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Arrow: Fadeout - Review of the series finale

After eight seasons, the Arrow series has now come to an end. Without them there would be no Arrowverse and probably also no such ambitious crossover as the Crisis on Infinite Earths. So how did you graduate now?

In 2012 Arrow started in the USA and with it the DC series universe of The CW, which has been known since then as Arrowverse and in addition to the mother series also The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman and since the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover as well Black Lightning officially includes and soon Superman & Lois will be added, while a spin-off called Green Arrow & the Canaries around Mia Queen (Katherine McNamera) is possible, but not yet officially in series at the time of writing was sent.

The Arrowverse is also the largest and most ambitious coherent, parallel TV construct to date, which is often only loosely based on one another, but is always brought back together through crossovers. Perhaps the individual series were not seen by as many people worldwide as the NCIS, Law & Order or CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and “Chicago” series that exist, but a five-part mega crossover never did any of these.

The long-term and sustainable success is certainly also thanks to the original trio of the series: Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle and Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak carried the series especially at the beginning and in the case of Felicity it became a supporting actress soon a hugely popular, albeit controversial, main character. In addition, you have to realize that, as with many series and superhero series in general, the magic formula lost its effect at some point and certain elements have worn out or repeated themselves. Already in the third or fourth season you noticed that the action scenes and the stunt work are not the best (possibly because of strong competition from other providers, including Daredevil on Netflix).

The fifth "Arrow" season could at least score again with a convincing villain, but the old heyday and especially the highs of the second season around Deathstroke / Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) could never be reached again.

The writers kept trying and adding new characters, expanding the team or turning the premise upside down, such as the prison arc in season seven, but the ratings dropped and, it seems, Stephen did too Amell himself already considered hanging his hood up after the sixth season, but the financial offer for seasons seven and eight was apparently too tempting for him.

Inevitable fate

The eighth and final season was then also relatively strongly dominated by "Crisis on Infinite Earths", which had been in focus for a long time, but especially in Arrow itself from the Elseworlds crossover. The cat was let out of the bag early: Oliver Queen has to sacrifice himself to save his friends and the world, even the multiverse. Oliver died twice during the crossover: First he was revived by the Lazarus Pit, but returned without a soul and finally had to become God's Wrath aka the Specter and then sacrificed himself in the fight with the Anti-Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), but he succeeds in creating Earth Prime and thus uniting all the relevant Arrowverse series by The CW on one earth. In addition, his victim had other consequences, because suddenly (almost) all dead comrades are living again in Star City.

You have saved this city!

In the series finale Fadeout, for example, we see that Oliver can prevent the death of his mother Moira (Susanna Thompson). For me, the actual moment is one of the best in the series. As a viewer, you have to ask yourself whether this is okay with you, because it is a conciliatory end to a series and a happy ending in a comic adaptation, in which death is likely to be tricked by revolving doors anyway or it is an unacceptable decision by the makers. As you can probably tell, I'm extremely indulgent and already used to a lot. In eight seasons, the “Arrow” authors loved to bring back faded characters in flashbacks, visions or parallel universes. So it is probably only logical to take the last step now and simply revive them as tough as ever. With Tommy (Colin Donnell), Moira, Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) no problem. I find it a little more inappropriate to rehabilitate Emiko (Sea Shimooka) as well. However, this series finale also tries to underline the message with the mallet that everyone deserves a second chance and that ostensibly Oliver Queen himself once started as a de facto murderer who hunted down the culprits on his vengeance campaign and was only to do so someone and something else had to be, as it says over and over again in the intro. And, in order not to go too hard with Emiko: Characters like Malcolm Merlyn, Slade Wilson, Nyssa and Talia al Ghul were forgiven over time and they themselves became allies. With a flawless morality, the makers never had it anyway.

It always depends on who you surround yourself with. Diggle and Felicity, for example, had positive influences on Oliver, Roy (Colton Haynes) went from being a street thief to a sidekick and valuable partner over time, and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) and Rene (Rick Gonzalez) also had personal problems and demons that made them first when members of Team Arrow got it under control. I don't think I have to open the barrel around Laurel (Katie Cassidy) aka Black Siren.

Epilogue and Prologue

The finale is therefore more of a long epilogue and a tribute to the legacy and development of Oliver Queen, to which everyone was invited who had the time, especially team and family members, of course. Notable missing characters are actually only Walter, Malcolm or Slade, whereby Slade can even be seen again briefly at the beginning.

The episode is also a little bit another prologue for an offshoot about Mia, because the events from the backdoor pilot have happened and are preoccupying them. After she was actually able to lead a beautiful life through Oliver's sacrifice, she got the memories of the Crisis back, knows that her fiancé John Jr. (Charlie Barnett) was a Deathstroke in a previous life (and it may be again now) and that Brother William was abducted (another perennial hit on Arrow). In the present, she tries to find clues, but is emotionally thrown off track by the return of her mother. Felicity doesn't know how to deal with an adult Mia either, when she's just raising young Mia.

Also in the present, William is kidnapped, which is the actual plot of this episode and why a best-of all Arrow team members come together in the bunker to search the city and bring Oliver's family back together. A practical side effect of the new Earth Prime is that Star City is almost free of criminals, which means that the team itself is no longer really relevant.

Rene is soon to take over the mayor's office from Quentin Lance, Dinah could become the chief of police (if she wants to, but - beware, spoilers! - she doesn't want that) and Diggle and the family are drawn to Metropolis. Meanwhile, Laurel gets drunk and wonders why some of the dead were resuscitated by Oliver, but her alternative, better self is not one of them and a possible future with Tommy, who was her husband in an alternative world, is hinted at. Meanwhile, Roy proposes to Thea (in front of the Van Wayne building, which is a reference to powerless), which she accepts on the condition that they are open and honest with one another in the future and not run away from problems. Of course, Oliver and Felicity will not be denied their big reunion in posterity, whereby one of the references to the beginning of the series, which the authors love, is presented here. Somehow, a little lard has always been part of the overall package.

Green is the hope

So there are quite a few happy endings for the residents of Star City, but also open ends for any spin-offs, because Dinah prefers to protect other cities and maybe she could return in "Green Arrow and the Canaries". The teaser for Diggle is likely to be the most exciting, because the Green Lantern myth has been played here for years. His foster father had the last name Stewart. Diggle himself had a suitable military background and Coast City has also been mentioned a lot. The way it is set up in the final, Diggle and his family are drawn to Metropolis, where Superman & Lois also happens to be playing. In the "Arrow" final, a UFO apparently crashes to earth and Diggle finds a box with a glowing green light. So is this in preparation for a sequel in the new Superman series?

Of course, I realize that HBO Max is also planning a big budget series about the space cops, but the preview at the end of "Crisis on Infinite Earths" made it pretty clear to me that the DC series from DC Play Universe or HBO Max on other worlds of the multiverse and not in the new Arrowverse status quo after the mega crossover. I imagine Diggle as a supporting cast member in the new Superman series a bit like Martian Manhunter in Supergirl: You can use the expensive effects every now and then, but for elaborate space travel you have to wait for crossovers or big episodes.

Here are the earths outside of Earth-Prime:

Arrowverse: Endgame

Like some readers, I also regret that we have unfortunately found little time to devote ourselves explicitly to the crisis crossover. We have always written a little about this in the "Top of the Week" section here and here. Personally, I wonder whether and to what extent it was coincidence that some elements and structures of the crossover are reminiscent of “Avengers: Endgame” or whether it is a chicken and egg problem. Both have to sacrifice the character with which the franchise universe had its origins, and both have big funerals at which many important characters appear again. One can of course simply argue that because of the importance of the characters involved, it is only logical that the funeral should also be canceled on this scale.

There are also certain conventions that just happen in big comic crossovers. In the template, which came out in 1986 and was the mother of all later comic book crossovers, logistically it is much easier to gather all the heroes together, the author and the illustrators only have to agree on it. For films and series - with comic origins - this was not possible for a long time, because the shared universe idea was only really established with the MCU and the Arrowverse since 2008 and 2012 respectively, and both now happened to be relatively close to each other to their (temporary) climax .

I applaud in the direction of both efforts and in the case of the Crisis I can hardly believe which cameos were created, especially Lucifer and Ezra Miller as film "Flash" are to be mentioned here. An aspect that I missed a little in the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover - and with that I could possibly be in the minority: The emotional component didn't get me enough. Perhaps this is because the quality of the mother series and my passion for the Arrowverse itself had declined or because Oliver's death was announced many months before the actual crossover, while the changes in the "Avengers" film were had caused much speculation, but at least remained a secret until the cinema release. As I said, this is only a subjective view of both major projects and I am sure that there are also many passionate Arrowverse fans who were (rightly) very touched by Oliver Queen's victims.

Where are you going?

The new status quo has already caused some changes, for example Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) has won a Nobel Peace Prize at Supergirl and is now in charge of the DEO, which is why the Super Friends have to look for a new place to stay. Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) is multiple, instead of just a simple father, and Diggle's daughter Sara has reappeared in Arrow itself. That shouldn't be all the changes by a long way, because in Gotham and Central City a lot will have gotten mixed up too.

So if you are still with Arrowverse after eight years, you may be experiencing exciting times. But one inevitably has to wonder how long the universe can still run. The CW's strategy seems to be to expand or at least maintain the number of hits. Future crossovers will be hard to beat and you shouldn't try it for the time being, because otherwise you would be overdone. Back to the basics seems to be the wiser approach here. Smaller team-ups, for example between Batwoman and Supergirl, or two-part or three-part games, which may even take place several times a year, are conceivable. The crossover at the end of the year has proven itself for production and I think that it will therefore continue with it. So one can certainly be curious. In principle, the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” also made the “Super Friends” or “Justice League” and a Hall of Justice a reality. It doesn't always have to be cosmic threats or world destroyers that keep the heroes busy, because the Justice League has enough enemies that require multiple heroes ...

What is also interesting: Which heroes or characters are missing so far. From the first division it is Wonder Woman and Aquaman, who of course have great success in the cinema, but now supermen and also the dark knight Batman, albeit as an older version, no longer seem to be necessarily taboo. And as long as the Arrowverse series continue to be followed by the audience and the main actors want the roles, it should go on for a while. All series are extended at least until the TV season 2020/2021, then The Flash becomes the new age president.


"Arrow" is dead, long live "Green Arrow" and the Arrowverse? The DC series of The CW go on cheerfully without Oliver Queen and some characters from the series will certainly reappear in other projects. The series finale gives many characters conciliatory finals, underlines once again the core idea of ​​the story and looks into an exciting future.

Even if the parent series of the Arrowverse had its heyday for a long time, it gave the DC TV fans many entertaining hours, unforgettable crossovers and offshoots. Not every series can say that about itself.

Here is the trailer for the series finale Fadeout:

The item Arrow: Fadeout - Review of the series finale was published one year ago, on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by Adam Arndt under the URL https://www.serienjunkies.de/arrow/8x10-fadeout.html#review.

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