“Arrow” TV Show Review

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Stephen Amell dressed as the Green Arrow (Google Images)

By Dave Steinwedel

“My name is Oliver Queen. For five years I was stranded on an island with only one goal: survive. Now I will fulfill my father’s dying wish – to use the list of names he left me and bring down those who are poisoning my city. To do this, I must become someone else. I must become something else.” (IDMB).

You have failed this city if you do not watch “Arrow” on the CW.

“Arrow” follows the story of the Green Arrow/ Oliver Queen, played by Stephen Amell. Oliver Queen returns from being stranded on an island for five years to his home in Starling City. Upon his return to Starling City, Oliver Queen begins to fight crime as a vigilante. Along with fighting crime, Oliver Queen must readjust to life on the main land with his family, his best friend Tommy (Colin Donnell), and former lover Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy).  Throughout the course of the season, the Arrow follows a book of names left behind by his father, who died on the island with him. The Arrow takes out people on the list who are criminals until he stumbles upon a bigger plan to attack Starling City. Then it becomes a race against the clock to stop the attack before it occurs. Season one involves a love triangle with Tommy, Laurel, and Oliver as Oliver can’t let go of his former lover who has moved on with his best friend.  As Oliver juggles his personal and superhero life, he gains help from his bodyguard John Diggle (David Ramsay), and computer expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). They both work with him to help fight crime in Starling City.

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Cast from Left to right: (Willa Holland, David Ramsay, Stephen Amell, Collin Donnell, Katie Cassidy) (Google Images)

Many things makes “Arrow” a fantastic  show and a must-watch for anyone who likes superhero shows or even a good action drama.  The first thing that makes this show work is the acting is very good.  Stephen Amell has the tough job of trying to show a difference between Oliver Queen and the Arrow and shows the distinction between the two with ease.  The other tough job for Amell is showing a man who is clearly struggling to readjust to society. The show is also helped by having some veteran actors in key parts to help complete the cast. Susanna Thompson plays Moria Queen, Oliver’s mom, and Thompson helps to illuminate the part of the sneaky and manipulative women trying to protect her family. Paul Blackthrone plays Quinten Lance, the police detective hell bent on taking down the Arrow. The friction between the Arrow and the police department helps to carry a season-long conflict that is captivating to the audience. John Barrowman plays Malcom Merlyn, the sinister antagonist of the season. All three help bring out the many conflicts that Season 1 produces. The other thing that all three actors/actresses deliver for the show is some credibility to the cast. The action scenes in the show are some of best scenes that are currently on TV. Each week there are solid action scenes with some great stunt work choreographed by head stunt director James Bradford and the whole crew of “Arrow” to make the fight scenes jump off the screen.  One must be warned that when watching Arrow, there is plenty of violence in the show. Oliver Queen is a ruthless killer in Season 1 as he believes that the only way to save Starling City is to take out the corruption and the evil plaguing the city. However, the killing tendency of the Arrow causes friction between him and his teammates that also leads to an important debate that every super-hero wrestles with from time to time: kill or not to kill. Throughout the season, Oliver Queen struggles and deals with the consequences of his actions. Each week, as the season progress, Oliver faces numerous challenges from thieves, drug dealers, corruption, and killers to help build the Arrow’s persona.

“Arrow” is and will always be carried by strong villains, each season that makes fans stick around to see the villain get their justice and strong character development. In Season 1 of “Arrow” the character of Oliver Queen is fleshed out as the writers take him through the trials and tribulations of becoming a hero and facing the consequences of his actions.

“Arrow” is currently on Season 5 on the CW. Episodes air Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. Seasons 1-4 of “Arrow” can be found on Netflix. If you’re looking for a show with a lot of action and drama week in and week out, this show is right on target for you. In the words of Oliver Queen on IMDB “You have failed this city”. Don’t fail the city, watch “Arrow”.

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Season 1 DVD Cover (Google images)
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