With comic-based movies like The Dark Knight Rises and the Avengers swiping the box office nowadays, a comic-based TV Show should obviously become immensely huge. And when rumors started about Arrow, that pretty much happened. There are however, those who always doubt everything and this show was not an exception for their critics. Skepticism was all around the idea of the Green Arrow being turned into a TV Show.
The good part is, most of these critics have now disappeared after the show started airing. The only bad word that follows Arrow at the moment is that their battles aren't very enjoyable to watch. Personally, I don't think they're that bad, especially seeing how this is a show on CW. Plus, you cannot expect the same majestic level of battles like you would from a movie, the budget for show is much lower while the story is larger so one can say they're doing a great job with what they're given. Things can always be better, but this is good enough already.
If you've loved the story of Robin Hood, or if you've ever read the Green Arrow comics, then this show will get under your skin eventually. It might have a slow start, but every episode gets better and better and you end hooked up to it sooner than you know it. Also, it's probably good that the producers have taken out any supernatural powers out of the story - we get to see enough of that in the shows so far., and it gives a more realistic feeling to the show. There's nothing like giving the viewers hope that they are seeing something that might actually take place.
"My name is Oliver Queen. For 5 years I was stranded on an island with only one goal - to survive. [News Report: Oliver Queen is alive.] Now I will fulfill my father's dying wish - to use the list of names he left me and bring down those who are poisoning my city. To do this, I must become someone else. I must become something else." - Arrow's Intro
For those unfamiliar with the plot, the intro sums it all up - our hero Oliver (Stephen Amell), ends up stranded on an island after a shipwreck. His father leaves him a book with list of names of rich men who have been gaining wealth by unfair means. The rest, you get to discover while watching the show, as it appears that the story is far more complicated than it seems at first sight. Oliver's family might be involved with the criminal as well, and keeping both an identity as a hero and as a rich spoiled boy is going to be quite hard.
The hardest part will be fitting back in with the family when all of his family thought he's dead and him hiding his history from the island won't help at all. Even his best friend Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) and his ex-girlfriend Laurel (Katie Cassidy) seem to have moved past him. But our hero tries his best to keep on track with his list and to get things better with everyone outside his hooded life.
What makes the show stand out is that it moves fast, unlike most of what we see on TV, and we follow the hero through three different points of view. We have the flashbacks of his past on the island, then his awesome appearances as the Arrow, and finally the ordinary image - Oliver Queen. And while the show has just started, and has yet to bring its master villains and nemesis, it has proven to be a decent show already - assuming that it doesn't suddenly go downhill, it promises brilliance in its future.
Arrow is currently CW's biggest hit in the past few years, not being able to break the viewings and ratings of only one other show - the Vampire Diaries. But Arrow still has a lot of surprises coming up as the story develops, so if you start watching it today, you might just be following it when it achieves that as well.