At the end of last season, with the lives of so many in question, Arrow set itself up for a make or break premiere in season six. Honestly, we all knew most of the cast would survive the explosion on Lian Yu, it was just a question of how they were going to deal with it moving forward. Unfortunately, too many things were far too predictable and some interesting moments mixed with great action felt wasted.
I believe Samantha dying was a given, although she hung around just long enough to give the “Take care of our son’” speech and who really believes Thea is going to remain in a coma. A few people were not mentioned either, as in the al Ghul sisters, so I expect them to pop again at some point. This left the show depending on certain characters to show how much certain events on the island affected them and how they are dealing/not dealing with it now, five months later.I believe Samantha dying was a given, although she hung around just long enough to give the “Take care of our son’” speech and who really believes Thea is going to remain in a coma. A few people were not mentioned either, as in the al Ghul sisters, so I expect them to pop again at some point. This left the show depending on certain characters to show how much certain events on the island affected them and how they are dealing/not dealing with it now, five months later.
Oliver’s son William is having nightmares of the ‘bad man’, which turns out is not Chase but Oliver. I thought this whole storyline would slide into cheesy really fast but it actually worked. The struggles of both Oliver and William, both personally and as father and son came off as real. This was echoed by Slade, who made a nice little speech before he went off to reconnect with his son. I would love to see Slade return, but only if they are going to take advantage of his huge presence and not push him to the background like they did before.
I don’t for one minute buy this whole ‘gun shy’ thing that Diggle is now apparently suffering from. I’m hoping there is much more to this story, as there should be, but for now, it’s not very convincing. Conversely, the dynamic between Quentin and Laurel seemed very real and was done quite well. Quentin does the whole tortured soul routine almost as good as Oliver and it showed in his run-ins with Laurel/Black Siren, both in the past and the present. I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun Black Siren was and this was a huge sigh of relief for me as this was one of those casting calls that really had me scratching my head. Let’s hope the writers continue to let Katie Cassidy loose and enjoy herself in this role.
Even though the island of Lian Yu is now supposedly destroyed, we are still somehow stuck with more flashbacks. They served their purpose this week but I hope moving forward they start to leave that part of the show in the past. I guess they might need some more to introduce the new big bad guy/girl this year but I’ve got my fingers crossed it won’t be in every episode.
I was left shaking my head in disbelief as the episode ended with a video surfacing on the news showing Oliver unmasked as Green Arrow. Didn’t we already do this storyline and fumble it badly? Is this an admission of said failure and the writers are trying to fix it? I really have no idea where they are going to go with this and how they can convince the people of Star City that no, really, your mayor is NOT the Green Arrow. Really, he’s not.
Arrow shouldn’t feel too bad as The Flash suffered a similar letdown from last season to the premiere this year. What they need to do is get the storylines straight and focused starting next week so we don’t end up with another one of those seasons that are literally all over the place.
Three stars out of five
- Some great action sequences
- Black Siren looks like she could be a lot of fun this year
- No real surprises on the 'who lived/who died' question after the destruction of Lian Yu
- So everyone knows Oliver is the Green Arrow....again.