Arrow Review: A Man in a Green Hood

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There's a new revenge seeker in town, but this one's a little more superhero than super-psycho. In the Arrow pilot we meet Oliver Queen, the son of billionaire Robert Queen, both presumed to have been killed in a shipwreck five years ago.

The clincher is this: Oliver survived and a lot happened to him while he sat on a deserted island in the Pacific for those five years. What did he learn while he was there? A couple of people are going to great lengths to find out. 

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Everyone in Starling City knew Oliver as a debaucherous playboy, which is pretty on point considering he was sleeping with his girlfriend's sister on the boat right before it sank. She unfortunately did not survive, and her sister Laurel expresses her feelings pretty lucidly to Oliver later on in the episode. For lines from the pilot, refer to our Arrow quotes section.

Oliver has to keep up this pretense of only caring about partying if he wants to succeed at his mission in bringing justice to Starling City. Nobody can know what his father told him before he died. Oliver returned with a small book full of names of people who have wronged his beloved city. He also returned with a body full of scar tissue, insane ninja-like fighting skills, an exemplary skill with a bow and arrow... and the sickest abs I've ever seen. Do you think Stephen Amell ever tires of hearing that?

Anyway, his first victim up is Adam Hunt, a scumbag millionaire. His ex-girlfriend, Laurel, is also trying to take down Hunt through her job at legal aid. Which one do you think got the job done quicker? If your bet was on the vigilante, you'd be correct. Somehow, Oliver manages to kick major butt and return to his welcome home party just in time to keep his cover and down some tequila shots to Avicii.

As much as he longs to tell Laurel how he feels about her, he knows he has to keep her at arms length to protect her. Besides, Laurel's bed hasn't exactly been empty while Oliver was away. His player best friend Tommy Merlyn, who has the best lines on the show, has had a few dalliances with Laurel. My favorite Merlyn quote of the episode was when he was trying to get Oliver laid after approximately 1,839 days.

Tommy: By my rough estimate, you have no had sex in 1839 days, as your wingman I highly recommend Carmen Golden.
Oliver: Which one is she?
Tommy: The one that looks like the chick from Twilight.
Oliver: What's Twilight?
Tommy: You're so better off not knowing. | permalink

Yes, Oliver, you are probably better off not knowing about Twilight! Just make sure you catch up on The Vampire Diaries and True Blood, okay? 

It's not going to be an easy road for Oliver as he has to protect his sister Thea, played by the gorgeous Willa Holland, who has fallen in with a bit of a bad crowd. Oliver, unknowingly, has another obstacle in his own mother, who it turns out has hired thugs to find out what he learned on the island. He also has Detective Lance, Laurel and Sarah's father, who has it out for Oliver while simultaneous trying to search for the "guy in the green hood" who has been rescuing and attacking people all over town.

I think Arrow has a lot of promise. Admittedly, I have not read the comics and I'm not a fan of typical superhero shows, but I am a huge Batman fan and there are similarities between these two. Neither one has a magical superpower, everything they do is through experience and skill. This show has it all, interesting characters, mystery, love, drama and a bit of comedy.

It seems like CW has found it's next big hit. Now, what do you all think? Grade the Arrow premiere now:


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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (224 Votes)

Stephen Amell is just the most beautiful guy. I can't help but moan watching Arrow. Oh and Kate Cassidy is soo beautiful. A good storyline with beautiful people**


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The "Hero" and I use the term loosely, is a jerk. I watched 2 episodes now I regret it. The show will enjoy early popularity then fade away!!!!!!!


The Show started of great, but season 1 should be a development about the main character and sticking to that, not already involving a bodygaurd and a new girlfriend. It smells more and more like drama than action with boy meets (bad) girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy tells his big secret, they have sex, (bad) girl becomes (good) girl, joins him in his personal crucade bla bla bla, bla bla bla etc. etc.!! And it all happens in the space of two episodes. I don't see this show coming back for a second season there's enough drama and junk on television!


Found the show interesting, and will watch again. Dont like the sister; Laurel is ok. I dont know the comic version so I cant comment on any comparisons. Never heard of Arnell before. I like him not love him. Will continue to watch to see where it goes. Love Susanna Thompson in anything she's in. She's going to be devious in this one.


This series is quickly becoming a bad joke on the viewing public. The writers/producers should at least invest in some good technical consultants.


Right off the bat there's a huge hole in the first episode's plot-logic.
40 million in liquid assets in one bank implies a thousand times more in fixed assets all over the world. So a theft of that amount cannot ruin that particular bad guy. Plus there's no mention of where such a theft could be hidden in such a way as to be easily disbursed to many wronged people. Such huge electronic transfers also imply rather easily trackable destination account activities.
This was a lame idea that might have played 15 years ago, but not today. And that scene where the hero is 'grinding' his arrow tips on a bench grinder, making them red hot?
Come on. He just took all the temper out of the blade, not to mention he totally unbalanced it, so it would go wobbling off out to never-never land when shot.
We're not even going to start on the re-curved bow usage, instead of the current compound bow technology, which has totally replaced it. This series is quickly becoming a bad joke on the viewing public.


The show has good casting and is well-directed, but it just seems like another predictable CW show.


Leigh, I appreciate your review, and while I sorta wish it was being reviewed by someone who actually liked superhero shows or comics, I guess the show should appeal to everyone, not just us nerds. There are definite similarities between Oliver Queen and the Nolan version of Bruce Wayne/Batman - playboy billionaire with dead parent and social justice vigilante, but enough fundamental differences in the origin story to make it a stand-alone. It's different from his comic origins, but that's the great thing about comic adaptations, if it's done right, it's great. Nolan did it with Batman, as did Tim Burton before it, Smallville, Bruce Timm with the Animated Batman series and Justice League. And as a girl who loves superheroes, I gotta say that this is right up my alley. I thought Stephen Amell was great (so are his abs), and I loved all the comic easter eggs (Deathstroke, Speedy, Dinah Lance). I thought the story was intriguing, and I can't imagine anyone watching this and NOT wondering what the hell happened to him on that island.


Why is a network even bothering with a spinoff of a spinoff? There must be a lot of openings for storyline talent. Or does the process involve such an entrenched 'Old Boys Network' that no one with a hint of originality can get in? NEXT!

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Arrow Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Thea: I missed you so much.
Oliver: You were with me the whole time.

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.