Arrow: Back from the Dead

ARROW: 1.01 “Pilot”

I will preface this with the following: I know little about the Green Arrow and the comics. The closest I’ve ever gotten to Oliver Queen is the guy from Smallville. And I’ll say, this Green Arrow is a lot more interesting than that one.

I liked the premiere. A good bit. It was a little hard to keep track of the who’s who — and why a certain bald dude was a bad guy — but I was completely enthralled by Oliver. I loved the complexity of the character. I loved putting the pieces together to figure out what he’s been through and what his plan is. Overall, it was just really well done.

And as much as I’m really not an action-watching person (and if you are, feel free to toss in your own critique), I liked the action scenes. The chase scene over rooftops and through warehouse to take down the masked man was incredibly fun to watch. It’s amazing what this character learned on the island (which I desperately want to learn more about), and it was great seeing it translated onto an industrial scene.

Yes, there’s a lot more I need to learn. About the city, about his past, about his father’s past… Really, just about everything. But as far as first impressions go, I’ll be coming back for more.

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