I caught Arrow on Hulu last night. It was, interesting. I’ll admit, I’ve never been a huge DC fan, so it took some time on Wikipedia to realize that Arrow was based on the Green Arrow of DC fame. I expected it to be more inspired by the archer heroes, but not too upset that it’s an actual Comic television show.
Summary (From Wikipedia):
After a shipwreck that claims the life of his father, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his mother Moira, his younger sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home but sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he has become, he tries to reconcile with his former girlfriend, Laurel, for cheating on her with her sister, who also died in the shipwreck. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly masquerades as a hooded vigilante archer by night, attempting to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory as his late father had entrusted him to do before his death. Oliver’s first personal task is to take down corrupt millionaire Adam Hunt, who has scammed millions from various people in Starling City.
It’s a cool idea, my big issue is that the re-connection took far too long, and they dropped about five story hooks right at the end of the episode. I get that they needed to hook people with a pilot, but setting up multiple long term stories one after the other feels forced and affected how I saw the whole episode.
Protagonist Oliver reminded me a lot of Batman, which from reading isn’t too far off the mark based on the character’s history. He’s the son of a billionaire, play boy by day, vigilante by night. Unlike the Nolan Batman films, we don’t see where he learned all of his tricks, which isn’t a bad thing given the format, but he does a wide collection of fairly intense stunts.
Some of the character relationships are interesting, his sister’s being the one I’m most interested in seeing developed (Especially since he refers to her as ‘Speedy’ which is the name of an older Green Arrow sidekick).
The acting was fair to good throughout, the effects were pretty standard.
In the end, I’d suggest it if you like the gritty superhero reboots, but it doesn’t have enough kick for me to make a blanket suggestion. I watched it on Hulu, so American audiences can check it out there. You can also get it at The CW website.