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Review: Arrow – Season 6

They think it’s all over, it is now!

I have to admit, season 6 started poorly for me, so poorly in fact that I didn’t watch the end of the season till almost a whole year later.

The first half of the season felt kind of forced, bitchy and without direction, too much of the story revolved around drama of Oliver trying to give up the Green Arrow mantle after making a promise to his estranged son, who is now living with him following the events of the finale of season 5. This then leads into an apparent FBI investigation into Oliver Queen and his nearest and dearest leading to increasing personal tensions between the Green Arrow team members that lasts pretty much to the end of the season.

By the time we get to the mid season finale which is the Crisis on Earth X multi-series crossover, I was left feeling DC and CW in particular had really drop the ball on their flagship Superhero drama. The drama of the first half of season was just getting annoying, the bitchiness of the characters and the tension all feel somewhat forced and not realistic, the relationship between Oliver and Felicity including Oliver’s son was dragged to far to the forefront for the most part while ignoring the importance of developing the villain(s) and their motivations for doing what they are doing. We don’t learn anything about these until well into the second half of the season.

It isn’t until after the mid-season finale that thing start to improve, slowly but surely the pieces fall into place, the tension blossoms into real conflict that result in what is possibly one of the most violent standoffs between Superhero friends since Batman VS Superman. The result is further division and heart felt resentment amongst former allies. This then leads into the surprising big reveal of a villain who frankly no one saw as being this seasons big bad until he was and then it is like WOW I really didn’t see that coming.

Once the real villain is revealed things really start going into overdrive. Thing escalate from bad to just insane for Oliver and Team Arrow, with each character getting screwed over at one point or another. Each character fights to prove their worth all the time either being hounded by the villain or just plain hurting. Between the court case, several violent murders, backstabbing, betrayals, a not so surprising story of redemption and finally a death, we get to watch one of the best turn a rounds in a Superhero series I have seen in a very long time. Towards the end it got to the point that I just had to binge watch just so I could know how it was all going to pan out.

Overall this has been one hell of a roller coaster of a season with a poor, slow and clumsy start, a reasonable mid-season story, followed up by an hecularian sprint finish to win.

Start: 4/10
Middle: 5/10
End: 9/10

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