Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Arrow?

We've seen the pilot for Arrow, The CW's newest live-action superhero story. Will it fill the void in former Smallville fans' hearts? Will it draw the male viewership The CW desperately seeks? And most importantly, should you watch it? Here's a quick FAQ that might help you decide.


What’s Arrow about?

Based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, Arrow chronicles the story of Oliver Queen’s return to his home of Starling City after a shipwreck leaves him stranded on a deserted island for five years. As he begins to reconnect with the loved ones who long presumed him to be dead, he creates the secret identity of Arrow. Armed with a bow, arrows, lots of money, and a list of names supplied by his late father, Oliver sets out to return his city to its former glory by wiping out corruption through vigilante justice.


When can I see it?

Arrow premieres Wednesday, October 10, at 8pm on The CW.


Who created the show?

If you have any doubts about Arrow, you might find comfort in the creative forces behind the show. The series was developed by Andrew Kreisberg, who's worked on The Vampire Diaries, Fringe, and Justice League; he also wrote Green Arrow and Black Canary for DC Comics. Then there’s Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim. Berlanti’s the mastermind behind Everwood and the co-creator of Jack & Bobby; he and Guggenheim previously worked together to create Eli Stone. And in addition to his TV work, Guggenheim has written extensively for comics, including The Flash and The Amazing Spider-Man.


Who’s in it?

The regular cast features Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Arrow; Katie Cassidy as Laurel, a lawyer and Oliver's ex; and Colin Donnell as Tommy, Oliver's long-time best friend. There's also Susanna Thompson as Oliver's mother Moira, David Ramsey as Oliver's loyal bodyguard, Willa Holland as Oliver's younger sister, and Paul Blackthorne as Laurel's dad (and a detective who wants to bring down Arrow).


Who’s the target audience?

With Arrow, The CW seems ready to expand beyond its (perceived) identity as a network for teen girls. That the production is making sure people know about the various DC characters slated to appear (including Huntress, the Royal Flush Gang, and Deadshot) would seem to indicate that Arrow wants comic-book fans (and former Smallville viewers) to tune in. However, the pilot shows promise for lots of romance, interpersonal conflict, and soapy melodrama (all of which are things that Berlanti excels at). If it hits the bullseye, Arrow could be the best of both worlds.


Let’s hear the pros!

The pilot features some solid action sequences, thanks in no small part to David Nutter’s direction (he also directed the Smallville pilot). Stephen Amell is engaging and brings some real credibility to the weight that rests on Oliver’s shoulders (and his abs should get their own screen credit, wowza!).


And the cons?

Despite his strength on-screen, Amell’s voiceover work is not great in the pilot. His voice is stiff, and he’s struggling to find much to do with the clunky and overly expository writing. Beyond that, the CGI is pretty wretched, and hopefully it’ll be scaled back. The entire premise could be too cheesy for some.


Make a decision for me! Should I watch it?

Yes. The pilot’s heavier on the action side, but with a romantic triangle and Oliver’s mother plotting against him, there’s the potential for Arrow to have something for everyone.


Do you have a clip or a trailer I could look at?

But of course.


What should I drink while watching this program?

Oliver (jokingly) mentions that he really missed tequila during his five years on the deserted island. So do a shot of tequila with a dash of green food coloring (for thematic consistency!) every time you hear the whoosh of an arrow.


Arrow premieres Wednesday, October 10, at 8pm on The CW.

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I don't know if I can seriously watch this. I watched 10 seasons of Smallville and got used to characters there. I don't know how much of a Green Arrow he will be for me after watching years of Justin Hartley as Green Arrow.
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I'll give it A TRY
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I'm on board.



But I'm having trouble shaking the feeling that the characters and actors should be younger.
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I'll watch it and give it a chance!
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"...lots of romance, interpersonal conflict, and soapy melodrama..." and this is supposed to attract people OTHER than teenage girls?
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I'm totally game for that sort of thing. But I like Revenge and Vampire Diaries. Clearly I'm a teenage girl. ;)
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Amen !
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Way too excited for this show too start!
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After the poor quality of Smallville in its final years, I'm kind of skeptical about Arrow. But I'm willing to give it a shot, especially since one of my old high school friends worked as an AD on it.
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Skyrim , Tomb Raider , Assassin's Creed 3 , Crysis 3

Hunger Games , Avengers

with all the characters that uses archery as a way for fighting in the past year ..i can't help but to watch Arrow ..

it will be funny if one of the characters says in the show " i used to be an adventurer like you but then I took an arrow to the knee"
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I honestly would not put it past Tommy to say something along those lines.
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I'll watch it...I've been looking forward to this for a while...even if all I end up watching it for is those Abs! ;-)

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Damnit CW, I feel like you're going to burn me one way or another with this - either you're going to make it too trashy and soap-opera-esque the way you do everything, or you're going to cancel it prematurely. Makes me not want to tune in, buuuuuut I'll try to tune in for this.
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I think that it'll have a good chance of being renewed rather than being cancelled.
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I feel semi-confident about the second part not happening due to media conglomerate ownership between DC-Warner Bros-The CW. (DC and Warner Bros so want/need something to work other than Batman and their animation.)

As for the rest...It's possible. But that's just part of the fun. Right? Riiiiiiight? ;)
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Can't wait to watch this one. Hope it's as good as it looks.
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cant wait!! love to see the other DC characters that'll be worked in. Marvel may have more success with movies but Ive always loved DC's television, especially their animations
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Excited about this one! Love the creative minds behind it!
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Probably my most anticipated new show of the fall. Can I write my THE RETURN OF WILLA HOLLAND essay yet?
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I'm sure folks will love that, Cory.
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ufffffff, great trailer ;)
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I'll definitely be watching the premiere. Arrow was third or fourth on my list of new shows I wanted to watch.

I am a little put off by the comment: "...shows promise for lots of romance, interpersonal conflict, and soapy melodrama." The interpersonal conflict is fine, as is some forms of romance. But generally, romance + soapy melodrama isn't my thing, at all.
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Comic books tend toward a feeling of melodrama (particularly Green Arrow), which in turn can feel a bit soapy. Just don't want people to feel like they weren't warned. :)
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A billionaire vigilante? What is this, Batman with a bow and arrow minus the cool factor?
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That is the very genesis of Green Arrow, only at the time he didn't even have Batman's angst - he had an arrowmobile and a teen sidekick and everything Batman had right out of the box minus the misery. That came later.
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Way to spoil my 200 words! Sheesh. ;)
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Oh, there's 200 words contextualizing that very thing in my post-air review. Look for it! ;)
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I just wish that not every damn show has to have beautiful, clean people in dirty, trashy situations.
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It's the pits, I agree, and it complicates shows (and their ideologies) in really unproductive ways.
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Just the freaking CW better NOT be trying to look to make this show a replacement for Nikita, with cheesy premise, romance, and CGI, to target more teen girls...
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I'll watch just because i miss Smallville
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"[...] you might find comfort in the creative forces behind the show."



Uhhh... no. I think I'll pass, thanks. :)
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John Barrowman is coming. I don't care how, I don't care why, I just know he's be on in a few eps. All I need to know.
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I resisted mentioning his guest spot since we're not sure who he's playing yet, beyond "Well-dressed man." But I have theories, oh do I have theories.
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Well, I'm sold :)



I'll probably give the show a few episodes, but the romance aspect bothers me. I might be a girl, but I'm not a huge fan of romance drama...
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I think the series will potentially offer something for everyone, regardless of gender: I'm a guy, and I'd prefer a well-developed romance drama to mindless action, but if both can be character-based, I'm generally happy.
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I hope it gets a full season after only two episodes...

...because it's my tie breaker.
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Huh, it sounds just like Revenge, except with a dude instead of a woman, and a bow and arrows instead of scheming, backstabbing, general villainy, and devastating one-liners/bandage dresses.

Color me intrigued.
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The pilot definitely has a Revenge vibe. There are even voiceovers. And a revenge box.
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I was just thinking that. Pair him up with Emily Thorne and you've got something.
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I'm totally rooting for an Arrow/Revenge crossover!
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*sniff* Justin Hartley... Emily Owens, M.D.? Really?
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Um, yes please!

As a sucker for the tarnished-hero type (with abs!), I will be fan-girling all over this one.

Another huge draw? The resultant character and thematic rants/debates that are sure to break out in the comments section (Hey, ACPers!!) between the comic purists, the (slightly) comic remedial (talking about me, here), and the living-under-a-rock comic dum-dums who are going to claim no prior knowledge to any iteration of this character/story/setting/etc.

Bring on the CAPSLOCK and #sarcasm font, the CW is back y'all.
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You'll be happy to know then that I've been reading as much Green Arrow as I can get my hands on (mostly digital), so I'll be mentioning comic book parallels as they come in. I am by no means, however, a purist when it comes to character interpretation/representation. That's part of the fun of comics is finding consistency and newness across writers and artists! (Except for that whole Superman/Wonder Woman "power couple" thing happening right now. That's dreadful.)

If you'd like to read some Green Arrow before the premiere (or even after), Comixology is running a Green Arrow 101 special, lots of issues for 99 cents each. I'd recommend Andy Diggle's Green Arrow: Year One limited series. http://www.comixology.com/Green-Arrow-101/comics-collection/670 (Sale ends on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 11pm EST)
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Tomorrow at 8, huh? I've been considering dropping Survivor from my schedule, so I may just replace it with this. I've been intrigued by this for a little while now. The idea sounds interesting, and it looks to be generally well executed (although I can't say that for sure until I actually see at least one full episode). Hopefully it lives up to its potential.
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Why drop Survivor? It's fun seeing a tribe go down in flames.
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Over the past several seasons, I had really started to dislike a lot of elements of the show. The fact that the seasons usually focused around one or two really annoying people while very few of the other people really stand out for positive reasons, and whenever there is somebody I really like they tend to get kicked off too early, the contestants seeming to get dumber as the seasons rolled on and allowing the obviously more powerful players coast to the end while they're concerned about just surviving "one more week" instead of pulling off huge blindsides, and most of the times when people did pull off blindsides the editing made it so obvious that it took away from the surprise of the votes, plus I don't really like some of the elements that are used as twists to the game like Hidden Immunity (which got a lot worse after Russell Hantz first showed up), Redemption Island, and returning contestants which tend to take the spotlight away from the new contestants. Also, I disagree about seeing tribes go down in flames (assuming you're referring to what's happening with the Matsing tribe this season). It's just boring, annoying, and predictable when one team keeps losing all the time. After last season, which was the absolute worst season that I can remember watching in my entire history of Survivor, I decided to give the show one more chance to win me over before I quit watching. I will admit, I'm not really hating this season nearly as much as some of the last few seasons, despite the fact that it still contains some of the elements that I've grown to hate. It's just that it's gotten to the point where my overall enjoyment of the show has diminished, and I keep thinking that there were many other shows I would rather spend my time watching instead.
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As a DC loyalist I was watching this show anyway, but honestly, everything I see makes me want to watch it. Also Amell is great.
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I've been looking forward to this one but won't be surprised if it sucks.
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That movie is terrible, but the team has a strong track record with television, so benefit of the doubt.

As for the "CW twits" (I suppose you could've been more condescending), they hardly feed the ratings when compared to the other broadcast nets (NBC aside...). Certainly The CW operates on a different ratings mentality, but they house Nikita, The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural, three very solid shows that likely would not have thrived elsewhere. Arrow's got the potential, based on the pilot, to hit those levels (Well, maybe not TVD, but they're doing crazy stuff there.)
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Will watch this for sure !
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Katie Cassidy and Willa Holland... I'll be watching this!
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I'll probably watch it but I'm not happy about the romance element. It seems everything these days is try to shoehorn a romance even if it doesn't belong and is never flushed out. I'm tired of everything being a romance, make romantic movie/shows have romance and leave everything else alone.
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These "romances" ruined so many of my favorite shows, X-Files, Fringe, Veronica Mars (the whole Logan thing), Star Trek TNG. Aren't there enough shows about love and relationships out there already? Just imagine they would introduce an alien conspiracy plotline into every rom-com, wouldn't that be perceived as really annoying by the fans of those shows? So why does it always happen the other way round?
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Remains to be seen how much of an element it'll be, but FWIW, Oliver's relationship with women has been a prominent aspect of the comics for a number of decades

(Then again, the promo on the CW right now is selling the notion of him as a bad boy who isn't "good for you." All about hitting those demographics.)
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Hell, they even threw his romance into JLU, despite it being a "kid's show". Not really surprised to see it here.
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I'd be lying if I said it wasn't the 1:22 min mark of that vid that convinced me to watch
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I wasn't kidding about the abs.
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I will definitely watch this, cause i loved Smallville. I only wish it was Justin Hartley, but oh well i'm sure i will be used to Stephen Amell eventually. Lets hope it's as good as Smallville.
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Uhh....let's hope it's far better than THAT was.
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can't wait - looks awesome
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