Oliver’s past leads him to Hong Kong and the League of Assassins, led by Ra’s al Ghul. In the present day, Ra’s and others from Arrow’s past have come to destroy Star City unless Oliver joins Ra’s al Ghul’s team by his side as a brainwashed tool.
The first two seasons of Arrow were good, but this is the season when all the characters really come into their own and the stakes are raised higher than ever before. Ra’s al Ghul makes a great villain and I think this version might be one of the best to grace the screen. I also think that Maseo, a character more involved in another character’s backstory than anything else, gets a very good part in this and you really get to feel for the character and his story and how it interlocks with both his wife, eventually the hero Katana, and how he affects Oliver Queen and the Arrow in both past and present. I also like that Laurel has come into her own so hard that she’s upgraded to superhero.
My only real complaint is that Roy kind of falls out of favor in this one and becomes a bit of a lame duck, unfortunately. He was cooler when he was on the drug that turned him into a unhinged murderer. Oh well.
+8: possibly the best Arrow season so far
+1: great villain
+1: Masuo and Laurel upgrade
-1: Roy downgrade, though not to Tommy levels, fortunately