'Crisis On Infinite Earths' Part 1: Is this the Green Arrow's final goodbye? He certainly deserved a better ending
Oliver Queen seems to have bid goodbye in the first episode of 'Crisis On Infinite Earths'.
2019 will always be remembered as the year when we had to bid goodbye to our favorite superheroes. After Iron Man's (Robert Downey Jr) death in Marvel's 'Avengers Endgame', DC hit back with killing off Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) on the first episode of 'Crisis Of Infinite Earths'. Yes, Green Arrow, the character who has impressive narrative weight, perhaps more than the others in Arrowverse, dies while fighting the terrifying Shadow Demons.
However, while Tony Stark's sacrifice left us bawling our eyes out, Green Arrow's startling and unexpected death didn't quite hit the feels, as it was expected to. Green Arrow died saving the universe, which is a heroic and noble act, indeed. Yet, it felt contrived and in fans' words 'disrespectful', as the hero who had started it all, died within minutes with some rather bland words addressed to his daughter Mia (Katherine McNamara) on the death bed. He reminds her that he loved her mother very much, and to 'always keep him in his heart', which falls rather flat.
Seriously, the Arrowverse is named after him. How can this be it?
It's quite a disappointing ending, especially for those who had been emotionally invested in the character from the beginning. It's not that we didn't know he would die, we've known that for ages. It would have been bizarre to expect anything else.
Yet, he deserved a better and a more fitting goodbye. The scene, that had an impact, was when he hands over his suit to Mia (Katherine McNamara). Anyway, this is a very daring move on the writers' part, and let's see how the next episode picks up the pieces. The Monitor nervously says that this is not the death he foresaw for Oliver Queen, which means there might be a small chance of a miracle. It could also just mean that events are turning out dire and darker than expected, and the stakes are ridiculously high now.
It is much to be hoped for that this is not the final goodbye, and the show will pull some miracles and see him back again for one last time with Felicity and Mia.
The first episode of 'The Crisis on Infinite Earths' dropped on December 8, CW.