So the Arrow season 4 trailer just dropped online, and after a disappointing season 3 I was definitely interested to see what direction this season decided to go. So let’s discuss and breakdown the Arrow season 4 trailer!
The trailer opens up to domestic Oliver Queen living in suburbia with his girlfriend, Felicity. Now like most people, I loved the relationship between Felicity and Oliver in the first 2 seasons. They were flirty friends, and it was cute. Then the writers decided to take story inspiration from Tumblr and instead of Felicity and Oliver having a deep bond that ultimately transcended sexuality, and was just a really tight relationship, they gave into fan service and made them a couple. With that we saw Felicity’s characters go downhill. Felicity wasn’t the same smart, independent Felicity she was before. And although I’m 100% down for change, I wouldn’t have minded the pair of them getting together if Felicity’s character didn’t go from lovable to whiny, annoying, and overly dependent. So fingers crossed this whole domestic living doesn’t last for too long.
We then see that Starling City has adopted its comic book name ‘Star City’ in memory of Ray Palmer who is assumed dead. Of course we know he isn’t actually dead, he’s now the Atom and fighting crime with the Legends of Tomorrow.
Cut to a bunch of action shots, now everyone has a costume, including Diggle. Hmmmmm I wish Diggle was the one character that didn’t get a costume. In the midst of all the crazy chaos, Diggle was always the one calm rational mind, and it’s why we loved him. However I guess with Oliver missing, someone needed to step up. Now hate has already been thrown intensely at Diggle’s costume so I will not bother talking about it, but yeah it isn’t great.
And of course the ghost they are talking about must be a reference to the big bad of the season, Damien Darhk. And who is Damien Darhk? He was the former friend and rival of Ra’s Al Ghul and member of League of Assassins, however now he is the leader of H.I.V.E, which is basically League of Assassins 2.0.
Clearly domestic Oliver Queen doesn’t last long as he gets his Green Arrow costume, hopefully the natural evolution of his superhero persona has grown enough for him to adopt the Green Arrow name.
Oh and in a quick shot we see Constantine! And although I didn’t love Constantine the show as much as other shows like The Flash, I did love his character so it’s great to see him again. So far he’s only set to appear in one episode, episode 4. With all these people coming back from the dead (as we saw with Sara later in the trailer) it makes sense to bring in his character. Hopefully he comes back for more episodes.
The theme for this season seems to be order and chaos. Star City is a city in chaos, and as Lance suggested, the monster that Oliver bred to become the Arrow infected the city and created other monsters, that don’t have the same intentions Oliver does. Damien Darhk who seems to be a big fan of order (or his perception of order) wants to see the city burn so he can ultimately rebuild it in his image. Basically like many villain plots we’ve seen before, including Batman Begins.
Thea seems to be a crazy, ruthless person. This will be interesting to see. There’s repercussions for those that are brought back by the Lazurus Pit, so we might see a bit of Jason Todd type antics in Thea.
Overall the Arrow season 4 trailer didn’t do much to overly excite me, probably because I’ve lowered my expectations after season 3. However I’m going in with an open mind, and hoping that instead of fan-service, the writers focus on what’s best for these characters. Instead of focusing on what will create the most soap opera tension, let’s focus on how to help these characters evolve in a way that accurately reflect the events they’ve been through. Maybe now Thea has gone dark, and Diggle has lost faith in Oliver, and Oliver feels the need to be more than just some vigilante. Hopefully Damien Darhk proves to be a worthy villain, and we see that season 2 awesomeness in Arrow season 4!
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