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Arrow returns with aplomb, promising that the series can deftly navigate a more aspirational tonal shift and the introduction of more fantastical elements.
Fun episode filled with a lot of suspense and surprises. Didn't blow anyone away with the action, but Oliver finally donning his official Green Arrow costume was more than enough to earn this episode plenty of high praise.
Well, raise your hand if you were absolutely floored by the new Oliver Queen on Arrow!
The verdict is "Green Arrow" is a definite improvement over the end of last season. So far, so good. However, I'm skeptical over the promise of a lighter tone.
Despite the awkward re-introduction of Arrow back to crimefighting in Star City, the rest of the episode was strong, quickly establishing the season's main threat... and the major tease that this season will have some major consequences for Team Arrow.
If you like sappy romance, it's got you. If you like angsty bromance, it's got you. If you like ladies being superheroes, it's got you. And if you just want to figure out this season's latest tragic mystery, it has got you.
After a much-maligned third season, Arrow just came back in force with a startling, mysterious, action-packed premiere.
Wastes no time getting Oliver and Felicity back into Star City, and even less time showing that our new villain will be one to force The Arrow and Company to think about their fight from a whole new perspective.
You can feel the show, like Oliver himself, making a concerted effort to be less brooding and have a bit more fun, just as you can also see that the show is struggling to stick to that just as much as Oliver.
Arrow has truly stepped up its game in this premiere, setting up Season 4 to be the best yet.
Whatever missteps may lie in the past (or are still ahead), the boldness and energy of the Arrow season 4 premiere suggests the series is willing to learn from its mistakes and to change its aim, without changing what the show is at its core.
Increased energy, physicality, and even the rhythm of dialogue between Stephen Amell and Emily Rickards feel wholly fresh against last year's heavy-handed melodrama, and Arrow feels all the lighter for it.
"Green Arrow" provides a thrilling dive back into the Arrow world. Between an exciting new villain and a whole new batch of mysteries, the season already looks to be on a positive trajectory.