Arrow:

The Complete Seventh Season                   review by Bobby Blakey

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Arrow has been kicking some major butt on The CW since it debuted. Like any series there have been some bumpy moments here and there, but overall it has been consistently great. For those that may not have seen season 7 or just want to revisit it before the eighth and final season debuts Warner Brothers is bringing Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season home.

In this season, following Oliver Queen’s shocking decision to turn himself over 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.

 

This season stepped things up in multiple ways allowing the show to finally evolve in a new direction. Gone are the flashbacks and replaced with flash fowards to the future of all the characters. While this is not really a necessity in each episode it does serve a bigger picture by the end of the season. They also jumped the series ahead in time a bit allowing it to also do new things with the characters as they propel this story forward. They make some fun use of past villains with the prison parts of the season that takes Oliver on a whole new kind of fight. During this time they continue moving forward to wrap up the Diaz story arc before finally capping it off midseason.

 

I love when shows offer up two chapters to a season and this one is no different. Not only does it jump into a new story arc it offers up the highly anticipated CW DC Universe yearly crossover with this one being the best so far. Using the Elseworlds element they introduce new characters, old classic ones and some fun Easter Eggs for hardcore comic fans. During this time

they also play up some self-aware jokes of what I have continued to say comparing Arrow and the Batman Universe.  As they wrap up this season it once again offers up a cliffhanger of sorts that connects it all together as we move into the next season that sadly will be the last for the world of Arrow.

 

In addition to all 22 episodes of the season this release includes bonus content including deleted scenes, gag reel, featurettes and the complete 3-part Elseworlds crossover featuring Supergirl and The Flash. Grab your bow and join the fight with Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on August 20th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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