Does anyone else think Oliver Queen is like that friend, you and your other friends like, but prefer to do things without?

Like, they’re cool and all, but there’s just something about them that makes you never want to be around them… especially not when it’s just the two of you.

When Arrow season four premiered, Oliver and Felicity were off enjoying their quiet little sanctuary outside of Star City, while all their friends kept on kicking it (literally) by forming their own team.

Come season five and it’s literally the reverse, with Oliver crime fighting all on his lonesome, while the remaining members of Team Arrow are off enjoying some down time.

It’s like they just don’t want to be around him. Even Felicity is keeping her distance and moving on (literally, who the hell was that guy?).

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Oliver is almost entirely on his own in that season five premiere, both personally and on the fighting field, and it only took him the full episode to realise it.

With a little encouragement from Felicity and a reminder of Laurel’s last words (oh yeah, we found out what they were – “don’t let me be the last Black Canary”), he is on his way to forming Team Arrow 2.0 with his first recruit already signed up, Curtis Holt aka Mister Terrific.

Image: The CW
Image: The CW

Aside from that, the first episode back was pretty tame:

Thea made it very clear she doesn’t want to be Speedy anymore.

There’s a new villain in town and he’s recruiting others to side with him to take down the Green Arrow.

Oliver is kind of killing it as Mayor and has formed a special police unit to report to him directly, seems like his well on his way to building a better Star City… one that might not need The Green Arrow in the future.

What did you think of the season five premiere of Arrow?

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