What I'm Watching: Arrow
The new fall season has begun! There's new genre shows aplenty, and I'm going to try and run down the ones I'm watching, and gives my thoughts on them.
Hopefully before they're cancelled. *coughcough666ParkAvenuecough*
Let's start off with Arrow, the CW's answer to a lack of Smallville, by reworking the DC Comics' character, Green Arrow.
The episode opens with Olivier Queen, a rich, spoiled kid, being discovered on an island where he was stranded five years ago. He's been believed to be dead by the world at large, so his return is a shock to everyone who knew him.
Once he's back, he sees corruption everywhere in his home city, and sets about putting things right, by crafting the guise of...well, I'm calling him Green Arrow, for the sake of simplicity.
It was a solid pilot, laid out all the pieces well, and left a few dangling mysteries to drive the series forward. The characters are decent enough, and the cast is mostly good...my biggest problem is Olvier Queen himself! He's not terrible, but he just seems to be lacking a certain quality. He seems to just be reciting lines half the time. I hope the actor settles in over the course of things, because that's something that can get better as he grows more comfortable to Ollie's hood.
I felt the pilot was a bit by the numbers. There weren't any huge surprises. There was no moment that made me really want to see the next episode. There is a TON of stuff in there for the comic fans though, that have promise for things to come...but those are further down the road, and not here. I can't judge the pilot on what MIGHT come some day.
The hour had that feel of television, which kinda made it feel small at times. But at least they chose a character that works for. If this was someone in space, or with amazing powers, it might suffer more. But a regular guy who is an awesome archer...well, you can work with that on a smaller budget. And hopefully the show lasts and the budget gets better.
There is a lot of room for improvement on the show, but it starts out with a solid base, so there is hope that these issues WILL improve. It is definitely not bad, and certainly watchable.
But hey. It's a pilot. I do not expect perfection. I'll watch more, definitely.