Arrow Season 4. These words make Arrow fans cry, but how? Arrow had an AMAZING first two seasons, and even season 3, which admittedly was definitely not on par with 1 and 2, wasn’t all that terrible. Before I get into the things I think it did wrong, it did do Some things right, such as Oliver becoming the Green Arrow, and the show getting a lighter tone, granted that tone definitely did not stay, but it was a nice change of pace. And the final thing Arrow got right, (in my opinion) is Laurel Lance finally started to become the Black Canary, once again, that didn’t last long, but we’ll talk about that later.
The first thing, (And one of the most core and fundamental problems of Arrow Season 4) was the writing. Now, although most of this bad writing is pointed towards Oliver and Felicity, which don’t get me wrong, i agree, but there are basic writing problems that I learned the first week of Journalism class. You see, there is a rule in writing called “Show, don’t tell” and a perfect example of how Arrow Season 4 messed this up lays towards the end of the season, where (SPOILERS) Diggle shoots and kills his brother Andy. I believe as little as one episode later, where Diggle confronts Ruve Adams, AKA the mayor and Damian’s wife, Diggle acts impatient, angry, and most importantly, irrational. Diggle is about to kill Ruve when Oliver comes and explains how Dig shouldn’t and can’t kill Ruve because she’s the mayor and she has the media, which Oliver was completely right, and what Diggle said afterwards is where they should’ve used the “Show dont tell” rule. Diggle says “I’M SO ANGRY! IM SO ANGRY I CAN HARDLY BREATHE”… like… seriously? What I would’ve done instead is make a scene where Diggle would shoot next to Ruve’s head, and maybe storms out, have him get into a heated conversation with Lyla.
The next thing I… well I need to mention, is Oliver and Felicity’s relationship. it’s not the idea of their which is inherently bad, but how they handled it. Problems it started were creeping into and infecting other scenes, such as this one specific Laurel scene, which I will mention later. The first thing I would’ve done is took another draft of the scripts to touch up the dialogue. Now, Felicity getting paralysed after her getting engaged was actually compelling and could have been a huge stepping off point to be able to see the more soft side of Oliver, but instead Oliver went into “Kill everything” mode and went dark again. The next huge problem I would’ve fixed is how Felicity reacted to William, Oliver’s Son. Samantha specifically said to Felicity that it was her who made Oliver choose between being in Williams life or not, But noooooooooo for some poorly explained reason, Felicity overreacted, and called off the engagement. I would’ve gone the route of her saying… “You know what Oliver? I’m cool that you didn’t tell me, it’s fine.” All they had to do was touch up the writing and this wouldn’t have been a problem in the first place.
Now… the moment that, well technically no one is present while im writing this except for myself, so I guess it’s the moment i’ve been waiting for? Anyway, the death of Laurel Lance. That is correct, they killed the Black Canary on a Green Arrow show. Now some people, thought Laurel was a drag, and she didn’t fit, and they were glad Laurel died. Well im not one of those people, I think the death of Laurel was one of the shows biggest mistakes overall, not just in season 4. and, as mentioned in the Oliver and Felicity part, something that really bothered me is that the writers took their time, to, in Laurel Lance’s, The Black Canary’s swan song, her final moments on earth, her last words, make part of her last words her talking about Oliver and Felicity. Laurel’s character will now be tainted forever with the fact her last moments were her talking about Oliver and Felicity’s relationship, which she shouldn’t be talking about in the first place, but also, SHE SHOULDN’T BE DEAD AT ALL. Now, and come on this is simple, what I would’ve done differently is I would’ve just kept Laurel alive. It’s as simple as that.
I know this was pretty lengthy, and I rambled on some parts, but this site is a chill zone and I want all of you to remember these were only my opinions, not saying yours, even if they are the same or different, are right or wrong. That’s all, See Ya! – Anthony