The CW's Arrow has definitely fluctuated in quality over the course of the last four years. It's a series that has never been afraid to experiment with its story or tone, and some of those creative decisions (particularly during Season 4) have not worked as well as others. Still, the show has made a concerted effort to retool this year, and Season 5 is off to a very solid start.

With this in mind, we have compiled a list of ways Arrow is actually working so far this season. Some of these reasons are a result of the show continuing to try new and fresh ideas, while others are a result of the series returning to certain tried and true elements. Check out our arguments, and let us know whether or not you think Oliver Queen's solo series is back on the right track. Without further ado, let's kick off this list with the new and improved Team Arrow...

Team Arrow

Team Arrow's New Dynamic

The decision to bring in an entire squad of new recruits could've proven disastrous for Arrow's fifth season. That said, Team Arrow 2.0 has generally worked out quite well from a storytelling point of view -- regardless of the fact that they constantly blunder. Sure, Wild Dog is still a bit rough around the edges, but watching Curtis, Evelyn, Rory and him specifically develop as characters has been a genuine treat, and it really harkens back to Oliver making Roy slap a bowl of water during Season 2. With well-defined roles and enough friction to keep things narratively interesting, the new version of Team Arrow has actually become one of the highlights of Arrow's fifth season. The slow but sure reintegration of John Diggle back into the equation has helped add a new layer of leadership, as well.

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