Season 4 of Arrow was met with mixed reactions among fans, with some complaining that it spent too much time focusing on Olicity and not enough time telling the sort of stories that Arrow fans expect from the show. Even star Stephen Amell acknowledged that the show seemed to lose its focus, and promised that season 5 would really bring the show back to its roots.
The final trailer for Arrow season 5 is here, and it definitely hints at a much stronger season than what we got in season 4. Not only do we see Amell’s Green Arrow harnessing some of the raw emotion that carried him on a quest for vengeance early in the show, but we also get a glimpse of the team he builds to try and take on one of Star City’s biggest threats yet.
The new trailer shows us how Oliver is handling the character death featured in season 4: not well. Seemingly ready to throw away all of the growth that he’s done over the last few seasons to become a true hero, it looks as though he might be about to lose himself within his vigilante alter-ego. Taking a shot from a would-be assassin and finding out that there’s a new vigilante in town who’s much more lethal than he ever hoped to be suggest that the challenges ahead can’t be tackled alone, however.
Much of the trailer focuses on the building of a new team, vigilantes who Oliver hopes can fight together for the common good. He has to train them like he’s trained, which results in our new recruits finding out that they’re not quite as hot as they previously thought; we also get glimpses of Diggle back in action as one of the trainers, which raises questions as to the circumstances of his return. Perhaps most ominously, though, we get a look at the season’s villain and hear that he personally wants to be the one to take the Green Arrow down.
While there’s only so much that a single trailer can show, there’s at least hope from this one that things are really getting back on track in season 5. There will likely still be some Olicity fallout (especially since Felicity seems to be kissing someone who doesn’t appear to be Oliver), but hopefully it will just be a bit of a sideplot and not a major focus of the season. If the fifth season manages to stay focused on the new Team Arrow and its quest to reign in Star City’s new lethal vigilante, then the show should be able to win over a lot of fans who were on the fence after season 4.
Of course, we won’t really know how well Arrow returns to its roots until the new season is actually underway. Some fans may be hesitant to get too excited since the fourth season was originally teased as being the show’s best season yet. The promotion leading up to the season 5 debut suggests that the producers may have learned their lesson, however, so there may be some exciting times ahead.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4 at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13.