Thoughts on The CW’s Arrow

I have debated on what to write about this TV season. Unfortunately I have been pretty quiet for the past couple of months. I ended up moving to a new state for my job right around the beginning of the Fall TV season and that caused me to put my blog on the back-burner. But after 3 months to finally adjust, I have finally settled in and begun to sit down and decide what I want to write about for the rest of the TV season.

Far and away my favorite new show of the season is the CW’s Arrow ( though NBC’s Revolution is a close 2nd-but more on that later.) I don’t know much about the comic, Green Arrow, and what I do know comes from Smallville which I know isn’t saying much. But I have always loved films and TV shows based off comic book heroes and I was pleasantly surprised by the recent success of Arrow.

It helps that the lead, Stephen Amell is a very captivating Oliver Queen. He is equally charming as he is compelling and I believe that he has darkness in him that allows him to be a vigilante who goes around riding his city of criminals who got off easy, or not at all. The past 5 episodes have done a great job at setting up a story that I find quite fascinating.

It wasn’t until last night’s episode, though, where I realized that this show knew what it was doing. Last week I was worried that they had back themselves into a corner when Oliver was caught. But after this week’s episode, I like how they got themselves out of it. It was all Oliver’s plan. Or at least it was, once he realized he had Diggle (David Ramsey) as his ally. By getting arrested and having Diggle’s pretend to be the hooded vigilante, he erases the idea of him being the main suspect. It allows him to continue on with his mission without the police or the public hunting him.

I am also really enjoying the flashbacks. They are finally starting to show us more into Oliver’s time on the island. We already know that the Asian Green Hooded man was his mentor and he is the one teaching him resistance and how to use the arrow. But last night we learned how Oliver got those scars and where a lot of his darkness and pain stems from. Oliver was captured while on the island and then tortured by a masked man, who I am told is the comic-book character Deathstroke, to give up information about the Asian dude. But Oliver doesn’t say a word and his mentor is impressed. My guess is we haven’t seen the last of Oliver’s torturer.

The audience isn’t the only one to learn about Oliver’s torture. He also admits to Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and her father ( Paul Blackthorne) about the torture. Look I love Katie Cassidy and all but they need to find more to do with her. She can’t just be the love interest that Oliver can never have because of the stuff that went down with him and her family and him being the vigilante and everything. They need to give Laurel her own storyline like they have with Oliver’s mother, Moira.

Now I have no idea whats going on with Moira (Susanna Thompson) but I am a hell of a lot more interested now that John Barrowman is involved. I love that he is at the head of this unknown organization that seems to have a lot of power and leverage over Moira. I also I like that Walter (Colin Salmon), her husband, isn’t about to sit around and be played like a fool, while his wife goes around lying to him about stuff. It makes these characters more interesting and likeable.

“Damaged” was by far the best episode so far this season. The episode delved deep into Oliver’s time on the island, showed just how damaged he really is, and wrote themselves out of the issue of the police always being on Oliver’s ass about being the green arrow. It’s clear that the show is trying to work out its issues. Its going through what every freshman show goes through and I am excited to see where it leads. Now I don’t know if I will be able to write about every episode after this, but if it continues to be this compelling I am certainly going to try.

What are everyone elses thoughts?

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