Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season is out on Blu-ray and DVD today. The seventh season of Arrow saw more twists and turns, more big revelations, than any other season so far. Plus, key characters had amazing story arcs that saw them become very different people by the end of the season.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.
This is a spoiler-free review of Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season, along with the five most dramatic episodes in Season 7.
Season 7 saw big changes in Oliver Queen's life, as well as Team Arrow's duties in Star City. Plus, we learn more about what happens to William as an adult in a series of flash forwards. (If you'll recall, we learned Oliver's backstory as the Green Arrow in a series of flashbacks.)
Synopsis: Following Oliver Queen's shocking decision to turn himself over to the FBI and reveal his identity as the Green Arrow to the public, Oliver has spent the past five months in prison while his team was left behind to protect Star City. In the wake of Ricardo Diaz's escape, Oliver has yet again turned into someone else inside Slabside Maximum Security Prison. Determined to keep a low profile to shorten his sentence for the sake of his family, Oliver's limits will be tested when he and Team Arrow are pitted against the most ruthless villains they have yet to face.
From start to finish, Season 7 saw the redemption of quite a few characters. I was impressed that, even after so many years and episodes, Arrow could still explore new territory with these beloved heroes. You'll even see some familiar faces return from the show's past.
I also enjoyed getting a peek into William's life as an adult. The flash forwards not only illuminated what would become of Oliver's son, but also underlined what was happening in the present with Felicity and Star City. The flash forwards were a welcome respite from the flashbacks that were starting to feel forced, shoe-horned into episodes in order to take up time.
There were five episodes of Arrow Season 7 that were particularly impactful on the lives of our favorite heroes and their significant others.
Before I run down those episodes, let me tell you that 1) you have a chance to win Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray and DVD (details below) and 2) you can join me on Facebook Live this Thursday at 1 p.m. ET to chat about the seventh season of Arrow. (You might even see me debut a new look in honor of the DVD release!)
Here's a countdown of the five most important episodes of Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season. (Again, spoiler-free!)
#5 “Level Two”
Oliver's prison sentence changes him in ways you would never expect from the Green Arrow. You're left to wonder if the changes are by choice or if Oliver is truly broken.
#4 “Elseworlds, Part 2”
The annual crossover! The “Elseworlds” story arc is especially entertaining, with some switcheroos in super powers. Plus, two new characters are introduced who play a major part in the future of the Arrowverse.
Just when you think you've got one of Arrow's new characters figured out, she takes it one level darker. Plus, we start to see the redemption of one of Arrow's beloved heroes who turned criminal and is fighting her way back to the light.
In the twist of all twists, Team Arrow pulls off a scheme that you will not see coming. Plus, we learn a lot more about what Oliver's sister, Thea, has been up to. And let me tell you, it ain't good.
#1 “You Have Saved This City”
The Season 7 finale is an emotional wallop. Sure, the events unfold a little too quickly, and I wish it had been a two-parter, but we get answers to a lot of questions. Brace yourself: The set up for next season is a doozy.
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