Over the past few seasons I have become a huge Arrow fan, it is one of the shows that I’m genuinely looking forward to every week. However not everything is perfect, so I’ve had a couple of issues with season 3 of Arrow. Season 2 was pretty amazing, and hard to top I know, but for now I just want to get into what I think are the two major problems with season 3 of Arrow.
The first problem is having too much focus on Olicity
I thought Olicity was cute in the first couple of seasons. You have the cute little nerdy girl, fawning over the tank hero. They had a cute little back and forths and it was nice. I obviously wasn’t the only one who liked it as fans made endless posts on Twitter, Tumblr etc about their love of Olicity. The producers obviously took note of this and decided to really start pushing Olicity, and I’m starting to wish they didn’t.
Every episode now has some way to bring in the soap opera moments between Oliver and Felicity, and it’s getting annoying. One minute Felicity is being cute, great, smart Felicity, then she’s getting all angry at Oliver for not being like Ray. Like seriously? Must we always come back to this. It makes me almost wish we went back to the Laurel/Oliver days.
I think that Arrow should keep the relationship between Felicity and Oliver as flirty friends. I know, unpopular opinion. But we have all this drama between them when they’re not even together, imagine all the drama that will happen when they do get together. Oh man, the near break-ups and make-ups ahhh! Smallville did it right with the relationship between Clark and Chloe, yeah they had their moments, but in the end they just stayed as best friends, which worked really well, as she was the one constant in his life. And that is what Felicity should be to Oliver.
The second problem is the unfocused season
Season 2 was great as it was such a focused season. The core was with the trio that was Oliver, Felicity and Diggle. Slade was the big bad, and was a character that was developed since the Pilot episode. Everything was leading up to this one big confrontation between Slade and Oliver, and it was well worth it.
Season 3 has so many different characters, with different complex relationships, it’s hard to keep up with. We have our big bad in Ra’s Al Ghul, but there’s been so much packed into this season so far, his presence doesn’t have the impact Slade’s does.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am really loving Ra’s right now, but the first two seasons of Arrow did such a good job developing, focusing and fleshing out the Slade Wilson character, that it’s hard not to expect the same from Ra’s. Now of course we have a lot more to see with Ra’s, but because there are so many different story arcs going on at the same time as the Ra’s story arc, we’re not getting the suspenseful build up we had with Slade.
Even just looking at the most recent episode of Arrow, episode 18, ‘Suicidal Tendencies’, it was a totally disjointed episode. It was meant to be a “Suicide Squad” episode, yet we only get 2 members on the team, and that plot is being weaved in with a completely unrelated plot to do with Ray Palmer and the Arrow copycats. Usually there is some kind of relationship between the subplots, but there really was no connection this time. So instead we get a half-ass Suicide Squad subplot, that feels like it should have had more focus, with more team members, in an episode that was actually mainly about the Suicide Squad.
Anyways those are just my two major problems about Arrow season 3 right now. I get that the producers are into world building right now, but let’s not lose focus on what the core of this show should be. Of course Arrow is allowed to grow and evolve as a show, but the show works best when it stays focused on the core trio and Starling City.
However I’m still completely invested in the show, and am really looking forward to what is going to happen next. We saw those leaked set pics of the finale (which I won’t spoil what they were), so we know what’s going to happen, and it seems pretty damn exciting!
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