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OK - Seems A Little Undercooked, if I am Honest - I Will Stick With It
on 20 February 2016
Any superhero TV series of recent years is inevitably influenced by the likes of the Batman movie trilogy and the plethora of Marvel movie realisations - Iron Man, Captain America, Avengers, etc. Arrow is a radical reworking of the original DC hero Green Arrow, in many ways a bit of an also-ran as a comic book character. In this well-rendered TV series, the old 'Darkside' of the titular character is highlighted: he develops his skills in a five year exile being marooned on a remote island. It wastes no time in getting down to some explosive violent action, but to me, many of the storylines seem a little trite and not fully-realised. I've watched thus far about half of the first season, but I have yet to truly warm to the central characters, but as others have highlighted, Emily Bett Rickards as the IT staffer Felicity Smoak is truly scene-stealing, and adds a bit of humour, nuance and fine acting to her role, even though it's not (yet) been fully developed. I shall stick with it, because it's eminently likeable, and I trust that the characters become more layered as it winds on.