Starling City
Arrow Season 8



Critic Ratings: 14
Critics Consensus

Arrow kicks off its final season with a cosmic bang, harkening back to its origins and establishing the stakes of its dimensional conflict in emotional, rousing style.

Episode Info

The Season 7 premiere: Oliver returns to Starling City, where he encounters familiar faces while trying to decipher the Monitor's mission. Meanwhile, Mia and William's team clash with a new foe.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance/Black Siren
David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards
as Felicity Smoak
Charlie Barnett
as John Diggle Jr.
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Critic Reviews for Starling City

Overall, I liked the premiere. The writers and stars promised it would be an ode to season 1, and it definitely succeeded in that respect. All the nods to the past were really fun and sweet.

Oct 16, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The whole thing works because Amell and Ramsey make it work -- particularly Amell, who plays his hellos and goodbyes as though Oliver's heart might burst at any moment, were the stakes not so high.

Oct 16, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Arrow has kicked off its final season with a mostly entertaining and emotionally engaging episode. We're given fun twists on some fan favorite characters, terrific action sequences, and enticing teases of the crisis inching toward Oliver and company.

Dec 27, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the best episodes Arrow has produced in a long time. It might just be the series' most well done opening of a season.

Oct 16, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A nostalgic thrill-ride that paid tribute to the past while setting up the future. A thrill-ride that may just be Arrow's best season premiere ever.

Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

An episode that both pays loving tribute to Season 1 and finds rich drama in the idea of Ollie confronting his inevitable end. The series can't escape all its familiar flaws this year, but the good far outweighs the bad here.

Oct 16, 2019 | Rating: 8.7/10 | Full Review…

Everyone creating Arrow, from the stunt coordinators to the writers, is clearly on the same page. They decided to make an episode of fun-ass television, and I sincerely hope this is the plan from now until the Crisis.

Oct 16, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

"Starling City" is an exceptional start of an ending... Emotional, heartfelt, and brimming with all of the action you'd expect from an episode directed by James "Bam Bam" Bamford.

Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

It's no surprise that the pacing is quicker... But even with that pacing, it's still an enjoyable hour that hits the big moments, reveals, and homages with just enough time to somewhat process it before being faced with the next.

Oct 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The end has begun for Arrow thanks to the premiere of the eighth and final season, and "Starling City" will go down as one of the most game-changing in the history of the entire Arrow-verse.

Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Oliver also gets some much needed closure with his mother... That scene provided a true emotional tether to Oliver's mission this season, and it was great to see that character receive a final sendoff.

Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The Arrowverse writers aren't playing around with Crisis and seem determined to treat it with all the seriousness it deserves. Good for them and better for us.

Oct 16, 2019 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

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