Arrow season six has wrapped and left fans in a frustrated state. Before Crisis on Earth X, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was being investigated for allegations that he was the Green Arrow. What happened after would tear Oliver’s world down. He’s been at a low point before, but I think this is rock bottom for the beloved hero.
Oliver and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) returned to Star City as man and wife. Of course everyone was happy and a little hurt that they eloped. The couple threw a reception before things started falling apart. The team had to deal wit Cayden James (Michael Emerson) and his cohort. They also had to deal with the fallout of personal issues within the team.
The FBI is still out to prove that Oliver is the Green Arrow. Quinten Lance (Paul Blackthorne) told Oliver that the FBI had a witness. Unbeknownst to Oliver, it was one of his own teammates. Rene/Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez) made a deal to testify against Oliver. Agent Samantha Watson (Sydelle Noel) had evidence that Rene is Wild Dog. She told Rene to testify, or never see his daughter again. That caused a huge rift in the team that led to Rene, Dinah Drake/Black Canary (Juliana Harkavy) and Curtis Holt/Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum) to leave Team Arrow. The two teams went through several weeks of fighting against each other and together against Cayden James.
James caused quite a terror in Star City. He enlisted the help of Earth-2 Laurel Lance/Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), Anatoly Knyazev (David Nykl), Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) and Vincent Sobel/Vigilante (Johann Urb). James blew up many crowded public places, kidnapped Oliver’s son William (Jack Moore), extorted money from the city, and all of this because he believed Oliver killed his son. Someone doctored a surveillance video to make it look like the Green Arrow did the deed. Felicity was able to fix the video, clearing Oliver’s name. James suspected someone from his cohort of manipulating the video.
Dissension in the Ranks
Dinah had her own issues with Oliver’s leadership that was closely related to James’ campaign. Vincent and Dinah used to be partners on the Central City Police. Vincent was helping Dinah with information about when and where James hid a bomb that would destroy Star City. James found out and ordered Black Siren to kill Vincent…in front of Dinah! Dinah was out for vengeance for a while and got close a couple of times. Oliver is the one who stopped her. Laurel knows what James did with the money he extorted, so Oliver is protecting her. During the last fight between Dinah and Oliver, Rene got seriously hurt. It was this event that lead to Dinah, Curtis, and Rene officially ending any alliance with Team Arrow.
James was captured, after Laurel confessed to doctoring the video of James’ son’s murder. Her confession allowed everyone but James to escape Team Arrow. This also lead to the revelation that Ricardo Diaz is actually the mastermind behind everything. He doctored the video, setting James and the FBI after the Green Arrow and Oliver Queen. And! Oliver found out that Diaz has half the city on his payroll, including the D.A. and Chief of Police. His ultimate goal was to get rid of Oliver, so he could take over the city, so that he could start shipping illegal stuff into Star City for an criminal organization called The Quadrant. Diaz wants a seat at the Quadrant table and the only thing standing in the way is Oliver Queen.
Diaz brought Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) back to strong arm him into testifying against Oliver. Thea/Speedy (Willa Holland) rejoined the team to save Roy and the two decided to leave the vigilante life behind. Of course, it’s not that easy. The League of Shadows reemerged as the Thanatos Guild. They found a map of three hidden Lazarus pits, but need Thea’s blood to read it. Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) returned to help Thea fight of the Guild. Thea and Roy decided to leave with Nyssa to find the pits and destroy them before the Guild can find them. That was Thea’s farewell from the show.
John Diggle (David Ramsey) left Team Arrow, questioning Oliver’s leadership skills. He went to work for ARGUS and teamed up with Dinah, Rene, and Curtis to stop Diaz’s illegal shipments. Oliver asked Felicity to leave Team Arrow as well. She went back to work with Curtis on their start up tech company, Helix. Quinten continued to be harrassed by Diaz. He used Laurel to make Quinten do his bidding.
The Trial of Oliver Queen
Things with Diaz got intense. Oliver was drugged and almost walked into Diaz’s trap. The two physically fought each other and Oliver won. Diaz had him arrested anyway. During Oliver’s criminal trial, it looked as if Oliver would be found innocent after Christopher Chance (Wil Travel) showed up disguised as Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell), dressed as the Green Arrow. Laurel even took a chance and testified that Tommy was the Green Arrow. Diaz had the deck stacked against Oliver and he was found guilty. However, Oliver’s lawyer called for a judgement not withstanding verdict, and the judge agreed.
Everyone resumed life as usual, which was short lived because Diaz attacked them all. Oliver sent William to ARGUS for safety. Team Arrow reassembled to deal with Diaz once and for all. Diaz wears a thumb drive around his neck. Felicity was able to copy the information on the drive, but it was encrypted. They assumed the data contained the names of everyone on Diaz’s payroll. If they had that info, Team Arrow could shut down Diaz’s operations. Felicity started to decrypt the drive, but Diaz attacked before they could complete it.
Oliver had one last resort. He went to Agent Watson and admitted to being the Green Arrow. Oliver secures immunity for the rest of the team, as they work with the FBI to arrest everyone on Diaz’s payroll, freeing Star City. Diaz hides and locks up Laurel. He tells Quinten to get the FBI out of Star City or Laurel dies. Diaz is also on to Anatoly. He sets a trap for Team Arrow and the FBI, trapping Rene, Watson and another agent in a room of explosives. Felicity is able to get them out safely.
Quinten tells the team about Laurel. The team is torn. They want to save everyone they can, but this Laurel is not their Laurel. She has cause a lot of trouble since coming to Earth 1. Quinten sets up Team Arrow to find Diaz when he goes to check on Laurel. Diaz threatens again to kill Laurel if Quinten doesn’t get the FBI out of the city. He shoots at Laurel and Quinten steps in the way. During his surgery, Quinten suffers a seizure and dies. Laurel calls Sara to be with Quinten.
Oliver and company are finally able to find Diaz, but he gets away…again. Oliver has Diaz trapped and ready to arrest him when Laurel shows up and shoots Diaz. Diaz falls into the river and escapes. Time is up for Oliver though. He turns himself into the FBI, makes a public announcement about being the Green Arrow, and is taken to jail.
Season six had some hits and some misses that made the season a little choppy at time. Hits include Crisis on Earth X, Slade Wilson’s search for his son, and the last few episodes of the season. Kirk Acevedo literally stole the show from Michael Emerson. Acevedo’s character portrayal of Diaz had a clear purpose and a good reason for getting rid of Oliver. I really liked the Diaz background episode. It gave his character depth and reason for wanting to own Star City. We didn’t get that with Emerson’s character…Cayden James should have been a better villain…in my opinion.
The team. Ok, I was a little bothered how this team fell apart. And at the end of it all, Oliver decided to work alone again. Sure, they had some growing pains to get through, but everyone knows you can’t save the world alone. A team always wins in the superhero world. But trust is something that is always easy to earn and hard to keep. Maybe next season, Oliver will be able to trust the team better.
I was a little iffy about Laurel dying in the first place. And with the introduction of the multiverse, I was not surprised to see her return to Star City. But now that she is on the good guys side, why did they kill her in the first place?
I was happy to see Roy Harper return. I’m glad he’s coming back to the show next season. But Willa Holland leaving is a thumbs down for me. I guess Felicity can keep Oliver grounded better, but Speedy was awesome as a sidekick!
RIP Quinten Lance. I wasn’t too broken up about his departure until his last conversation Oliver. He really was the father figure that Oliver needed. And now he’s gone. And now I’m sad.
Next season should get off to a quick start. They have to get Oliver out of jail, but how? And Star City will have a new mayor, new police chief, and new knowledge of who the vigilantes are. So when Oliver is released, how is going to operate as the Green Arrow now that everyone knows who he is? AND! Shouldn’t he get some kind of gold stars for all of the good things he’s done for Star City?