“A Crisis is coming…” —Oliver Queen
At the end of last season, what seemed like it would be a happy ending for the Queens: Oliver, Felicity, and baby Mia, took a sharp right turn when the cosmic being called the Monitor appeared in their home and told Oliver it was time to hold up his end of the bargain. He needed to leave his family immediately, help save the multiverse, and die in the process.
Episode one of the shortened final season 8 of Arrow opens with Oliver signaling fisherman from the island he has been marooned on for a decade. In this reality, he is rescued and reunited with his family, discovering much has changed in his absence. Strangely, but thankfully, he is still aware of his former reality, so Oliver takes the otherwise shocking changes in stride. While it is welcoming to see the faces of former Arrow characters, we know it isn’t Oliver's reality and these are only fleeting glimpses. Still, each glimpse is a fitting reunion / farewell for this final season, but will make for a long, heartbreaking season for Oliver. Nevermind his knowing his own death is at the endgame.
To say more would be a spoiler. Let’s just say this type of "Where is he?/What is happening?" episode opener will work only once this season.
The Monitor seems to be taking Oliver on a season-long scavenger hunt to collect one-of-a-kind items they will need in the coming Crisis. I capitalize “Crisis” because this season on the CW all the hero shows will converge in a Crisis crossover in December inspired by the Crisis On Infinite Earths comic book series from the 1980s. A Crisis that saw the destruction of the multiverse, with many heroes and characters from other Earths ending up on “our” Earth. The Flash gave his life to save the day; in this version, will it be the Green Arrow that takes his place?
Don’t worry, you don’t have to have knowledge of the comic book Crisis to enjoy these final episodes, and there is plenty of the well-choreographed fighting action that fans of Arrow have come to expect. Sadly, the only thing fans won’t have to look forward to this last season is Felicity, since Emily Bett Rickards left the show at the end of last season (perhaps because her character would have very little to do this season?).
With this final season being half as long as the previous ones, expect events to be big, to happen fast, and with lots of surprises every episode. It looks exciting so far!
• Deathstroke’s arrow-speared mask being switched for another, more familiar one on the island
• Easter Egg: “Pretty Bird”
• an “almost Felicity” moment
• the end of this episode is very much like the end of “Infinity Wars”, right down to the SFX
The final season of Arrow airs Tuesdays on The CW.
Crisis On Infinite Earths #1-12 (1985)