Review: Arrow, very intrigued

Admission: I have not seen a single episode of Smallville.

Yeah, yeah, I know. I remember it being on, I remember people talking about it, and I remember not watching it. It’s an oversight that’s being corrected… as soon as the library gets season 1 in for me.

But I’m not planning to talk about Smallville today. Nope. What I really want to talk about is Arrow.

I don’t recall seeing the first trailer before I went searching for it today, but I definitely saw the second. Multiple times, in fact.

If you read my posts here regularly, you may have noticed a quickly growing obsession with comics. But even as a comics fan, often my ability to suspend my disbelief about what is possible is what makes or breaks a show. But Arrow has me… intrigued. More than intrigued, if I must admit.

I mentioned Smallville, only because the responses I received about my comments on the trailers for Arrow all referenced it. But since, at this point in time, I still haven’t seen Smallville, there’s no real comparison.

I don’t know a lot about the character or portrayal of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in either comics or television, but maybe that’s a good thing. It means when Arrow starts airing, I can watch it without any preconceptions.

Of course, that will depend on me not reading or watching anything related to the character between now and September. Which is, well, probably not going to happen.


Official synopsis from

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.

The series stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.

Based on characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Green Lantern,” “Brothers & Sisters”), Marc Guggenheim (“FlashForward,” “Eli Stone”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Warehouse 13,” “The Vampire Diaries”) and David Nutter (“Smallville,” “Supernatural,” “Game of Thrones”). Melissa Kellner Berman (“Eli Stone,” “Dirty Sexy Money”) is co-executive producer. The pilot was directed by David Nutter from a teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim, story by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim.


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