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- Apr 4, 2017
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Has it really been 7 years of Arrow?, I remember binge watching the first two seasons due to the fact that I had let Todd Anderson review the 1st season back in 2012 and didn’t see what a massive phenomenon that the Arrowverse and DC live action shows were going to become. Back then Superheros were either in animated form (which DC has absolutely crushed Marvel in doing in their animated movies) or else they were on the big screen. Arrow was just one of those shows that took everyone by surprise with an epic first season and an even BETTER second season (those two seasons were probably the crème de la crème of all Arrow seasons). The show naturally stabilized and decreased a little bit in quality as the series went on, which is pretty typical of long running shows, and split off with various spinoffs and crossovers with other shows in the same universe over the next 7 years. Personally, I’m a bigger The Flash fan than I am Arrow anymore, but Arrow will still hold the distinction of being the first, as well as one of the most stalwart figures in the CW’s DCTV lineup.
Oliver Queen (Steven Amell) has had a rough ride protecting Star City. First he’s been the vigilante, the Arrow, Green arrow, Mayor of Star City, and now he’s just Oliver Queen. The end of season 6 ended up with a shocking finale as Oliver Queen hands himself over to the FBI and reveals himself as the Green Arrow, accepting his fate by going to prison. Now that he’s locked up Team Arrow is tasked with continuing their vigilante watch over the city while Oliver spends his time in jail as tranquilly as possible. Naturally that’s not going to go well, as Oliver is forced to realize that prison life where many of the inmates are people he put away is rife with violence. Forced to survive on his own there, Oliver becomes something more than what he once was.
On the outside the world is barely being held together with duct tape. Speedy, Diggle, Felicity and the rest of the team Arrow squad have sort of moved one, making their own ways in the world, but the city still needs saving. A new “green arrow” is in town, and he’s definitely not Oliver for once. To make matters worse, villains like Diaz crop up again as does a new criminal organization known as the Ninth Circle comes into town. Helmed by a mysterious woman named Emiko, they will stop at nothing to destroy the legacy that Oliver Queen and the Green Arrow have spent countless years trying to maintain.
The finale of the show is actually one of the biggest shockers (and mild disappointments) of the entire year. The finale is really split into two parts, with the first half wrapping up the Emiko storyline WAY too fast. It’s almost as if they were just trying to find a way to wrap that up and get on to the second half than make the villain go out with style and panache. HOWEVER that second half is absolutely amazing. It is really a weak season finale in reality, but it IS however an incredible set up for as series finale, which will come next year as Arrow gets it’s 8th and final season. The second half says goodbye to friends and allies that we’ve known, and says a full on goodbye to Felicity (she is no longer slated to come back for season 8) in a heartwarming and saddening finale. The show wraps up it’s second half by having The Monitor (that crossover villain from the Elseworlds crossover) walk in the door and tell Oliver that it’s time to fulfill that promise of going with him into another dimension that he promised in order to save Barry and Supergirl (teasing us with Crisis on Infinite Earths), making it VERY clear that
Oliver’s time of protecting Star City is finally at a close. With this in mind Oliver is no longer the Green Arrow that we once knew. Star City is left to his proteges, and he will no longer exist in our timeline. A move which sets up season 8 to be MASSIVELY different (and hopefully epic) in it’s shortened 10 episode run next year. Honestly, I couldn’t be more pleased with how things are ending, as Season 8 looks like it’s going to close this arc with a seriously impressive Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover. As such this seventh season is really the finale of Arrow as we know it, closing out multiple story arcs, saying goodbye to old friends and setting itself up for one massive goodbye next year.
Not Rated by the MPAA
• The Best of DC TV's Comic-Con Panel San Diego 2018
• Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds
• Villains: Modes of Persuasion
• Gag Reel
• Deleted Scenes
Arrow has never been a perfect show outside of the first two seasons, but it has been a fun superhero show nonetheless. I’ve stuck through it’s weaker seasons and enjoyed the better seasons, but I have to say, I’m really excited for next year. Season 7 was a massive improvement from the weak sixth season and they wrapped up so much in the final episode that I really felt like THIS was the last season even though 8 is scheduled to wrap up the Oliver Queen storyline next year. It was well done and a good twist despite the weak handling of Emiko and her Ninth Circle minions. Once again Warner Brothers gives us some great audio and video specs to enjoy and the typical CW style extras are included. For fans of Arrow this really is a no brainer, and makes for a solid watch all the way around.
Starring: Steve Amell, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards
Created by: Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 1098 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: Own on Blu-rayTM and DVD 8/14/18