Where we left off:
When we last visited Star City, the oh-so-formidable Damien Darhk went down in a very public street brawl, of all things. Oliver stepped in as mayor of Star City, and the members of Team Arrow dispersed. Let’s hope that Darhk’s demise will mean the end of the supernatural hocus pocus. Seeing Ollie’s eyes glow is kinda creepy. But at least now we know the force is with him.
The team’s splitting up sent former Capt. Lance off into the sunset with Donna Smoak, John Diggle back to the military, and Thea in search of herself as a result of her resurrection. At least Felicity stuck around. Let’s cross our fingers that this season she nags less and nerds out more. As for the rest of the team splintering off, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It leads to the first reason you won’t want to miss Arrow season 5.
Why we should tune in:
1. Ollie is rebuilding the team from the ground up.
This means new faces, new costumes, and new special skills. The retraining process also lends itself to a good bit of humor.
Maybe we’ll finally realize that lighter tone we were supposed to witness last season. It will be interesting to see Oliver in the role of superhero trainer. He’s used to working with people who’s skills are similar to his own, but the new team members emerge from a variety of backgrounds with varying levels of experience. Oliver tends to be low on patience. It will be entertaining to witness his frustration as he attempts to bring his new recruits up to his level of combat.
2. Hopefully, Ollie will lead by example.
A big part of training is becoming physically fit enough to meet the demands battle. Three cheers for Ollie’s body sculpting program! Here’s hoping we see more pull-ups …
and sword handling …
and we’d be remiss to leave out our beloved salmon ladder. Nothing builds the upper body better!
Show them how it’s done, Ollie. Repeatedly. Please.
3. Mr. Terrific is becoming a permanent part of the team.
Yay! I love this character, and Echo Kellum totally nails it. He’s brilliant, and nerdy and funny — kind of like Felicity was before she started shagging the team leader. Watching Curtis Holt transform into a superhero will be truly fantastic. We must enjoy his naiveté while it lasts. The vigilante, crime-fighting line of work tends to eat away at innocence and turn light-hearted humor into jaded sarcasm – not that there’s anything wrong with that.
4. Stephen Amell is just plain awesome.
I sinceriously love this guy. He’s real. He’s kind. He’s easy on the eyes.
I also love the way he interacts with his fans on social media. Amell will share shots from the set, pics of call sheets, and cover pages from scripts — all of the little things that make his fans totally nerd out. He’s also proven himself to be generous and charitable, but the one quality that engenders my admiration for him most is his devotion to his family.
Dream kisses! That is totally a heart-melt moment.
5. The show will shoot its 100th episode this season.
Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim tweeted this photo from an Arrow table read for the 100th episode. Looks like we’ll see the return of at least one familiar face. Jamey Sheridan plays Oliver’s dad, Robert Queen.
A 100th episode of any show is rare and special. Amell has been getting his fans hyped up for this major event by teasing them with tweets.
But Amell’s not the only one teasing the 100th episode. Katie Cassidy, who returned to Star City last season as the Black Canary from an alternate earth, shared this picture with her Facebook .
Rumor has it Colton Haynes will also be making a return to Star City. I hope that rumor’s true. I’m sure I’m not the only one who misses Arsenal. How sweet it would be to see him and Thea hook up again.
The 100th episode falls during The CW’s mega crossover event with Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash.
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Arrow season 5 premieres Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
(Featured image courtesy The CW/Arrow)