Arrow (2012 - Current)


I stumbled upon Arrow when browsing for TV shows to watch the other day. Arrow is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, which share very similar (almost identical) background story, characters, and even enemies as Batman. Green Arrow is basically an archer-version of Batman. This re-imagined character set in today's time has its share of deviations from the original version to fit better current times. The original Green Arrow comic book was first published in 1941.

Synopsis (Warning: may contain spoilers)

The story is about a billionaire playboy Oliver Queen who was stranded on an unknown island after his yacht sunk, claiming the lives of everyone on board including his father (Robert Queen). On that island Oliver learned to survive, and under the guidance of a notebook left by his father, he discovered that his hometown Starling City has become one of the most corrupted cities in the US. He swore to return one day to bring justice to those responsible. And after five long years, Oliver was finally able to make it home. When he returned, he became "The Hood," a masked vigilante who swore to protect his city, fighting crime and corruption. His weapon of choice is a bow and arrow.

What I Like

Everybody loves a superhero. We love Superman, we loved Batman, even the not-so-good Batman movies with Val Kilmer or George Clooney or even the Batman Series with Adam West back in the day. I think superhero movies reminds us that justice can still prevail in uncertain times. I like Arrow because this is a new superhero (at least new to me) and not too mainstream. The show also brings out characters that are present in other superhero worlds which connects the dots if you know their background stories.

An unfamiliar superhero means that every episode unravels a new mystery, where in Superman or Batman, stories have been retold countless times. I also like the fact that characters of Chinese origins, do actually speak Mandarin (with English subtitles) instead of English, which creates a more authentic feel.

What I Don't Like

This is more on the technical side of things, but sometimes the video starts rolling a split second too soon. I can see the actors are waiting for a cue to start action. And when the video rolls too soon, I can see the actors' posing for a brief moment. This technical glitch only happens sometimes.


I think this is the beginning of a great series. I'm enjoying every bit of it so far. I hope to see more things develop for it in the future. There are 23 episodes listed for season 1, with episode 19 airing two weeks ago. Episode 20 will air in about a week's time and season one will end the middle of May. With only a few episodes left, I am excited to know that they are renewing it for a second season. If you like superhero stories, you should check out Arrow. I'm now off to see the 19th episode of Arrow - "Unfinished Business".

Photo Credits:
Stephen Amell Arrow -
Cover to Green Arrow (vol. 3) #60 (May 2006). Art by Scott McDaniel. -
Screengrabs - CW
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