ARROW Sneak Peek: Ready To Rumble

I have to admit that I do not watch wrestling. But, if we are being honest, I also must admit that I directed wrestling on television while I was working my way through college. So when I learned that wrestling star, Cody Rhodes, was guest starring on this week’s ARROW, I was intrigued.

That being said, I can share some things that I learned while directing wrestling…

1) Wrestling is choreographed. I knew how to block and get the camera angles so the editor did not have a bunch of reverse shots.

2) Not everything goes according to plan. Some of those haymakers actually connect, and wrestlers get hit…and get hit hard.

3) Unlike their characters, the wrestlers I met were gentlemen, intelligent, very athletic and decent actors who knew how to entertain their audience.

But what I did not know until I researched Rhodes’s character (who is not in the comic books) is that Stephen Amell (Green Arrow) is a huge wrestling fan who has participated in the WWE SUMMER SLAM and won the “Slammy Award” for Best Celebrity Moment.

I am guessing that all of this led up to Rhodes being cast as drug dealer, Derek Sampson, on this week’s ARROW.

I am pretty sure that this scenario either could be a stunt coordinator’s dream come true or his worst nightmare.

Tonight, when new Team Arrow member, Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), decides to take on Sampson, the Dog runs into a problem. He dares to defy Green Arrow’s orders by going after the powerful Sampson who seems to have survived a run-in with death and now feels no pain.

Not only is Sampson terrorizing Star City, but a dip in a chemical vat may have left him invincible. Wild Dog is woefully mismatched and Green Arrow must come to his team member’s rescue. Even stranger than a potential Wrestlemania faceoff between Amell and Rhodes is the appearance of Executive Producer, Marc Guggenheim’s name in the credits as “Guggenheim Ship.”

Again, I am pretty sure that this scenario either could be a stunt coordinator’s dream come true or his worst nightmare. Even worse than letting “Mayor Handsome’s” face get rearranged in a wrestling mishap? Letting your boss get pummeled in a choreography goof.

All I can say is, “Let’s get ready to rumble.”

Other guest stars in tonight’s episode, “A Matter of Trust” are Christopher Ang, Timothy Lyle, Stew McLean, David Nykl and Carly Pope.

“A Matter of Trust” was written by Ben Sokolowski & Emilio Ortega Aldrich and directed by Gregory Smith.

ARROW airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV Two in Canada.

ARROW 5.02 Recap: Back to Basics


It is no secret that ARROW has struggled with storylines and cliché plot points for the past season and a half. However, last night’s episode was surprisingly fantastic. I’ll be honest and be the first to admit that, despite the sometimes weak storylines, I just really love the characters and they are what keeps me coming back every season. That said, “The Recruits” brought to the table a new and exciting energy and a very “back to basics” vibe to the show.

The new recruits. Following Felicity’s advice, Oliver assembles a new team, calling in Rene Ramirez, Evelyn Sharp and Curtis. Of course, things don’t go well because Oliver is not used to teaching people as the Green Arrow. In fact, he is not used to teaching people, period. In his stubborness to keep his identity a secret, he tries to train the new team members with the hood on and uses the methods the Bratva used to initiate new members. Things go south pretty fast, especially after he puts them to secure perimeter at an event he is attending as Mayor. When Ragman attacks, Wild Dog does not stand down as Oliver ordered and, when they get back to the lair, Oliver basically tells them they’re all worthless pieces of crap and that he’s done with them.

It turns out, however, that in his attempt to stop Ragman, Rene actually caught a piece of the weird creature’s suit, so that becomes their only lead to find him. Felicity – bless her heart – intervenes when things start to get really heated and uses her loud voice with Oliver, telling him he needs to tone it down and change his training methods. They don’t trust him and he’s not even doing anything to encourage them to be on the team, except yelling at them and not explaining anything in the process. In fact, Felicity was fantastic in this episode and it’s amazing to see how far she has come from that babbling, adorkable nerd to this self-assured, confident woman who can go toe to toe with the Green Arrow and not shy away when things get intense.

It takes Curtis telling Oliver what a ridiculous bully he is – and dropping so many truth bombs in the process – for Oliver to see that he is going about this all wrong. In the end, he realizes he can’t face everything alone and he needs backup. When he finally faces Ragman and discovers that he is actually just a young guy – who was the lone survivor of Havenrock, and is just trying to avenge his father’s death by going after everyone who worked with Dahrk – he invites him to be part of the team and do some good.

In the end, Oliver reveals his identity to the new recruits and everything is back on track with the new team. Let’s just hope Oliver can keep his end of the bargain.

City Hall duties. Thea is not happy with Oliver because, as she said so herself, her brother is a “vigilante moonlighting as mayor”, not the other way around. Oliver is basically dumping everything on her and she is fulfilling his role as Mayor all by herself, which is so not fair. However, having Thea play the role of Mayor – and basically make all the decisions – gave her the opportunity to extend a helping hand to Quentin Lance, whose life is spiralling out of control after Laurel’s death. She offers him a job as deputy Mayor, so that he once again has a reason to stay sober and take care of the city he loves.

That was such a touching moment and I’m just loving this new dynamic between them. Meanwhile, Oliver still sucks as a Mayor.

What is going to happen to Diggle? When it was first announced that we were going to see Dig in the army for a little while, I didn’t know what to expect. I loved seeing him as a Sergeant and how much of a mentor he is to his fellow soldiers. All his scenes just proved that Dig is probably the most loyal, kindest and bravest guy in this show. Now that those dirty guys are trying to pin a crime on him, I can’t really see how he’s getting out of it without outside help. My guess? Lyla is going to be her kickass self and go to Chechnya herself to rescue him. That said, I can’t wait to see him back at the lair.

Felicity. My girl Felicity was pretty amazing in this episode. Although I am not happy that sometimes they have her in a scene just so she can be comic relief, her scenes with Oliver last night showed just how much she’s grown as a character. Long gone is that babbling nerdy girl and what we have now is a confident, kickass version of Felicity Smoak, who is not afraid to tell Oliver exactly what she thinks and does not back away from a challenge.

Even though her relationship with cop WhatsHisName breaks my heart, she is stronger now, even if she sucks at coming up with cover stories. Now, I didn’t really understand why she would involve her cop boyfriend in her pursuit of new leads – let’s be honest, she could’ve just asked Barry to do it – but I have a feeling that this can go in two different directions. Either all the secrets she is keeping about her night job, plus the guilt she still has to deal with about nuking Havenrock, are going to be what ultimately ends their relationship; or she is going to crack and tell cop WhatsHisName everything and that can either nuke their relationship or make it stronger.

Either way, I am so glad we are going to get to see a more serious storyline for Felicity, especially now that Ragman is going to join the team. That secret is going to eventually come out, and when it does, it will not be pretty. And I can’t wait to see this because I know Emily Bett Rickards will knock it out of the park as she always does.

A new episode of ARROW airs next Wednesday, October 19, at 8/7c on The CW.

ARROW Sneak Peek: The Rookies

Last week, Oliver Queen finally came to the realization that Team ARROW must evolve if he wants to save his city, and the episode left viewers with questions.

With John (David Ramsey) back on active military duty and Thea (Willa Holland) preferring the mayor’s office to being Speedy, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) must convince Ollie (Stephen Amell) to consider new recruits.

Tonight, instead of pushing the second-string vigilantes away, Green Arrow actually decides to recruit them.

After shooting Wild Dog, aka Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez) with an arrow for trying to help Green Arrow with Lonnie Mecham/Anarchy’s bombs, Oliver relents and agrees to let Rene try out for the team.

Wild Dog prefers guns to arrows, so Oliver’s return to the “killing is acceptable” concept from Season 1 may fit in well with the team’s new approach.

Curtis (Echo Kellum), fresh from being beaten up while checking out Tobias Church, is angry and asks to join Oliver’s training sessions, as well. As someone who has gotten further in life by using his brain than his brawn, Curtis will have a hard time during the drills. The future Mr. Terrific definitely has a tough time climbing the salmon ladder (as would most people).

The third candidate for the team is Evelyn Sharp, last seen as a Black Canary imitator. Tonight, she will be training for the team and going by the moniker, Artemis. Evelyn is out to avenge the death of her parents at the hands of Damien Darhk.

Another crimefighter is on the slate…Ragman aka Rory Regan (Joe Dinicol). Regan’s parents were killed along with everyone else in last season’s explosion of Havenrock. Felicity was forced to pull the trigger on the city to save millions more people who would have died as a result of Darhk’s machinations.

Regan, the only survivor, has magical powers, though assumedly not as strong as Darhk’s. Rory is deeply religious and could serve as the team’s ethical compass since Diggle is in conflict over shooting Andy, leaving his family and friends to pay penance.

And what of Damien Darhk? Have rumors of his demise been greatly exaggerated? Wonder how Oliver will react when he finds out that, at least in some eras, Darhk (Neal McDonough) will be wreaking havoc with the not-so-late-but-heavily-lamented Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer (john Barrowman) and Reverse Flash (Matt Letscher)…and perhaps Black Siren…who join forces as the Legion of Doom.

[NOTE ON OTHER RETURNS FROM THE DEAD AND ELSEWHERE...Besides Darhk, other notables back from the dead for ARROW’s 100th episode....Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) and Robert Queen (Jamey Sheridan). Also returning are the not-dead-yet Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) and Helena Bertinelli/Huntress (Jessica De Gouw). Expect more Easter eggs like Frank Bertinelli’s name in Robert Queen’s journal and Pino Bertinelli appearing in last week’s episode.

Katie Cassidy is returning for #100, but it is unclear if she will be dead Laurel or living Laurel, aka Black Canary or Black Siren. The anniversary is celebrated in Episode 8 when the mega 4-part crossover with THE FLASH, SUPERGIRL and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW also will bring some heroes to Star City.]

Now, back to our regularly-scheduled sneak peek of tonight’s episode, “The Recruits.” The potential team member whose drawing Felicity pointed to and called “Mr. Ski Goggles,” may be reticent to join Team Arrow. He is Star City’s new District Attorney, Adrian Chase aka Vigilante, who will make his debut in an upcoming episode. With Oliver, Laurel and Quentin using their positions to gain intel for Green Arrow, why should the new DA not do the same?

And kudos to the person on ARROW who recruited veteran DC artists, Neil Adams and George Pérez, to ink those drawings in last week’s episode! CHICAGO P.D. star, Josh Zegarra, will play Vigilante, a character actually created by Pérez and Marv Wolfman.

It will take a village to fight this season’s new Big Bad, Prometheus. (Pardon the political reference, but they have been prevalent in this week’s superhero 4-pack.)

Prometheus, the archer who shot Police Lt. Conahan, has a costume that resembles Ragman’s threads in print, but assumedly the virtuous Regan would not be out shooting policemen.

Conahan, the officer in charge of Ollie’s special police task force, had an extremely clean record according to Quentin (Paul Blackthorne). Lance, who trained Conahan, may have to step in to fill that void.

But why shoot Conahan and why outside of the precinct? Is there someone on the SCPD who might have the impetus to target someone on the task force? Well, there is Detective Malone (Tyler Ritter), Felicity’s new squeeze. Malone seemed awfully interested in another clean cop who was offed by Tobias Church (Chad L. Coleman). Malone wanted to know what the slain officer knew about SCPD corruption, asking if he knew who the “bad cops” were. Could Malone be one of the bad cops, and are Ollie and Chase the only two people in town exploiting their offices to get intel?

David Nykl returns tonight as Anatoly Knyazev. Aaron Pearl guest stars along with Vincent Dangerfield as Evan Wender (presumably not playing Beverly Hills attorney, Evan Wender).

ARROW airs tonight (October 12) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV Two in Canada.

ARROW Season 5 Premiere Recap: Denial, Thy Name Is Oliver Queen


It has been a long hiatus, ARROW fans. I know, I’ve been here suffering too. But tonight we got to see exactly what our heroes have been up to all this time. It has been five months for them too, since Team Arrow officially imploded. After defeating Dahrk and Laurel’s untimely demise, the team just kind of fell apart, so they each could deal with their own issues.

Dig went back to the army and Thea decided to step away from the Vigilante life, so she could find herself again. When we return this season, all the characters are in a very dark place, but Oliver is the one who just seems to be stuck in limbo. He has his two feet planted in denial land, and he has no desire to leave that place. He keeps expecting that things will just go back to the way they were and that Thea and Diggle will eventually come back to the team. Until then, he just needs to stick it out alone.

That’s why when Felicity brings up recruiting new team members, he is completely against it. Another important thing to notice about Oliver is that, following Laurel’s death, he has basically returned to his season 1 self. He is ruthless, he does it all alone and he has no qualms about killing people. So, even though we can see a clear parallel between Tommy’s death and Laurel’s, the way Oliver reacts to them is completely opposite from one another.

When Tommy died, he vowed that he would make the city a better place, but he wouldn’t kill people anymore if he could help it. And that worked for nearly three seasons. Then Laurel was murdered, and now Oliver is convinced that she only died because he hesitated to kill Dahrk when he had the chance. So that means he’s not taking any chances anymore.

So while he is busy being growly Green Arrow, putting arrows in bad guys, his job as mayor of Star City is suffering a lot. He is basically a really, really crappy Mayor – but that is because he is more focused on his night job as the Green Arrow, then on his job at City Hall. Thank God for Thea, who is trying to cover for him as best as she can.

The thing is, Oliver is kind of right when he says that being the Green Arrow is the priority now, because the city is crawling with bad guys. There is a particularly evil dude, by the name of Tobias Church, that has it in for the Green Arrow. So he kidnaps Oliver and a bunch of people from the City Hall, just so he can draw the vigilante out. Little does he know that he’s already got him. But here is where Oliver shows just how ruthless he is now. In a space of a few minutes, he kills about four guys. Granted, he was trying to get away – and the fight scenes were on point – but he was very trigger happy.

Even Thea is shocked to see it. The old Oliver would have rendered them unconscious, but he wouldn’t just kill everyone, adding a couple of shots in a guy just for good measure. This Oliver is lost in his grief and in his denial that everything is fine and things will get back to normal in no time.

Thea, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with crime-fighting. She suits up the one time because her brother had just been kidnapped; but when she sees what Oliver is doing, she wants nothing to do with it. Diggle is in the army and has been deployed to Chechnya. So Oliver basically has only Felicity, who is doing her very best to help him. It is up to Lance to finally get Oliver to accept that he needs help, sending a few of his most trusted cop friends in with the Green Arrow to help rescue the City Hall employees.

However, it is only when Oliver talks to Dig, after everything is over, and his friend tells him that maybe it’s time to put together a new team, that he finally accepts that Felicity might be right and gives her the okay to recruit some of the vigilantes that are already out there. Curtis also volunteers after being attacked, so that should be interesting.

Now, while Oliver is living in denial land, our Felicity has run in the total opposite direction and is eager to move on with her life. She wants to put a new team together, she has a new boyfriend and she just wants life to go on. And that – I am willing to bet – is going to come back and bite her in the ass. The Olicity shipper in me wants this new boyfriend of hers to be a total douche, maybe even a villain, but he seemed to be a sweet guy, which absolutely breaks my heart.

But hey, if Felicity is happy, then so be it. After everything she went through with Oliver, she deserves a little happiness. Even though I think that, in her hurry to move on and live her life, she is also ignoring everything that happened. In a twisted way, she is kind of in denial too and I really think that when those conflicting emotions finally get the best of her – and hey, the girl has been through a lot in the past year and was responsible (however inadvertently that was) for thousands of deaths – all those repressed feelings will just blow up in her face and it won’t be pretty.

Now let’s talk about Russia. I am so, so excited to see the Bratva part of Oliver’s life. I’ve been waiting to find out more about it since season 1 and it’s finally here! Finally, flashbacks I actually care about and will have to pay attention to follow the story. I was so happy to see Anatoly again and I can’t wait to see how this is going to unfold. Of course, the return of shirtless!Oliver doesn’t hurt one bit either.

A new episode of ARROW airs next Wednesday, October 12, at 8/7c on The CW.

ARROW Season 5 Premiere: A New Job, a New Solo Mission and Slipping Back Into Old Habits


A lot of things have changed as we enter the fifth season of ARROW. Oliver is back to being a lone vigilante (albeit with tech support from Felicity) after Laurel’s death and Thea and Diggle’s “retirement”. He’s also got a new high-profiled job as Mayor (Mayor Handsome, the papers call him). And he’s struggling to figure out how to juggle both aspects of his life while the city is overrun with crime.

Here’s what you need to know about the season premiere of ARROW:

Dones’t Play Well With Others. It’s the kick-off party for the city’s Anti-Crime Initiative and Oliver is busy out on Arrow duty, while Thea is covering for him at the event. While Felicity is trying to remotely disarm a bomb that Oliver finds, another vigilante in a hockey masks steps in to help. Oliver doesn’t want his help and we learn this guy has crossed paths with the Arrow before. To help dissuade him from participating further, Oliver puts an arrow through his leg. But maybe it’s time to start considering additional team members because flying solo as the Arrow means he barely has any time to actually do his new mayoral job. Meanwhile, Felicity is encouraging Oliver to put together a team and has suggestions for new members, but Oliver believes Thea and Diggle will come back. Not only that, he thinks the new vigilantes are all unqualified and would be in too much danger…especially after what happened with Laurel.

Public Relations. Thea’s big job at City Hall seems to be saving Oliver from himself. When he accuses the police of corruption at the ACI gala, she pulls him away from the reporters. Of course, he’s actually right and we see that some members of the SCPD are acting outside of the law, but she’s still concerned about his image.

A New Bad Guy. The corrupt cops aren’t the worst thing happening to Star City in the season premiere. A new villain — Tobias Church — walks into town and decides to make a name for himself by kidnapping Oliver and a few others during a statue dedication ceremony honoring Laurel/Black Canary. For a minute there you’ll be amused by Oliver fighting off his captors with his usual skills before realizing he’s just supposed to be Mayor Handsome.

Fallen from Grace. Oliver learns that Lance is back in town — he’s separated from Donna and he’s fallen off the wagon. Oliver suggests that Quentin find purpose again and help him out, but Quentin isn’t interested. Laurel’s death is still clearly an open wound for the man.

Less Restraint. Oliver is back to killing again and Thea is upset about it when she helps out a kidnapped Oliver. He says it was a mistake to take the high road before — either he has to do what’s necessary or he shouldn’t be out there at all. But Thea doesn’t want this and never wants to kill again, so she refuses to rejoin his team. We’ll also learn exactly what Laurel told Oliver before she died.

Don’t miss the season premiere of ARROW tonight (October 5) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

ARROW Geek Peek: Clash Of The Titans

Season 5 of ARROW premieres tonight, and Oliver Queen is in over his head. There will be big changes in the upcoming weeks to please comic book fans and TV viewers alike. Here are some of the highlights of the premiere and what is coming down the pipeline.

Last season, it looked like Green Arrow had dispatched Damien Dahrk and avenged Laurel’s death, but Dahrk is not gone. He will be joining Black Siren (Katie Cassidy back as her Earth-2 doppelganger), Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer (John Barrowman), Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) in the Legion of Doom that terrorizes the Arrowverse later this season.

But before the Legion arrives in town, Green Arrow must face this season’s Big Bad, Prometheus. This Prometheus is not the one from the graphic novels, nor the Titan from Greek mythology. He is a new character created specifically for ARROW. Are we in for a surprise as to who Prometheus might be?

The future of this onslaught of evil begins with tonight’s episode, “Legacy,” with Tobias Church (guest star Chad L. Coleman). Church brings his own special brand of chaos to the city, and Oliver is spread thin between his vigilante and mayoral responsibilities.

To that end, Team Arrow will be forced to add new members this season, despite Ollie’s reticence to do so.

Though inexperienced, new recruits Rene Ramirez aka “Wild Dog” and D.A. Adrian Chase aka “Vigilante” (new cast members Rick Gonzalez and Josh Segaro, respectively) will join the team, and expect Wild Dog to live up to his codename. (Madison McLaughlin returns next week as Canary wannabe, Evelyn Sharp, newly-minted as “Artemis.”)

Also watch for Curtis to get out of the bunker and evolve into his alter-ego, “Mister Terrific” as the season progresses. Tyler Ritter will be on the canvas as SCPD Detective Malone. Joe Dinicol will recur as Rory Regan as the vigilante, Ragman, and former WWE star Cody Rhodes also is on the slate.

For non-comic book readers, artwork from DC Comics leads the above slideshow showing, in order, Mister Terrific, Wild Dog, Vigilante and Ragman. The fifth image is not the Greek goddess Artemis, but the DC version of Artemis from YOUNG JUSTICE who was in love with Wally West/Kid Flash (crossover, anyone?)

As the newbies are introduced to the team, Oliver’s high standards are likely to make them wonder if crimefighting is their best career choice, especially when Ollie puts killing back on the table as an option.

Flashbacks this season (reportedly the last season for flashbacks) find Oliver in Russia, keeping his promise to Tatiana. He becomes involved with an organization called the Bratva and runs into ROCKY IV’s Dolph Lundgren and old buddy/enemy Anatoly Knyazev (guest star David Nykl).

Look for another big change that could affect Star City. The Flashpoint reset on THE FLASH has the potential to spill throughout the Arrowverse.

At least one character from the past is rumored to reappear with speculation ranging from Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) to Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell who currently is on CHICAGO MED) to The Huntress (Jessica de Gouw). Stay tuned to see how Barry’s time-tripping will affect ARROW, THE FLASH, LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and CW new transplant, SUPERGIRL. Also look for the possibility of a new man in Felicity’s life.

Guest starring on tonight’s are Kory Grim, Jay Hindle, Aaron Pearl, Nisreen Slim and Ryan S Williams. James Bamford directed “Legacy” with story by Greg Berlanti and teleplay by Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle.

Check out these fun clips with David Ramsey’s take on the new season, comic book fan, Echo Kellum’s thoughts and a fun photo shoot.

ARROW airs tonight (October 5) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV Two in Canada.

ARROW Season 5 Extended Preview: A Changed Man


Things have changed for Oliver Queen when ARROW returns for its fifth season. First, he’s putting “killing back on the table”. Oliver went through a period of time when he wasn’t willing to kill the criminals he fought, but clearly that isn’t the case any longer. Thea warns him that this isn’t the type of behavior that Laurel wanted, but Oliver points out that the dead don’t really want anything at all.

There’s also a rash of murders taking place in Star City and Oliver rightly says that there’s no way he can help police the whole city alone, which is why he’s recruiting a new team. But Felicity points out that there are more vigilantes already out there, inspired by Oliver’s recent defeat of Damien Darhk. Three new team members step up, including Curtis, but they’re not necessarily qualified to help patrol the streets yet.

The extened preview below deals a blow to Oliver and Felicity fans when it shows Felicity kissing a man who is definitely not her former fiancé. Yikes! Will these two crazy kids find their way back together this season?

The final seconds of the trailer also introduces us to the Dark Archer, a new villain who is definitely interesting in taking down the Green Arrow.

ARROW returns for a new season on Wednesday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. on The CW (U.S.) and CTV Two (Canada).

ARROW Extended Preview: Building a New Team


Things are changing on ARROW. As Felicity points out in the extended preview below, Oliver has spent the last several months hoping for things to back to how they were. But Diggle and Thea both left the group at the end of season 4 and don’t seem that eager to get back into the vigilante game.

At first, Oliver takes to the streets solo in order to protect Star City. But the city has become overrun with criminals and a new crop of vigilantes. Some of the new heroes are skilled. Others, like Curtis….not so much. Felicity suggests that they form a team with some of the new vigilantes, but Oliver continues to resist.

Then, of course, a deadly new criminal comes to town. When Tobia Church starts terrorizing the city, Oliver realizes that a new team is exactly what’s needed to keep the peace.

ARROW returns for a new season on Wednesday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. on The CW (U.S.) and CTV Two (Canada).

ARROW Season 5 Premiere Photos: New Villains and New Vigilantes

There’s a new Team Arrow in town when ARROW returns for its fifth season. Thea and Diggle have both walked away from their vigilante lives and new vigilantes are springing up around town as a result of the Damien Darhk situation. Felicity and Oliver are still trying to keep the city safe at night, but Oliver is also trying to improve Star City by day as the mayor.

Photos released today from The CW show Oliver fighting crime as Mayor and as the Green Arrow. You also get a glimpse at new baddy Prometheus and scenes from the Russian flashbacks that will surface this year. Finally, we spot Thea in her Speedy outfit…but didn’t she hang up her hood? Browse through photos above to see for yourself.

ARROW will return on Wednesday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. 

ARROW Preview: Things are Changing


The CW has released a new preview for season 5 of ARROW and it shows that there are a lot of changes in store.

Oliver is now the mayor, for one. And he’s going to find himself challenged as he fights as a citizen and as a vigilante for the future of Star City. Thea has also retired from her vigilante ways, but she’s sticking by Oliver’s side in his mayoral position. And Diggle is back with the military.

All of this means that Team Green Arrow is just down to Oliver and Felicity. But it turns out they’re not the only vigilantes left in town. Oliver’s defeat of Damien Darhk has inspired a new group of vigilantes to step up. But their inexperience isn’t helping things. For example, poor Curtis can’t even make it up the salmon ladder.

ARROW will return on Wednesday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.