I just wanted to give you all my initial impressions of a fan recommendation. Recently, one of our PAUSED Nation faithful recommended that we give the show Arrow a look and give our thoughts. So far I must say, I'm more than a little impressed.
The show is a re-imagining of one of DC Comics' classic characters, the Green Arrow. Portrayed by Stephen Amell, the show takes the little known and often background character of Oliver Queen and thrusts him into the spotlight. I for one couldn't be happier. Odds are unless you are a big DC fan, you may not have ever heard of the Green Arrow before, and the truth is he's kind of a generic Batman/Bruce Wayne. However, he is a badass, billionaire vigilante and Lord knows we can never have enough of those.
How does the show hold up?
Now, let's get to why we are all here, the show. It is actually quite well done. It seems like CW has given this effort a decent budget to work with, and the show makes use of it well. It plays more like a feature film and gives validity and credibility to the story. The slightly updated origin story of how the Green Arrow comes to be is also very well constructed so far and brings the character into a very believable and easy to follow world. This is also a very cool feature to the show, as the origin is divulged in pieces to the audience. We pretty much meet Oliver Queen upon his arrival back to Star City after a 5 year absence. Not to give anything away, but the events that occurred during his absence are what have shaped him to become the hooded vigilante we all know and love. These events are not simply given to us right away, but gifted in small PTSD-like flashbacks as Oliver slowly re-assimilates into society now having to be the man every once knew, and the man he has now become. Very cool, and very well done if I say so myself.
The action is also very well done, the fighting and training feel very real and not at all like your standard TV combat. You can tell the actors, Amell in particular, have trained hard to give this show a true "feature feel" that is essential to this kind of story. Lastly, the nods to the DC Universe are abundant and delicious, and I drink up each and every one and beg for seconds. Of course we have all the characters we would expect to see alluded to with a Green Arrow story, Speedy, Merlyn and others, however there are even slight nods to Batman and a not-so-slight nod to Deathstroke which have me insanely excited to see what happens next.
So far the show is great and I have no real complaints. The only con is that the acting can be a bit over the top and cheesy at times, but what do you expect from TV actors? This is very minor and nit-picky however, and the story is so well concieved and portrayed that you get engulfed quickly and are just eager to see where it takes you next, or what big reveal lies just around the corner.
Now while I've only seen 3-4 episodes of what I believe is a 24 episode season. I must say that I highly recommend Arrow to not only the die-hard DC fan, but also the casual fan. I think it's a story that anyone can get behind, is impressively well done and exciting to watch. So far I give Arrow a 7.5/10, the high marks are yours to lose Arrow, please don't disappoint me.
In the meantime, I can't wait to get back to my TV and check out the next episode, hopefully you'll join me! Season 1 is available on Netflix Instant now, so definitely give it a watch and let us know what you think. You can always reach us by commenting below, or...
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Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you enjoy the show!
P.S. Check out this brief video clip of one of Oliver Queen's workout sessions in the show (Salmon Ladder Pullups). Honestly, I dare you to watch the show and not be overwhelmed by the urge to run immediately to the gym, faced with the new realization that you've done nothing with your life.