3 reasons why you should watch Arrow

Green Arrow and Black Canary

Green Arrow and Black Canary

Arrow is a show on CW is about the Green Arrow, secretly Oliver Queen, a wealthy playboy millionaire, who fights crime. He  modeled his persona after Robin Hood hence he wears a hood and uses a bow.  He and Batman are similar in their persona as heroes except Oliver Queen is flamboyant and Bruce Wayne is a recluse.  This is one of the best shows on television and the fact that 3 million people watch it about every week is unsettling to me.  We live in age where comic book movies reign supreme at the box office. The reason why people go see comic book movies is the action with the fight scenes, story lines, menacing villains such as Loki,  and the special effects.  “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight,” and “Iron Man” took superhero comic book movies to a new level.  Marvel and Warner Bros are creating movies that tie into big cinematic universe that keep movie going audiences wanting more. Well, my friends on the internet, this TV show is a lot like the superhero movies that you love to see. The three reasons everybody should watch Arrow are the characters, the story lines, and the action/ special effects/ tone of the series.

Arrow has unbelievably amazing characters and excellent actors who portray them. The main character is played by Stephen Amell. His supporting cast includes David Ramsey as Dingle (his Alfred), Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity (his computer wizard), and Caity Lotz as Black Canary (his wonder woman without the super strength and the ability to fly).  Oliver has recently taken on a partner named Roy Harper played by (Colton Haynes) who is like his Robin (Robin from the comics not the corny 60s TV Burt Ward or 90s movie Robin).  The cast is full of stellar actors, and they portray their character realistically. I always feel like this show could be real like I felt the Christopher Nolan Batman movies could be real.  Amell does a wonderful job every week portraying Oliver Queen’s eccentric nature; however, in a moment’s notice can he shift into ass kicking mode.  Black Canary has only been on the show this season but I’m in impressed with the actress who plays her. She can turn into a bad ass at moments notice and her nature is very reclusive. David and Emily are great as Dingle and Felicity.  David’s character is an Afghanistan war veteran so he trains with Oliver. Oliver actually lets Dingle know more secrets about him than any other character. Dingle also doesn’t take any of Oliver’s bullshit. Dingle has secrets of his own and Oliver doesn’t even know them all.  Emily makes Felicity, who is a total nerd, look so confident, cool, and sexy for a girl in glasses.  Her character is still a mystery to the audience.  Roy Harper is a character who is finding himself. He’s angry a lot of the time and doesn’t trust anybody. He means well but really shows how young adults feel they can do everything themselves without any help.  There are many more characters in Arrow including some actors as villains such as John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood), Kevin Alejandro (True Blood), Summer Glau (Firefly), Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite), and Manu Bennett (Spartacus).  The names I listed before lead me into my next point the show’s storyline.

People like a good narrative that keeps expanding and adding layers to the story. Arrow has succeeded in accomplishing this. The plot of season one was Oliver Queen coming back from being shipwrecked for 5 years to clean up Starling City using a list of names that his father gave him. Each episode adds layers to the plot  and it makes for compelling television. The writers of Arrow keep adding onto the Green Arrow’s enemies list by introducing the League of the Assassins and taking other notable comic book villains and throwing them into the mix for more than one episode. It’s possible in a few seasons that we could see a team of villains to combat the Green Arrow and his allies. This season’s main villain is Deathstroke, played by Manu Bennett. John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and Torchwood) played, Malcolm Merilyn, the main villain in season 1. The writers of the show have introduced several back stories for the characters. I would also say each character has his own villain. Dingle and assassin named Deadshot have a past history because Deadshot killed Dingle’s brother. Deadshot tells Dingle in one episode; i never miss, and I always kill my target (hinting at Deadshot was supposed to kill Dingle’s brother).  Each week’s episode has new storyline or it’s an episode that deals with the main storyline. The writers of the show haven’t restricted themselves by sticking to a main storyline and a few sub plots like other shows on television. They continuously start new story lines that keep the viewing public on their seats wanting more compelling television. My last thought on the narrative for Arrow is that we could be seeing the Flash within in the next 4 episodes. We could also see a Flash TV show connected with Arrow. For a television show; Arrow is loaded with cool action sequences and has a dark tone.

My final reason why you need to watch Arrow is because of the action, special effects, and tone of the show. Arrow has a lot of cool fight sequences and the fight choreography is astonishing for a television budget. It’s better then the Nolan Batman movies and but not as enjoyable as seeing the Hulk smash up Loki in the Avengers.  I have several links to show the fight sequences.  Youtube is full of Arrow fights and scenes that you can look up. Here’s a fight between Green Arrow and Nyssa Al Ghul and it’s only a minute long because we are dealing a TV budget after all.  Another one of my favorite fight scenes on Arrow is this one between Green Arrow and Deadshot. The fight scenes are short but have a wonderful thrilling, exciting, intense, and feeling while watching them.  The special effects are pretty good for a TV show. There are usually explosions and car chases every few episodes.  Television budgets are limited and the director has a say on what to film. The tone of the show is redemption, good in humanity vs. greed of humanity, family issues, vigilante vs. rule of law, dark and gritty, and revenge. Every Arrow episode has an underlying theme.  It will be impossible to explain every character, every theme, and all of the plot or story lines of Arrow but it’s really damn good show.

Arrow is about a superhero crime fighter. The show itself is infused more than a guy dressing up as Robin Hood to fight crime. It’s about one man, Oliver Queen, trying to clean a city that is full of greed and crime.  Every episode ends or introduces a plot line or more information on existing plot line. The show it’s self has pretty awesome fight sequences and special effects. The show has a dark tone to it but there are some fun light episodes every once in awhile. Arrow comes on Weds at 8 pm eastern or pacific on the channel CW.

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