The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brother for Review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
When we last left Oliver Queen (End of Arrow season 6) he was being locked up in a maximum security prison for being the Green Arrow. He was locked up, but Ricardo Diaz (The big bad) was still on the lose and Felicity and William had to go into hiding. The arrow gang was all done with everyone going their separate ways. Diggle did ok joining Lyla at Argus, the others took normal jobs. When we start Season Seven Oliver is still locked up in Slabside Penitentiary and he has lots of old friends to keep him company. Bronze Tiger, Danny “Brick” Brickwell, and Derek Sampson (Cody Rhodes). Oliver tries to keep his head low as best he can but we all know that won’t last long as Diaz has returned with the Longbow Hunters in attempt to steal weaponry from Star City, and hunt down Felicity and William to murder them for revenge against Oliver ruining his plans to take over the city.
All is not lost however as Diggle is hot on the case with ARUGUS agents, and there is a new vigilante in town dressed exactly like The Green Arrow. Rene is all for this and helps the new Arrow out any chance he gets angering Diana in the process. The flashbacks are gone this season as they have been replaced with “Flash Forwards” It centers around William twenty years from now. traveling to Lian Yu to get help from Roy Harper. The two travel back to Star City in search of Felicity who disappeared years prior. They meet John Diggle’s son, as well as Felicity’s daughter, the sister William did not know about named Mia. They are working on not only trying to find Felicity but save the city from total destruction. We also get to meet Emiko Queen, the half sister Oliver was unaware of who may or may not have evil intentions.
Oliver does manage to stay locked up for the first 7 episodes which is actually very cool as most shows simply would have glossed over that in a matter of one episode. The action is at an all-time high especially during the big prison riot in episode 7. Its one of the best episodes of the series so far as it’s a not stop action hour as Oliver (along with a little help) makes his way through the prison to get to Diaz, who has managed to take it over.
And my favorite part of each season is included, the annual Arrowverse Crossover event. This time the entire 3 parter is included (Supergirl and Flash being the other episodes as Legends was not in this years) This time it was Elseworlds. And it may have been the most important crossover yet. It featured the Flash from Earth-90 coming to our earth to warn us that our world was going to be destroyed by the Monitor. The Monitor has traveled to our earth to give a mysterious book to John Deegan, a crazy psychiatrist who practices at Arkham Asylum. He uses the book to rewrite the timeline. Part of this rewrite is that Oliver is now The Flash living our Barry Allen’s life, while Barry is now the Green Arrow living out Oliver’s Life. They are the only two who realize this and head to Earth 38 to get help from Supergirl and Superman. Together they travel to Gotham City and meet Kate Kane aka Batwoman. This was an amazing crossover and concludes telling us “Worlds will live, worlds will die, and the universe will never be the same” which sets up this years crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths” which is not only shaping up to change the Arrowverse, but it will also mark the end of the Arrow series.
Warner Brothers has released this set on Blu-ray, and DVD, but to get the entire 3 part Elseworlds on one set is to buy the Blu-ray. The audio and video are gorgeous. These CW shows looks fantastic, and the Blu-ray transfers just highlight how amazing they look. They really are comic books come to life. You even get a good amount of special features along with all the episodes.
The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panel San Diego 2018
Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds
Villains: Modes of Persuasion
BLU-RAY: 22 ONE-HOUR EPISODES + 2 FULL CROSSOVER EPISODES
The Slabside Redemption
Elseworlds: Hour One
Elseworlds: Hour Two
Elseworlds: Hour Three
My Name is Emiko Queen
Star City Slayer
Brothers & Sisters
Star City 2040
You Have Saved This City
Arrow has lost a few steps along the wat, but it’s still the most important comic book series of all time with the introduction of all these other shows and characters. Season Seven is a huge leap from Season 6 and will surly please fans of the series. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up for the collection.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars