Reviews and Problems with Arrow: The Complete First Season
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Arrow: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review
3 October 2013
Summary: As Smallville was preparing to take its final bow, news of another DC Comics-inspired CW series didn't come as much of a surprise. Nor did word that the upcoming show would feature Green Arrow, who had become a feature player in young Clark Kent's saga. No, the surprise was that Arrow wasn't going to be a spin-off starring the reigning small screen Oliver Queen, Justin Hartley, but rather an entirely new incarnation of the hero, completely divorced from Smallville 's...
Summary: Next season Black Canary and The Flash will be showing up. The Flash is looking to get his own series, for the second time. I’m really looking forward to that, although it might be this time next year before I see it all for myself. You see, I deliberately stayed away from the broadcasts. I knew the chances were good I would get to review this on Blu-ray. It makes such a difference when you can watch this kind of season in short order.
Excerpt: DC Comics and The CW continue their fruitful relationship (well, semi-fruitful; sorry Birds of Prey ) with another series based on a cornerstone comic book hero. This time, it's Green Arrow 's turn in the TV bulls-eye, and…this will be my last bit of archery wordplay I promise…it hits the mark. Then, one night at sea, cruising around the ocean on the family yacht with his dad and girl-toy, it all comes crashing down.
Conclusion: Out of the starting gate, establishes itself as a polished replica of the vigilante superhero concept, focused on the dedication that Oliver Queen -- a billionaire child turned combat archer after a five-year stretch on an island -- puts towards righting his corporate father's wrongs in Starling City.
Conclusion: Comic book fans are likely going to be drawn to 'Arrow' regardless its level of quality. Thankfully, it manages to be an interesting series that utilizes a great deal of the DC Comics universe, in fun and exciting ways that help to highlight the rise of Oliver Queen from simple vigilante to the hero he was destined to become. It's not a perfect series, however.