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Arrow: Season 3 (2014-2015)




Critic Consensus: Arrow stays on target with new characters and a steady supply of exciting action.


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The Season 3 adventures of Arrow (based on DC Comics hero Green Arrow) find Starling City embracing Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) as a hero in the wake of Slade's defeat. But, all is not well, as numerous adversaries quickly assault Queen and the city. Notably, he faces a cyber-terrorist and an obsessive stalker who dresses her victims in clothing to match the Arrow. Most seriously, though, a friend is murdered, and when the League of Assassins threaten to kill citizens of Starling City if the murderer isn't found, Queen finds himself in a life-or-death battle. Elsewhere, he and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) acknowledge their feelings for each other, but Queen is hesitant to make a commitment. Also, Arrow teams up with his friend the Flash (Grant Gustin) to stop a boomerang-wielding killer.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
Colin Salmon
as Walter Steele
David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Jamey Sheridan
as Robert Queen
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards
as Felicity Smoak
Colin Donnell
as Tommy Merlyn
Matt Nable
as Ra's al Ghul
Brandon Routh
as Ray Palmer
J.R. Ramirez
as Ted Grant
Karl Yune
as Maseo
Amy Gumenick
as Carrie Cutter
Grant Gustin
as Barry/The Flash
Matt Ward
as Simon Lacroix/Komodo
Charlotte Ross
as Donna Smoak
Doug Jones
as Jake Simmons/Deathbolt
David Cubitt
as Mark Shaw
Adrian McMorran
as Michael Amar/Murmur
Steven Culp
as Joseph Cray
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Critic Reviews for Arrow: Season 3

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

"The Calm" introduced us to someone we barely recognized - Oliver with a positive outlook on life.

January 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The result was a gritty season that, while still on the weaker side, featured several of the show's best moments.

July 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Arrow's context heading into its fourth season? Well, it kind of sucked last year, but it built up enough goodwill in its second season for me to continue giving this show the benefit of the doubt.

July 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The show went in some new directions this season that were necessary for Oliver's character...I liked that, but I can see how that alienated some fans. It still had some excellent moments, but it is slipping...

July 11, 2018 | Full Review…

What a breath of fresh air Routh's Ray Palmer is! Obviously the character was conceived in no small part as a complement to Emily Bett Rickards' take on Felicity.

October 9, 2014 | Full Review…

The visual appeal of the show is consistently improving.

October 9, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Arrow: Season 3

Incredibly ambitious, Season 3 of Arrow is extraordinarily daring and action-packed. This season Oliver Queen runs afoul of Ra's al Ghul, industrialist Ray Palmer takes over Queen Consolidated and develops a secret weapons project, and Laurel Lance trains to become the new Black Canary in the wake of her sister's death. Additionally, there are several crossover episodes with The Flash spin-off series that are quite exciting. However, the show's format of having a flashback B-story throughout the season is wearing thin and doesn't really work this time (as it feels especially contrived). And, the direction that the show is headed in is rather dubious; with the "Arrow" persona having been burned by Ra's' war with Queen. Reaching a little beyond its grasp, Arrow's third season falls a bit short, but it's still tremendously entertaining and is full of thrills.


Super Reviewer

This is why I always take Rotten Tomatoes scores for TV seasons with a grain of salt. There is no way this season of Arrow gets a 100%. This season is where the show hit a bump in the road and instead of plowing through, it got way too confident and jumped off the rails and crashed into a school bus. Even though this is a superhero show and you have to suspend belief for some things that happen, this show is so off track from the tone that was set in the first two seasons that I deleted it off my DVR and have no interest in watching the show again. Also, the continued flashbacks are really weighing on everyone.


Super Reviewer


It's very hard to live up to the brilliance that we got in the second season, and while the third season isn't as good as the second, it's just as interesting, if not more. With new characters like the very likeable Ray Palmer, played by former Superman actor Brandon Routh, and the very evil Ra's al Ghul, played by Matt Nable, this show adds something special that actually lacked a little bit from previous seasons. The show starts out in a very dark way and it continues to the very end. John Barrowman returns for real this season and every time he is on the screen, he completely shines and he is actually the character who probably have the biggest character arc in this entire season, and that comes from a season where EVERYBODY have a character arc! Even though this isn't the perfect follow-up to season two, it's still a really good one.


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