DVD Review: Arrow Season One
My first impressions of Arrow is what you get if you allow the producers of Days Of Our Lives create a new TV show based on a DC Comics superhero. As it turns out however, Arrow gets a little darker as the season progresses, but never totally looses touch with it’s Days Of Our Lives beginnings.
Not knowing anything about DC’s Green Arrow, I may be stepping on a few toes here, but he seems to be a bit of a rip off of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight. Rich playboy, super hero, setting things right.
The series kicks off with playboy billionaire, Oliver Queen as he is rescued from a remote island, five years after the yacht he and his father were on was lost with all hands. How the playboy survived five years on a isolated island isn’t initially clear, though the physical scars are, and pretty soon the hanged man steps out from behind the playboy with a rather sinister mission: to bring justice to Starling City at the pint of an arrow head. Confess your sins or die.
Sounds kinda like the original Saw film.
Arrow is typical TV fare, with each episode wrapping up a nice story, whilst the season arch is full of mystery and suspense, politics and back stabbing. What makes it enjoyable, once you get past the initial Days Of Your Lives feelings, are the main characters, especially that of Oliver. Oliver is not a perfect superhero, and often makes mistakes, sometimes these mistakes get people killed.
The really interesting part of the series though, are the flash backs, where we get to see not only how Oliver made it off the island with an amazing skillset for a vigilante assassin, but also a deeper story of conspiracy that teases some connection to what is going on in the present.
The show’s greatest failings, out side of Days Of Our Lives is how Oliver acts when he is the Arrow. Not once does the dude perform recon, and on more than one occasion, his kick in doors and plan later sees him landing in some very sticky situations.
All in all there is plenty to love with Arrow, even if it is more infatuation rather anything that will lead to a deep commitment.
Rating: M Violence.