These Arrow Cast Photos Comparing Season 1 to Season 8 Will Make You Super Nostalgic
When Arrow premiered over seven years ago on The CW, it featured a fresh-faced cast of gorgeous humans who were virtual strangers to many viewers. Now -- well, they're still gorgeous humans because CW actors don't age, but they're no longer strangers to us. They're beloved actors who've brought this amazing series to life, and we'll be sad to see their characters go.
Series star Stephen Amell has played Oliver Queen to perfection since day one. He anchored Arrow's final season alongside series veterans David Ramsey and Katie Cassidy, who've been with the show as John Diggle and Laurel Lance, respectively, since the pilot episode. And let's not forget that the lovely Emily Bett Rickards, who debuted as Felicity Smoak early in Season 1, is also returning for the series finale.
The final season of Arrow has been stacked with returning fan favorites, most of whom were with the series when it debuted back in Willa Holland, Susanna Thompson, John Barrowman, Colton Haynes, and even Colin Donnell returned to take part in Season 8, giving us a pretty complete set of then-and-now photos to get you good and emotional about the series coming to an end. Click the photo or the link below to see how everyone has changed over the years.
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Arrow: Season 1 Review
To their credit, they succeeded. Even right off the bat, there were many notable elements that he writers introduced into the Green Arrow mythos. Generally a loner in the comics, here Ollie was given a full family and circle of allies. Some were inspired by characters from the comics, while others were entirely new creations. Probably the most successful new addition was John Diggle as Ollie's personal bodyguard-turned-ally in his war on crime. Watching the dynamic between Ollie and Diggle morph from cold and hostile to warm camaraderie was a treat. And the two sequences featuring Diggle in the costume rather than Ollie suggested that this show could have a life beyond that of its lead character.Acting quality was another aspect the series struggled with initially and more or less overcame over the course of the season. For the most part, the actors seemed to need time to settle into their roles. Stephen Amell certainly had the physique to play Oliver Queen, a fact that the show rarely missed a chance to exploit. But at first he struggled both in summoning the right presence to become a convincing vigilante of the night and in channeling Ollie's billionaire playboy charm. The awkward voiceover narration that was interspersed in the early episodes didn't help. Fortunately, the producers seemed to respond to criticisms on that front, and the voiceovers disappeared after a few weeks. In general, Amell's performance grew stronger over time, and the subtle ways in which he distinguished his performances during the present-day and flashback scenes stood out.
With other characters, it was more a question of the scripts shedding light on motivation and relationships before they really came into their own. This was certainly the case with Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), who was a bit of a hard sell as a sympathetic mother figure until viewers came to understand her role in "The Undertaking." Similarly, Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) came across as a fairly flat and unimportant character at first. But by the end of the season, Tommy had emerged as the emotional heart of the series and Donnell's one of the strongest performances.
There were others who were simply hit and miss. Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) was both endearing and annoying in her role as Ollie's brilliant but scatterbrained assistant. As Laurel, Katie Cassidy's ability to handle key emotional moments fluctuated, even within individual episodes in the case of the season finale. Both Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and Thea Queen (Willa Holland) were often more notable for their strange facial tics and expressions than anything else. But of the major characters, the only real disappointment was Jessica De Gouw's Helena Bertinelli.
Structurally, the season started out strong and finished even stronger. The writers managed to weave together an overarching narrative as Ollie slowly uncovered the truth of The Undertaking and his own parents' involvement while contending with various smaller villains and conflicts. Some of the "villains of the week" were annoyingly underdeveloped and forgettable, but this became less an issue as the plot centered more and more on the war between the Starling City vigilante and Malcolm Merlyn. The writers also dodged what seemed to be an early mistake in killing off Deadshot (Michael Rowe) by bringing the assassin back and using him to drive a wedge between Ollie and Diggle in "Dead to Rights" and "Home Invasion."
Anchoring the series throughout were the frequent flashbacks to Ollie's five years on the island. The pilot episode offered a tantalizing glimpse of what had transpired over the course of those five years with the Deathstroke mask discarded on the beach. Various plot twists revealed just how complicated that story is, teaming Ollie with Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) and Shado (Celina Jade) in an ongoing guerrilla war against mercenary leader Edward Fyers (Sebastian Dunn). Particularly once Slade entered the picture and his bond with Ollie became a major focal point, the flashbacks emerged as one of the strongest elements of the show. If anything, the relative lack of flashback material in the latter episodes became a point of contention. As much as the Ollie/Tommy dynamic in the present, the Ollie/Slade scenes illustrated the writers' willingness to push familiar characters in new and unexpected directions.
In short, Arrow started out as a competent superhero drama and became something more memorable over the course of 24 episodes. But despite all that positive growth, there are still areas in which I'd like to see improvement in Season 2. More attention needs to be paid to minor characters, be they villains Count Vertigo and Deadshot or supporting players like McKenna Hall. The action presentation needs to be more consistent. Some episodes have strong fight choreography, while others are all fast motion and quick camera cuts. And the show could really do a better job as far as presenting Starling City as the sort of decaying urban wasteland the characters seem to think it is. The set design is certainly better and more varied than it was on later seasons of Smallville, but for the most part, the quiet, comfortably-lit locales of Starling City are less Gotham and more Metropolis.
And finally, it would be nice if the writers could agree on an actual name for Amell's vigilante hero. It's been made clear, both by the characters and the producers of Arrow, that they won't be using the "Green Arrow" name. But referring to Ollie as "The Hood" or "The Vigilante" just doesn't sit right. If Malcolm Merlyn can be "The Dark Archer," surely there's another option for our hero.Jesse is a writer for various IGN channels. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter, or Kicksplode on MyIGN.
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Arrow Season 1 Recap, So Far
So much has happened on Arrow so far this first season we’ve decided to use this two week hiatus to wrap our heads around all the action and drama that has taken place in the first 16 episodes. By the way last night’s episode was awesome!
Let’s start from the beginning, we all know that Oliver gets shipwrecked, leaving only Oliver, his father (Robert Queen) and a fellow crew member. There were not enough provisions to keep all of them alive, so in order to save his son’s life, Robert killed the other survivor then himself, but not before telling Oliver that their wealth had been built on the suffering of others, and it was up to Oliver to make things right. This forces him to man-up and try to stay alive. Oliver finds his way upon a deserted island and while burying his father, he finds a book filled with blank pages in Robert’s pocket. Immediately after, Oliver is shot with an arrow, proving the island is not so deserted after all…. more on that later.READ MORE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution Demands Disclaimer For 'Richard Jewell' Movie
Back in Starling City we get to know those closest to Oliver before the shipwreck, such as his ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance, best friend Tommy Merlyn who is now dating Laurel (which makes for some awkward moments) and his little sister Thea who he refers to as Speedy. We also meet Oliver’s mother Moira and her new husband, Walter, who goes missing a few episodes into the season.
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Worried for Oliver’s safety, Moira hires a bodyguard for him, John Diggle. Surely, neither Diggle or Moira knew that Oliver didn’t need to be protected, or at least that’s what he thought. After Oliver gained the trust of Diggle and vice-versa, the two began working together on Oliver’s mission to right the wrongs of his family and protect Starling City. With Diggle’s background in the military and his seeking revenge for the murder of his brother (by Deadshot) he was more than prepared and willing to help Oliver’s cause. The relationship between Oliver and Diggle is one of my favorites on the show.
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Felicity Smoak is one of the only other people who knows Oliver’s secret, and is a recent addition to the Green Arrow team. She was introduced to us as a geeky I.T. girl who worked for Queen Consolidated. The chemistry between Oliver and Felicity is something to watch and now that Diggle has been physically training Felicity, I don’t think she will stick with her plan to stop helping them as soon as Walter is found. At least we hope not, she’s one of our favorite characters.
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Did I mention that Walter is still missing, it’s been like seven episodes and it doesn’t seem like anyone is worried about finding him. Even though we know that Tommy’s father, Malcolm Merlyn, is behind everything. What everything is, is still the question on all of our minds.
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We have learned that Malcolm is the Dark Arrow that defeated Oliver in episode 9, and it looked as though Malcolm was going to tell Tommy his secret before he was shot in episode 16 by Deadshot, whom Oliver and Diggle thought had been killed. Unfortunately Deadshot laces his bullets with poison and even though Malcolm had a bullet-proof vest on he was still effected by the poison. Luckily the Green Arrow was there and performed a blood transfusion to save Malcolm’s life, but not before revealing his secret to Tommy in order to gain his trust. Three people now know Oliver’s secret: Diggle, Felicity and Tommy. We also know that Moira, Oliver’s mother, was the one trying to have Malcolm killed. She is in some pretty deep water and I’m interested in learning more about how she is involved.
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We don’t have too much to say about Laurel, as of now her character is pretty one-dimensional. She’s a hard-working, kick-butt attorney who always wants to do the right thing, even if that’s not what her father, a police detective wants. When Oliver returned from the island after five years he was not greeted warmly by Laurel or her father, Detective Lance. They both were still angry with him because Sara, Laurel’s sister, was with Oliver on the boat when it wrecked. She was pronounced dead and Laurel and her father blame Oliver. Up until episode 16 we thought that Sara was killed when the ship wrecked, that is until Laurel’s mother returned saying that Sara was still alive. This definitely perked my attention, could Sara really still be alive?! That’s a plot twist for sure! One last thing on Laurel, she and her sister had a black canary when they were younger… Hmmmmm…
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Last but certainly not least, we have to talk about Oliver’s flashbacks to the island, these are some of the best parts of the show, besides that awful hair cut that Oliver has. At first it seems as though Oliver is alone on the island. That is until he gets shot by Yao Fei’s arrow and taken back to his camp. Yao tends to Oliver’s wound with magical herbs and brings him a bird trapped in a cage. Reluctantly Oliver learns his only way to survive is to kill the bird and eat it. This is one of the many lessons that Oliver learns on the island. Days later, Yao was trying to teach Oliver to shoot an arrow when Oliver is captured by armed men and then interrogated by their leader, Edward Fyers, to give up the whereabouts of Yao. Deathstroke is brought in to torture more information out of Oliver, but he only succeeded in causing a great deal of pain and many scars, because Oliver refused to give up his new friend.
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Eventually Oliver is freed and then caught again and killed… or at least that’s what Fyers’ thought when he saw Oliver’s body go over a cliff and into a body of water. Little did Fyers’ know that Yao had never killed Oliver, but had put him to sleep. (Sidenote: Fyers’ has Yao’s daughter and is holding her captive to get what he needs out of Yao, therefore when Fyers’ tells Yao to kill Oliver, Yao obeys – kinda.) Yao tucked a map in Oliver’s pocket, then woke Oliver up as he was tossing his body over a cliff. Oliver splashed into the water, woke up and realized what had happened. He found the map and made his way to the location given, an abandoned plane. There he was greeted by a man, Slade Wilson. Oliver tells him that Yao sent him, although Slade in unimpressed by Oliver’s physical abilities and tells him there is no way he will survive. After being knocked out by Slade and tied to a chair, Oliver breaks free and punches Slade in the face, showing Slade that Oliver does have some fight in him. Amused by this, Slade decides to start training Oliver.
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We soon learn that Slade and Deathstroke were once partners. Yet, the two are now at odds, and in episode 14 we see the two fight-to-the-death, Slade overpowers his once partner and kills him. Although there’s no time to celebrate because immediately after the fight, Slade is shot. Oliver carries Slade back to their camp and remembers Yao’s herbs that once healed him. He returns to Yao’s cave to retrieve them and is able get back in time to save Slade’s life. Oliver once again shows he can be an asset. That was also clear on this week’s episode when Oliver was able to fix the plane’s broken CB radio. Although he succeeds, unfortunately they can not communicate – the radio works but they can’t call out. They were annoyed at first, until Slade realizes the radio could be useful.
There is so much more I could go into: Oliver’s new detective girlfriend, McKenna, China White working with Deadshot and Oliver’s mother, Diggle’s strange romantic relationship with his brother’s widowed wife, Thea and her substance abuse problem, Tommy and Malcolm’s strained father-son relationship. Like I said, there is so much that has happened already and it’s only been 16 episodes. I can’t wait to see what else is going to happen!
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Arrow (season 1)
Season of television series
The first season of the American action television series Arrow premiered on The CW on October 10, , at pm (ET) and concluded on May 15, , with a total of 23 episodes, after the network ordered a full season on October 22, The series is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, a costumed crime-fighter created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, and is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with other Arrowverse television series. The showrunners for this season were Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. Stephen Amell stars as Oliver Queen, with principal cast members Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen, and Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance.
The series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who claimed to have spent five years shipwrecked on Lian Yu, a mysterious island in the North China Sea, before returning home to Starling City (later renamed "Star City") to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrow. In the first season, Oliver returns to Starling City and is reunited with his mother, Moira (Susanna Thompson), his sister, Thea (Willa Holland), and his friend, Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell). Oliver rekindles his relationships, while spending his nights hunting down and sometimes killing criminals as a hooded vigilante, known as The Hood. He uncovers Malcolm Merlyn's (John Barrowman) conspiracy to destroy "The Glades", a poorer section of the city that has become overridden with crime. John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) assist Oliver in his crusade. Oliver also reconnects with ex-girlfriend, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), who is still angry over his role in her sister, Sara's, presumed death, while her father, Detective Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), suspects Oliver being the vigilante. The season features flashbacks to Oliver's first year on the island, and how it changed him, while trying to stop a mercenary force targeting the Chinese economy. After being saved by The Hood, Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) attempts to find him so he will train him so he can help others.
Production on the pilot began in March in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Filming for the rest of the season began on July 18, and ended on April 18, The season was generally well received by critics, and averaged million viewers each week. Amell's portrayal of Oliver Queen / Arrow drew comparison to Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, while the season itself was found to be still looking for its own identity. The season would go on to win multiple awards, including twenty-one nominations in various categories. The season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 17, The series was renewed for a second season on February 11, 
See also: List of Arrow episodes
Cast and characters
Main articles: List of Arrow characters and List of supporting Arrow characters
On January 12, , The CW was preparing a new series centered around the character Green Arrow, developed by Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim. A week later, the series, now known as Arrow, was ordered to pilot, which was directed by David Nutter, who also directed the pilot for Smallville, a series following Clark Kent on his journey to become Superman. At the end of the month, Stephen Amell was cast in the titular role of Oliver Queen. When developing the series, producer Marc Guggenheim expressed that the creative team wanted to "chart [their] own course, [their] own destiny", and avoid any direct connections to Smallville, which featured its own Green Arrow/Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley), opting to cast a new actor in the role of Oliver Queen. Unlike with Smallville, the series does not initially feature super-powered heroes and villains. Instead, the creative still took inspiration from Smallville, as one of the main themes of Arrow was to "look at the humanity" of Oliver Queen, as Smallville had done with Clark Kent. The decision not to include superpowers was, in part, based on the executives' desire to take a realistic look at the characters in this universe. The series was given a full season pick up on October 22, 
"I think the idea is to—not all the time, and not with a set regularity—but I think it is critical to explore how he went from the person that he was when he left the island—which is extremely different: he's spoiled, he's entitled, he's a bit of a jerk—and he comes off it something very, very different. So we're going to explore how he gets there."
—Stephen Amell on the use of flashback storytelling.
The series develops relationship triangles: some love triangles, others designed to catch characters in "philosophical debates". Kreisberg provides one such example: "Every week, Oliver will be facing a bad guy, but the truth is, his real nemesis is Detective Lance, who's trying to bring him into justice. His daughter is going to be caught in the middle, because she loves and respects her father, and she's always believed in what he believed, but at the same time, she's going to see this dark urban legend out there that's actually doing a lot of good; the kind of good that she wants to be doing in her role as a legal aid attorney." Learning from previous experiences working in television, the producers worked early on identifying the major story arcs for the series, specifically the first season, including "mapping out" how to accomplish them. Taking inspiration from Christopher Nolan's Batman film series, the creative team decided to "put it all out there" and "not hold back" from episode to episode.
The team strives to include various DC Comics characters and aspects of the DC universe. Guggenheim cited Big Belly Burger, a restaurant franchise introduced in the Superman comics, which appears in Arrow's third episode and onward. Kreisberg said, "There are so many characters in the DC Universe who haven't gotten their due in TV and film. We're so excited to reach into [the DC comics] roster and take some of these lesser-known characters that are beloved by fans, and do our spin on the characters."
On January 31, Stephen Amell became the first actor to be cast, having previously appeared on other CW dramas such as The Vampire Diaries and . Fan reaction to Amell's castin was mixed, with many fans wanting Justin Hartley to reprise his role from Smallville. Amell was one of the first actors to audition for the role of Oliver Queen, and Kreisberg felt that he "hit the target from the outset" and "everyone else just paled in comparison".Arrow's pilot script was the first Amell auditioned for during pilot season, having received multiple scripts at the start of the year. Producer Marc Guggenheim expressed that the creative team wanted to "chart [their] own course, [their] own destiny", and avoid any direct connections to Smallville, which featured its own Green Arrow/Oliver Queen who was portrayed by Hartley. Instead, they opted to cast a new actor in the titular role. Amell, who was already in shape from Rent-a-Goalie, did physical fitness training at Tempest Freerunning Academy out of Reseda, California. He received archery training as well, which included watching a video on how archery has been displayed inaccurately or poorly in television and film before learning the basics of shooting a bow. For Amell, the appeal of portraying Queen was that he saw multiple roles tied to the same character: "There's Queen the casual playboy; Queen the wounded hero; Queen the brooding Hamlet; Queen the lover; Queen the man of action, and so on."
Amy Brenneman made a point of really befriending me before we started shooting [Private Practice]  I was really taken with how she connected with me, person to person, before we tried to connect, actor to actor. So, I made a real point to do that [with the Arrow cast]  I think that you can see that [we hit it off]  If you have to put your hand on somebody's shoulder, if you've done it before, it makes it easier to do. Sometimes it's imperceptible, but I think it's what takes things from good to great, or from 2D to 3D.
Amell interview with Collider
A week later, David Ramsey was cast as the original character John Diggle, named after the Green Arrow: Year One writer Andy Diggle. Ramsey enjoyed the fact that he did not have to worry about matching the comic books. It allowed him to "just kind of take [his character], and run with it". On February 14, Susanna Thompson was cast as Moira Queen. The following day, Katie Cassidy and Willa Holland were announced to play Laurel Lance and Thea Queen, respectively. Laurel Lance is an attorney and Oliver's ex-girlfriend, named after Dinah Laurel Lance, who "may or may not end up being the Black Canary with time". Cassidy said she was drawn to the show by Berlanti, Nutter, Kreisberg, and Guggenheim, whom she called smart, creative, and edgy. Hollands' character is described as "Oliver's celebutante younger sister who's testing the boundaries of acceptable behavior". She is partially based on the character Mia Dearden, sharing her middle name, using Mia as an alias in Season 3 and taking the codename "Speedy" in the season 3 finale. Subsequently. Brian Markinson was cast as guest-star villain Adam Hunt, described as "Hunt is a corrupt businessman who is ripping off some people– behavior that has gotten the attention of Dinah Laurel Lance and her CNRI firm". On February 21, Colin Donnell was cast as Tommy Merlyn, named after Green Arrow's archenemy Merlyn. He is described as "Oliver's best friend, a playboy “trustafarian” who assumes the good times will roll again now that Oliver has returned, only to learn Oliver is a changed man". On March 2, , Paul Blackthorne and Jamey Sheridan were cast as Quentin Lance and Robert Queen, the fathers of Laurel and Oliver respectively, with Blackthorne being the last regular cast member to be cast.Jacqueline MacInnes Wood was cast as Sara Lance, Laurel's sister, for the pilot. However, when the character returned in the second season, Wood was replaced by Caity Lotz. In August, it was announced that John Barrowman would be joining the series in an unspecified recurring role. In the same month Emily Bett Rickards was cast in the role of Felicity Smoak initially as a one-off guest star, but confirmed as a series regular in January 
"Arrow, we really wanted him urban, and sexy, and you could almost wear the costume down the street and it would look cool in today's world. That was a big goal with Arrow and the way the story was set up with his character."
–Costume Designer Colleen Atwood
The realistic approach to the series included the costume design for Oliver's vigilante persona, created by Colleen Atwood. According to Amell, it was important for the suit to be functional, and the best way that he knew for that was if he could put the costume on by himself: "If I can put it on by myself, I think that people will buy it. And that was our idea. That's our world. My boots are actually Nike Frees, which is kind of cool. It's leather and it's tight and it's aggressive, but I can move in it. People will like it." David Nutter, the director of the pilot episode, said that "We're creating a real, believable world in which Oliver Queen can do incredible things. Colleen Atwood's great work on the Arrow costume reflects that effort."
Production on the pilot began in March in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The series features two distinct timelines, which requires more specific planning in the filming schedule. Filming for the island flashbacks takes place in Vancouver's Whytecliff Park area, near beachfront homes. The production team is tasked with keeping the buildings out of camera frame. Additionally, producer Marc Guggenheim finds the process arduous: "Stephen [Amell] has to wear a wig, and his look has to be changed there's a lot. It's actually incredibly ambitious to do these flashbacks every week, every single episode. Because like Andrew [Kreisberg] said, it's almost like it's its own show."Hatley Castle, located in Royal Roads University was used for exterior shots for the Queen family mansion. Hatley Castle had previously been used as the Luthor ancestral home in Smallville. Vancouver's Terminal City Ironworks Complex doubles as the exterior for Queen Industrial, Inc, in which Oliver sets up his hideout and later his club Verdant. It has also been used on several other occasions, such as the warehouse in which Oliver and Tommy are kidnapped in the pilot episode, or the base of operations for the Chinese Triad in episode "Vendetta".
Filming for the rest of the season commenced on July 18, and finalized on April 18,
|Arrow– Original Television Soundtrack: Season 1|
To compose the score for Arrow, executive producer Greg Berlanti invited Blake Neely, with whom he had first worked with on Everwood, Neely created a score that combined electronic and orchestral cues, varying between action themes and romantic ones. Berlanti told Neely the series would be dark, and the music should be as well. After reading the pilot script, Neely went away to start composing on his own. According to Neely, "Of course, Oliver has his main theme but also sub-themes for the many layers of his character. He and Laurel have a love theme. Mom had a theme for the Undertaking. The bad guys all have themes, which makes it sad for me when one of them dies. So I try not to become attached to bad guy themes. Diggle has a theme. Even the Island itself has a theme." The soundtrack was released on September 17, It was composed by Blake Neely.
|2.||"Returning Home / Scars"|
|3.||"City in Ruin"|
|4.||"Setting Up the Lair"|
|5.||"Loss and Regrets"|
|6.||"On the List"|
|8.||"Honor Thy Father"|
|9.||"Inhospitable Island / Deathstroke"|
|"I Forgot Who I Was"|
|"Train and Hunt"|
|"Betrayed By Those You Love"|
|"Chasing the Hood"|
|"The Dark Archer / It Is I Who Failed This City"|
|"Working Together But Alone"|
|"Friends in Arms"|
|"Trust But Verify"|
|"Trusting a Friend, Saving an Enemy"|
|"Sins of the Father"|
|"I Can't Lose You Twice"|
|"Search for Salvation"|
|"Shado Sees an Emerging Hero"|
|"Unfinished Business / Saving Walter"|
|"A Way Off the Island"|
|"Oliver Queen Suite"|
The season began airing in the United States on The CW on October 10, , and completed its episode run on May 5,
Arrow: Season 1 was released as a 5-disc DVD set and as a 9-disc Blu-ray and DVD combo pack set on September 17, in the United States and September 23, in the United Kingdom. The DVD and Blu-ray box sets contain additional features, including making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, gag reel, and highlights from the Paley Fest 
The first season received favorable reviews, with a Metacritic score of 73 out of , based on reviews from 25 critics, making it the highest rated CW show in five years. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes calculated an approval rating of 85%, based on 36 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "The CW nails the target with Arrow, a comic book-inspired series that benefits from cinematic action sequences, strong plotting, and intriguing characters."
Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times called the series an interesting setup with a quality look, describing Amell as "a poster boy (no doubt literally) for the Katniss Everdeen set." Brian Lowry at Variety described the series as a "handsome but stiff surrogate for Batman that could benefit from sharper execution." In reviewing the final episode of the first season, Alasdair Wilkins of The A.V. Club gave the season as a whole a rating of B+, noting that the show "hasn't quite figured everything out yet, but it's had some standout episodes."
Arrow's premiere episode drew million viewers, making it The CW's most-watched telecast of any show on any night in three years, and The CW's most-watched series premiere since The Vampire Diaries in In its second episode, Arrow became the only new network drama in the –13 season to hold its ratings in both adults 18–34 and adults 18–49 from its premiere to its second week. The first season finished as the th ranked show, with an average viewership of million. In Australia, the premiere received million viewers, making it the third most-watched broadcast on the network that night. The UK broadcast was the highest-rated telecast of the week on Sky 1, with million viewers. In Canada, the first episode got million viewers, making it the fourth most-watched airing of the night and the twenty-third of the week.
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- ^Laing co-starred in two episodes before she was promoted to recurring in the ninth episode.
- ^Also credited as a co-star in two episodes.
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Presumed dead for five years before being discovered on a remote Pacific island, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns home a changed man.
Oliver sets his sights on taking down a criminal with ties to the Chinese triad: Martin Somers, who's being prosecuted by Laurel.
When a gunman kills one of Oliver's targets, he enlists Det. Lance's help. Meanwhile, Laurel and Tommy find themselves caught in an awkward situation.
While looking into a murder case, Oliver realizes that one of the targets on his list has framed an innocent man for the crime.
When Oliver is arrested for murder, he insists that Laurel represent him in court. She takes the case, putting her at odds with her father.
A band of bank robbers dubbed the Royal Flush Gang seriously wounds an off-duty police officer during a heist, forcing Oliver to rethink his mission.
The Huntress arrives in Starling City and puts Oliver under her spell. Meanwhile, adverse events blindside Tommy, who turns to Laurel for support.
Oliver trains Helena to be his ally. Later, her pursuit of vengeance leads Helena to kill the leader of the triad.
Determined to make up for lost time and restore a sense of normality to the Queen household, Oliver throws a family Christmas party.
After the Dark Archer defeats Oliver, he loses confidence and takes a break from being Arrow -- until Laurel needs help probing a firefighter's death.
Oliver suspects that Diggle's mentor is responsible for some armored truck robberies. Meanwhile, Thea believes Moira and Malcolm are having an affair.
Thea finds herself in legal trouble after getting caught with a drug called Vertigo. Meanwhile, Felicity gives Oliver disturbing news about Moira.
A nasty crook released from prison plans to reclaim his place as leader of Starling City's underworld but first must take down his biggest foe: Arrow.
When Oliver is shot, he turns to Felicity for help. While hovering between life and death, he flashes back to a daring escape attempt on the island.
Oliver asks Det. McKenna Hall on a date. Meanwhile, a jewel thief named Dodger hits Starling City and targets someone close to Oliver.
Oliver and Diggle learn that Deadshot is still alive and that Malcolm is the next target. Meanwhile, Oliver urges Tommy to reconcile with his father.
The Huntress returns to town and threatens to destroy everything and everyone Oliver cares about. Later, Steve Aoki headlines the nightclub opening.
An angry resident of the Glades embarks on a kidnapping and killing spree to punish those he believes have wronged the residents of his neighborhood.
When a young woman meets a violent death after partying at Verdant, Det. Lance uncovers incriminating evidence against Tommy.
When Deadshot returns to Starling City after taking down a U.S. ambassador and six others abroad, a sting operation is launched to capture him alive.
As Oliver focuses on crossing another name off the list, Felicity finds a transaction on a shady accountant's laptop that may help him locate Walter.
With the Undertaking just days away, Malcolm dons his black hood to conclude business with seismologist Brion Markov and his team.
In the season finale, Oliver and Diggle try to stop the Dark Archer from unleashing his vengeance on the Glades. Meanwhile, Thea races to find Roy.
With Starling City and Queen Consolidated deteriorating fast, Diggle and Felicity travel to Lian Yu Island to convince Oliver to return as the Arrow.
Oliver learns that medicine is being hijacked on the way to Glades Memorial Hospital, leading to a showdown with Bronze Tiger and China White.
Felicity offers herself as bait so Arrow, Diggle and Lance can catch a criminal who broke out of prison and is torturing and murdering women.
Oliver learns that a man known as "The Mayor" is bringing illegal guns into the Glades, so he sponsors a cash for guns event to clean up the city.
Oliver tries to get the Canary to reveal her background. Meanwhile, the Assistant District Attorney offers Moira a life-or-death deal.
Diggle learns that Lyla is missing after following a lead in Moscow. Moira's lawyer tells Thea that dating Roy is hurting her mother's case.
A mysterious illness sweeps the city, infecting hundreds of people -- including Diggle. Moira goes on trial for her participation in the Undertaking.
A seemingly impossible robbery at Queen Consolidated's Applied Sciences Division brings Central City police scientist Barry Allen to town.
Oliver is visited by ghosts from the past. Meanwhile, Barry continues to help Felicity, and their connection grows stronger.
Oliver must tackle a new threat when bombs start to go off in Starling City, and Thea witnesses Roy's super-strength in action.
Arrow teams up with Laurel to find the Man in the Mask, and when Sin tests Roy's superstrength, the results are nearly fatal.
Arrow offers to teach Roy to control his superstrength, but Roy proves to be a rebellious student. Meanwhile, the Bronze Tiger becomes a threat again.
Sara is forced to make an important decision when her past with the League of Assassins comes back to haunt her -- and her family.
The team goes after the Clock King, who has tech that can open any bank vault in Starling City, while Sara ruffles Queen's feathers.
Back on the island where Oliver spent years shipwrecked, his plan with Slade and Sara to take over a freighter from Ivo takes a deadly turn.
With Slade back and vowing revenge on Oliver's loved ones, Oliver prepares for battle; Diggle is recruited by A.R.G.U.S. to stop a warlord.
When Frank Bertinelli is arrested and Laurel is picked to try the case, Bertinelli's daughter, the Huntress, returns with her own take on justice.
Slade makes his move against Oliver, with enormous repercussions. Meanwhile, Isabel attempts to take Queen Consolidated away from Oliver.
After an epic battle with Slade, one member of Team Arrow is sent to the hospital, and Oliver is forced to make a tough decision involving Thea.
When the team realizes that the Mirakuru has taken over Roy completely, rendering him deadly and out of control, they're forced to take action.
To stop Slade, Oliver may have to make the ultimate sacrifice, but Diggle and Felicity go to extreme measures to stop him.
Oliver and his team rally to stop Slade's soldiers as they attack Starling City. Meanwhile, Malcolm Merlyn returns.
Oliver's no-kill rule is put to the ultimate test when Slade kidnaps someone close to Oliver's heart. Meanwhile, Diggle takes on Amanda Waller.
In the wake of Slade's downfall, the peaceful city celebrates, but Werner Zytle has a deadly plot up his sleeve, and a homicidal archer targets Sara.
Oliver pursues a murderous archer; Laurel tries to take justice for Sara's death into her own hands; Thea makes progress in her training with Merlyn.
Oliver trails Thea to an island, hoping to bring her back to Starling City; Oliver helps Diggle find a missing ARGUS agent; Laurel tries to toughen up.
When Oliver sends Roy out to tail Nyssa and learn more about Sara's killer, Thea gets kidnapped, and Oliver makes a dangerous enemy.
Felicity investigates a cyberattack on Starling City and discovers that she herself created the virus; Roy's nightmares tell him that he killed Sara.
When bodies appear at the gym, Oliver helps prove Ted Grant's innocence and catch the killer; Roy faces the aftermath of the Mirakuru virus.
Oliver investigates a menace named Cupid, who is romantically obsessed with him; Oliver feels pangs of jealousy over Ray's rapport with Felicity.
A boomerang-wielding murderer defies Oliver's team and ARGUS; Digger lays a trap for Lyla with the intent to kill her and whomever stands in his way.
The League of Assassins issues a terrifying threat; the DNA results of Sara's murder investigation shock Felicity; Oliver faces a formidable foe.
With the Arrow gone, Diggle and Roy strive to protect Starling City as a new crime lord plots a power grab; Merlyn finds evidence of Oliver's demise.
Maseo and Tatsu must go to extremes to protect the healing Oliver; Brick kidnaps a city official and tries to banish the police force from the Glades.
Oliver finds a mentor to help him bring down Ra's; Capt. Lance advises Roy and Laurel on fighting Brick's men; Merlyn discovers who killed his wife.
When Laurel tries to capture Zytle after his prison break, he doses her with his poison, Vertigo; DJ Chase tries to murder League trainee Thea.
As Oliver starts training Thea on the island of Lian Yu, Slade captures and imprisons them, and Thea is forced to face a painful truth.
Oliver sets out to rescue Merlyn to keep Thea from disconnecting with her humanity once she realizes that she has sealed her father's dire fate.
With a plot in mind, Ra's pushes Oliver to take over the League, revealing the secret of his longevity; Capt. Lance withdraws his support of Arrow.
A honeymoon for Diggle and Lyla is cut short when they are recruited for a dangerous rescue mission; an Arrow imposter murders the mayor.
Arrow's team is hunted down for the mayor's murder; a wound threatens Ray's life; Ra's kidnaps Captain Lance and exposes Arrow's identity.
When Roy is arrested, Oliver's crew plots to spring him from prison and protect Arrow's identity; Ray needs Oliver's help to bring down Jake Simmons.
When Oliver tries to bring Thea back from the brink of death, he is forced to renounce his old life and step into a new role with the League.
Oliver takes on a new identity and a daunting test of allegiance; Ra's recalls dueling his best friend to become the leader of the League.
Diggle and Laurel patrol Starling City; Oliver learns who provided Ra's with the Omega virus and confesses the truth about his place in the League.
Oliver and his team race to stop Ra's from releasing the virus and destroying Starling City, but as the dust settles, Oliver makes a fateful choice.
When Damien Darhk attacks newly renamed Star City with a gang of assassins, Oliver rebuffs an old ally and returns as the Green Arrow to fight back.
Green Arrow and Speedy track an assassin who targets a family friend. Meanwhile, Thea's bloodlust escalates, and Oliver decides to run for mayor.
While Thea and Laurel try to revive Sara with the Lazarus Pit, Oliver and Diggle must make peace and team up in order to confront a new assassin.
While Oliver sets a trap to catch a group of crooked cops, Laurel takes Quentin to see Sara, who is feral and chained up in Laurel's basement.
When Sara turns savage, Oliver calls in John Constantine to restore her soul to her body. Meanwhile, Diggle learns the truth about his brother.
Learning that the explosion miniaturized Ray, the team launches a mission to rescue him from Damien Darhk and return him to normal size.
Thea discovers a potential but risky cure for her bloodlust, and the team asks Ray for help when they learn that Andy is alive but working for Darhk.
Oliver and Barry use ingenuity and a little time travel to protect Carter Hall and Kendra Saunders from immortal assassin Vandal Savage.
After Oliver exposes him as the force behind H.I.V.E., Darhk kidnaps Diggle, Thea and Felicity, prompting Oliver to take a desperate gamble.
Desperate to get revenge for Felicity's near-fatal wounding, Oliver uses freelance anarchist Lonnie Machin to go on the hunt for Damien Darhk.
While Felicity adapts to her new role in Team Arrow, Diggle and Andy help Oliver track sinister Shadowspire operatives trying to infiltrate A.R.G.U.S.
Oliver and Thea get a surprise when they chase a burglar being controlled by a villain named the Calculator, who has a dire plan for Star City.
Hoping to obtain a cure for Thea's bloodlust, Oliver pits Nyssa and Malcolm against each other in a battle for control of the League of Assassins.
Darhk dispatches mercenaries to blow up key targets in Star City, including the venue where mayoral candidate Oliver plans to debate his opponent.
Vixen uses her mystical powers to help Team Arrow trigger a showdown with Darhk. Meanwhile, the truth drives a wedge between Oliver and Felicity.
When Cupid returns and begins attacking newlyweds, recently estranged Oliver and Felicity lay a trap for her by going through with their wedding.
Desperate to get her hands on Felicity's microchip implant, Brie Larvan escapes prison and attacks Palmer Tech, using robotic bees to fend off Oliver.
Oliver and Diggle discover that Malcolm has a plan to spring Darhk from prison. Meanwhile, Laurel gets a tempting offer.
When the Black Canary strikes again, Oliver and Quentin spar over Laurel's fate. Meanwhile, a plot targets Mayor Adams, and Oliver vows to kill Darhk.
Felicity and Oliver seek out a shaman who reveals the source of Darhk's magical powers, and the team uncovers his sinister master plan.
As Darhk launches his cataclysmic plot, Oliver and the team turn to Felicity's father to thwart it. But H.I.V.E. also has him in their sights.
Darhk renews his efforts to carry out his doomsday plan, and Oliver and Diggle infiltrate a secret H.I.V.E. facility in search of Thea.
While the team scrambles desperately to avert a global cataclysm, Oliver draws on a surprising power to confront Darhk once and for all.
While Felicity pushes to bring in new recruits and Oliver grapples with letting go of the past, brutal crook Tobias Church begins his ascent to power.
Green Arrow tries to train new recruits but must do some soul-searching first. Meanwhile, Church makes a move to ensure his domination of Star City.
Insolent Wild Dog deserts the new team to take on a drug kingpin by himself, forcing Green Arrow into a dangerous showdown.
With Oliver out on a mission to free Diggle, Church mounts an attack against Star City. Can the new team meet the threat without their leader?
While he faces an assassination threat as mayor, Oliver turns to old ally Human Target to help rescue Wild Dog from Church's clutches.
Believing that Prometheus's lethal rampage is meant to send him a message, Green Arrow tries to unravel the mystery while keeping his team from harm.
Green Arrow and the team wrangle over a deadly new vigilante prowling Star City's streets, and Thea stands up for Quentin after he reveals a secret.
When aliens invade, team Green Arrow joins forces with Flash, Supergirl and the time-traveling Legends of Tomorrow to face the intergalactic threat.
After a vicious attack reveals that Prometheus knows all their secrets, the team faces a shocking betrayal from one of their own.
A surprise doppelganger sets Green Arrow and Felicity at odds, and DA Chase tangles with military brass to save Diggle from a virtual death sentence.
Green Arrow's search for a new Black Canary turns up a promising but loose-cannon candidate. Felicity tries to hack into the NSA to liberate Diggle.
A grave new threat takes the team to Russia, where Oliver runs afoul of an old Bratva comrade. In Star City, Rene faces a test of leadership.
A brutal attack on city hall forces Oliver to seek justice as Mayor Queen, not Green Arrow. Rene relives his journey from family man to masked hero.
After a jailbreak, Green Arrow's hunt to apprehend vengeful villains Liza Warner, Cupid and China White faces shocking interference from the ACU.
After being targeted by Vigilante, Oliver fights impeachment proceedings at city hall while Diggle and the team angle to take out Vigilante for good.
Green Arrow closes in on the true identity of Prometheus, who takes a hostage close to Oliver's heart. Felicity faces an ultimatum from Helix.
Now unmasked, Prometheus sinks his claws into Oliver to exact revenge and elicit a confession about Green Arrow's dark and violent past.
Dissension rends Team Green Arrow when Oliver calls on his old -- and volatile -- Bratva allies to eliminate Prometheus once and for all.
With all of Star City on the hunt for Adrian Chase, Felicity defies Oliver and turns to Helix for help -- but their assistance comes at a steep price.
A mysterious explosion disables Felicity and traps Oliver and her alone in the bunker. Diggle and Lyla face issues in their marriage.
The hunt for Adrian Chase leads Team Arrow to a confrontation with Sampson. A macabre delivery at city hall sends Oliver a disturbing message.
A friendly surprise catches Oliver off guard, and the team scrambles when they discover that Adrian Chase has begun hunting them down, one by one.
Desperate to save his team and family, Oliver returns to the island of Lian Yu and recruits an old foe for a climactic showdown with Adrian Chase.
While Quentin struggles to make peace with his actions back on Lian Yu, Black Siren begins a bombing campaign against the SCPD and Team Green Arrow.
A dogged FBI agent targets Oliver in the wake of an incriminating leaked photo. Anatoly makes a daring strike. Diggle faces a difficult truth.
Diggle steps into his new role but faces a crisis of leadership when the team races to thwart a poison gas attack by Onyx and her crew.
As a series of perplexing murders unfolds across Star City, Felicity races to thwart an impending cataclysmic attack by Cayden James.
With Oliver's help, Slade tracks his missing son but makes a terrible discovery. A distressing revelation spurs Dinah to hunt down a rogue sniper.
Slade's quest to reunite with his son takes an ominous turn. Diggle's secret collides with the team's mission to take down a slippery drug dealer.
Oliver's holiday plans are cut short when Watson arrests him, prompting Cayden James and Black Siren to unleash an attack at a Star City rock concert.
Green Arrow joins Supergirl, the Flash and the Legends of Tomorrow to combat the Nazi invasion from Earth-X -- and an evil doppelgänger of himself.
The team celebrates a long-expected wedding but discovers a traitor in their midst. Cayden James forces Oliver into a mission-impossible heist.
A wedge driven between them, the team discovers that their bunker is compromised. A mob boss turns to Green Arrow for help against a common enemy.
Oliver scrambles to secure Star City after Cayden James unleashes a deadly, high-tech siege. Dinah and the new team clash over a shifty new ally.
While Cayden James hunts for a mole on his team, Felicity initiates a risky plan to neutralize the thermobaric bomb menacing Star City.
His old team in disarray, Oliver faces an ultimatum from Cayden James. Meanwhile, Dinah's thirst for vengeance drives her to go rogue.
While Star City faces financial ruin, former allies come to a violent crossroads over the fate of Black Siren. Meanwhile, Quentin harbors a secret.
Learning that Roy Harper has been taken captive in Star City, Thea takes up her Speedy suit and rejoins Team Green Arrow for a daring rescue mission.
A group of assassins on their trail, Nyssa, Thea and Team Green Arrow work to hack a cryptic map. Dinah and Curtis hunt for corrupt cops.
Diaz moves to consolidate his control of Star City. Diggle confronts Oliver over his leadership of the team -- and comes to a pivotal crossroads.
Pressures mounting on all sides, Oliver suffers troubling hallucinations that expose his deepest insecurities and send him down a dangerous path.
As Diaz takes a meeting with far-reaching consequences for Star City, Felicity and Curtis work on taking Helix Dynamics to the next level.
Oliver rolls the dice to turn Anatoly against Diaz. Rene returns to the fight as Dinah's team and Diggle join forces to take on the Quadrant.
Oliver faces life in prison as his case plays out in court, but the trial takes an unexpected turn when an old friend makes a surprise appearance.
Facing a coordinated all-out assault, the members of Team Green Arrow reunite to steal data that could break Diaz's iron grip on Star City.
With Star City hanging in the balance, a new ally joins the fight alongside Team Green Arrow as Oliver drives Diaz to an explosive showdown.
While Oliver fights to keep his cool in harsh new surroundings, Felicity comes under fire and a new vigilante posing as Green Arrow hits the streets.
Team Green Arrow reassembles to track down the Longbow Hunters after a theft at A.R.G.U.S. Oliver makes a dicey bargain in Slabside.
Oliver faces a formidable challenge behind bars, Felicity makes her priorities crystal clear, and Curtis creates a technical masterpiece.
Under interrogation, Oliver reconsiders his legacy. While an arsonist burns the Glades, Dinah and Rene lock horns over the new Green Arrow.
Locked in the brutal depths of Slabside, Oliver hatches an escape plan with an old foe. Curtis faces an identity crisis while going undercover.
Over Oliver's objections, Laurel takes up his case. Felicity pushes an undercover op to the edge. Oliver takes a stand for a friend in Slabside.
Putting his freedom in jeopardy, Oliver forces a showdown after Diaz infiltrates Slabside with a ruthless plan for revenge.
After his release from Slabside, Oliver helps Rene and Dinah as they try to learn the identity of the new Green Arrow, who is suspected of murder.
Oliver, Kara and Barry get some unexpected help in their search for answers in Gotham City. Meanwhile, Felicity makes an interdimensional breakthrough.
Rene fights to help the new Green Arrow's mission, and Oliver, now working with the SCPD, finds an unexpected link to the mysterious vigilante.
His father's legacy haunts Oliver's attempt to regain Star City's trust. John pressures Curtis into helping with the revived Ghost Initiative.
While a documentary film crew dogs his steps, Oliver goes on the hunt for a mysterious masked figure who has begun targeting Star City's vigilantes.
Dinah and her freshly deputized crew slip into a horror-movie scenario while chasing a creepy serial killer. William and Oliver clash over their future.
Felicity aims to take out Diaz when Diggle sends the Ghost Initiative after Dante. Oliver steps in as Emiko searches for her mother's killer.
Chafing under new rules, the members of Team Arrow -- now SCPD recruits -- go after a dealer putting chemical weapons on the streets of Star City.
Decades in the future, William and Mia take their perilous quest to the Glades, where they make some disturbing -- and dangerous -- discoveries.
While Team Arrow picks up Dante's trail at last, Laurel clashes with Dinah and Oliver discovers an alarming secret about Emiko's past.
With her criminal history now out in the open, Laurel joins forces with an old acquaintance. Meanwhile, Dinah and Felicity do battle.
After Archer falls into the hands of the Ninth Circle, Diggle calls in some big guns for help -- and must face his family's conflicted past.
Trying to unravel a mystery, the SCPD interrogates Team Arrow after their off-the-books mission to thwart a bio-terrorism attack turns deadly.
While Team Arrow races to rescue him from the rubble of a collapsed building, Oliver faces a moment of truth. Emiko has another surprise in store.
Team Arrow races to thwart Emiko's bioterror attack while Oliver tries to liberate her from their family's cycle of violence. Oliver's debt comes due.
The Dark Archer casts a shadow over a bittersweet family reunion in a parallel universe as Oliver desperately tries to track the dwarf star particles.
With an altered Earth-2 in his rearview and the fate of the multiverse at stake, Oliver gets a new task and reunites with a kick-ass old comrade.
It seems like old times, but much has changed: Thea bonds with Oliver, while John and Lyla team up. Back in the future, Mia takes the lead -- at a cost.
It's not the family reunion that a proud papa would ask for, but Oliver tries to get up to speed. Can he build trust to replace the rage and pain?
Oliver takes his training to the next level and journeys with Mia and Will to a challenging place from his past. Laurel discovers an unexpected ally.
It feels like a rerun -- or an insidious time loop -- when Oliver wakes to find Quentin alive. Now he must find a way to halt the hellish reboot.
Back on Lian Yu, Oliver and the team are charged with building a megaweapon for a space god, all while fighting the nightmarish isle’s army of ghosts.
After revisiting his epic clashes, Oliver joins the fight to save everyone. The Paragons must travel to the dawn of time and face the Anti-Monitor.
When a socialite goes missing, Laurel and Dinah must convince a reluctant Mia to take up her father's mantle to keep chaos from engulfing Star City.
In the aftermath of the Crisis, in an altered world, the survivors regroup, remember and look to the future. But is the mission ever really over?
Arrow Season 1: Best And Worst Episodes, Ranked
was an important year for The CW when they debuted Arrow. Through this series came an entire franchise of DC TV shows that is now known as the Arrowverse but after almost eight years of protecting Star City, the Oliver Queen drama is set to end in January
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Set for an eighth and final season Oliver and his team have one last mission that will involve the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover as well. With the show’s end approaching, it’s time to take a look at each of the respective seasons of Arrow. Throughout its almost eight years, there have been some solid episodes as well some stinkers, which is the case for any television show. With that said, these are the best and worst episodes of Arrow season 1.
10 WORST: Burned (Episode 10)
Before the Arrowverse became what it is today, Arrow held back a bit on its comic book-y roots. One example is in the mid-season premiere of the first season that brought in a fairly big Batman baddie. Garfield Lynns (Andrew Dunbar) a.k.a. Firefly was introduced, but in a very watered-down way.
After surviving a dangerous fiery incident, Lynns goes after his fellow Fireflies who didn’t join him in stopping the fire that day. While Oliver was certainly off his game after the events of the winter finale, having him go up against this Firefly was lackluster.
9 BEST: Pilot (Episode 1)
Despite only being around 40 minutes, the Arrow pilot had a lot of things packed in. Oliver’s return to Starling City came with its drama, showing various characters being thrilled to see him alive while some were mixed on how to feel.
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While the format would change pretty quickly after this, it was interesting to see the lead character beginning his crusade all on his own. The pilot also setup the five-year-long journey of flashbacks that would last till the final episode in the fifth season, telling the story of how Oliver began the lviing weapon he is today.
8 WORST: Vertigo (Episode 12)
One of the recurring themes in the first season was the Vertigo drug that came with the show’s first version of Count Vertigo. Oliver’s sister Thea (Willa Holland) fell victim to using Vertigo, which got her into some big legal trouble.
But the twelfth episode was all about introducing Seth Gabel’s The Count who is loosely inspired by the comic version of the Green Arrow foe. Rather than being an actual Count, Arrow’s version of the character was a combination of The Joker and Scarecrow which had its ups and downs.
7 BEST: The Odyssey (Episode 14)
One of the things that early Arrow did was air a deep flashback episode once per season. In the first season, we have the fourteenth episode where we spend a lot of time with Oliver and Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) during their time on Lian Yu.
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This is where their relationship was fleshed out, setting up their big story in the coming episodes as well as the following season. While we get all of that in the flashbacks, things get serious in the present as well when Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) learns that Oliver is The Hood.
6 WORST: The Huntress Returns (Episode 17)
One of the early DC characters that Arrow brought in was Helena Bertinelli a.k.a. the Huntress (Jessica de Gouw), who Oliver took in. However, her first two episodes made it clear that Oliver wasn't ready to be anyone’s mentor, proven by Huntress' downward spiral.
The seventeenth episode brought her back with an even bigger rage towards her father. But this time, she wouldn’t take him on alone as Helena insisted on Oliver joining her which was easier said than done. Sadly, this episode only puts Huntress on an even worse path.
5 BEST: Year’s End (Episode 9)
As the show began to focus more on Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), this episode brought Oliver’s big foe into the picture more including their first showdown. It all starts with Oliver beginning to look into the mystery of the copycat archer going after the people on his father’s list.
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This would eventually lead to Oliver’s first encounter with the Dark Archer who brutally defeats him in the first round. “Year’s End” is what sets up a lot of the second half of the season, especially for Oliver as he now knows that he has a dangerous opponent out there.
4 WORST: Legacies (Episode 6)
It didn’t take long for Arrow to introduce a villainous group as the sixth episode featured its version of The Royal Flush Gang. However, the only resemblances the group had with their comic counterparts were their masks and nothing else.
While one of the members has a history with the Queen family, this episode could have easily done the same story without making this family The Royal Flush Gang. Since we got shows like The Flash and Supergirl, later on, this group could have been portrayed more authentically if Arrow hadn’t already introduced the grounded version of them.
3 BEST: Darkness on the Edge of Town (Episode 22)
The twenty-second episode was one half of the massive season finale and it definitely felt like a penultimate episode. Here, the clock is ticking as the Undertaking approaches. As Malcolm plans to level the Glades, Oliver and Diggle (David Ramsey) put Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) through hell to get more information.
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While Team Arrow do what they can to stop the Undertaking from happening, things go really south when Oliver tries to take on Malcolm by himself. In a matter of minutes, Oliver is defeated by Malcolm, who is stunned when he discovers that Oliver is The Hood.
2 WORST: Trust but Verify (Episode 11)
One of the early Diggle-centric episodes in the series was a bit of a bust, to say the least. In the eleventh episode, Ted Gaynor (Ben Browder), Diggle's former mentor in the military, is the next name on Oliver’s list.
With Diggle defending his former mentor, this puts Oliver and him at opposite sides even though it becomes clear early on that Gaynor is up to no good. “Trust But Verify” is dramatically charged as Tommy (Colin Donnell) has another big argument with his father Malcolm.
1 BEST: Sacrifice (Episode 23)
The first season finale went out with a literal bang. Oliver and Malcolm have their final showdown that ends with Malcolm’s death (or so we thought) while Felicity and Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) try to deactivate the Markov Device. While they succeed, they don’t realize that Malcolm had another one that begins leveling the east side of the Glades.
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But the finale ends with another tragedy no one saw coming. Tommy is badly wounded after saving Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and while Oliver gets to him, it’s too late. In the finale's last seconds, Oliver watches his best friend die.
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