Arrow has promised a lot to fans for it’s 5th season, especially to make up for how terrible the ending was for Arrow Season 4. The Season 4 finale was comprised of Damian Darhk and Oliver Queen punching each other as if they were in a WWE match to say the least, and it didn’t sit well with critics or fans. It was so bad, after Stephen Amell came down from his high horse, he himself admitted how disappointed he was with the end result.

The producers at the CW promised fans something different with Arrow Season 5—it would be more like season 1. Now, when I think of Arrow Season 1, I think of Oliver grouping arrows into people’s chest, head, or hearts. Broken necks, broken fingers, Bratva interrogations, etc. So far, none of these have happened. Seriously. What we have received so far is the original escape from the first episode where Oliver escapes a chair and breaks someone’s neck. Yeah….that’s not good enough.

Oliver is the Mayor of Starling City now, and trying to balance his life as the Green Arrow, and the Mayor. Honestly, he’s pulling so many strings, I’m surprised people haven’t put things together yet. So let’s take a look at just what caused Arrow to lose its way, and how it can get back on track if it does what’s necessary for fans to Start loving the series again.

Why Arrow Season 5 is lost

This season has become completely derailed in the sense that Oliver Queen has formed his own version of the Justice League, found a new Black Canary, become Mayor, and now, has less screen time as the Green Arrow. Oliver has become the laughing-stock of who he once was—a badass vigilante on a quest to rid his city of true injustice. He has Thea Queen handling his secretary duties, and the now “sober” Quentin Lance; ex Captain of the Star City Police Dept. as his Deputy Mayor. Josh Segarra’s Vigilante seems as if he’ll end up being a capable nemesis alongside Prometheus, but it doesn’t look like we’ll see enough between the two to have two villains for the season finale—or a crossover with the other CW shows.

What we can probably expect is Prometheus or the Vigilante getting caught, and having Arrow Season 6, (if there is one at this point) going after the latter. The biggest issue with the season, however, is the constant tying in of everyone’s story as if they’re important to the main story line. We don’t need to understand why or how Wild Dog became who he was, or see Felicity Smoak become an underground hacker again. Hell, we don’t even care about Mr. Terrific’s marriage being on the rocks, which we’ve been thankfully spared this week so far. We don’t need to be teased about Laurel Lance returning as the Black Siren, and it’s even worse to have that as a one episode situation.

What we want to see is action, interrogations, and to see the return of the infamous list from Arrow Season 1 that we were promised (you know, the bone crushing and hard-hitting adventure?). Fans have fallen for this since we can’t have a live-action Batman, even though Superman is on Supergirl now.

How to Turn Arrow Season 5 around

Clearly, the biggest issue is that Arrow hasn’t gone back to basics like in Season 1. Since its last season flopped so hard, the producers promised fans that things would be a lot better this season. Well, hopefully that means not so much mysticism, and much more realistic action, and going back to the infamous list. In a sense because Thalia Al’ Ghul (Bruce Wayne’s baby momma) has been introduced, and she trained Oilver’s teacher Yau Fei, we can assume the list will be returning sooner rather than later.

However, due to just how soon we’ve seen the introduction of the list again. So I think it’s safe to say we’ll probably not see a full Season 1 return until Arrow Season 6. Even worse, Oliver is officially a shadow character, and his team has taken to the front lines of the show. Ratings don’t appear to be picking up very well for the show either as its highest rating was 3.5 million viewers, and its recent all-time low was 1.5 million.

Lastly, the biggest drawback to the show is that there’s no second in command since Oliver is down. John Diggle, and Felicity don’t necessarily run the team as if they’re in charge. They pretty much run wild with emotions as well. Felicity is still reeling from her boyfriend being killed by Oliver, and Diggle is trying to get back to normal after having his name cleared, and Thea Queen is no longer a vigilante.

The only thing that we can see that would save the show now is either a resurrected character to capture attention again, or having a serious revelation like a guest hero such as Superman, Nightwing, or even Hal Jordan the Green Lantern appear. For now, only time will tell, as we head into a new episode this week, and await The Flash Attack On Gorilla City to set it up.

And with that said. What are your thoughts on Arrow Season 5? Let us know in the comments!

Robin Ek – Editor

This is a personal opinion of the writer, and it doesn’t necessarily represent the other writers (nor The Gaming Ground´s) opinions.

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