A Legacy of Suck
I remember a few years ago getting really sick and binge watching Arrow for the first time from the beginning all the way up to Season 3. Now going on it’s fifth season I can honestly say Season 2 was its zenith. It has been on a slow and steady decline since.
In the Season 5 premiere titled ‘Legacy’, we see the Oliver is still defending the streets as its Emerald Archer but also leading the city as its Mayor. Team Arrow isn’t really a team anymore since Felicity and Curtis are the only members on its roster. And of course we get intermittent flashbacks of Oliver on the island. Except he’s not on the island he’s in Russia trying to kill a guy. And of course there’s a new bad guy, bent on killing the Green Arrow and taking over Star City.
Sound familiar? It should. That’s the same plot in: season 4, and season 3, and season 2, and sort of season 1. What is it about Star City that makes every homicidal maniac want to destroy it? Seriously, I want to know. Even Gotham City doesn’t have it this badly. Somehow the writers have managed to take the exact same plotline and recycle it year after year. I get that there’s only so much you can do with a guy who shoots arrows but still. At the very least steal some story lines from other heroes and make them your own. Speaking of stealing other people’s storylines.
Why did nothing change? It has already been established that The Flash and Green Arrow exist in the same universe. Flashpoint should have made its way to Star City and changed the Arrow universe as well. But it didn’t. Everything is exactly the same. Flashpoint would have been a fantastic way to reinvigorate the series and do something fresh with it. Maybe bring back Laurel Lance from the dead or even Oliver’s parents. Or better yet have Oliver be the current Ra’s al-Ghul and married to Nyssa. The possibilities were endless. Instead the lazy writers started the season the same way as every season.
What’s always been great about Green Arrow is that he’s just a man. No powers, no cool car or gadgets. Just a man who felt compelled to save his city. While some people might consider him a poor man’s Batman, I humbly disagree. Oliver wants to have an end. He’s willing to rely on a team. He’s a man who’s been in the shadows and wants to step out into the light. Oliver is a man who still has hope. Unfortunately, my hope for the show has started to fade.
Now I could be wrong and maybe the writers have something extraordinary planned for this season. However all evidence points to the contrary. A hero is only as good as his villain and so far this villain seems boring, a regular common thug with delusions of grandeur. I saw nothing in this episode that makes me believe Oliver even needs a full Team Arrow. Yet at the end of the episode, Oliver finally caves to Felicity’s incessant nagging and decides to recruit new members for Team Arrow. Starting with Curtis Holt as its first new vigilante.
I give this episode a 4/10.