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Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season
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Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season (BD+Digital Copy)
In Season Five, newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City. With his right hand, John Diggle, back in the military and his sister Thea adamant about hanging up her vigilante hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity – but they’re no longer the only vigilantes in town. Green Arrow’s public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles rather than allies in the field. The arrival of a deadly new adversary will force Oliver to confront questions about his own legacy, both as mayor and as the Green Arrow.]]>
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The 5th season picks up some time after the events of season 4. The team is still dealing with the death of Laurel and all the characters end up in very different places to start the season. Oliver has taken on another dual role, this time as Mayor of Star City and as Green Arrow. Thea has retired from being a vigilante, Diggle is back in the military, Quentin is in a downward spiral after the death of Laurel, and Felicity is trying to keep things together. As you would expect the team eventually comes back together, with the addition of new members to "Team Arrow" to face the season's big bad, Prometheus, who is tied to Oliver's past in a way I will not spoil here.
This season also is the final flashback season telling what happened when Oliver was missing. As the past seasons have shown, he did not spend the entire 5 years on the island, and this season finally shows what his ties to the Russian Mob are. This season also saw the 100th episode of the show as a part of the 4 show crossover with Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. As you would expect, the 100th show was a pretty big production outside of the crossover event and had an "It's a Wonderful Life" feel to it, bringing back some characters from the past. In fact at a couple points during the season we see some of the past characters. It all leads to a pretty epic showdown and ends the season on a very big cliffhanger going into next season.
For those who get the discs, the show looks great on blu ray. For extras, there are over an hour's worth between deleted scenes, a part of the comic-con panel, gag reel, and some behind the scenes/making of material. Very good for what was included. Thankfully, they stopped adding the DVD versions to the blu ray sets so you are not paying for something you do not want or need. The one thing that would have been nice to include are the other shows from the crossover so you could watch all 4 at a time instead of having to get the other sets, or stream the other shows to see the entire thing. And, my yearly nitpick for this, and all the WB blu ray shows, not being able to play it in a season play mode so you can pick back up where you left off.
I would say if you have liked the prior seasons, chances are you will like this one. If you are getting superhero fatigue with all the shows and movies, then chances are you are not going to like this. I think the show continues to develop the characters and has made enough chances throughout its run to keep it from getting too stale. While it may not be as a good as it was in the first couple seasons, I definitely think it is worth checking out whether you stream it or add the discs to your collection.
Did you like the other seasons? Yes then you'll like this one.