(Serious spoilers for Season 1 and the first episode 1 of Season 2; Do NOT read if you want to discover the inner workings for yourself)
Season 1 of Arrow finished demolished a city and showcased many vulnerabilities of the beloved from Starling City. The Dark Archer accomplished his undertaking while Tommy Merlyn rests six feet under. The apprehension of Moira Queen leaves the Queen family under more distress and without their final parental anchor. Thea watched her love speed by near death as the Glades crumbled. As Laurel deals with the death of Tommy and the confusion sprung on by Oliver, what is next to come? As for our vigilante, what is to become of the broken hearted hero?
Five months have passed since the Dark Archer’s Undertaking. Starling City remains in a mess and the Vigilante has yet to see the darkness clouding the city. Oliver returned to strengthen his mind and regain focus upon the very island he stayed captive for five years. Diggle and Felicity travel to seek out the very man they need to return for justification of his family’s legacy and the city he tried to save. Copycats, a group of Hoods, rampantly trample the rich and try to regain leverage upon the city that damaged their lives.
Oliver returns to Starling City with a shattered Laurel who is in process of reassembling her life after Tommy was killed. Tension builds as Laurel sees the Hood copycats sweep in and assassinate the Mayor and nearly end her life. Her heart continues to struggle with her ‘cheating’ on Tommy, despite his decision to halt the relationship, as her loneliness consumed Oliver.
The Hood copycats press forward with their plans to amend the wrong and avenge the rich who they believed stole their lives away. Oliver Queen becomes the next target on their ‘list’. During a meeting with Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau), a ruthless hostile takeover magnate, Oliver works the kinks out on saving Queen Consolidated. The copycats charge in hopes to murder Ollie, yet his swift skills render their charge useless as he saves Rochev and Felicity.
Since Oliver became untouchable, Thea become The Hoods’ next target. An attack on the nightclub, now operated by Thea, Roy’s savior attempts fail as the villains escapes with their next victim. Vowed to leave his old vigilante days behind, his sister stirs the pot forcing Oliver to rise and remove the men who kidnapped his blood.
Sparks and arrows fly as the Vigilante relieves the villains of their power and saves his sister. What may be a new trend for our hero is his lack of adding to his overall body count. The Hood copycats find themselves in police custody, all welcomed by Detective Quentin Lance.
The season premiere ends with Oliver bringing back an old family face we all painfully cherished during season one, Walter Steele (Colin Salmon). As Oliver was threaten by Isabel Rochev’s takeover threat and desire to purchase the remaining 10% of stock remaining, Steele purchases remainder leaving him as Chief Financial Officer of Queen Consolidated, thus Oliver Queen and Isabel Rochev business partners.
Arrow season two premieres in a feverish pace as the pieces are picked up and assembled them rather quickly. No build up as we know the characters. All of our favorite characters are dismantled, confused, and concerned for the wellbeing of their lives, yet also of their home.
The first episode of season two captures the audience and delights with plenty of action, strained understandable situations, and heartfelt development for our hero. No longer is Oliver Queen a vigilante, he is accepting his true form as Starling City’s hero, the very own Green Arrow!
The opening episode may have only produced a “flavor of the week” villain(s), a potential style of season two, the true villain formed in one that dons no mask, no hood, nor cape. A business woman in Rochev happens to be Ollie’s greatest adversary.
The episode ended perfectly as Ollie provides a nice ‘screw you’ to Isabel Rochev and Roy discovers another masked vigilante who will become Black Canary (Caity Lotz). Though the defining moment came as Oliver Queen accepted his position as a hero and alluded to his true hero name, the very name fans have clamored for, Green Arrow. Despite the words yet to be muttered, the final scene alludes to a fan favorite!
‘Cities of Heroes’ is a perfect way to spark season two off with a bang. A new adversary forms against Ollie instead of the Vigilante and we finally see a hero rise in a down trodden city!
A stellar 5 out of 5 for the Season Premiere of Arrow.