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- Apr 4, 2017
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Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season
The flagship show for the CW’s super hero “arrowverse” is back for a sixth year. I usually reiterate this each year, but Arrow was the show that got me INTO the DC TV superhero universe. Marvel had been failing abysmally at that angle (my how the tables have turned) and Arrow was the show that started it all with an INCREDIBLE bang. Seasons 1 and 2 of Arrow were so good that I still consider them the height of ALL the DC super hero shows in this shared universe. Season 3 was “good”, but suffered as they mishandled one of Batman’s and the Green Arrow’s biggest villains. However, season 4 went down even further, only to be saved by a really good season 5 (which also reintroduced Slade Wilson/Deathstroke once more as the most revered villain in the series). Then came season 6. The season that took a fantastic cliffhanger ending and then slogged through another 20+ episodes of mediocrity once more.
Following the devastating events that happened on Lian Yu, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns back to Star City to act as Mayor and midnight vigilante. This time he has to take a step back as he is “burdened” with the responsibility of fatherhood. He even goes so far as to hand over the mantle of Green Arrow to Diggle (David Ramsey). Only thing is, he’s going to be confronted with a corruption even bigger and more insidious. Corruption within his own department. Pitting friend against friend, team Arrow and the “B-team” consisting of Curtis Holt, Wild Dog and the new Black Canary, Dinah Drake, being to scrabble and claw at the threads of their alliance, threatening to tear their entire world apart when villains like Black Siren, Vigilante, Faust, and Cayden James all threaten to eat them alive if they don’t work together.
One of the biggest weaknesses of the really good season 5 is transferred across to season 6, and amplified. The world of Arrow started to really struggle in season 4 with the inclusion of too many new “allies” and forced tension between Felicity Smoak and Oliver himself. This gets worst as Team Arrow is bloated to new extents with the addition of his new minions, and the front runners of the series get left in the dust with not enough time to flesh them out fully. Speedy is faded out, and the rest of the cast are stuck playing second fiddle as Oliver/Green Arrow whines and broods his way through the show again, once again proving that he’s more of a green Batman than anything else.
That being said, the 6th season is actually still pretty decent as a SHOW, but it marks the worst season that Arrow has had to date. The saving grace comes from tightening up the show a bit near the end and changing the game with an AWESOME cliff hanger. I hate to be the guy who says “but wait till next season!”, but I kind of have to. If you’ve watched the new Comicon trailer for season 7 it looks like the powers that be have seen some of the criticisms and put Oliver in a “live or die” situation once more. This time in prison and bringing forth a new vigilante who hints as the “Longbow” characters from the comics. Something which can easily turn the show on its ear if its played right.
Not Rated by the MPAA
• The Split of a Man: Deathstroke
• Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X
• Revenge in Ones and Zeros: The Story of Cayden James
One starts to wonder if Arrow is coming to an end in the next couple of years, with season 7 confirmed, as the series has gone through an IMPRESSIVE amount of seasons for a super hero show. While season 6 is EASILY the lowest quality season of the 6 years, it shows promise for season 7, and is still a pretty solid year for the crew. There’s some things I would like to see changed for the next year, but overall it looks to be on solid footing with this cliffhanger, and the teaser we see for season 7. Warner brothers once again provides a good looking video encode and stellar audio, with the traditional assortment of CW superhero extras that are typical of the Arrowverse. Recommended as a decent watch.
Starring: Steve Amell, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Manu Bennett
Created by: Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, Portuguese, Spanish DD 2.0
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 1098 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: Own on Blu-rayTM and DVD 8/14/18
Recommendation: Decent Watch