this is one of the most accurate descriptions any cast member has said

5 Ways Arrow Can Redeem Itself in S5B

Last night’s episode of Arrow was titled “What We Leave Behind.”  I thought it would be referencing Oliver and our other favorite characters letting go of the past and growing to face the challenges ahead together. Unfortunately, it’s become an accurate description of me as a viewer. I never thought I’d be so relieved that it’s finally hiatus, but I am. I need a break from the show that I once adored and now can barely recognize. The mid-season finale is usually an indicator of where the writers will be taking the rest of the season and after last night, I’m not sure it’s for me anymore. If you’re a fan who loved 5A, then I’m happy for you. Personally, I can’t wait to delete it from my DVR because I’ve hated it that much. If you don’t want to read any criticism about it, then I suggest you stop reading this now because I have a lot of things to say about what I think went wrong this first half of the season.  

To those that are sticking around, I’ve been holding off on writing this post because I wanted to see how 5x09 played out.  I was looking for something to give me hope in this episode, but I didn’t find it.  I took the night to let it process and woke up feeling worse about it. So that’s where I’m at, and it’s just not a good place to be. This list I’ve made highlights all of the major issues I’ve noticed in 5A and how I think the writers can possibly fix them in 5B.  It’s my own personal opinion and I’m, quite frankly, not looking to be convinced or “told” how to interpret it otherwise. I respect others with differing opinions, and so I only ask that I’m extended the same courtesy. Mostly I just need to put voice to my thoughts, so I can get them out and move on. Here we go:

1. Give Felicity Smoak back her agency

Felicity Smoak has become one of the most popular and beloved characters on Arrow. She has her fair share of haters, too, but I’d be willing to bet the positive far outweighs the negative on this front. The entire cast and the writers have said repeatedly that Arrow wasn’t Arrow until she came along. That they couldn’t do this show without her. 

Originally posted by smoakgifs

Keep reading