-dark crime drama that is about a man trying to protect a city that has been at the center of corruption and destruction. It’s a tale of redemption, and one where Oliver’s past greatly impacts his present. The more you can ground this show, the better off we’ll be in the end.
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