Arrow: Season 8 (Blu-ray) – Series Review
Follow Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Distributor: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Episodes: 10
Duration: 42 min (per episode)

Arrow: Season 8 (Blu-ray) – Series Review

Site Score
7.0
Good: Decent ending, Better flow
Bad: Somewhat chaotic at times
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4.5
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It has not even been a month since we took a closer look at the physical release of the seventh season of Arrow. We concluded that this seventh season was a step up from the last few seasons in terms of quality, story and flow. We hoped that the grand finale would also follow this new evolution and make sure that the once-strong series would get a fitting ending. Our hopes were somewhat fulfilled.

Oliver (Stephen Amell) is paying off his debt to the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) by aiding him in his quest to save the multiverse. Oliver now finds himself on Earth-2, reliving a similar scenario he has gone through on his own Earth. The Monitor is clear that Oliver should only focus on his task to recover stolen Dwarf Star particles. He succeeds in his task but does not respect the Monitor’s instructions, causing an unchangeable event that has disastrous consequences for everyone on Earth-2. Even so, he will still have to complete the underlying task of saving not one world, but all of them.

As this conclusive season only has ten episodes, the flow is completely different from the previous ones. It’s all about wrapping things up, and this makes it a lot more action-packed and interesting than many earlier seasons. There is no time for useless filling, and the story arc and ‘danger’ cannot be stretched out. This ramps up the quality of the show and makes you think back to the earlier, less boring seasons, that actually put the DC series on the map.

There’s not much new to say when it comes to the acting performances of the well-cemented cast of the Arrow series. There’s not really that much more to explore in this department, and the character growth is quite non-existent in this short season. The cast is basically wrapping up loose ends, making sure their characters get a proper ending and/or go on with their lives as required.

We were quite disappointed with the extra content on the Blu-ray version of this final season. The previous boxes always included the complete crossover episodes, and for some reason, this was omitted for the final box. While those who follow all the different series were able to experience the full arc, the somewhat messy release schedule of the physical copies makes it impossible to see the episodes in their original order. That being said, other than deleted scenes, there are basically only two fairly long features to be found. On the first disc, you’ll be able to view the best of the DC series’ Comic-Con panels of 2019. Then, on the second disc, we find a long extra about the flow of the series during these last eight years.

Conclusion

We saw some light at the end of the tunnel when we took a closer look at Arrow: Season 7 and the series was slowly starting to redeem itself again, by adding more decent story elements, less filling, a better flow, and a hint of an end for this saga. Arrow: Season 8 proved to be a proper, albeit somewhat chaotic conclusion for this story of Oliver Queen and his band of merry men. The creators opted for a 10-episode season, and that actually fits the bill perfectly. While somewhat whinging about the quality of the middle-seasons, the series has gotten a qualitative ending, and one that might manage to surprise its viewers. If you have stuck with the series for the entire ride, the ending will be satisfying.

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