Well, color me embarrassed. Here we’ve had a fantastic comic-inspired TV show going on since early October, and I just checked it out last week. What I had assumed would just be another Smallville-like take on oliver Queen, turns out to be the anti-Smallville.
The pilot episode of Arrow wastes no time in setting the tone for the series. Ollie is coming back to civilization after being shipwrecked on an island for five years. Rather than come back and try to find himself, however, Oliver comes back with a mission. He made a promise to his dying father that he would be the savior of Starling City, by taking down the corrupt and evil people that had brought the city to the sad state it was in.
I really like Stephen Arnell as Oliver, and Katie Cassidy is great as Dinah Laurel Lance. It was also cool to the The Dresden Files’ Paul Blackthorne and Resident Evil’s Colin Salmon rounding out the supporting cast.
The show is well-paced, and the action is well done. The “villain of the week” setup might be cliched, but it’s executed well.
All in all, this show is progressing much faster than Smallville ever did, and I’m only a few episodes in. I can’t to catch up and jump on weekly for the rest of the season.