Arrow (2012-2020)

If you haven’t watched the latest and final season of the CW’s Arrow, this review will be filled with spoilers.

After 8 years, the finale of Arrow has come and gone. In this finale episode, we see a lot of faces we haven’t in awhile because as it turns out, Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) sacrifice during the crisis meant that those he loved would return, as though they had never died at all. These characters include; Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), Tommy Merlin (Colin Donnell), and Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne). Thea Queen (Willa Holland) asks why Oliver’s death didn’t bring back their father, and Moira gives a good explanation. He only brought back the people that wouldn’t change who he was and if his father hadn’t sacrificed himself for Oliver’s survival, there never would have been a Green Arrow.

It’s a tear-jerking episode filled with reunions. Mia Smoak (Katherine McNamara) was shown in the previous episode being reminded of everything she endured throughout this season by the appearance of Dinah (Julianna Harkavy) and Earth-2 Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). After being reminded of her capabilities, she takes on the mantle of being the Green Arrow. Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) returns because William (Jack Moore) is kidnapped, and we get to watch her reactions to Oliver’s death. It’s gut-wrenching to say the least. Felicity brought something out of Oliver that no other character really could. While her character hasn’t always been likable, no one could argue that she became memorable. There’s something really strong about Oliver and Felicity, and to have watched this relationship grow from the very beginning, made it hurt even more watching her be sad about his death. It also made their reunion in the afterlife mean all that much more.

John Diggle (David Ramsey) is struggling to accept Oliver’s death, having been with him on this journey for the longest, followed closely by Felicity herself. They were brothers, and while they have dealt with their fair share of bumps in the road, their bond always recovered and remained strong. He is dealt a curve ball in this finale, presumably receiving a ring that glows green while he is in the process of moving to Metropolis. This could really only mean that he will become the Green Lantern, and I’m excited to see if anything comes out of this.

What Oliver Leaves Behind

He leaves behind children that we know grow up to become heroes themselves,a team that continue wanting to make changes in the world and continue to be heroes, and he leaves behind a city that is presumably safe. Though, on that note, it doesn’t seem like it will stay like that considering in 2040, there is now a new reality where Mia is engaged to Deathstroke, but she is unaware that he has just received his memories back. This will make things interesting for the sequel show that will be coming. What Oliver the character leaves behind? He leaves behind a series of shows that are all in the same universe, with heroes like the Flash, Supergirl, the Legends, etc. What has become known as the Arrowverse will live on thanks to the foundation that Arrow built. (Granted, there were superhero shows before this, like Smallville, but I digress.)

All in all, I think Arrow ended on a strong note, with a happy-ish ending. I say this because while everything seems golden now, we know that the future isn’t certain, and the safety of Star City can come into question. Felicity and Oliver reunite in the afterlife, Thea and Roy (Colton Haynes) are going to get married, Rene (Rick Gonzalez) is going to be mayor, and Felicity will not keep William and Mia apart so that they can grow up together. Who did we also get to see in this episode? Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law). We can recall that she and Oliver were married in the eyes of the League, and while she erased that marriage, she and Oliver came to lean on each other and trust each other. I really loved her character, the entire time.

That’s a wrap on Arrow, and it will always be a show that I hold fondly in my heart. There’s so much to talk about, not just about this final episode, but the show in it’s entirety but I don’t want this review to be five pages long. If you want to read my review on the previous season, here’s a link.

What did you guys think of the show, and more specifically, what did you guys think of the finale?

Supergirl Season 1-4

Season 1 of Supergirl (October 2015 – April 2016)

This season begins with Kara Danvers, who has hidden her abilities from the world thus far. Her story is similar to Clark Kent’s; being born on Krypton and sent away to Earth in a pod by their parents in order to survive. The similarities end there for now, since Clark successfully made it to Earth while Kara’s pod was knocked off course and she spent time in the phantom zone before finally arriving on Earth. By that time, Clark was already grown up and saving the world as Superman. Deciding to lead a normal life, it wasn’t until her sister Alex Danvers is on a plane that is going down, that Supergirl is born. Acting as Supergirl, she gets recruited by the secret government organization known as the DEO, to help stop the bad guys; both human and alien.

This was a really good first season, I was hooked from the jump. Throughout this season, we also see the growing connection between Kara and James Olsen, with Maxwell Lord being the unlikely ally by the end of it. Both of these storylines are promptly ended when CW acquires the rights to Supergirl, but I’ll talk about that in the next section.

Season 2 of Supergirl (October 2016 – May 2017)

This season focused on Kara trying to find a balance between her two identities while fighting bad guys along the way. We actually get to see more of one of my favorite reoccurring characters in the show; Livewire. She’s just so fun as a villain and I really enjoyed all the scenes including her. Who do we also get this season? Mon-El. Kara’s epic love that we also see in season 3. He’s a Daxomite, the prince no less. They deal with a lot of rocky moments in the beginning but once they find their groove, they seem to fit each other really well and it broke my heart when she had to send him away because they laced the atmosphere with lead.

What I thought was interesting, is that Maxwell Lord doesn’t show up again, most likely due to the change of networks. And despite the storyline that had developed between James Olsen and Kara, it was ended promptly after season 2 began. This felt awkward, since they had gone through so much to end up at this point. I can only assume the main reason for this was Mon-El and Kara’s later storyline. Overall, this season was also really good. (Spoiler alert; you won’t hear me say that there was a bad season in this review.) Though it wasn’t my favorite one, despite how much I loved the different storylines this one came with.

Season 3 of Supergirl (October 2017 – June 2018)

This season I think really leveled up the entire show. The villains in this season are literally called world-killers. If that isn’t intimidating, then I don’t know what is. We also find out that her mom has been alive this whole time, just in a place called Argo City where she and the other surviving kryptonians sought refuge after the destruction of their planet. The fight scenes were incredible in this one, and it was the season that you saw Kara get pushed to her limits; where her morals were being constantly questioned and she was being tested. We meet Brainy in this season; who is an AI who didn’t follow the path of his ancestors and didn’t become evil. He’s part of the Legion, a group of heroes that Mon-El leads in the future. Oh yeah, he comes back to the past with his team–including his wife; Imra Ardeen. They fight alongside Kara on numerous occasions because they needed to defeat the world-killers before they became the future enemy; the blight. Mon-El and Kara had some unfinished business but he ultimately decides to return to the future because they need him. He leaves Kara with a ring, telling her that they can call the Legion if they ever need to. It is a really strong season, and it was the season that made me feel disappointed that I never tried to watch the show before.

Season 4 of Supergirl

What a journey this season was. We finally get to see Lex Luthor, who is the main puppeteer and everyone else were either unknowingly his puppets, or they were willing to go along with the madness. Do you remember Eve Teschmacher? Turns out she’s been working with Lex Luthor the whole time. There’s a whole episode where this is explained in great detail. At the end of season 3, we see another version of Supergirl in Kaznia, and she becomes a huge part of season 4. Turns out, the events of Reign’s demise lead to another version of Supergirl being created; except she was a blank slate. One that Lex Luthor was able to mold into his own personal weapon. I think Lex Luthor’s portrayal was so well done, because he’s truly shown as the unhinged murderer that he is. It is unfortunate that we never see a showdown between superman and Lex Luthor since Clark has gone to Argo City with Lois. At the DEO, we see Alex become Director since J’onn left to focus on his quest to figure out who he is after his dad’s passing. We also have to deal with Colonel Lauren Haley, who does everything by the book and because of her quest to figure out who Supergirl is without the costume, J’onn has to wipe all the knowledge of who she is from all DEO operatives; including Alex. This causes a lot of heartache for Kara because she no longer can lean on her sister like she used to.

This season ends with the demise of both Red Daughter and Lex Luthor, and Kara making plans to tell Lena about her secret identity.

Season 5 of Supergirl

What does all of this mean for Season 5? Well there’s definitely going to be some sort of confrontation between Lena and Kara now that Lena knows her secret identity and Kara wasn’t the one to tell her. It’s been announced that Mehcad Brooks, the actor who plays James Olsen will be leaving the show in this season. We also see Brainy and Dreamer together at the end of season 4, so we’ll see Brainy figure out what it means to be in a relationship. We’ll see more of Alex and James’ sister Dr. Kelly Olsen being together, which was a development I really enjoyed watching grow. We also know that there will be a huge crisis this season due to the major crossover event coming in the fall. At the end of season 4 we also learn that Teschmacher was working for an organization called Leviathan, which is why she worked for Lex Luthor. That blows the idea that she was doing it out of love for Lex out of the water, which only creates more questions. I’m very excited to see what is in store for Supergirl the character, as well as Supergirl the show. I love that they aren’t afraid of touching on sensitive topics like immigration and prejudice, because I feel it is important in today’s society to talk about these things.

What did you guys think of the show’s latest season? What do you think is coming next?