Arrow Season 4: What I Expect

After yesterday’s “Flash” premiere, it’s time to return to the second half of the current DCW-verse: “Arrow”.

Many people believed that last season failed this city, but honestly I enjoyed it. Was it as good as season 2? Definitely not. But it was enjoyable nevertheless.

This season has been said to be introducing magic and mysticism into the show. Looking at what’s coming – John Constantine, the resurrection of Sara Lance – that is still the case.

During the few months between this season and last, Ollie has given up on being The Arrow, being happy for the first time in years. He’s been off living with Felicity, living a normal life. John, Thea, and Sarah are the new version of Team Arrow, keeping the newly-renamed Star City safe. John is in charge, and probably gets his helmet during this time. Also, he isn’t feeling great about Oliver. He, being a former soldier, feels that he can’t trust Oliver, if Oliver trusted Malcolm Merlyn more than him at the end of last season. The two will be making up soon though. Ray is believed to be dead, but he almost for sure isn’t (as well get to soon). Malcolm Merlyn is the new Ra’s al Ghul.

This seasons big bad is Damien Darhk, a former candidate for the position of Ra’s al Ghul, who escaped with water from the Lazarus Pit when his former friend – the most recent Ra’s al Ghul – showed him mercy for a second. Darhk and HIVE – his answer to The League of Assassins – have been a pain in the side of Ras ever since. He’s been a pain to The Arrow as well, ordering Bronze Tiger to steal Malcolm Merlyn’s earthquake generator and ordering the hit on Andy Diggle – John’s younger brother. That makes this personal. The best part of this season, however, will be the introduction of someone we’ve all been looking forward to:

The Green Arrow

For anyone who didn’t watch the “Arrow” SDCC panel, this season, Oliver fully becomes the Green Arrow we know from the comics and cartoons, complete with the lighter tone and a costume change. The only thing missing is the goatee (which is sad, since that’s the best part of the costume). This change will be happening early, especially with the first episodes title being “Green Arrow”.

New characters this season include:

Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough): A former friend of Ra’s al Ghul, Damien Darhk is the leader of HIVE, and wants to see Star City destroy itself so that he can make it better – or, at least, in his eyes.

Curtis Holt/Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum): An openly homosexual employee of Palmer Technologies, Curtis Holt is one of the smartest men on the planet. He has the ability to pick up skills quickly and easily, so he’s good at almost anything he does.

Carter Hall/Hawkman (Falc Hentschel) – A reincarnated egyptian pharaoh, Carter Hall is an archeology professor who is the reincarnation of an ancient egyptian law officer, Katar Hol. He is a Legend of Tomorrow.

Shayera Hol/Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) – The girlfriend/wife of Carter Hall who is the reincarnation of Chay-Ara Hol, Katar Hol’s wife. She is a Legend of Tomorrow.

Baron Reiter/Baron Blitzkrieg (Jimmy Akingbola) – A neo-Nazi and descendant of a high-ranking Nazi, Baron Blitzkrieg has numerous powers, such as super strength, super durability, super agility, energy projection, and flight. However, he can only use one power at a time.

John Constantine (Matt Ryan): An occult detective, this John Constantine is the same one from the cancelled “Constantine” TV show. He’ll be important this season, with his knowledge of magic and the occult. He’ll also help with the resurrection of Sara Lance.

Lonnie Machin/Anarky (Alexander Calvert) – A genius hacktivist who wants supports the downfall of the american government. In the original comics, he was only eleven when he first matched wits with Batman. Of course, that won’t be the case here.

Returning characters:

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Stephen Amell): This season, Oliver will be a lot lighter, and the show will probably reflect that. He gets a costume change, he gets a name change, and he finally gets to have a real relationship with Felicity.  He’ll probably propose to her sometime this season, maybe the last or second to last episode. He’s a Legend of Tomorrow.

Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards):  Felicity now has Oliver, as well as the CEO-ship of Palmer Technologies. She hasn’t had a huge amount of character change throughout the series, and I doubt that will happen much this season either. Whenever Oliver proposes, she’ll probably accept.

John Diggle (David Ramsay): As mentioned previously, John will have some trust issues with Oliver at the beginning of the season, but he’ll get over it. Also, he gets a helmet. Probably there’ll be a suicide squad episode too.

Thea Queen/Speedy (Willa Holland): It’s been said that this season, the Lazarus Pit will finally start affecting her, and Oliver will have to fight her and bring back her soul, since the pit tends to make people antisocial and violent. So there’ll probably be an episode or two of that.

Sara Lance/White Canary (Caity Lotz): Sara will be resurrected this season,  probably with the help of the Lazarus Pit and John Constantine. Since her sister is already the Black Canary, she’ll be the White Canary. She’s also a Legend of Tomorrow.

Laurel Lance/Black Canary (Katie Cassidy): Laurel will have more daddy issues this season probably, but she and Quentin will end the season in a good place (if he doesn’t die). She’ll have a heart-to-heart with Sara at some point, which will make her even better at what she does.

Ray Palmer/The Atom (Brandon Routh): No, he’s not dead. In the comics, The Atom isn’t just an Iron Man replica – he also has the power to shrink to microscopic size. He mentioned wanting to do that last season, but he couldn’t get it to work. Fan consensus is that he finally succeeded, and now he can’t figure out a way to get back to normal. He’s also a Legend of Tomorrow.

Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman): As of the season finale, Malcolm is now Ra’s al Ghul. He’ll be leading the assassins with an iron fist, but will keep Star City pretty safe. It’s his home after all. The League will probably start being less cultish too. Of course, that’s so long as we make sure all the power doesn’t go to his head… and he isn’t really the most stable guy.

And no, I have no idea what this season’s flashbacks will be about. Maybe Constantine will show up in one, and he and Ollie will have some history?

Looks like it’s time to start the show. I apologize in advance to anyone who watches the show with me – I’m going to be filling them with theories and spoilers.

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