I have been chomping at the bit all summer for the Crisis on Infinite Earths to begin, and last night it did. The final season of Arrow got off to an amazing start, but I have to be really circumspect in this review. I really don’t want to spoil it.
At the end of the previous season Arrow pretty much wound itself up, resolving all its plot threads and taking the story a number of years ahead, showing us a retired Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), living in the country with Felicity and their daughter. Then the Monitor (La Monica Garrett) showed up to take Oliver away, explaining how his presence, and death, are needed to prevent the Crisis from wiping out the Multiverse.
I had no idea how they were going to play out this final season, but I really like the direction they have chosen. We were treated to an episode that began in quite a puzzling fashion, and became increasingly entertaining as it played out. Oliver is on an alternate world, fulfilling a mission for the Monitor. This brought him into contact with characters that we sort of know from the series, but who are not exactly the same people. Actors from various previous seasons returned, which was really fun, and got to play variations of the characters they had created.
The episode really understood how to play the whole parallel worlds concept, and executed it perfectly.
Still, I do have one thing to complain about.
I really hated the “next generation” storyline from the previous season. I was dismayed to see it return in this one. None of the kids in it have grabbed me in any way, and I find myself poking around on my laptop when the story pauses for their scenes. Perhaps they all perish down the road in the waves of anti-matter that prove so deadly in this episode. I can hope.