Title: ARROW
Publisher: CW NETWORK
Release Date: 19/10/16
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ARROW has returned to television screens and after two sub-par seasons where the once impressive ratings of the show took a sky dive.

During its first and second season Arrow was the pride and joy of the CW Network, but the last two seasons have seen in a clear drop in quality.

With a disappointing flashback story-line and the over dependence on the magical aspect of the show.



ARROW put themselves into a sticky position going into their fifth season.

With complaints from the fans over aspects such as fight choreography and relationships in the show ARROW had to deliver in these areas from the get go.

The fight choreography was impressively back to its high standards set in earlier seasons. Every fight scene had an inventiveness to it that hasn’t been there for a long time, with each punch offering power and gusto.

The main complaints for the last two seasons of Arrow have been the writers obsession with the relationship between the main character Oliver Queen (Stephan Amell) and the lead female character Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards).

What once was the focus of the show the relationship between Oliver and Felicity has been much more subdued this season.

The show is now able to focus on the hard hitting crime fighting aspects of the show that made ARROW popular.




The addition of new characters Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez) and Artemis (Madison McLaughlin) have brought a fresh aura to the show.

Removing old characters and replacing them with the new team has removed some of the sour taste and dourness that surrounded the previous season.

The lack of magic so far in the season has definitely added to the realness of the show and has helped in creating a down-to-Earth and realistic Star City.

Star City has been flushed with new life with the action taking places in numerous landmarks around the city and now feels like a fully realised character instead of a simple back drop, something that fellow DC show GOTHAM does well.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow -- "Star City 2046" -- Image LGN106b_0421.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Caity Lotz as Sara Lance / White Canary, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer /Atom, Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, Ciara Renee as Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl, Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Franz Drameh as Jefferson "Jax" Jackson, Joseph David-Jones as Connor Hawke / Green Arrow, and Steven Amell as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved


Arrow has gone from a rough cheap knock off of other shows back to its once beloved roots. The action has returned to its high standard and the relationship which was once suffocated the show has taken a back seat.

Its to early to judge the season five on only three episodes but if It carries on supplying the same excitement and energy every episode ARROW could find itself back on top.


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