I’ve never been that much of an Arrow fan but yet I’ve never missed a single episode in all four seasons and will probably continue to watch it when Season Five starts airing.
Regardless of Stephen Amell’s acting, Arrow is badly scripted and had a clear predictable storyline. Amell’s Green Arrow is a wannabe Batman and Star City is a lousy rip off of Gotham City. Arrow’s Fourth Season has been a mix of good and bad, leaning a little more towards the former but never quite committing to one or the other. It’s fitting, then, that the season finale focused on the duality in Oliver Queen’s soul and the need for darkness and vengeance to go hand in hand with light and justice. But rather than give Season Four the ending it needed and proving that the good truly outweighed the bad, ‘Schism’ merely ended the year on a disappointing and thoroughly unsatisfying note.
Yes, the writers wanted the Green Arrow to be more of a street hero who wins the good name of the people he protects; a white knight, and that is what he becomes. The once mayoral candidate who dropped out when his fiance gets shot at, and then goes on to rally the good people of Star City to stop killing each other in the brink of nuclear annihilation, luckily gets his chance to become the mayor of Star City, once everything is safe.
In addition to the general lack of suspense to the conflict this week, the action scenes were generally underwhelming as well. All these scenes really accomplished were showcasing just how incredibly ineffective Darhk’s Ghosts are in combat. Even Stormtroopers would laugh at how poor their aim is. Despite wielding assault rifles and vastly outnumbering Team Arrow during the big shootout in the lair, the Ghosts were quickly and easily dispatched with nothing more than fists and arrows.
But that’s nothing compared to the final showdown in the streets of Star City. For a brief moment, it was fun to see what seemed a very intentional homage to The Dark Knight Rises with Darhk’s troops and the Star City mob charging into one another. Even the scene, where the hero and the villain wading through the crowds for a final showdown, was a rip-off from the movie.
And the writers never explained what happened to Darhk’s daughter, recently orphaned, in the end. Maybe they forgot about her.
With Season Four having such an abrupt ending, leaving its fans wondering what the hell just happened, Season Five has a lot on its shoulders when it will be aired to win back its lost fans.