Admittedly, Arrow has struggled in its senior year, but the season finale brought out a final wave of criticism from fans (um, ex-fans).
From the weak flashbacks to a few throwaway episodes (not to mention Laurel’s death), Arrow had a rough fourth season. Viewers were hoping that the show would rally in its season finale, but after a well-received penultimate episode, many feel that the writers and producers dropped the ball on the last outing.
The outrage was so vehement that the Arrow subreddit changed its identity to the Netflix/Marvel show, Daredevil.
The best way to describe what was wrong with the finale episode is in the words of user, mkd87:
Let’s see here… The finale was filled with plot holes. Like where the f–k do thousands of nukes in mid-flight go? How did Oliver channel his magic from the hope of the citizens? How did Darhk’s powers powered by tens of thousands of souls just go limp in 2 seconds, yet he was able to kill Felicity’s ex from far away? And the final fight scene? What the f–k was that? The final fight scene was s–t. They’re both highly trained in martial arts and they’re just trading punches in the face back and forth? The f–k? Did the action scene choreographer take time off or what? Worst season finale ever.
Or, as swervingmoss put it:
Why did trained soldiers run up to ordinary citizens unarmed then basically lose the fight?
How did the soldiers always know the magic words for when they should step in and why did they always march in a single formation which is asking to be killed?
Laurel and Darhk, the only characters to ever die from being stabbed in the gut by a single arrow.
Darhk was trained by the league of assassins but fights like he was trained by a discount stunt coordinator
The main problem — Darhk’s sudden inability to use his magic — could have been solved if Oliver Queen had done what we thought he would do — summon Vandal Savage.
Also, it was good to see Amanda Waller again. But, the show didn’t give much of a glimpse of where it plans on going when it returns later this year.SuperFable