Season 5 opens with a deadly new criminal, Tobias Church, threatening Star City, which forces Oliver to consider forming a new team of superheroes to help him do battle. In flashbacks, Oliver faces off against the Bratva in Russia.
This is the version of Arrow we need. The grounded Arrow that knows its limitations and embraces them. The show was originally designed to be a superpower-less superhero show, and that's what it has decided to be once again in season five.
Season 5 manages to do something positive with its flashbacks, if you can believe it, with a wig for Oliver that doesn't look like it has its own dark powers. A strong start to what feels like it will be a much more grounded season.
Arrow season 5 begins the process of rebuilding the show from its lacklustre fourth year, and so far, it appears that the showrunners may have a solid plan in mind to redeem Oliver Queen in the eyes of disillusioned fans.