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A Good if not Great First Season, that introduces us to one of the best Young Actresses Around
on 9 April 2015
A decent first season for this superhero show. Strong characters and an interesting set up were complemented by an excellent back story told in an extended series of flashbacks. Where the show was not so strong was in it's fumbling attempts to integrate the arch for the primary villain. This was told in a somewhat bitty manner and often failed to lift those episodes from the monster of the week filler bits.
That said, Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Susan Thompson, Willa Holland, Manu Bennett and especially Emily Bett Rickards gave compelling performances. Manu Bennett has long been an extremely accomplish character actor in search of a starring vehicle, however Rickards is the true stand out set of performance of this show. It is a star making turn and if this actress does not go on to conquer Hollywood I will be astonished; her ability to move between funny, touching, strong and vulnerable, all the while giving us beautifully nuanced moments is breathtaking. Given her youth it is especially noteworthy, she is an astonishing talent.
I'm also glad to mention that while I felt I could only this first season three stars the second season is far stronger as this show found it's feet and I suspect that Arrow will be with us and giving fun excitement, laughs and heart break for a number of years.