This was the series premiere of Arrow on the CW Network, and apparently, I wasn’t the only person looking forward to it. This premiere was the most watched show on the network in 3 years. But, I’m not here to talk about that. I’m here to discuss whether or not the show was any good. This week’s episode is titled “Pilot,” since it was just the pilot (first) episode of the series. It has nothing to do with pilots or airplanes, but I digress.
Oliver Queen has been stranded on a deserted island for 5 years.* One day, and ship happens by, and he’s rescued. With his return home, he has a new mission to write the wrongs that his father confessed to him before dying. The first task is dealing with a businessman named Adam Hunt. Hunt just happens to be who Laurel Lance, Oliver’s ex-girlfriend, is trying to prosecute in the DA’s office. Oliver also begins learning about what has changed in the past 5 years: mother re-married, sister on drugs, city in decay. With the help of his friend Tommy, Oliver tries to restart his “playboy” lifestyle, but this is just a cover for his Arrow persona.
Overall, I liked it. The show had a serious, emotional tone, without being melodramatic. It was a good first episode. You get a sense of the person Oliver was before the shipwreck, and who he is upon returning. There are quick introductions for the supporting cast, but enough to get a sense of who they, and what their relationship, past and present, to Oliver is.
I will admit, when this show was announced, I did want Justin Hartley to play Oliver Queen. But, I understand why they went with Stephen Amell. Using Hartley, who was Oliver Queen on Smallville, as good as he was, would have made this show simply a Smallville spinoff. Plus, there is no development left with Hartley’s character. He’s already established himself, has done what he’s needed to do, and is just continuing the good fight. Whereas starting fresh allows them to tell a fuller story, with all of the character developments they want to thrown in there.
The only thing in the episode that really bugged me, was during a stunt sequence, they twice cut to a camera that looked to be on Oliver’s shoulder. It didn’t last very long, but it was a very weird thing to do. But, that’s the biggest complaint I have at the moment. See you next week.
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