Arrow Season 5 was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Opinions are my own.
Arrow is still my favorite show on television. I tune in each and every week. Sure it's had its ups, like season 2 which could never be duplicated again, and lows, like season 3 with Ras A Gul, but it still pushes forward with characters your vested in, untill now
Arrow season 5 takes place after the death of Laura and the departure of Thea and Diggle from the team. Oliver is dealing with criminals on his own untill a new crime boss named Tobias Church comes to Star City and Felicity convinces Oliver to start a new team. He gets Curtis, who I cannot stand as there is nothing about him that's even remotely close to a crime fighter. Wild Dog who is an increadably annoying headstrong vigilante who uses guns even though there's a no kill policy on Team Arrow. Dinah Drake, the new Black Canary who is actually a meta-human that I do like. And finally Rory Regan aka Ragman a young man with a magical rag costume, who sadly leaves the team early.
Diggle does rejoin the team as this season Arrow is up against a big bad named Prometheus, who is not only on a killing spree that Arrow is getting blamed for, but a man who seems to know everything about Oliver. He tortures various members of the Arrow team and at one point Arrow himself. He uses physical and psychological torture to convince Oliver he is nothing more that a killer who ruins the lives of everyone around him,at one point convincing Oliver to stop being the Arrow all together.
The flashback sequences this year take place in Russia where we learn how Oliver became part of the Bratva. It's a great storyline as you see his bond with Anayoly beigin, only to watch it dissolve in present day. The villian this year in the flashbacks is Russian Mobster Konstantin Kovar played by action star Dolph Lundgren. This season does wrap up the flashbacks as we see Oliver head home at the end
Throw in the villian of the week, one of which is played by pro wrestler Cody Rhodes, a new insane vigilante, who is actually a character named Vigilante from the old DC Comic, who I wish would have had a bigger role. The return of old favorite characters, and yes the Arrow part of this year's CW crossover which deals with an alien invasion, that I personally dont think can be topped and you do have a good season. Sadly in my opinion the adding of members to Team Arrow stopped it from being a great season. But who know what will happen after the cliffhanger.
The Blu-ray set is loaded with special features.
Still the best show on television and another good season. Highly recommend picking this up
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars