[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers to the October 10 premiere of The CW's new series "Arrow."]
The CW's premiere of "Arrow" has already succeeded where NBC's 2011 pilot of "Wonder Woman" did not, in that it actually made it on the air.
The series is based loosely on the "Green Arrow" DC comics (in a similar manner to "Smallville"), and it was certainly highly anticipated for all the obvious reasons. And despite some recent TV flops in the superhero genre, there will continue to be interest in small screen caped crusaders, since they've been ruling the box office.
That said, I'm just not too sure about this one. Stephen Amell is a great find as Oliver Queen, and The CW has certainly made sure that he will appeal to their target demographic, but Wednesday night's premiere seemed to borrow too much from other established superhero origin stories.
Here is Oliver, the spoiled rich guy who saw how his city had gone to shambles and decides to wear a cowled, or rather a hooded, disguise to fight the criminals and the corrupt.
Oliver apparently had this epiphany - and learned to rival Katniss in the archery department - while stranded on an island after a shipwreck, which seemingly cost the lives of all on board. (And hey, he even grew the customary Green Arrow beard on the island.)
But when Arrow (no "green" needed - that color has been tainted on the big screen anyway) first appears, he's dismissed as delusional.
So far, it's all standard superhero origin fare. There's plenty of mystery behind that shipwreck and his time on the island, but the villains so far are disappointing.
[Warning, here's where a few more spoilers come in.]
At the same time, though, we also had nods to the comics, what with his sister Thea being called "Speedy" (the name of Green Arrow's sidekick) and his ex-girlfriend sharing a name with Green Arrow's beloved, Black Canary. We also know that other characters from DC Comics, Huntress and Deadshot, will be appearing before long.
I'll stick with "Arrow" a little longer to see how it goes. Despite the fact that it seems to be a bit overloaded with characters, Amell seems to have what it takes to carry the series, and ultimately that could go a long way.
What did you think of "Arrow?" Will you check out the next episode? Share your view on video or comment below.
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I grew up in archery (1960), with recurve bows, before the compound bows. All of us who still shoot traditional (non-compound archery equipment) we love the show!! We like his bow (we're all trying to figure out want brand and model it is? The use of Zwickey Eskimo (green) broadheads. Most all of us who grew up in archery read the original Green Arrow DC comics.
we just hope the writing staff is up to keeping the episodes / series interesting ;-)
While all the comic shows are the same story- rich kid takes over blah blah I can take anything that's guy Stephen Amell in it. Keep it up
Boring, they should have just stayed with Justin Hartley from Smallville, now that was a show :))
can work.– these actors worry too much about where they come from.
His home is the same house from Smallville for Lex Luther.
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It's junk. Middlin' to poor acting, cardboard-tasting scripting. But of course the guy has to be a billionaire, wouldn't want to offend the dull audience with a middle class or (gasp!) poor person today! Reminds me of the remake of "The Night Stalker" which was a complete disaster.
The original character in the comics loses his fortune due to some fraudulent legal skulduggery, and eventually became a crusader for the underprivileged. It'll be interesting if they take this tack with the series. In that case he won't be middle-class, he'll be living in an alleyway á la Spawn with the rest of the homeless. Might make for a good superhero show, no?
To the original: Yes, the Green arrow was intended as a second-string Batman. He was used that way for close to 40 years. The acting was still better than, say, Revolution. It bears watching to see if there's something decent there.
I'm no expert; this all came from Wikipedia.
Looks like a decent show, but why did the writer of the article use a zero for an O? ...decides to wear a cowled, 0r rather hooded, disguise... I dont get it
I think "Arrow" shows some real promise. Does it deviate some from the source material? Yes, but the changes have been very interesting. I can't wait to see how the show progresses... looks like we've got some really good stuff coming up.
I think the show has promise. The acting at times could be better along with the dialog. Stephen Amell is easy on the eyes so it wont be hard to keep watching. I hope everyone will give it a chance.
WATCHED IT, LOVED IT, BETTER STICK AROUND.
This looks good, but where did Mr. Playboy get all these computer skills to steal 40 million from Adam Hunt and who is Adam Hunt anyway. We know that Legal Aid was after him for something, but all the details were absent. Put a little more meat into the plot so we can believe in his agenda. Right now, all I think is that he is cute and rich, with a witch of a mom and a dopehead as a sis. The new stepdad at least adds a little mystery.
that bugged me too. As well as when he decided to rennovate the place, he entered with only a duffel and a backpack and somehow ended up lowering thousands in equipment despite never leaving the factory (soon as he does his bodyguard finds him) so they have some kinks to work on.
Damn this was boring
Agree with a previous poster.. the Katniss reference was a little unnecessary. Ollie's been around for decades longer than her. I was very skeptical going into this one, but I'm willing to give it a few episodes to see if it's worth watching. Not a bad hour of entertainment, although not outstanding either. I was amused by the Speedy reference and intrigued by the Deathstroke mask. I'm looking forward to seeing where this show's going.
I liked the show.Can't wait until next week to c again.
What is with the friggan comparison to Katniss??!! (I tend to get angry when a character that has been around for a long time gets compared to a flavor of the week character.) Green Arrow was around LONG before that! And Ollie has always had the rich spoiled playboy as a background. There's also going to be more about his time on the island and what he went through throughout the season. Slow it down and enjoy it a little.
Katniss + Hawkeye + Green Arrow = archery trend in 2012. Yes, I'm fully aware that Green Arrow has been around 70+ years (and that Hawkeye is also an older character than Katniss). Thanks for your comment.
And don't forget the Katniss clone on Revolution!
I liked it... I think it will evolve into an interesting and entertaining show.
Wow did you even watch the show ?? "and his ex-girlfriend (a reporter like Lois Lane, no less) " She's a lawyer not a reporter. They only say it every two seconds during the show.
IDIOT! She was CLEARLY a lawyer on the show!
This looks GOOOOOOOOOOD !
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