I want to really like this show but at the moment I'm not quite sure whether this is a filler or a feature for my TV schedule. It does have it's decent parts but the characters and storyline don't quite click for me. I'll keep watching it as it is mildly enjoyable but I have a feeling that I'll forget it for one week never to return.
I will be honest - I love superheroes but TV shows often ruin them. (The Cape -seriously...) But to my surprise i have enjoyed Arrow so far. I still wonder how he can shoot so accurately with the hood over his eyes - but apart from that, it is not the lightweight bollocks i thought it would be. Stephen Amell is quite good and the mayor from Blue Bloods is an excellent potential sidekick. I like the complicated multiple storylines and look forward to more.
One slight kind of gripe - while Willa Holland is a babe...she is not too convincing as a teenager. But she can keep trying!
-First, I love comic book based shows. Second, I was madly excited when I heard about Arrow. Third, I saw the first two episodes so far and they are dull and similar to each other.
-I'm not going to let the weight of the Arrow STORY carry the show. The two main actors playing Arrow and Laurel are DULL. So far it seems like they are headed in the direction of every episode being a team up of Arrow and Laurel fighting a bad guy and making heartachy looks at each other. If those two can't pull off more onscreen passion (and I don't mean lovewise) this series will tank soon.
The bad guys too seem dull. Are they ALL just going to be shady, rich, suits? Is Arrow just going to kill them and cross them off his list until the next episode when he crosses another one off? Is that going to be the show?!
The only thing that jumped from this show is that he actually KILLS the bad guys. I feel like on TV I have not seen that before. It is supergreat! Bad guys actually get their due! But how does a hood hide your Identity? Not to mention the sketch of the "vigilante" the cop was holding next to Olivers face looked like him exactly. So how could anyone believe nobody in that tv world sees that?!
P.S Hey, the cop is that magic guy from that sc-fi show that got cancelled that I used to watch.
Please bring some more storyline in FAST. More background, a LOT MORE island stuff will save the show. And I get if Arrow has to be all quiet and dangerous, but change up the actress that plays Laurel at least. Someone who is not all typical Loius Lane bravado, I'll save the world, while being overly poised...
I resent the fact that girls would continue to watch "Arrow" just because of Stephen Amell's plastic (though that's one of the reason I haven't given up yet and the show has three episodes under the belt). I haven't givine up after the first episode so that has to be better than Kreuk's new show.
I don't know much about the "Green Arrow" comic (in fact I don't know much about comics in general), but I know that the Green Arrow was depicted as a comic character with a social conscience. Despite the voiceover - I really have to say here that I'm far from sold on the voiceovers - where Oliver says how depraved and disappointed he is about his father's former friends and acquainttances, I don't see the social conscience (I tolerated it in Smallville because it was Smallville). There is an overall feeling - for me at least - that the show hasn't found its pace, its niche or whatever. Despite Stephen Amell, if this goes on, I know that I'll stop watching the show : the first two episodes could have interchangeable. The writers need to know what kind of story they want to tell us and stick to it. If they take themselves too seriously, they need to commit to that, and if they want to make a "lighter" show, they also need to do that seriously. The one episode that perked my interest was the last one because for once, someone put a cramp in Oliver's plan. They need to do that more.
On another matter, I'm not sold on the cast and Oliver and Laurel who are supposed to pull me in are not: this back and forth so early in the show, it's not good. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that the show runners thought that they could take some shortcuts and capitalize on Oliver Queen's popularity. But Oliver Queen is not Clark Kent, or Bruce Wayne and let's be honest, when we think comic, we think of Batman, and Superman (and lately Iron Man) first before this obscure "Green Arrow". So the character is known but not that widely known. But I digress.
The flashbacks are muddled to me and whose idea was it to make Oliver sleep with his heroine's sister? If my boyfriend slept with one of my sisters and cut his balls and serve it on a platter. Just saying: a girl doesn't get hung up a the guy who slept with her sister. At least that's me.
Oliver seems inconsistent and goes back and forth from a brooding spoiled billionnaire to an arrogant little bastard and the personna of Arrow: It's like watching a tennis match at Roland Garros.
So yes, I have more critics towards this show than love. But I love the stunts and I'm intrigued enough by the blank pages in the flasbacks and the black clad operatives "chasing(?)" him in the last episode.
Still I have this impression of things being too easy for him even being poisoned in the last episode was quickly resolved. If they want to be taken seriously the writers need to do better because this is not Jane by design.
I'm someone who reads DC Comics but I've never read much Green Arrow The most I know about the character is from Smallville & the JLA cartoon. But I have very much enjoyed this show so far & I am very much looking forward to the next few episodes.
I don't know what they were thinking putting this show up against "The Middle" and "Animal Practice".
Ican only record two shows at once. This will be another soap opera type thing like Smallville, It's not worth watching at this time. If it was on Thursday or friday at 8pm, I could watch. or a repeat on Saturday afternoon would be good.
I think the WB is setting this show up for failure.
Having read pretty much all of the original Green Arrow comics (yes, I guess I am dating myself a little) it is a bit hard t get used to the new killer version. The story line is pretty good so far and hopefully they can keep the momentum going.
I get a little frustrated with the fact that a good exciting show to follow is hard to find these days. I really love "Person of Interest" wich is pretty much the only show i try to follow today. So when I decided to watch this i figured it would be another lame show, like so many passed by lately.
So honestly the story isn't original, the actors aren't the best but somehow I ended up eager to watch episode 2. Overall this show simply looks great.
Arrow might just become interesting to keep up with.
A little more care on the part of producers, directors and writers and then we would have a beautiful series about a MINOR comics hero.
Green Arrow (known as ''Green Archer - Arqueiro Verde'' in my country) is far from being one of the most interesting characters to me, but this production deserves congratulations for the effort. I suppose it is easier to convert to a tv series a character without super powers and with fewer personal impediments to injure opponents. Let's start the bleeding.
I liked Katie Cassidy's Laurel Lance (a pity that, apparently, she is not a heir to Black Canary's powers) and Willa Holland Speedy could become an interesting figure in the plot. Even Ramsey's Diggle also could become a first assistant for the hooded vigilant, before he dies dramatically. Stephen Amell, i think, is how Oliver Queen would be if he had not charisma.
How do you move away from Smallville? Get a show where all the insecurities about who you are and what you should do are dispensed with. Arrow is kind of like Revenge but with arrows and carnage. At first I thought it would be bad - because I did not like the Smallville Green Arrow. This one is great. Be Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark and then go Dexter on people. Love the homage and in-jokes from the DC universe. If metahumans are banned from this universe as well as Bats, I'm thinking Red Hood or even Robin or NightWing or Human Target to visit.
I've been waiting to see this ever since I saw the trailer. Did not disappoint! Even watched it again for the 2nd time the next day.
I will say this. Is it just me or does the mask of the beach with the arrow through it look remarkably like Deathstroke's? If so, does this hint that he'd be making some kind of appreance or was this another island "resident" the Oliver has already vanquished??
Well I wait to see what happens, but so far liking it. Darker than Smallville thankfully although that did get darker as it went on.
At first I thought the Green Arrow would be a bad choice for a super hero show. I always thought if there should be another show like Smallville it should be with Batman, of course I am a little biased. But so far the show hasn't disappointed and has far exceeded my expectations in the first two episodes. I do feel I have to mention a couple of things about other reviewers below. Some say he is just Batman without the utility belt, and yea there are a lot of similarities but there are also many differences. One being that the Green Arrow is not the typical hero in that he won't hesitate to kill. Which will help the show a bit. I also think too many people are over thinking the show. Yes his disguise is just a hood and some paint, Superman was just some glasses. That's the way comics work, just let it be and enjoy the show. And for anyone who complains about all the baddies missing like crazy with the guns, it's the way it is in everything. That's why they're super heroes after all. So just sit back and hopefully enjoy another great series from the CW!
Loved the pilot episode, has all the ingredients to be a sucess. Overall very good i just think the costume is kinda crappy. Guy with a green hood and his eyes painted green doesnt seem like a very good disguise...
Okay, this one wasn't on my watch list but I decided to give it a chance. I love comic book movies but the shows never live up to the expectation...well, until now. I loved this episode. I love the mystery, the action, and who doesn't love a bad boy billionaire with a heart of gold?
Relative to the number of TV shows produced, there haven't been many based on the life of a 'superhero', and even less have been worth watching. 'Arrow' is the latest installment of attempts at exploring this genre, and it comes out of the gates with a mix between success and failure.
To start, 'Arrow' doesn't have the most original storyline. It is essentially based on a billionaire playboy named Oliver Queen, who experiences a traumatic event and transforms into a vigilante hero. There are numerous parallels between this show and Chistopher Nolan's recent Dark Knight series. In fact, there are so many similar elements, that this show could be called 'Batman if he had a bow'. In addition, the acting is a exaggerated, and the writing is a little cheesy.
However, 'Arrow' does impress on many levels. The set/location design of the show is impressive, and the action scenes seem more believable than a traditional action show. When Oliver Queen is being attacked, it doesn't necessarily feel like he is being shot at by Stormtroopers. Another element I like is the fact that Queen has no qualm against killing his enemies - something that the superhero genre hasn't explore all that much. The premise of the plot could also prove to be interesting, providing they don't follow the rubric set by most superhero movies/shows that have been exhausted over the years.
Ultimately, 'Arrow' could prove to be an interesting series, as long as it attempts to stay original, and avoids the pitfalls of it's predecessors. It has the potential, but it's future has yet to be revealed.
Way better than "the Cape". I gave the latter a shot for, like, four or five eps, but it didn't keep me, and then I heard it was cancelled, and I was still OK with that. I've never read the comics, but I always saw the character there as boring. Why would I want to read it? I came at this show with no expectations, and was pleasantly surprised. Some poor graphics, a strange fade out/fade in that didn't belong, bringing me out of the story for about a minute, but otherwise, it looks promising. The acting, I hope, will get better with time, but they were mostly believable. Good fun.