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“The Arrow is dead. I couldn’t be that person even if I wanted to be.”— Oliver Queen
If you haven’t checked out the newly released Arrow season 4 trailer, you need to because there are some things we need to discuss.
Maybe the hiatus has made me sensitive to Oliver’s well-earned place among the mundanely normal, or maybe I just love the sound of sincerity in his voice, but I almost wish he could have a more lasting taste of that simple life that the Ollie part of The Arrow craves.
But let’s be realistic, Oliver Queen jogging through suburbia living a happily domestic life free from all of the cra-cra crap that has weighed down his life in the past … where have we seen that before?
Yeah. It didn’t last for the elder Winchester, and it won’t last for Ollie, either. It is a fun notion to entertain, however, even if it is for a split second.
*sigh* Sorry, Oliver. It’s time to emerge from the dream and confront the nightmare that is your reality.
As you can see in the trailer, that nightmare will take a variety of forms. We’ll see some new antagonists with the Big Bad being Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk. Damn! That alone lends promise to a phenomenal season. Of course, along with the new bad, Ollie & Co. will have to deal with some old enemies.
I thought Season 4 might bring Capt. Lance back around to being likable. It seems, though, that is not going to happen. I wonder how he’ll take to his beloved Sara being resurrected in Ra’s al Ghul’s Lazarus Pit by the woman who took her away from him in the first place.
Of course, Sara’s resurrection is meant to catapult her into Legends of Tomorrow. Regardless, her return is going to make for some interesting interaction between Lance family members. And as Malcolm warned Oliver last season, no one returns from the pit quite the same as they were before they died.
That “sometimes dead is better” philosophy will be put to the test as we watch Thea evolve as Speedy. She has a dangerous look in her eyes, and it will be fascinating to see where her character goes this season. Here’s hoping her pseudo-zombie status doesn’t affect her kick-ass fashion sense.
So, we know we’re going to see a new Big Bad, and we know we’re going to be introduced to a lot of new characters in Season 4. I’m curious as to how the new, lighter tone comes into play because based on the trailer, it looks like we’re going to see a good bit of the typical badass intensity in continuing storylines as well as with the villain-of-the-week.
If I had to guess, I’d say the new techno-duo will be a good source of jocularity. These two are going to be a lot of fun.
So, those are some of my thoughts on what’s ahead. Tell me what you think in the comments below, and in the meantime, get ready because Season 4 is gonna rock.
Stay tuned …
Arrow returns with all new episodes on Oct. 7 at 8/7c on The CW.