Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 10, 2012 on The CW
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  • Episode Summary

    While on vacation Oliver Queen's ship is destroyed in a storm and he is the only survivor. He finds himself trapped on an island for the next five years. Once he makes it back to Starling City he is reunited with his family and his former girlfriend, but they are unaware that he has changed... and has put the skills he learned to survive on the island to become the vigilante that the city needs.


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    • interesting

      good start to the show, i am litery at the end of my seat with this show,

      and his mother omg could not belive that,
    • Great show!

      I love the serialization. It reminds me sometimes of the 'Once Upon a Time' format. The events of the present connects with the events shown in the flashbacks from Oliver's isolation in the island.

      Action packed, incredible stunts. I'm hooked.
    • What a joke.

    • Pilot

      I watched the show with very high expectations and it surprised me as i loved it. The show is amazing. This episode is amazing and this show is the best new show this season. I was surprised that the best show for me was a CW show and i hope this show continues with this quality of action and storytelling and improve more to be an even more awesome show. can't wait for more.moreless
    • Not what I was expecting.... in a good way!

      I learned about Green Arrow through Smallville. Since the first moment I loved the character; he was the only one that would tell Clark what a wimp he was for not killing a killer. Of course, I understand Superman has a rule to not kill, and I respect that. But I think Green Arrow is a better hero for not having said rule. Therefore, he immediately became my favorite superhero from Smallville. Also, Justin Hartley's performance was enticing.

      So, as a Smallville fan, I was expecting a lot from this series. Well, I still am. After watching the trailer I noticed two big changes: Justin Hartley was not playing Green Arrow, and the hero's personality has radically changed.

      I approached the Pilot with distrust. I have to tell you, my fears have been put to rest. The Pilot is everything I was expecting and more.

      Here are some points on why I think Arrow's Pilot was excellent:

      It presents the background story for Oliver. How he was in a yacht that sank and was the only survivor. After many days at sea he found an island and stayed there for five years until rescued. But it is not presented from beginning to end, rather in a series of flashbacks through the whole hour. Which prove to be an ace up the writers' sleeves. Some unexpected things happened at sea that you don't get to see until the end of the episode and it serves as a plot twist and a hook for next week's episode.

      It explains why he decided to become at vigilante and is targeting the wealthy of Starling City.

      The characters are well presented and constructed. Oliver was a drunken playboy, but after five years on an island he returned as a killing machine. Oliver's sister, Thea, after suffering his brother and father's death as a kid, turned out a party girl and now recurs to drugs. Oliver's best friend, Tommy, is the same after five years because he hasn't gone through much. And so on.

      It plays like an action movie. I can definitely see The CW's effort to attract men. They played their cards well. The pilot has everything an action movie needs: deaths, explosions, hand-to-hand combat, parties, a mob dealer, everything! I was so excited while watching this episode. You could pick any given minute of it, and something interesting would be happening. Nevertheless, there is a bit of drama in between of action shots. They were perfectly balanced. I just hope the writers don't tip the balance to either side; I don't want just action or just drama for this show.

      It ends with a gazillion plot twists! Actually it's three or four, but by the end of the episode I felt like I was going to have a heart attack from all the times my heart jumped and sank. They wrote them brilliantly at the end, to serve as hooks for the next episode. Thus, at the end of the episode I found myself wanting to tear my hairs off my head and screaming: "why?" This of course in a good way, I just really wanted to keep watching Arrow.moreless
    Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

    Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

    Sara Lance

    Guest Star

    Kathleen Gati

    Kathleen Gati


    Guest Star

    Brian Markinson

    Brian Markinson

    Adam Hunt

    Guest Star

    Colin Salmon

    Colin Salmon

    Walter Steele

    Recurring Role

    Annie Ilonzeh

    Annie Ilonzeh


    Recurring Role

    Roger R. Cross

    Roger R. Cross

    Detective Hilton

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • While Oliver is standing on a table at his nightclub party, he lifts a shot of tequila to his lips with his right hand. But when the angle shifts, he brings the glass down in his left hand. The angle shifts again, and the glass is back in his right hand.

      • When Oliver and Tommy are parked outside the closed Queen Industries factory, the reflection of the building in the car window still shows the sign as reading "Queen Industries" instead of a reversed reflection, as it should be.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Oliver: The name of the island they found me on is Lian Yu. It's Mandarin for "Purgatory." I've been stranded here for five years. I've dreamt of my rescue every cold dark night since then. For five years I've had only one thought, one goal-- survive. Survive and one day return home. The island held many dangers. To live, I had to make myself more than what I was, to forge myself into a weapon. I am returning not the boy who was shipwrecked but the man who will bring justice to those who have poisoned my city. My name is Oliver Queen.

      • Thea: I knew it, I knew you were alive. I missed you so much.
        Oliver: You were with me the whole time.

      • Tommy: A rock! That is sweet. You know, I want one of those t-shirts that says, "My friend was a castaway, and all I got is this crappy shirt."

      • Quentin: So that's your story. A guy in a green hood flew in and single-handedly took out three armed kidnappers. Who is he, why--why would he do that?
        Oliver: I don't know. Find him and you can ask.

      • Oliver: Adam Hunt--his crimes go deeper than fraud or theft, but he's been able to bully, bribe, or kill anyone who's gotten into his way. He hasn't met me yet.

      • Tommy: Now by my rough estimate, you have not had sex in 1,839 days. As your wingman, I highly recommend Carmen Golden.
        Oliver: Which one is she?
        Tommy: The one who looks like the chick from Twilight.
        Oliver: What's Twilight?
        Tommy: You're so better off not knowing.

      • Diggle: Something I can help you with, sir?
        Oliver: I just wanted a second to myself.
        Diggle: I would believe you, Mr. Queen, if you weren't so full of crap.

      • Tommy: Dinah Laurel Lance always trying to save the world.
        Laurel: Hey, if I don't try and save it, who will?

    • NOTES (8)

      • Green Arrow

        Green Arrow is a Golden Age hero created by Mort Weisinger and originally drawn by George Papp (in More Fun Comics #73, November 1941). Green Arrow was a wealthy millionaire in real life, had a red-costumed sidekick (Speedy, later Arsenal, who shows up over on Teen Titans), drove around in a Arrowcar and hung out in the Arrowcave. He progressed to the Silver Age, and joined the Justice League (issue #4, April/May 1961) and when he lost his own comic book, the writers stripped him of his fortune, changed his costume, had him grow a beard, and he became a new "liberal" type of 70s hero. The Earth-1 (main) Green Arrow eventually "died" and was replaced in the League by his illegitimate son Connor Hawke who took on the role of Green Arrow, but Oliver was resurrected and got a new series initially written by filmed movie director Kevin Smith. The character also appeared in the last few seasons of Smallville, although Arrow and Smallville do not share a common continuity.

      • Music: This Beats For All My Freaks (Tietso), We Are the Champions (Queen), Levels (Avicii), Party in the Dark (Jeremy Thurber)

      • The idea to create a show about Green Arrow came up while the show Smallville was being aired on the CW. Realizing Oliver Queen was such a popular character, the producers decided to give him his own show. Not wanting it to be a spin off from Smallville, they got a new actor named Stephen Amell to play him.

      • Injoke: Oliver's nickname for his sister is "Speedy," a reference to Green Arrow's sidekicks in the comic. His first sidekick, Roy Harper, took the name Speedy in the early part of his career. A child prostitute, Mia Dearden, later took the name after becoming Green Arrow's sidekick. Like Roy Harper in the comics, Thea has a drug problem.

      • Injoke: Judge Grell is named after Mike Grell, the comic book writer and artist who reinvigorated Green Arrow in 1987 by creating a three-issue mini-series, The Longbow Hunters.

      • Injoke: John Diggle is named after Andy Diggle, the comic book author who wrote Green Arrow: Year One in 2007.

      • Hatley Castle in Vancouver is used for exterior shots of the Queen Mansion. Hatley Castle has been used numerous times in television series (it was the Luthor Mansion in Smallville and the Legacy House in Poltergeist: The Legacy) as well as films (the School for the Gifted in the X-Men movies).

      • International Airdates:
        Canada: October 10, 2012 on CTV 2
        UK: October 22, 2012 on Sky1
        Sweden: February 5, 2013 on Kanal 5
        Portugal: April 14, 2013 on RTP
        Finland: October 3, 2013 on Sub

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Tommy: Oh, and Lost? They were all dead. I think.
        Referencing the ABC TV series Lost (2004-2010). After six seasons of increasingly mysterious and supernatural events, the show ended by presenting that most of the main characters were dead. Sort of. Kind of. Maybe.

      • Tommy: The one who looks like the chick from Twilight.
        Referencing the Twilight novels written by Stephenie Meyer, chronicling the adventures of Bella Swan and her romance with Edward Cullen, a 104-year-old vampire. The series was first published in 2005 and a movie adaptation of the first novel, Twilight, premiered in 2008.