OK so I’m a little late on this bandwagon, but I’m finally trying “Arrow.” After giving “The Cape” a chance in 2011 and being disappointed I didn’t immediately give “Arrow” a chance. Then I found out that John Barrowman was in it. Yeah so then I had a nerd obligation to try it. However it was seven episodes in before I set my DVR to record it. I figured I’d record them anyway and surely there would be a marathon soon so that I could catch up. Well there wasn’t. However this week the network aired the pilot again so I was finally able to give it a chance.
My verdict? WARNING: Some light spoilers beyond this point
It has a lot of potential. I like the set up for the hero character. What I have seen so far makes it believable (in that “someone could actually be a superhero” kind of way) that Oliver (Stephen Amell) would have the skills, motivation, and cover to assume this role. The flashbacks did a good job showing how big of a douche he was pre-shipwreck and I’m sure that future episodes will begin to explain his ninja skills. Just surviving five years on an island though would give you mad survival skills and also some insanity (which would help with that whole thinking that becoming a superhero is a sane thing to do idea). He obviously knows some really bad crap on a huge list of people in charge back in civilization which has given him motivation to right the wrongs that his father felt responsible for.
I found the montage of the stuff that Oliver gets done setting up his bat cave (oh wait— wrong billionaire) to be unbelievable. Did he have all those supplies in the two bags he carried into the warehouse? Yeah I don’t think so. Maybe there was a Home Depot close by… and a Best Buy. Plus there was time left over to workout (not saying I didn’t appreciate watching that) and do some target practice. Dude, I have trouble having time to work out if I have to add a trip to Wal-Mart to my schedule. Then in his spare time he went to threaten the bad guy of the week.
Also on the unbelievable list is the fact that Oliver has had so much contact with Detective Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) who just so happens to be the girl that died during the shipwreck’s father. Yeah I don’t see any police department allowing someone with that history to help with the investigation of Oliver’s kidnapping attempt. Surely there was someone else to send, but it did set up the precedent that Detective Lance would get to run point on all cases having anything to do with the Guy in the Green Hood.
Other than all that though (it was just a little rushed— maybe if he’d only accomplished half of those tasks in one day I’d have bought it) I like the characters. The spoiled friend gets on my nerves, but I think he will develop into a character with more depth. He has a good unrequited love story which as I’ve said before is needed in any show. The body guard Diggle (David Ramsey) is great. He seems like an honest upfront guy that I’m assuming will become Oliver’s assistant (I’m trying to avoid the word “sidekick”) in the future. The sister Thea (Willa Holland) is a convincing troubled spoiled rich teen that isn’t so far gone that she can’t be saved by a great older brother or driven away by a judging controlling brother— we’ll see which route they take.
I hope that they explore the mental issues that Oliver would have after seeing and experiencing what he went through. I’m interested to see how they handle the brother/sister relationship and the friend that obviously knows something is up. Oh and I really enjoyed the surprise twist at the end.
I’m bummed that I have to wait until next Wednesday to see the next episode, but at least once I get to the seventh episode I can marathon it.