When I first heard about that DC was planning on developing a show based off of Green Arrow, I was intrigued. Not excited just intrigued. I have held my judgement of the show for a while, not sure if it would be good or bad. With only seeing one live superhero show, NBC's critical failure The Cape, my expectations were very low. But I have to say, for the first episode, it has made a pretty good impression on me so far.
To be clear, I know next to nothing about Green Arrow. I've seen him on some shows, I know he's a billionaire and some of the usual things. I might have read one or two of his . So I don't know much about him and I'm not going to pretend to be an huge fan of him. But I have to say I do like this show... so far. The dialogue is good, it's probably better than most TV shows, but at the same it's not anything extraordinary either. The story is good but very ordinary. I felt Stephen Amell did a good job at Oliver Queen, but while his character is very reminiscent of other superhero's, Batman or Iron Man for example, he sets his own spin on a familial tale. While you see his back story, the pilot leaves his origin very unexplored. I was actually glad of this, as I figured I would be sitting though a forty minute origin story and leave the good stuff for later episodes. Thankfully, this is not the case and it leaves the perfect amount of explanation, yet mystery around his character. Katie Cassidy plays her character well, yet her character falls into the usual Bruce Wayne type girlfriend. Hopefully she'll get to do more in future episodes. It will be interesting how Colin Donnell's Tommy Merlyn will develop in future shows, as his is actually Green Arrow's archenemy. Yeah, I just Googled his character, that's how I know that. David Ramsey, Willa Holland, and Susanna Thompson receive honorable mentions on their acting, doing well with the characters with their limited screen time. The is well played though out the episode and is quite good especially for a TV series. Stephen Amell seems to do a good job at seemingly doing most of his stunts. My interest is peaked to find out how the continues when Arrow meets more experienced foes.
Overall: With good acting, interesting characters, and smart dialogue CW's Arrow hits the target when it comes to compelling story, tone, and action. This is one show you must not miss!