Warning: This article contains major spoilers of Arrow Season 5, Episode 2. No amount of vigilantes will be able to save you if you read on.
The most recent installment of Arrow introduced us to the brand new team of vigilantes that Oliver Queen has assembled to help him clean up Star City. Among them, we have Wild Dog, Evelyn Sharp who will become known as Artemis, Ragman and Curtis Holt who is destined to become Mr. Terrific.
Meet the new Team Arrow in this trailer for Season 5:
But if you're a fan of the show, you'll know this isn't the first time we have seen the Green Arrow assemble a team to help him take down the bad guys of what was then called Starling City. While lovable hacker Felicity Smoak has remained prominent in both teams, the first team consisted of the show's most important characters: Laurel Lance's Black Canary, John Diggle's Spartan and Roy Harper's Arsenal before he handed the mantle to his former girlfriend Thea Queen who became Speedy. But in Season 4, everything fell apart — literally — Black Canary was killed while Diggle and Thea left the team.
So now that Oliver has officially assembled his team, let's take a look at how Team Arrow 2.0 will be different to the original one.
They All Have Their Own Unique Gimmicks
Outside of the Black Canary, there wasn't very much originality in any iteration of the original Team Arrow. As well as the Green Arrow, you had Speedy or Arsenal, both of whom were archers. And then there was Diggle who went from being badass bodyguard guy to badass bodyguard guy in a mask. This time around, we see much more originality when it comes to gimmicks. Of course, we know Evelyn Sharp will become the archer Artemis. But she is also accompanied by Ragman, Wild Dog and Mr. Terrific. Each of these superheroes have their own unique gimmicks.
Furthermore, the original team all engaged in brutal physical combat with their adversaries which made for many #TV group fight scenes. With the new team, we will see Wild Dog and Artemis physically engaging with their opponents, but we will see Ragman going for a much more mystical approach, using the rags to throw the opposition around — let's face it, he may not get much fighting done in those long rags.
This will spice things up quite a bit, instead of each fight scene being virtually identical to the one before. Moreover, as Curtis isn't a fighter yet, we're not sure where his best skills will lie as Mr. Terrific. But no matter where they do, it's safe to say that there'll be a lot more character variety in Team Arrow 2.0.
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They Aren't Friends
When Oliver joined forces with Diggle, Roy, Thea and Laurel, he knew all of them previously — Laurel was the love of his life, Diggle was his bodyguard, Thea was his sister while Roy was her boyfriend. So it's pretty safe to say that he had ties with all of them. However, he doesn't have those relationships with his new team.
Of course, while he does know Curtis very well, he isn't remotely close to any of them — Evelyn Sharp inadvertently tried to destroy Black Canary's legacy, Rene Ramirez is a reckless vigilante and Ragman is a survivor of the town that was wiped out by a nuclear missile.
So, with the lack of friendships, comes the lack of trust — something we saw all too well on this week's episode. The Green Arrow's angry, violent training methods only succeeded in making the new recruits trust him even less. The lack of rapport wasn't helped when he practically verbally abused all of them — thanks goodness Felicity stopped him.
However, he finally made things right when he revealed his true identity to them and opened up — a little — to them. Even the usually unimpressed Wild Dog agreed to return to the new team after this, proving that trust will help the team to grow further.
Oliver's lack of rapport with the new recruits will help them to stand apart from the original team in one of two ways — either it will help him fight harder to build up a close relationship with them, or it will all come crashing down. Things are about to get even more interesting.
Room For One More "Vigilante"?
All previous iterations of the original Team Arrow have consisted of three or four #superheroes. Now, with Artemis, Wild Dog, Mr. Terrific and Ragman, we already have four members. But this new team may not stop there. Another way of distancing itself from the former team would be to add another member. And did you spot the artwork of DC Comics character Vigilante — who Felicity affectionately named "Mr. Ski Goggles" — in last week's season premiere?
We already know that Josh Segarra has joined the cast as a series regular and will portray Adrian Chase/Vigilante. Furthermore, the seventh episode of Season 5 will be titled "Vigilante." In the comics, the character had a violent approach to fighting crime, so the question is: Will this new vigilante be a friend or foe of Team Arrow? And could we see him joining the Green Arrow's lineup of recruited heroes?
On that note, it's likely that we will also see Diggle and Thea both returning eventually. And according to Arrow executive producer, Laurel Lance will return to the show alive and well. So if the original team ends up returning, how will they mesh with the new team? That would definitely be something worth seeing.
With Arrow heading in a new direction for its fifth season, there is certainly going to be some work done in the upcoming episodes to establish the new Team Arrow as a legitimate group of heroes. While I think many of us were certainly apprehensive at first about the new team and whether they would be used as vigilantes or sidekicks, it's looking like they will all play a major part in the new season. And based on what we've seen so far, that is certainly a good thing!
Check out the trailer for next week's Arrow, with WWE superstar Cody Rhodes:
Are you excited to see the new team grow on Arrow? Let us know in the comments!