So yeah, it’s taken me this long to catch up with and finish this series. Not going to make the same mistake with the second series. I don’t know why I put it off for so long; Arrow is really good.
Oliver leaves home as a rich, spoilt playboy, but comes back a changed man. Over the course of the series, we see what happened to him on the island, the people he met and the events he participated in, that caused this drastic change. He fights to survive so he can get back home and do what his father asked him to do. But the show isn’t just about Oliver. There’s a number of different characters around him, all with their own goals, own hopes, own storylines. There’s Tommy Merlyn, Oliver’s best friend, dating Oliver’s ex-girlfriend Laurel. She struggles to help the city in her own way, through her law firm, while trying to cope with her sometimes overbearing father Quentin. She also has to deal with her mother returning to tell her she thinks her sister Sarah – who Oliver took on the boat with him – is still alive. And of course, her father is the detective heading up the investigation into the vigilante who is ‘menacing’ the city.
There’s Malcolm Merlyn, Tommy’s father, who in a bid to avenge his wife, has taken it upon himself to command an ‘undertaking’ to ‘save’ the city in his own special way. There’s Diggle, who gets a chance to face off with his brother’s killer. Felicity, who becomes Oliver’s tech-girl, helping him do what he has to do, sometimes without realising how the information she provides him is being used. And, of course, there’s Moira Queen, Oliver’s mother, involved in the undertaking, and Speedy, Oliver’s little sister.
There’s plenty of action, and the fight scenes are pretty gripping. We, as viewers, pick up on and find a lot out before Oliver does, giving us an edge and making us eager to see him discover it. The characters, all of them, evolve over the series, finding out more about themselves, what they are capable of – whether it’s good or bad – and what it really means to be a part of Starling City. Above all, they’re human. These characters – even the villains – don’t have superpowers. Unless being rich is a superpower. The closest we get to a ‘comic book’ character is the Count, who is so much fun to watch, but even then it’s held back to keep the show grounded in a sense of realism.
Overall, I’d strongly recommend this series. Characters are interesting, aren’t just there to keep Oliver held up, and work well around the main character. The plot keeps the pace up even in the middle, and things are unravelled at a decent rate, rather than keeping everything held back until the very end. Well worth a watch.
I’m constantly on the look out for things to watch and read, so if you have any suggestions, TV, film or book, leave me a comment or drop me a line via e-mail.