Synopsis: A deadly new criminal, Tobias Church, threatens Star City, which forces Oliver to consider forming a new team of superheroes to help him do battle. In flashbacks, Oliver faces off against the Bravta in Russia.
Review: Arrow, which is the more gritty of the DC series on CW returns with a new villain to plague Star City.
Things pick up a few months after events seen in the last series. Oliver Queen is ensconced as the Mayor, but is having trouble balancing out his role as crime fighting vigilante as well as mayoral duties.
With Thea no longer a member of team Arrow and Diggle back in the Army. The team is bare bones of just Oliver, Felicity Smoak and fellow tech geek Curtis.
Felicity is trying to convince Oliver that it is time to create a new Team Arrow by including some vigilante’s that have hit the streets inspired by the work that The Arrow has done. Oliver is of course resistant to this, but by the end of the episode he’s began to come around.
As an opening episode this was okay. But it was just okay. Not great!
I liked the notion of Oliver having to build a new team, but that story thread felt really disjointed because of the Flash Back stuff, which is yet to reveal its purpose in terms of the overall season arc.
The new villain Tobias Church feels somewhat one note at present and has a long journey ahead if he is going to be anywhere near as villainous and charismatic the shows previous villains. At present he feels more like a street level gang leader than any villain that can bemuse, confuse and keep team Arrow busy for a new season.
As far as action goes. There was plenty of that, but very little story was revealed in this opening episode. It was all just setting the stage and in a very obvious way.
The end of the episode presents a villain that could likely be the one that will vex the team for the series. At least I am hoping that is the case.
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