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Oliver’s army goes darker still

Arrow of the credit for kick­ing off the cur­rent suc­cess­ful run of DC Comics prop­er­ties on tele­vi­sion in the States, but the third sea­son found the cre­ative team lean­ing hard into the grim­mer, darker and of­ten less en­ter­tain­ing as­pects of the se­ries.

As Oliver Queen ( Stephen Amell) bat­tled iconic threat Ra’s al Ghul and the League of As­sas­sins, the show be­came ever more se­ri­ous, which is hardly a new con­cept for it, but made new com­pan­ion se­ries The Flash feel that much more fun by com­par­i­son. The Arrow pro­duc­ers have al­ways al­lowed some funny el­e­ments, but this year they seemed harder to come by than ever, aside from the ever- re­li­able Felic­ity ( Emily Bett Rickards) and Tony

still de­serves a lot

Stark- as- nerd- boy Ray Palmer ( Bran­don Routh). But the dif­fer­ence was never more ob­vi­ous than the mo­ments the two se­ries crossed over, with speed­ster Barry Allen’s ( Grant Gustin) ap­pear­ance in the sea­son fi­nale of Arrow a bright spot in an episode that kept things dark un­til the end. Hope­fully the

They could do with more smil­ers in Arrow.

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