Am I shocked that Arrow Season 8 will be the final season? Not really, I feel like it’s been dragged out far past it’s prime already. Oddly enough, Arrow was the show that kicked off the CW DC universe or as many call it, the Arrowverse. That’s because every show, other than say Supergirl and Black Lightning was directly in some way got a start from Arrow. The Flash, everyone from Legends for example. What I’m shocked however is the episode count.
Arrow Season 8 only 10 Episodes
I’ve heard about a season is short, such as some anime’s are only 13 episodes long. But given the nature of Arrow, how it’ll end and why, with everything going on. Ten seasons short. But, honestly, as I’ve said, it was doom since season 5 really. Some will even say season 4.
So far nothing has come out about the final episodes, other than that this is gonna wrap it all up. The flagship shows that started the Arrowverse. I enjoyed watching Black Lightning, even know it’s not really part of the Arrowverse (or will it?) Even Supergirl wasn’t at first and now is, even on another Earth.
The Arrowverse has done what we all wanted DC to do, connect a universe between both TV and films. While this hasn’t happened, I feel the Arrowverse is a far better-connected world than the Marvel shows. Honestly, I skip a lot of them. I only really stay on top of Daredevil and Agents of Shield. Luke Cage and the Punisher was a good first try for Marvel. But another topic for another day.
How it Started
Going back, to when Arrow first started season 1, I didn’t watch. In fact, I heard of it, shook my head and said nope. I’m not watching a show about the Green Arrow. Like seriously to me from what I knew of him from the comics, he was boring. Most of his top villains where just Batman side villains that didn’t always make the cut. They were not bad villains, just not up to the level of the A team. (Joker, Two-Face, Bane, etc)
I can’t even remember why now, I just know Season 2 was mid-season and season 1 was on Netflix, by the time I got around to watch it. I broke down, the first episode sold me. The way they did his story. Making it not silly, serious but not to the point it was a dumb serious. I loved the intro, how the story was told from the current now but showing a small part of what happened in those past 5 years he has been missing.
This was great writing and a great way of telling a story about a character that no one really cared about. Now everyone knows who the Green Arrow is as much as people know the Flash. Honestly, with Arrow ending this year. Season 8 is supposed to air end of the fall and go into I think first of next year. We can see an Arrow film being done in the next 2-3 years.
Does it fall apart?
Maybe, maybe not. I don’t know if a Batwoman show has been picked up or not. While I think she’s a good spin on the Batman story, I’m afraid I’ll end up hating it as much as I end up hating Supergirl. Again another topic for another day. Look, I’m all for gay characters and seeing them deal with the same crap we all deal with. But when you start to change things character and storywise for the sake of you pushing an agenda on your viewers, you end up doing what Captain Marvel’s marketing has done. You divide the audience.
Call me a white male pig who doesn’t wanna see a woman in a leading role. Please tell me, because I loved Wonder Woman, I wanna see a Supergirl film and I wanted Supergirl to be good on TV. But the writing is boring and it’s REALLY hard to believe some of the crap that happens, when you have, Superman there.
It’s the reason why I hate it when comic make new characters who are more or less a copy of an old. Batman, Flash, Spider-Man, Superman, etc. Even Iron Man has them. No one does it more than DC, look at how many versions of Superman there are!
So I wonder now, with the news that Supergirl might be going away now, Batwoman sort of in the air, Legends I thought I heard was pretty gonna be done now, you have just the Flash. While I love the show, the last 2 seasons (the current included) have been dull.
End of a Generation
Honestly, no matter how things end up going, every TV show just about falls into a jump the shark moment. Some sooner than others. Some overstay their welcome way too long. Even Friends, which went 10 seasons I felt kind of ended the moment Chandler and Monica got married in Season 7.
The Flash even hit it’s high I think with season 3. The Thinker Season just wasn’t all that compelling to me. Legends was a rocky one for me, but I end up loving the last seasons. The cast grew on me if anything. Arrow was great right up into about Season 4.
Really it’s funny that I feel that Arrow kind of started to fall in Season 4 which was the season he transformed into the Green Arrow and even the city name was changed to the comics one of Star City. Just the whole Ra’s Al Ghul thing… was just too much of a Batman story for me.
Crisis on Infinite Earths
So going into Arrow Season 8 we’ll have the big crossover event. Since the Flash started, every year they’ve been doing big crossover events. Like the Avengers just not as over the top. Given they have said, that Arrow will end with the Crisis on Infinite Earth crossover next year, makes me wonder if Arrow dies in this and what new hero will take his place.
For those of you who don’t know what Crisis on Infinite Earth is, it was DC’s massive crossover event that merged the universes together and created the DC universe as it was until Flashpoint which was a reboot of the universe into the New 52 era (this is of course before the current now DC Rebirth story).
While this is I think the CW’s way to soft-reboot their shows. Given the story Flash of Two Worlds was the event that which moved all of DC’s heroes into one continuity and created the Earth-1, 2 etc idea. It was DC trying to stay on their toes with Marvel’s Universe of heroes.
No matter what comes next for the Arrowverse, if Crisis on Infinite Earths ends the universe with maybe Supergirl ending, Black Lightning being just it’s own thing and maybe the Flash going one more season to wrap itself up, I can see this. Honestly, they’ve done a whole lot with the Flash story in a short time. I wouldn’t be shocked to hear about Flash ending in a season or two as well.
DC and The CW
Arrow changed things for TV, that is without a doubt, does make me wonder if WB is trying to end the contract they have with the CW and move these characters to their streaming service. Much as many believe why all Netflix’s Marvel shows got canceled with Disney Plus coming to the end of the year. While DC doesn’t seem like they have had it out for the CW’s shows, as far as everyone knows Arrow is ending because the actor wishes to move on with his carrer. Which for all he’d done, he deserces it.
Only time will tell, for now, I’m gonna miss Arrow, it was a great show while it lasted.