IGN: One could easily make the argument that Arrow has become the victim of its own success. The first season laid out a blueprint for how to blend vigilante action, conspiracy, romance, and Lost-style flashbacks into one effective superhero show. Season 2 elevated that formula and delivered a gripping, overarching storyline anchored by the very personal grudge between Oliver Queen and Slade Wilson. Season 3 faced an uphill battle in trying to move forward from the big Ollie/Slade showdown and continue the show's growing momentum. It was unfortunate but not entirely unsurprising that this season failed in that goal.