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on 23 July 2017
Arrow is a very cool show, proving that, while Marvel may be winning hands-down at the cinema box office, when it comes to TV, DC are the undisputed champs, giving us not only Arrow, but the hugely enjoyable The Flash - Season 1 [DVD] [2015], Supergirl - Season 1 [DVD] [2016], Constantine: The Complete Series and DC Legends of Tomorrow - Season 1 [DVD] [2016].
Arrow has its dark moments, though not quite as dark as DC's Gotham. As a comic book character, Green Arrow always suffered from comparisons with Batman. Oliver Queen, like Bruce Wayne, is a millionaire (billionaire now due to inflation), both lived in mansions, both had innumerable gadgets, Green Arrow even being given an Arrow-car and Arrow-cave in the early days. He was also burdened with a range of trick arrows including the completely non-aerodynamic boxing glove arrow. Good grief! Then, in the 80s, along came artist and writer, Mike Grell, who essentially removed the character from the DC universe, had him lose his fortune and move to Seattle. Grell also ditched the Arrow-gadgets and all the trick arrows, transforming Green Arrow into a character much more like the urban vigilante of the TV show.
Arrow is played by Stephen Amell, who is very good in the part, giving it the right amount of seriousness and an appropriate quantity of angst for someone who has suffered as much as he has, as shown during flashback sequences. The supporting cast are equally good, with stalwart companions, John Diggle, played by the excellent David Ramsey, and Felicity Smoak, played with great wit and charm by Emily Bett Rickards. Also in the supporting cast is the wonderful John Barrowman, here relishing the opportunity to play a black-hearted villain.
There are many things to admire about this series, one of which is the amazing stunt work. The actors do as many of their own stunts as they can get away with, but there are some literally death-defying stunts that are handed over to their stunt doubles. These set pieces are of a kind that would leave you gaping with amazement if you saw them on the big screen, and to find them in a TV show is remarkable. The use of CGI and special effects is equally excellent. The scripting is also very good, with characters saying believable things in the way that you might expect real people to, rather than just spouting the usual cliches. The show also has a sense of humour and the courage to occasionally send up itself, and the whole superhero genre.
Another thing about Arrow is that so much happens during the course of each season that it feels like you've watched three seasons rather than one. No spoilers as to what those things are in Season 2, just sit back and enjoy the ride!
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Basic series flow in the review)
The first Season was indeed compelling viewing, the question was, could it be equalled, i feel it almost
certainly has been, the second season has 23 exciting and action packed episodes to enjoy with the
bonus of a catch-up episode at the beginning to remind us of what had gone before.
'Oliver' is racked with guilt because he'd been unable to save his best friend 'Tommy Merlyn' during
the machine-triggered earthquake that had all but flattened the area in 'Starling City' known as the
Glades.
As with the first series during each episode we not only follow 'Oliver's' deeds to rid the City of villains
we also follow his story on the island, his struggle for survival and how he became who he is today.
In the first episode following 'Tommy's' death 'Oliver' has returned to the Island to reflect on what had
happened and clear his mind, friends and fellow confidants 'John Diggle' and 'Felicity Smoak' who assist
'Oliver' in his role as 'The Hood' fly out to the Island to bring their friend home, 'Starling City' need the
vigilante back on the streets.
Back home his mother 'Moira' is in jail awaiting trial for her part in the deaths of over 500 in the Glades
as a result of her association with 'Tommy's' father 'Malcolm Merlyn'
In the ruins of the Glades ruthless gangs are thriving, 'Oliver' is certainly needed in his beloved city,
he wants to do things differently this time because of the loss of his friend, he also no longer wants to
be known as 'The Hood'' but by the name 'Arrow'
Street-wise 'Roy Harper' boyfriend to 'Oliver's' sister 'Thea' wants to be part of 'Arrows' campaign to
rid the streets of corruption and violence, 'Arrow' doesn't feel that 'Roy' has the skills to join him on
the streets but could be of use to identify criminal elements in his neck of the woods.
Ex girl-friend to both himself and more recently 'Tommy' isn't coping after Tommy's' death and has
taken to drink and drugs which will almost certainly affect her career in the legal department in which
she works, whilst 'Laura's' father 'Quentin Lance' has been demoted in the police department because
of his recent dealings with 'The Hood' (Arrow) he had come to realize that the actions of the vigilante
were for the good of the city, which is currently the opposite of how the department chiefs see it
Early on, 'Arrow' receives help from a mysterious masked woman during his encounters with the city's
low-life. but who is she ?
'Arrow' faces a series of resourcefull villains including the sinister 'Doll-Maker' and indeed adversary's
in the shape of those he'd considered a friend of both past and present who have access to the serum
found on the Island.
The series as mentioned earlier continues to follow 'Oliver's deeds of present day alongside continuing
to look back upon his 5 years on the Island.
There become several more persons that learn of 'Arrows' true identity as time goes on, will he be able
to continue keeping it secret from those closest to him ?
Again as with the first series it manages to cover 'Oliver's' life both day and night in 'Starling City' as well
as building a profile of all the lead characters , a strategy that enhances viewing pleasure in this well made
and exciting series.
There are one or two surprises in store along the way, some a little predictable perhaps, some not so.
This, again, is a brilliant and absorbing made-for-TV series......am so looking forward to the third.
Key Characters -
* Stephen Amell - Oliver Queen......* Paul Blackthorne - Quentin Lance
* Katie Cassidy - Laurel Lance..... * Emily Bett Rickards - Felicity Smoak
* David Ramsey - John Diggle.......* Manu Bennett - Slade Wilson -
* Willa Holland - Thea Queen........* Colton Haynes - Roy Harper
* Susanna Thompson - Moira Queen.....* Celina Jade - Shado
* Caity Lotz - Sara Lance...........* John Barrowman - Malcolm Merlyn
* Kevin Alejandro - Sebastian Blood..
Features -
* Bonus Recap Episode - Year One - Relive the exciting highlights of season one, both in Starling City and on
the Island of 'Lian Lu'
* From Vigilante to Hero - Justice is the end game, but at the fork in the road, can Oliver become the Hero ?
* How did they do that ? The visual effects of Arrow - The spectacular opening to Season Two is explored as
the VFX team continues to raise the bar, allowing anything the writers dream up to be brought to life.
* Wirework - The Impossible Moves of Arrow - Explore the wirework of Arrow and how it not only protects
the talent, but also gives Arrow a heightened sense of comic-book style action
* Arrow 2013 Comic-Con Panel
* Gag Reel
* Unaired Scenes
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on 11 November 2014
I do wish they would leave out the catch ups at the beginning of each episode it just makes it more difficult to work out where you have gotten too. I'm finding Oliver much more mature in this season. Not sure about his on going relationship with Sarah as I am seriously don't know which side she really belongs on. Her sister and extremely prissy Ms Laurel is driving me nuts, she could not get more holier than thou but I have the sneaking feeling she can. I love Diggle and Felicity's characters
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on 14 August 2017
Really enjoyed this series of the Arrow, it was just as interesting and gripping as the first series. Well worth watching if you like other DC shows like The Flash or Supergirl as there are cross overs between the shows. Very pleased with the quality and packaging of the DVD itself.
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on 26 August 2017
Arrived in swiftly time as the first season was gripping which prompted me to buy the next series in advance as it's very interesting and breathtaking so far.
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on 28 June 2017
bought this series back in January this year I watched series 1 and it was bloody amazing I bought the second series when I orderd series 3 and 4 they were brilliant as well my mum has has pre-ordered series 5 for me for my birthday which is on july the 1st of this year but series 5 will be released in September looking forward to it already cant wait
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on 23 November 2016
I am a fan of archery so obviously I am going to like the Green Arrow!. Good show. Item is as described and in good packing.
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on 25 March 2017
The best season out of the 5 so far in my opinion. Great drama.
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on 5 June 2016
Great
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on 15 August 2017
Great show and great series.
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