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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    • Intense start.

      This was a really good pilot in which a lot happened and a very nice foundation was established for the show. The story is interesting and I'm curious to see where it goes.

      The last scene was absolutely glamorous - jaw-dropping surely... I wonder what's up!

      Looking forward to catching up on the whole series!
    • Bad pacing and weird drama, known CW sins but with interesting premise and a great cliffhanger, Arrow's pilot episode kicks in full of confidence...

      A lot of things have reached my ears for the CW's superhero drama that invaded our small screens a few years ago and all of them have been positive with a warning that the show needs some time to pick up. Many shows managed to start with something not exceptional and quickly transformed into something enjoyable. I really hope the same for the Arrow.


      That being said, the drama elements are not original or at least descent with only one exception. Spoiled young billionaire goes for a journey with his father and his ex(?)girlfriend's sister, the weather shows them no mercy, they sink their boat, only the young one survives through a dramatic decision and is found after 5 years... So no GPS in the lifeboat, no phones, no one scanned the entire ocean for the ridiculously rich father and son? Perhaps a conspiracy to kill them with weather as their key murderer? I don't know, I will have to wait.

      Then, the protagonist obviously found some badass martial art master and on the island taught him how to break necks and do some superb martial art stunts. The islander also had access on some amazing creatine-fueled mass of meat which he fed with the young man every 2,5 hours and during their martial art sessions he was melting him with some notorious bodyweight and calisthenic exercises on rocks and trees. Some great cremes for this flawless baby face too. Or, to put it simply, CW unrealism of how an island survivor would look like.

      Then, our handsome fella will have to meet with his mother, sister and best friend only to receive the most frozen reactions I've ever seen. If my son, my brother or my best friend was thought as dead for 5 years and he was suddenly back, I would be much more dramatic and heartwarming. Is the writing, the acting or simply rich dudes are so heartless is something I will never know. They asked almost nothing, they didn't express any emotions, they just resumed their lives and the first thing his best buddy wanted was to have his friend get laid... :/

      As a great twist/cliffhanger, mother Theressa had some guys to kidnap his own son and torture him to reveal the possible whereabouts of his father (who we know is dead). That boosts the conspiracy theory.

      Then is using his fortune to create his lair in one of the abandoned buildings that used to be his father plant and uses his Bad Guys notebook and asks politely-ish from a bad corporate guy to deliver 40m$ as a charity. He doesn't, pays him a visit, fails and then hacks his account and steals all of his money by his own. Either the spoiled billionaire playboy was also a hacker (doubtful) or wow, the martial art master was also a hacker master and once again showed to his young protege everything. Please, tell me the name of the island, if I will become the hacker master and fatal martial art master and bodybuilder in just 5 years and free of charge, I really find this quite an offer!

      As you can see from the recap, the episode was extremely fast-paced with mediocre editing and didn't try to deepen any emotion or make us feel comfortable with the characters. I detect romance coming as a CW show as soon as possible. Acting was acceptable with the best coming from Roger R. Cross. Cinematography's the usual with a bad CGI island and sky which somehow managed to create a beautiful scenery.

      Yet, despite its flaws, Arrow is confident and knows how to deliver cliffhangers with an interesting modern Robin Hood that used to be a rich brat and lots of conspiracy theories where everyone is a suspect (even your own mother) and powerful families running a corrupted city much like Batman's Gotham. I will give Arrow the benefit of the doubt because of its confidence and proceed it for the 4-episode test.moreless
    • 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.

    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 (9)

      • 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."

      • Tommy: Have you noticed how hot your sister has gotten?(Oliver glares)Because I have not.

      • 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.