Arrow is a great show. Oh...well, I should probably say more than that.
Arrow is an adaptation of the DC superhero Green Arrow. The last new superhero TV show was NBC's The Cape...and we all know how that turned out. I admit to being a little skeptical of Arrow when they first announced it as a spin-off from Smallville. Frankly, I never cared for Green Arrow in Smallville. He was just Batman with arrows. Thankfully, they rebooted the whole concept for the new show, and in the right direction.
In case you haven't seen it, Arrow tells the story of Oliver Queen, a billionaire's son whose ship crashes and leaves him on a desert island. After being trapped for five years on the island, Queen returns to Starling City with new survival skills and a hunger for justice. Determined to bring down a list of powerful people corrupting the city, Queen dons the identity of a vigilante armed with a quiver of arrows.
The series has Christopher Nolan's "realism" type of esthetic. Arrow doesn't wear his Robin Hood outfit from the comics. He wears a hooded jacket, which earns him the nickname "The Hood." He doesn't use Green Arrow's trick arrows (most famous being an arrow with a boxing glove on the end), either. Just regular arrows to spear his enemies to the wall. Arrow's hero is brutal and uncompromising, and Stephen Amell plays the role with a suitably haunted appearance. Much like Christian Bale's smiles as Bruce Wayne never reach the eyes, Amell's Queen is a man who is never far from the horrors of what he's seen.
I like how the show has set up numerous storylines to drive the show. The mystery of what happened to Queen on the island unfolds in Lost-type flashbacks chronicling his life on the island. His old girlfriend isn't too happy about the fact that she last saw Queen cheating on her. His sister can't understand why Queen keeps running off in the middle of the night. A pair of detectives are hot on the Hood's trail, and can't help noticing how Queen seems to be tangled up in the mystery. Arrow's Rogues Gallery is also making an appearance with China White, the Royal Flush Gang, and Deadshot. Even the Huntress has popped up as a mobster's daughter determined to avenge her fiancee's murder.
Really, there's a lot to like about this show. My only complaint is that all the different characters and storylines can be a bit confusing, and I'm not really sure where it's all going. Also, I kind of miss the costumes and trick arrows. I hope the show loosens up a bit and starts to have more fun with the concept, but I'm also liking how grounded Arrow is in a gritty reality. The best part is that the show is a hit, which means this is an arrow that will be sticking around for a while.
What do you think of CW's Arrow?
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