I want to start this article with a giant disclaimer: I love Arrow (check out my Twitter for proof, as about half my posts are somehow Arrow related). To this day, I haven’t missed an episode (even though it almost lost me during season three). Granted it wasn’t the first DC television show ever created, it was definitely the most influential in terms of universe expansion, as its success led to The Flash and (probably) Gotham, whose success in turn led to Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, and now Black Lightning. Even Marvel’s Netflix series Daredevil seems to have taken some inspiration from the CW’s dark, grounded superhero drama.
With that being said, I sadly have to admit that after season two, Arrow‘s quality has declined significantly; and it’s not just my opinion, it seems to be the general consensus among Arrow fans over the age of 13. I still watch on a regular basis, and while season four has seen a slight improvement over its horrendous season three, it still is not living up to the standards it set for itself in seasons one and two, and unfortunately it probably never will. Check out the next few pages for my top five gripes with Arrow, and why I believe it isn’t as good as it used to be.