The CW’s new Superhero show Arrow has now completed its first season, and I decided to share my thoughts about the show.
First I must say that if you didn’t watch the final episode, don’t read below!
I have a few small spoilers in this article that will give away the plot. Let’s get started.
My thoughts about Arrow
I’m going to start by saying I like the direction the show went with the main plot line.
I actually really liked the twist that there was a second bomb in the city and it went off and destroyed part of the Glades. I thought that the writers took a big risk with that and I think it actually paid off. Because Oliver- AKA Green Arrow, AKA Hood Guy, AKA The Vigilante, didn’t save the city and stop the bomb I think this opens up a lot of storylines for season two.
For one, the public now knows that he warned the police about the bomb in an attempt to save the city (at least I think they know), and that if he hadn’t of done what he did more people would have died. If played right they could have the Mayor come on and give his thanks to the man with the Green Arrows for figuring out how to stop the first bomb. I think that would be really cool if he ended up in the news as a hero instead of a villain for a change, and it could really spark that motivational drive Roy needs to follow in his footsteps. And while we’re on the topic of Green Arrow, I really hope they start calling him “Green Arrow” in the show instead of the “Hood guy” Or “The Vigilante” It annoyed me that in Smallville they called Clark “The Blur” instead of Superman. I don’t know if it is copyright issues or what, but it would be nice if they just used his official name for once.
One of the biggest plot twists that I didn’t see coming was that Tommy Merlyn died. I just knew they were going to take the Spiderman movie storyline with Green goblin, and have Tommy follow in his dad’s footsteps by taking on the super villain identity of the Black Archer and getting revenge on Oliver for stealing his girl and killing his dad, but that theory was completely thrown out the window. Although I was hoping they would use the above storyline because it would have given some season two content and kept the Black Archer around a bit longer, I still thought the approach the writers went with was great because they took another big risk with the show. I just hope they don’t magically bring Tommy back to life like other TV shows do because that would be a bit stupid.
I found that the acting got much better as the season went on, or maybe I just got used to the cast… Regardless, the actors grew on me and I think everyone fits their roles perfectly. Felicity is probably my favorite character on the show because she is a bit like a quirky version of Chloe from Smallville. I wouldn’t mind seeing more Felicity in future episodes.
And now to move on to the few things that I didn’t like about Arrow.
What they need to fix
I didn’t like all of those close up fight scenes that they had towards the end of the season. The fight in the warehouse to save Walter was fine and was awesome because we got to see Oliver do what he was meant to do, be a hero and fight an army of guys. But a lot of the other fights were too close and looked a bit messy because a lot of times I couldn’t make out what was going on.
The director needs to pull the camera back and zoom out a bit so we can see what the characters are doing and get a clear view of all the actions taking place. Otherwise the fight scenes just look like a sloppy mess of tangled limbs.
I also don’t like all of the soap opera drama on the show. We see Oliver saving the world one minute and then some soap opera drama literally takes place the next minute. It sometimes feels really forced and unnecessary, especially that love triangle between Oliver, Laurel and Tommy. It’s like “Oh, just so happens Tommy is walking down the street and sees Laurel and Oliver making out in the window of her apartment.” Really?
I guess he was just in the area and had a perfect view of that happening. Anyways, my guess is that the writers are trying to draw in three different crowds of people by adding different elements to the show in an attempt to make everyone happy. I suppose the tactic is working, but I personally don’t really care for it because it makes the show feel really cheesy and fake at times. I could go on but I think you get the picture.
I am going to end by saying that by far the flashbacks of the island are awesome and is probably one of my favorite parts about the show. I really want to know how the playboy Oliver becomes Green arrow. We see small bits of his training, he meets new friends, discovers more about his enemies, and learns a lot more about who he really is as a person and how he is forced to step up to survive and get back home. I really hope we get to see more of his island adventures for season two because there is so much they can do with that.
Overall, I really enjoyed the finale of the show and I am looking forward to the next season.
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