Arrow season 5 was, in the minds of many, the best edition of the show in a rather-long time. It had action, a tremendous villain, some great new characters, and felt very much like a show that redeemed itself and established more of its voice as opposed to taking on the voice of some other shows within the DC – CW universe. Seasons 3 and 4 were a little too mystical and a little too much about powers when they didn’t need to be.
Now that the show is more established in its roots as a super-entertaining superhero crime drama, what else can be done there? We could end up seeing a story that is a little more inspired by the comics — at least if Stephen Amell has his way. While speaking this past weekend at Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in Portland (per Comic Book Resources), the actor explained for a moment why this was so critical to him:
“I’ve said that it’s very, very important that if Oliver doesn’t take away lessons from Season 5 and doesn’t keep doing the things that have led to this catastrophic event, the character stops being interesting to me … So I hope that part of that, in Season 6 and if we have seasons beyond that, I hope that part of that is we get back to a lot of the tenets that people recognize from the comics. And that of course is humor and a socially conscious, slightly liberal superhero. The comics version, he has some really interesting qualities that make him unique, and I hope we get to explore more of those.”
There is something interesting about this show getting more socially conscious, and the groundwork is there probably more so than it is for some other editions of the CW universe. After all, remember for a minute that they had “Spectre of the Gun” on this past season, and with Oliver as a Mayor, this show can get a little bit more political and touch more on human elements that the other shows with meta-humans and aliens running amok.
One other thing that could play into this: The fact that Vigilante is still out there, and he’s a political villain with a very specific political motive for what he’s doing. All of this could lead to a very great story in the end.
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