The season 5 premiere of Arrow is just around the corner, and Star City is looking much different than it has before. Criticism of the previous two seasons led producers to go back to the drawing board in order to get the series back on track. In addition to the series heading back into darker, more violent territory, fans will get their fair share of new faces.
Including flashbacks of Bratva Oliver in Russia, we will be be meeting several new villains this season. From a Russian mob boss (Dolph Lundgren), to Tobias Church (Chad Coleman) as the new crime lord of Star City, and the masked Prometheus who embodies Oliver's past sins. The previews so far do not give much away, but three major villains could be a strategy to spread the focus over the season in an effort to be less tedious than the Damien Darhk arc of season 4. Though the Green Arrow seems to have lost his team after the fallout of Darhk's nukes, he learns that he cannot do what he does without some help.
While Oliver struggles with the duality of being both the good and the bad of Star City, the Green Arrow has managed to inspire other people to step out of the shadows to protect citizens. CB has posted new stills from the second episode, titled "The Recruits," where we see the Green Arrow get to work in shaping his new team that consists of Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), Curtis Holt/Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum), and Evelyn Sharp/Artemis (Madison McLaughlin). Needless to say, the new kids on the block have a long way to go. The official episode synopsis from The CW is as follows:
SUIT UP — Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) new recruits for Team Arrow are Curtis (Echo Kellum), Wild Dog (guest star Rick Gonzalez) and Evelyn Sharp (guest star Madison McLaughlin). Unfortunately, the Green Arrow’s training methods prove to be too much for some of them to handle. Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Oliver’s initiation into the Bratva continues.
The show's return wastes no time in getting back to Oliver's murderous ways from the first season. There's something more interesting about returning to this approach for the fifth season because now that Oliver is more disciplined than he was in earlier seasons, his Green Arrow persona is more frightening (and dangerous) than before.
"The Recruits" is directed by Arrow's long time stunt coordinator, James Bamford, which means the fight choreography is sure to be off the charts and action will likely be the focus of the episode. The idea of building a new team is practical, but how much longer before the old gang gets back together? We've seen that Diggle's new Spartan helmet is ready for action, and what state of mind is Roy Harper in should his rumored return be true? The most important question of all, however, is will the new recruits stick around long enough to meet the rest of the team?
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.