Last week, Arrow returns for the start of a second season on The CW. If you haven’t been watching — what’s up with that? Arrow is one of my favorite shows and I’m about to tell you the 5 reasons you need to watch.
1.The show is based on a successful comic book series
The Green Arrow has been appearing in comic books since 1941 but for some reason the character never reached the heights of his compatriots like Superman and Batman. That means that the producers of this show already have a solid, tried and true storyline to follow – which isn’t to say they aren’t going to throw in a few twists along the way.
2. The show is darker than Smallville
Though Arrow is similar to Smallville in many ways, the show is much darker in tone and that’s a good thing. No happy high-schoolers in this show. No wholesome farm boys with down-home, righteous parents. Nope. Oliver Queen is as far from wholesome as you can get and his family. . . well. . . they’re more like the Luther’s than the Kents.
3. The show has the most amazing stunts you’ve ever seen on TV.
I’ll admit I’m partial because I’m a big fan of stunt choreographer James Bamford but really, this show has the fastest, most intricate, most breath-stealing stunts on television. Just when you think they can’t top what they did last week, they find away to go bigger and crazier. From dramatic fight scenes to narrow escapes, you’ll be blown away by what you see.
4. The supporting cast rocks
Sure Stephen Amell does an excellent job as the first vengeful, then reluctant superhero but the people around him that keep me tuning in week after week. From the loyal and level-headed Diggle (David Ramsey) to Arrow’s personal IT geek Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) to his lady in waiting Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) and those are just the good guys. The bad guys are even more exciting! Last season it was John Barrowman and this season we have two of my favorite ladies Kelly Hu as China White and now Summer Glau. Hooray!
5. The human story behind the story
From the minute you turn on an episode, you’ll be pulled in by the fast pace, the intriguing mystery and the human drama. Oliver Queen isn’t invincible. He doesn’t have super powers. He’s a young man who has been pushed beyond his limits and now he’s come back to the world, literally as two different people. On one side, he’s a killer who believes in his own brand of swift justice. But he’s also a broken man who doesn’t know how to reconcile what he’s become with the loving brother and son that he feels on the inside.
With the launch of season two, Oliver and Arrow are both changing and there’s a glimmer of hope that they can become one, well-balanced human being. Of course, that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
Need to catch up? Arrow: The Complete First Season is available now on DVD and Blu-ray. In addition to 23 episodes, there are a handful of special features. In addition to the usual Gag Reel and Unaired Scenes, the DVD also includes:
- “Arrow Comes Alive” — A look at how the creators developed the series and how it relates to the original comic book.
- “Arrow: Fight School” — An incredible featurette that takes you through the filming of a wild race across multiple rooftops.
- “Arrow at Paley Fest 2013” — Your chance to see the cast talking about the show in a relaxed, fan-oriented setting.
Add to all of that marvelous audio and high quality video and you’ve got a DVD worth buying.
What’s your favorite thing about Arrow?