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on 17 May 2015
I was never sure whether to check out any of the superhero television shows; but with all the praise I've heard about the DC TV Series Arrow, I decided to give it a go. Thankfully, it definitely was worth it, as Arrow features very well developed characters and great storytelling.

Stephen Amell is great as Oliver Queen (aka The Arrow) who turns up in his home town after being presumed dead for 5 years following a boating accident and who vows to fullfill his lose father's wishes by taking out the criminals of the city. There are also many great supporting characters including his former girlfriend Laurel, best friend Tommy, mother Moira and sister Thea who each struggle with Oliver's return and change in behaviour after being stranded on island for years. The twists and turns are very interning and keeps the fewer hooked with every episode and by the end of the season can't wait until the next season.
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For five years former billionaire playboy Oliver Queen has been thought dead after disaster at sea. Now he is back, outwardly the same, but with secret awesome skills and an overriding mission: bringing crashing down all those on high polluting Starling City.

So - enter The Hood, complete with arrows put to devastating use. What revelations from his late father caused such a change? What occurred on the island where he was stranded to transform him into such a formidable fighting machine...?

The last few evenings have been excitingly spent, this twenty three episode series both gritty and great. Stephen Amell proves an impressively athletic Oliver, David Ramsey with impact as Diggle, his aide. Also noteworthy is Paul Blackthorne's Detective Quentin Lance - he with an understandable personal agenda, so sickened had he been by the way Oliver treated his daughters. On the down side, a few of the ladies look too much alike and this confuses. Their manner of speaking also sometimes disappoints, marred either by mumbling or gush. Not guilty of either is Susanna Thompson as Oliver's enigmatic mother. How much, though, can she be trusted? What of the man she has now married? Oliver is forever destined to revise opinions of some of those closest around him. All is not as it seems.

Useful groundwork has been done by the show's creators to ensure firm foundations for storylines. Flashbacks to events on that island could almost form a series on their own. Instead pacey scripts skilfully juxtapose past and present, all the while viewers destined for dramatic rides packed with surprises.

Extras include creators and cast interestingly answering questions about the show and their roles. (David Ramsey says little but his contribution greatly amuses.)

"You have failed this city!" declares the hooded avenger as he confronts sinners.

One thing is for sure. Those responsible for "Arrow" have not failed viewers. They have done us proud.

Recommended.
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I purchased the series after my daughter thought i'd enjoy it, she was
right.
'Oliver Queen' survives the sinking of his fathers yacht, and living on
a remote island for five years.
on the island 'Oliver' learns skills of survival, his time there is told
with frequent flashbacks.
Before his father took his own life to give his son a chance of surviving
on the raft after the sinking of the yacht, he tells his son of the
corruption in the business world back home and entrusting 'Oliver' with
a list of names.
Now back in the real world after his five year absence 'Oliver' becomes
a hooded avenger working his way through the list his father had entrusted
him with.
Comic-book action, many enjoyable action sequences throughout...........
if like myself you missed the series when screened.....it's definitely
worth a viewing.
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on 30 December 2015
This is a series you have to see from the beginning to have any hope working out what's going on. The story builds - and deviates - and adds new layers that don't always fit with what we've already learned, but coming at it from the beginning definitely helps in keeping it straight and getting to know the characters and be able to care about what's happening to them. The acting is great, and the action slick and well choreographed. I'm glad I tried this series again via Prime, where I could see it from the start.
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on 24 April 2017
I wasnt sure what this would be like when i decided to get round to watching in, i have to admit its better than i expected, i have watched S1 so far, from the 4 series of what they have done (Arrow, Flash, Supergirl & Legends of Tomorrow), for me there is only Legends of Tomorrow i could not recommend as i stopped watching it after the first 6 episodes as i found that sooooo boring.
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on 12 July 2017
Went into watching this show with knowing very little about the Green Arrow character and didn't really have high expectations as I know some superhero tv shows can be pretty bad. However, Arrow is not one of those shows, Arrow had me hooked from start to finish for the complete season. The story archs are great, the villains are really well played and the sub plot of learning about how Oliver Queen becomes the Arrow is really compelling to watch!
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on 6 February 2014
I bought this because I don't have pay TV channels, so hadn't seen it broadcast. When the price came down to a very reasonable level it was worth taking a punt. I'd seen good reviews and I wasn't disappointed. No spoilers in this review, but there's excellent character development, intelligent scripts and an sound cast. Stephen Amell is a good lead, but the support characters are also good. Special kudos to Colin Salmon as Walter. He's a class act, and John Barrowman is a very convincing bad guy. The best villains are always heroes of their own story.
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on 10 April 2017
This is, undeniably a great fun series. Addictive if ever-so-slightly flawed.

The flaws primarily concern the inherent irony of a rich person combating other rich people. And the miraculous ability of The Hood/The Vigilante to avoid getting shot at point-blank range.

And then there is the propensity of the characters to ask each other: 'Are you okay?' If you were playing a drinking game you would be drunk within about 10 minutes.
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on 2 April 2017
Fabulous!!
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on 30 March 2017
great
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