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Arrow Review: A Man in a Green Hood

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There's a new revenge seeker in town, but this one's a little more superhero than super-psycho. In the Arrow pilot we meet Oliver Queen, the son of billionaire Robert Queen, both presumed to have been killed in a shipwreck five years ago.

The clincher is this: Oliver survived and a lot happened to him while he sat on a deserted island in the Pacific for those five years. What did he learn while he was there? A couple of people are going to great lengths to find out. 

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Everyone in Starling City knew Oliver as a debaucherous playboy, which is pretty on point considering he was sleeping with his girlfriend's sister on the boat right before it sank. She unfortunately did not survive, and her sister Laurel expresses her feelings pretty lucidly to Oliver later on in the episode. For lines from the pilot, refer to our Arrow quotes section.

Oliver has to keep up this pretense of only caring about partying if he wants to succeed at his mission in bringing justice to Starling City. Nobody can know what his father told him before he died. Oliver returned with a small book full of names of people who have wronged his beloved city. He also returned with a body full of scar tissue, insane ninja-like fighting skills, an exemplary skill with a bow and arrow... and the sickest abs I've ever seen. Do you think Stephen Amell ever tires of hearing that?

Anyway, his first victim up is Adam Hunt, a scumbag millionaire. His ex-girlfriend, Laurel, is also trying to take down Hunt through her job at legal aid. Which one do you think got the job done quicker? If your bet was on the vigilante, you'd be correct. Somehow, Oliver manages to kick major butt and return to his welcome home party just in time to keep his cover and down some tequila shots to Avicii.

As much as he longs to tell Laurel how he feels about her, he knows he has to keep her at arms length to protect her. Besides, Laurel's bed hasn't exactly been empty while Oliver was away. His player best friend Tommy Merlyn, who has the best lines on the show, has had a few dalliances with Laurel. My favorite Merlyn quote of the episode was when he was trying to get Oliver laid after approximately 1,839 days.

Tommy: By my rough estimate, you have no had sex in 1839 days, as your wingman I highly recommend Carmen Golden.
Oliver: Which one is she?
Tommy: The one that looks like the chick from Twilight.
Oliver: What's Twilight?
Tommy: You're so better off not knowing. | permalink

Yes, Oliver, you are probably better off not knowing about Twilight! Just make sure you catch up on The Vampire Diaries and True Blood, okay? 

It's not going to be an easy road for Oliver as he has to protect his sister Thea, played by the gorgeous Willa Holland, who has fallen in with a bit of a bad crowd. Oliver, unknowingly, has another obstacle in his own mother, who it turns out has hired thugs to find out what he learned on the island. He also has Detective Lance, Laurel and Sarah's father, who has it out for Oliver while simultaneous trying to search for the "guy in the green hood" who has been rescuing and attacking people all over town.

I think Arrow has a lot of promise. Admittedly, I have not read the comics and I'm not a fan of typical superhero shows, but I am a huge Batman fan and there are similarities between these two. Neither one has a magical superpower, everything they do is through experience and skill. This show has it all, interesting characters, mystery, love, drama and a bit of comedy.

It seems like CW has found it's next big hit. Now, what do you all think? Grade the Arrow premiere now:

 

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Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I'm pleasantly surprised, best show so far this fall !

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pleasantly surprised. i thought the actor would be horrible (im comic reader and he doesnt scream Oliver Queen to me, still dont get why they didnt get the guy from smallville but so be it). he seems awkward in the fight scenes and the narration but other then that i think everyone did a great job acting wise. they kind of lost me with some characters (calling Dinah Lance by her middle name Laurel? why? Merlyn who is a Green Arrow villain is now his best friend. if he later becomes his enemy that could be some good Lex/Clark drama)and the way they kept saying the name of the city especially in the first news report was annoying. we get it their in starling city (horrible name) but it will always be Star City to me. i wonder how he will be given his code name. will it be green arrow or just arrow? who will name him? who names are on the list? and his bodyguard is so going to figure him out if he keeps disappearing on him like that (out of a moving car? that's not suspectious at all Oliver). cant wait for next week when Kelly Hu comes on as China White.

Marisa1983

I was surprised by that show. I was curious because of all the buzz surrounding it so I DVRed it but I wasn't expecting to appreciate it. Shows great promise.

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One of the best season premiere I've ever seen! Set the bar pretty high for the rest of the season. i can't wait to watch what the other episodes have to offer. Definitely a 5/5 from me! And, Steohen Amell doing those crazy pull-ups?!! U can put that in every episode I won't get bored :P Honestly, i was unsure if I should watch Arrow as I thought it would be another "Smallville" but now, after the premiere, I'm drawn into it. Definitely going to watch the second episodes. GOOD JOB casts and writers on the awesome series premiere :D

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I enjoyed it immensley! My son is the superhero comic book authority in my house and he compared it to Batman,too....all the way down to their mansion! Stephen Amell was superb, and his acting ability was fine for me, as long as he keeps those 6-pack abs front and center! I liked Laurel, but his friend made me suspicious that he won't be a true friend as the episodes evolve. Good review Leigh!

Aries93

Doesn't collide with any of my shows schedules. Bring on episode two!

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I don't watch CW, and I have no idea what the comic books are all about. I tuned in for Susanna Thompson & Paul Blackthorne. Was surprised they were on a CW show, which skews so much younger. Pleased they have good parts, and the general story was entertaining. Laughed to see the American Ninja training, and want to know who the stunt guy is that's doing all the parkour work.

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Great pilot. But too much in common with Revenge & Nikita... Except with a male lead

Deann

I found the show interesting enough to share watching it with my almost-13 year old son, who thought it was better than anything on TV except for NCIS and Perception.
I enjoyed the martial arts action, and I really enjoyed watching that young man work out with his abs rippling...seriously yummy bod, but he isn't too great at the brooding superhero acting stuff.
Still, I plan on giving it a few more episodes before I give up. I am sure my son will watch the whole season.

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It was good, I didn't know what to expect Green Arrow is a self described "lefty" thru and thru and very political unlike Superman (was intended to be) for example. I was a little confused when Oliver Queen, catches a guy and then just kills him to protect his identity, not to mention after he uses a guy as a human shield. There is no arrow with a boxing glove on it in this show. (or at least not yet) Lots of people get shot with guns and arrows, that isn't something that is going to make me not tune in again next week, but those are not the marks of a hero. There also needs to be a little bit of explanation about where he learned to fight, that is not normally a skill that someone learns alone on a deserted island. He took out his own body guard effortlessly, who was a trained veteran tuff-guy. I would also like to know where he learned how to use a metal grinder, where he got the brass knuckles for his bo on that island. I imagine they could have been left there by pirates, but that only goes so far.