With the title of the episode being “Green Arrow” though, you’re no doubt wondering how well Arrow handles Oliver’s transition into that role. Simply put, the series nails it. This is the character many fans have wanted to see since day one, and it acts as yet another indication that Arrow is about to take a giant leap forward in terms of quality as the show evolves in the same way as its title character.
Following a rousing speech cementing the new status quo, we’re treated to a number of very interesting twists, including one final flash forward which seriously ups the stake for season four of Arrow and makes it clear that while Oliver may have found happiness for now, the darkness will always be there, something which is actually a welcome part of this series that ultimately helps to separate it from The Flash and other lighter superhero shows.
Finally, it’s impossible to talk about Arrow without mentioning the action. While The Flash’s adventures are obviously based heavily around special effects, this series continues to keep things grounded, and the fight scenes remain as exciting and well choreographed as ever. The premiere may be heavy on character development, but it also prioritizes action, and that’s not a bad thing. The brief encounter between the Green Arrow and Darhk is also a definite highlight, especially as it becomes quickly apparent that Star City’s new protector is facing a foe unlike he’s ever encountered before.
Oh, and yes, Diggle’s new helmet looks a million times better in action that in those promotional photos, so don’t worry.
A return to form for Arrow and one of the series' best episodes to date, "Green Arrow" lives up to its name and makes it clear that this is still one of the most impressive superhero shows on TV.