Star City has been facing tough times since Team Arrow split up in the Arrow midseason finale.
Curtis (Echo Kellum) and the newbies were feeling betrayed and underappreciated -- even though one of them, like, totally betrayed Oliver (Stephen Amell) first -- and Oliver, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (David Ramsey) weren't sure whether they could bring the team back together with all the hurt feelings involved.
Unfortunately, Cayden James (Michael Emerson) and his teammates weren't having quite as much discord amongst their ranks, which left them free to terrorize the city. Or well, the city's criminal element. The Bertinelli mob family found themselves at Cayden's mercy, and they actually enlisted the Green Arrow to help them out. That's definitely a team-up we never saw coming.
Even with the help of some misleading Arrow Cave footage though, Oliver couldn't handle all of those villains on his own. With Diggle on the bench and everyone else throwing temper tantrums, Team Arrow was seriously understaffed.
Oliver threw himself at the team's mercy, but Curtis, Rene (Rick Gonzalez) and Dinah (Juliana Harkavay) just couldn't find it in their hearts to forgive him or rejoin the team. So they formed a team of their own!
Set up in the old Helix bunker, Curtis, Dinah and Rene plan to take on Cayden James and protect the city themselves. We'll pretend that this isn't going to end in tears and try to be happy for them. Good luck to you, Team Totally Not Arrow -- We Hate That Guy!
It's definitely sad to see the team so fractured, but it does leave an opportunity for Arrow to give fans something they haven't seen since Season 2: Original Team Arrow.
Original Team Arrow (or OTA as they're more fondly referred to) is exactly what it sounds like. The original team of Oliver, Felicity and Diggle from early seasons of the show back when they were fighting crime all on their own. Thanks to Curtis' tech, Diggle can safely go back into the field with no tremor, which means Oliver will have at least a little bit of backup.
Sooner or later though, these crime-fighters are going to rumble and then what? A dance off?
Arrow airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.