Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Review - Arrow
One thing that definitely put me over the top, in addition to the terrific pilot (directed by legendary pilot episode director David Nutter, of course it is), was meeting star Stephen Amell (Heartland, Private Practice) at the Q&A afterwards. What a charming, likeable guy. He earnestly talked about the role, about tweeting from the set and his desire to do his own stunts even though he knows he reluctantly has to defer to his stunt double. It's important to me to like the star behind-the-scenes, and I do here.
Very mild spoilers ahead:
Amell portrays billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, a spoiled bad boy whose life of luxury is upended when he is shipwrecked on a dark, mysterious island for five years. During that time, he transforms himself into a fierce warrior and expert archer. He is eventually rescued and returns to Starling City, his mother Moira (Susanna Thompson, Kings, NCIS), and sister Thea (Willa Holland, Gossip Girl, The O.C.) - dad was on the boat and met his fate ... well, won't spoil that for you. He also reunites with his friend Tommy (Colin Donnell, Pan Am) and seeks out ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy, Melrose Place, Supernatural), whose sister Oliver was having an affair with and who went down with the boat.
Also intriguing is the mystery behind Oliver's own mother. The pilot clearly lays out that she knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.
The series will flashback to the time Oliver spent on the island: how he survived, if he was alone, how he trained (and who possibly trained him) and more, which should provide some awesome action sequences to compliment the ones that we'll see in the present (the pilot had one wicked-ass battle).
One line in the episode definitely made you see just who the new Oliver is and what he's about: he tells his beloved housekeeper Raza (sorry, don't know the actress' name) - a kind of co-Alfred: "I want to be the person you always told me I could be." Swoon.
This show is off to a great start and as someone who stuck with Smallville for all ten years, it's nice to have another hero origin story to watch. And if the pilot is any indication, this is going to be a good series. And as the lead in for Supernatural, how can you lose?
Bottom line: Arrow hits the bullseye.
Arrow premieres this Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. on the CW.