Team GATV Roundtable: Looking Back At Arrow Season 6 & Forward To Season 7 Team GATV Roundtable: Looking Back At Arrow Season 6 & Forward To Season 7
The GreenArrowTV team looks back at Season 6 and forward to Arrow Season 7. Team GATV Roundtable: Looking Back At Arrow Season 6 & Forward To Season 7

With the Arrow panel at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego offering us our first looks at Season 7 this weekend, now seemed as good of a time to look back at Season 6 for our annual roundtable discussions! We also offer some thoughts about the upcoming seventh season.

For those who haven’t read our roundtable discussions in the past, the long and short of it is that we discuss what came before as well as what we hope to see in the future season. Past roundtable posts can be found here.

This time around, we again have GATV webmaster Craig Byrne; Matt Tucker, who recaps and reviews Arrow when he’s able and  is the driving force behind keeping DaredevilTV well up to date; and Stephanie Hall, who has most recently been recapping and reviewing Supergirl at KryptonSite.  Again we are joined by frequent GreenArrowTV commenter and poster at the KSiteTV Arrow forum as “BkWurm1,” Melissa Thompson.

Arrow returns Monday, October 15 on The CW; spoilers can be found here.

Also be aware that especially in the sections discussing Season 7, there will also be spoilers. Navigate below to start!

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Craig Byrne

Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.

  • Kate

    July 20, 2018 #1 Author

    What Melissa said.. Her replies are so interesting because she puts so much thought into analyzing the show.
    One thing she forget when talking about Curtis is the hypocrisy of getting upset that OTA bugged them to find the traitor when Curtis himself bugged Felicity’s pancakes with nanites last season to track her and never apologized or showed any remorse.
    With all the problems with Diaz that were mentioned, one that was missed was that in order for him to take power, everyone else suddenly became stupid. The worst was the Quadrant, having seen Diaz already kill one of their members in front of them, stopped bringing bodyguards to the meeting so that he could kill another two more and take over.. The idea that everyone in Star City’s law enforcement but a handful of cops was willing to be blackmailed by him is ridiculous. And why couldn’t ARGUS take him down?
    Black Siren was fun through most of the season, some who took great fun in manipulating and being evil. Suddenly being afraid of Diaz, a human, when she could easily have killed him, started her arc of being less interesting or effective. She started out as a psychotic who killed just for fun, or shoes and even Cayden James was appalled. Changing her into an ally just because her name is Laurel Lance seems like fan pandering.
    I’m against an Olicity baby while the show is still on air. Babies need taking care of and it’s going to sideline Felicity just when it seems she’s finally going to get her own company (without Curtis please). Baby Sara/JJ worked only because Lyla was recurring.
    Why didn’t Melissa answer the last question?


    • Craig Byrne

      July 21, 2018 #2 Author

      We added a few questions throughout the process and I didn’t get her answer for that last question until I was on my way to San Diego for Comic-Con, unable to update the post. Will do that right now before I finally get some sleep – just got home.



    July 23, 2018 #3 Author

    Reading through this round table Melissa never was a fan of Laurel/Katie whether playing her Earth 1 or Earth 2 counterpart. She seems similar to former showrunners Marc G and Wendy about disliking Katie/Laurel for some reason. Thats the impression I get.


    • Melissa

      August 5, 2018 #4 Author

      I’d probably disagree with how much I feel MG and WM probably did like Laurel while she was on the show (and that they brought a version back) but you are right that she rubbed me the wrong way as a character right from the start. — But honestly, in season six, BS was waaaaaaaaay down on the list when it came to disliked characters, lol. I would have happily traded the NTA and or Diaz for original recipe Laurel.

      My issues with her this season was the inconsistency in which they wrote her. Like actively going out of her way in the early part of the season to kill even when Cayden James and others basically said, tone it down or that’s really not needed but then later she’s supposed to be disgusted by extremes others take. Even within the Dragon episode, her stance on how you could kill someone and what was crossing lines was decidedly fuzzy. And more than anything, I think Quentin treating her like his Laurel was bananas.


      • JFINN

        August 5, 2018 #5 Author

        Like I said you have Mark G and Wendy M to blame for that. They probably was going to make E2 Laurel a one dimensional villain/henchman for Tina/Dinah to fight. But with ratings decline and fans hating Tina/Dinah ever since she was introduced they were forced to give Black Siren more depth. They had the perfect opportunity starting with Who Are You? from season 5 for Black Siren to start redemption but keep her edge. But Mark and Wendy went the lazy route and introduced someone with the same name as Laurel and Sara’s mom along with similar traits. Its lazy writing in general.


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