Arrow: Complete First Season [Blu-ray] [US Import]
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Apparently, he uses some form of parkour or freerunning, which makes him appear to be like a predator in hot pursuit when he's chasing thugs. And though it may appear to be unlikely for anyone to fire arrows at such a blinding speed, a video clip of a Danish archer that has gone viral, demonstrates that such skills with a bow and arrow do exist outside the realm of imagination.
The series appeal lies for me mostly in the background story that is being revealed in the form of flashbacks. What happened on the island? How come this spoiled billionaire's son turned into the vigilante that he is to date? There is character development in the series, in Oliver Queen as well as in the supporting roles. The (visual) quality of the series is such, that it makes you feel like you're watching entire movies, rather than episodes of a TV-series.
Though I generally used to favor Marvel comics over DC (no offense :-)), Arrow has changed that. This one is right on the mark for me!
There are many twists and has a fine balance between action and talking/character development. The flashbacks to the Island are also a very fine touch! Eventually I got gripped on the flashbacks to find out and see what happens!
All in all, this series is worth watching, and if you are not a prime member, I suggest you buy it too if you like the DC comics and characters, and even if you haven't heard of the character in the comics, give it a try, you will most likely be pleased you did!
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.
It's a very well produced series. The acting is spot on and it doesn't take itself too seriously. Really good family entertainment.
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I reached episode 6 of season 1 and I find I still don't care much for it. Seems to be more soap opera than action hero, except I've watched soap operas with more thrills, spills,... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Cordwainer
Why, as the series progresses, does the pacing get rapidly and increasingly slower?
This is meant to be an action adventure and yet it seems more like a round table... Read more
But mad... But very watchable. The plot line in the first season is full of holes... but hey it is fun.Published 2 months ago by Dr. Patrick A. G. Degenaar
Yay! This is better than the Flash. More layers of intrigue and a bit more depth though the other is fun. Definitely worth the time watching it.Published 2 months ago by Suki
Love it. I really enjoy that it's a bit darker. Love the island flashbacks!Published 2 months ago by Jen