Arrow:

The Complete Eighth 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. The show kicked off what was called the Arrowverse that spawned shows The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and most recently Batwoman. Sadly the show came to an end with the eight season, but fans can now bring it home thanks to Warner Bros. debuting Arrow: The Complete Eighth and Final.

 

In the final season, following the arrival of The Monitor, Oliver Queen has left his home, his family, & his team behind to take on his most challenging battle yet, knowing the cost may be his life. But this time it’s not just his city he’s seeking to protect – it’s the entire multiverse! Oliver’s quest will send him on a journey where he is forced to confront the ultimate question: what is the true cost of being a hero?

This season had the hard time to not only try to wrap things up, but live up to the hype of the big crossover that was promised. I must say while there were some missteps in my overall it ended strong with the Crisis on Infinite Earth arc being awesome. Even as the show ends it made sure to leave a lasting impression across every show including Black Lightning that up until know was its own thing, but not anymore. There were some elements that felt rushed as they tried to deal with the finale of Arrow itself along with the Crisis story arc, but overall worked for me.

As this show has built through the years it became so much more than just about the Green Arrow with the addition of so many new heroes. I will forever be greatful for the addition of a live action version of Wild Dog and the depth they gave the character. I have been a fan since the one off mini-series back in the late 80s. I always hoped this series would spawn a new series but sadly it never happened, but we will always have the show.

I was a little let down with the built in pilot for the possible “The Canaries” series but can see the potential of the series. They made this episode all over the place trying to make it feel fresh and new while connecting to the rest of the Arrowverse, but it just didn’t work well for me. The cast were all in for these final episodes though and for the most part I had a great time throughout.

As the series came to an end the final episode not only capped it off with a definitive end they also offered up some new and future surprises including a long rumored aspect fans have been hoping for since the beginning. This collection not only offers up all 10 episodes of the final season, but also numerous bonus features that takes you deeper into the world of Arrow and the crossover event that is like nothing ever attempted on TV.  

If you’ve been holding out on grabbing your copies of the various seasons you can also grab a copy of the complete series that will be released on the same day. Join the final fight and grab your copy of Arrow: The Eighth and Final Season as well as The Complete Series available now on Digital and then on Blu-ray and DVD on April 28th from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.  

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