After a few days of uncertainty, I’ve decided I will watch the season premiere of Arrow. First there was the ship that nearly sunk the show for me and I wasn’t feeling the season finale. Yeah, season 3 had its ups and downs, but it was still entertaining. Now add Stephen Amell’s Twitter incident (yeah, I’m still a little peeved but I won’t rehash old news; what’s done is done) had me rethinking my Arrow loyalty.
I was late to the party with Arrow, having only started watching last season. I got into because of my sister, who on more than one occasion insisted . . . I mean urged me to watch the show. Every Wednesday, her Twitter was on fire so I had to see what that was about. I binged watched seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix and I bought the first 4 episodes of season 3 on Amazon Instant. Obviously, I became an instant fan. I love Oliver and Diggle. Who doesn’t? And when the writers pointed me in the direction of the Olicity ship, I hopped on board with everyone else, even though I thought crazy Helena was a better match for him. I mean, she seemed to understand him more than any other woman he “dated”. She wouldn’t have tried to change him, unlike do-gooder Felicity. Snore. It didn’t take me long to hop off the Olicity train.
I know, I know . . . “Felicity grounds Oliver; she makes him a better man”. Blah, blah, blah. In my opinion (IN MY OPINION), Felicity weakens him. Not to mention, the off and on childish love story was boring and didn’t give me a reason to give a damn about them . . . well, Felicity (I’ve always been an Oliver Fan First). If I’m being honest, season 3 killed any like I had for Felicity; she has become a truly annoying character. Did they find Deadshot, yet? I have a job for him. It would be nice if Shadow wasn’t dead so she could pop up in Starling City. Oh, the joys of wishful thinking.
Season 3 had its moments, but for me the finale lacked that something special that compelled me to binge the first 2 seasons. I like the finale but I was disappointed at the same time. These few WTF moments from the finale ruined things for me:
- Felicity rescuing Oliver in the Atom suit was a bit much for me.
- Why the hell is Nyssa the not new the Ra’s?
- Olicity riding off into the sunset like it was a series finale was lame.
- The death of Ra’s al Ghul was blah. Who believes he’s really dead? I don’t. He lived for nearly 200 years. He took a dip in the Lazarus Pit on a regular basis. He’s not dead.
As the new fall season drew closer, I thought I’d go ahead and give Arrow a chance. Then I heard about Stephen Amell’s the Twitter kerfuffle. For a moment, I thought maybe he didn’t want people to watch his show. Or maybe he’s ready for a new gig. It’s possible . . . doubtful, but possible.
Like I told my sister after all of this blew up, he’s replaceable. He’s playing a comic book hero and they get replaced all the time. How many people have played Batman and Spiderman over the years? Hell, on The Flash, The Flash is playing The Flash’s dad! So replacing the guy that has yet to become the Green Arrow should be easy. Some of the fans will balk, but with a good enough storyline and good actor to step into the role, it will be fine. Picture it: Oliver grew tired of Felicity’s yammering and drove them both off a cliff on the way back from Coast City. Now transition in the real Green Arrow. Ooh, maybe Eric Dane could play him. McSteamy in green leather . . . I’m down for that. I know . . . what about Oliver’s story; his past, his family and his child? The writers can work that out. I mean come on, Oliver was stabbed through the gut, kicked off a cliff, shirtless in the cold and lived. Sarah Lance drowned a brunette and came back a blonde; was killed again and will turn up in the new DC spinoff Legends of Tomorrow. Let’s not forget Thea died and was brought back to life. I bet the writers can figure out a way to replace Oliver (or change actors), if necessary. Besides, I’m not saying they should replace Stephen Amell, I’m just saying it could be done in a believable manner.
Anyhoo, in spite of a little controversy, a boring ship, and a lame finale I will watch the season premiere. Actually, I’m looking forward to it.
Quick question: Where is Nanda Parbat in relation to Starling City? I mean damn, with the exception of that first trip, it seemed like Oliver was using Goku’s Instant Transmission technique to get back and forth between both places!
Season 4 of Arrow premieres Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm EST, on The CW.