ARROW: THE EIGHTH AND FINAL SEASON – A Blu-ray/DVD and Digital HD Review by John Strange

ARROW: THE EIGHTH AND FINAL SEASON – A Blu-ray/DVD and Digital HD Review by John Strange

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with access to a copy of Arrow Season 8 on their viewing website that I used for the review in this Blog Post.  The opinions I share are my own.

Sometimes, when you are told the season you are about to review is the final season of the show, you find that the series ending is abrupt and pretty much unsatisfying.  Others are just as abrupt but the ending, usually a cliffhanger is, well, okay because the showrunners and writers are allowed to modify the script to ease us into it a little bit.  But the best endings are, as with Arrow Season 8, well-mapped homages to the entire series and the characters as a whole, much like a love letter from the creators, producers, and writers to the fans.

Arrow, and the entire DC-based Arrow-verse, has been a supremely well-choreographed homage to the characters taken from the DC comics and enhanced for the TV screen.  These talented folks have not been afraid to play with the look of the characters while remaining true to the spirit and heart with which these characters were first brought to life on those carefully written, drawn, and inked pages.

Arrow: The Eighth and Final Season is one of the best of these homage series endings.  The entire creative staff of Arrow (and for the crossover episodes the creatives of ALL of the DC TV-series) planned out how to bring the story of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Team Arrow (John Diggle / Spartan (David Ramsey), Felicity Smoak / Overwatch (Emily Bett Rickards), Laurel Lance / Black Siren / Black Canary (Katie Cassidy), Thea Queen / Speedy (Willa Holland), Roy Harper / Arsenal (Colton Haynes), Rene Ramirez / Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), Curtis Holt / Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum), and Dinah Drake / Black Canary / Tina Boland (Juliana Harkavy)) to a very satisfying, if a little sad, ending (or is it sad?).

The Monitor (real name Mar Novu, played by LaMonica Garrett) is back and has convinced Oliver that he has seen his death and wants the hero’s help to save the multiverse before he dies.  The season’s action jumps back and forth around the globe, the future, and the multiverse as Oliver is dropped into situations with orders to retrieve someone or something, always with instructions to not interfere in the world he is in.  This is not in Oliver’s makeup.   He will always try to make something right or save the endangered innocent (or friend).

The episodes storylines allow us to see characters once lost to us as they are re-introduced by The Monitor while he prepares for the 9999+final showdown with The Anti-Monitor (also played by LaMonica Garrett) (see the crossover episodes).  During the setup episodes for the grand crossover arc, we also see how The Monitor came to be and what his involvement in the destruction and resurrection of the multiverse means to all of us.

And now to the bonus extras!  “The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019” has been added to all of the season offerings for the last several months.  It is a good featurette but if you have purchased any of those season offerings then you have already seen it.  The deleted scenes are good scenes that just didn’t progress their respective episodes and were pulled to keep the shows tight.

The best extra given to us is “Arrow: Hitting the Bullseye (Special)” where we get to hear from the showrunners, writers, and cast of the show as they talk about the show and their feelings about the final season and its many twists and turns.  As happens sometimes, I liked the season a lot but that feeling deepened considerably as I learned the back story.  This cast and the creative team behind it made the season a gift to the fans (and themselves) as they tied up many loose ends and gave so many characters a chance to have the happy endings they deserved.

I came into the binge-watch of the season with trepidation and completed it feeling happy and satisfied.  This show has a great cast and some of the best writing in the business.  This is a 5-star watch in my book!

 

Created By:

  • Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg

Cast:

  • Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, Katherine McNamara, Ben Lewis, Joseph David-Jones, Katie Cassidy, LaMonica Garrett, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Echo Kellum,

Episodes:

  1. Starling City
  2. Welcome to Hong Kong
  3. Leap of Faith
  4. Present Tense
  5. Prochnost
  6. Reset
  7. Purgatory
  8. Crisis on Infinite Earths: Hour Four
  9. Green Arrow & The Canaries
  10. Fadeout

Extras:

Digital:

  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019
  • Arrow: Hitting the Bullseye (Special)

Blu-ray/DVD:

  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019
  • Arrow: Hitting the Bullseye (Special)
  • Deleted Scenes

Specifications:

Runtime:

Feature:

  • 420 Minutes

Enhanced Content:

  • 135 Minutes

Studio:

  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.

Release Date:

  • 04/28/2020

Region:

  • A/1 (U.S. and Canada only)

MPAA Rating:

  • TV-14

Selig Rating:

Film Rating:

  • 5 Stars

Bonus Features Rating:

  • 5 Stars

Picture Quality Rating:

  • 5 Stars

Audio Quality Rating:

  • 5 Stars

 

Selig Rating Scale:

5 Stars: Should add to your DVD collection at any cost

4 Stars: Worth owning, but try to catch it a sale

3 Stars: Plan to get it, but wait to buy it used

2 Stars: Worth taking a look at, but not owning

1 Star: Pick it up at a garage sale and use it for drinks

0 Stars: Makes a great Trap Shooting target