At first I wasn’t really sure what to think of Arrow, I was never much of a fan of Smallville, as I found it to be a watered down Superman DCU and when I thought of the possibility of a Green Arrow television series, I first thought it will most likely be just as crappy. I remember before Arrow the CW went through Aquaman and Wonder Woman TV pilots which never aired, and the rumors of a Young Bruce Wayne series were abundant while Smallville was still on television.
Watching Arrow, I felt a different range of a series. I didn’t feel so much of the cheese that Smallville filled our lives with, well with the exception of a few scenes here and there, but for the most part I thought the pilot was pretty good, plus if you are a fan of Marc Guggenheim you could feel his storyline coming through.
Unless you’re between the ages of 14 to 21 most CW shows are terrible. I guess the show could have been called Green Arrow, but it was probably more hip these days to go with a one word name, kind of like rock bands of the 1990s. So it’s simpler just to call it “Arrow”. This name let’s in both the people who grew up on this character and the neo-comic book-hipsters who just jumped on to “The New 52” or remember Green Arrow from the “The Brave And The Bold” animated series which ran on Cartoon Network.
Arrow was a bit gritty, and kind of made me feel dirty. I wasn’t sure if I was watching Oliver Queen or Desmond Miles from Assassin’s Creed. Watching this show both characters seemed similar to me. If you think about it, it would be easy to take a game like Assassin’s Creed and make it into a Green Arrow game, and the same can be done for a TV show.
What I did like about the Arrow pilot is that they introduced key players of the DCU. In one episode we were introduced to Oliver Queen, Merlyn, Dinah Lance, Walter Steele, Moira Oliver, and Speedy(Thea Oliver). At least they got the Speedy part right, oh and let’s not forget Constantine Drakon, also who noticed the Deathstoke mask on the pole on the island in the beginning of the show, what was that about?
All in all I thought the pilot was pretty good. I’m gonna keep watching it in hopes that it doesn’t become a Smallville or a Supernatural. I guess we’ll see which way it will go. What did you think of Arrow, let us know in the comments.