The Arrow season 4 premiere was basically a transitional episode from domestic Oliver Queen, to Green Arrow Oliver Queen. We also had 2 major Green Lantern teases, so let’s discuss the Arrow season 4 premiere!
Last season of Arrow was a little bit of a disappointment when it came to story and character, however this season seems to be improving already. Damien Darhk seems like an interesting villain, and the characters have all seem to found their place (we’re getting more of old Felicity again which is good).
The Arrow season 4 premiere opened up to domestic Oliver and Felicity, who were living nice and happily, with a possible engagement on the way, that is until the chaos of Star City came knocking on their door.
Last season we saw Ra’s Al Ghul and the League of Assassins, this season we’re getting Damien Darhk and HIVE. They have similar goals of destroying a city to rebuild it, however they seem less restrained than the League which is saying something. Damien Darhk is already an interesting villain as he has mystical powers. We don’t know the exact source of his powers yet, but it looks like they are continuing the magic theme they introduced last season with the Lazarus Pit.
And because of Damien Darhk Star City is once again in chaos (someone should start keeping a tally on how many times the police department gets trashed, because I feel like it’s every week). Magneto Diggle, Speedy and Black Canary can’t handle it on their own so Oliver is called back.
Diggle still doesn’t trust Oliver, which is fair enough. Speedy is having some after effects from her resurrection from the Lazarus Pit. Typically the Pit does make the user more violent and extreme, however it can be controlled. Right now we’re probably seeing Thea’s slow descent into brutal violence, before she learns how to control the effects of the Pit. Laurel doesn’t have a clear character arc just yet, other than being an integral part of the team. Hopefully she gets her own story this season, because even though Black Canary action is cool, we need to know where Laurel’s head is at.
Oliver’s character arc is clear this season, the show will be exploring how he balances his darkness to become a symbol of hope. Yes it’s all very Batman like, but oh well. I’m glad he’s finally called Green Arrow, and his suit is very reminiscent of the current Green Arrow suit in the comics. I’m not sure if it was such a good idea for him to show such a close up of his face and broadcast it though, I mean he has very recognisable facial hair.
We also got some surprising reveals at the end of the Arrow season 4 premiere. Lance is working with HIVE. Or more like he’s being forced to work with them, probably out of fear they will hurt his family. Hmm not sure how I feel about this just yet, but we’ll see how it plays out. The question is whether Lance hates Queen enough to rat him out to Darhk.
Then of course we had that surprising funeral at the end. Who is dead? The main ones we could guess are Felicity or Diggle, someone from the main trio but I doubt it. I don’t think they’re killing Felicity off. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of Olicity, her as a character on her own has done a lot for the show, and I can imagine her always playing a big role in the show even if her and Oliver don’t stay together. She’ll be like Chloe on Smallville. However because we saw Barry in the scene as well, it would make sense for it to be Felicity.
I’m more inclined to believe it would be someone like Thea. She isn’t a character from the comics, and she’s entering a darker stage in her life. Perhaps her resurrection from the Lazarus Pit is too much for her to handle, but that would also mean killing off all of Oliver’s family, which is a little cruel.
Okay now let’s talk about those Green Lantern teases in the Arrow season 4 premiere. First we saw a billboard for Coast City that read, “In brightest day, in blackest night…”. That of course is the start of the Green Lantern oath. Then in the bar at Coast City we see a man wearing a brown leather jacket with the name Jordan on the jacket. Hal Jordan loves his brown leather jackets, and because he’s a pilot, he has his name on his jacket as well.
Look the producers are very back and forth with their comments regarding Green Lantern, and they’ve made it seem like they won’t be introducing him, but why tease him so much then? We get Hal Jordan/Green Lantern references all the time in not only Arrow, but The Flash as well (remember the drop about the pilot who went missing at Ferris Air?). So don’t be teasing him this heavily if you aren’t ever going to introduce him, because it’s just cruel! I don’t remember hearing the producers say they weren’t allowed to use Hal Jordan, so it still seems like a possibility right now.
In the comics Hal Jordan is Oliver Queen’s and Barry Allen’s best friend, so it makes complete sense to introduce him into this world. However it would also mean introducing the concept of Green Lanterns and aliens into the world of Arrow and Flash, which they aren’t ready for just yet. But maybe, hopefully one day we get to see Green Lantern on the show, otherwise the writers need to stop teasing him!
Overall the Arrow season 4 premiere was an okay start to the season, but it definitely looks more promising than last season. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding our main villain, and we know there’s going to be a major death, so we already have a good set-up. Hopefully season 4 improves on last season, and we get to see some great Green Arrow story.
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