5) Season Two Set The Bar Too High
When fans first saw Deathstroke’s iconic mask during the pilot of the series, we knew we were in for an eventual treat. The back half of season one and the entirety of season two were devoted to the brother-turned-enemy relationship between Oliver Queen and Slade Wilson, and led to some of the most entertaining conflicts on any television show at the time. In addition to the Slade/Oliver dynamic, season two gave us some of the series’ best villains, such as Solomon Grundy, Brother Blood, Professor Ivo, the Dollmaker, and even the first live action incarnation of the Suicide Squad (which we now know was a test for the eventual movie). Season two was the season that finished Arrow‘s transformation from a drama into a full blown DC comics show by introducing Black Canary, the League of Assassins, Ra’s al-Ghul, and even Barry Allen. The second season of Arrow had everything going for it, so much so that it was hard to imagine anything being able to top it. Unfortunately for fans, nothing else the show has given us yet has been able to properly follow it up with anything even nearly as entertaining. The last few seasons have come off as nothing more than weak attempts to try and one-up what they gave us in season two, but so far nothing else has even come close.