So all the new shows are starting, and I've been looking forward to Arrow, being the comic book geek that I am. Its based on the DC character Green Arrow, but its more of a grounded take on it, without people with superpowers running around and stuff. First two episodes are out so far, and I'm actually really liking it, its better than I was expecting.
John Barrowman (Captain Jack from Torchwood) is cast to play a recurring character that hasn't been revealed yet, and Deathstroke is strongly rumoured to show up at some point during the first season (theres a reference to that dropped in the first episode). Seems to do a good enough job of walking that line between offering enough references to and characters from the comics to please that group of people, while still being accessible to people who know nothing about the character.
Anyway, out of all the new shows I've caught so far, probably enjoying it the most. Its not going to win awards, its no Game of Thrones or anything, but its entertaining.
Only watched pilot so far, but it looks promising. Deathstroke is rumoured around ep 5 and the lawyer chick is Black Canary, so might see a few hero cameos. Would have been better costume design to have the cool green glasses from Smallvilles Green Arrow rather than the green spray paint over his eyes (pretty sure I could ID someone that has paint on his eyes).
I watched the pilot and enjoyed that, and interested to hear Barrowman will make an appearance! That only thing that annoys me is how OBVIOUS he is with the green eye paint - it feels like a Clark Kent disguise, and I'm a little disappointed considering it's supposed to be a bit more down to earth with less "suspend your belief" moments.
I'm enjoying it too, but I roll my eyes every time the baddies shoot at him and everything misses - even when they're only 2 metres away. The action scenes are great though and if they got rid of the "typical bad guys can't aim a gun to save their life" thing then it'll be awesome.
How many times do people "die" in shows like this? Unless you saw his headless corpse which was subsequently burnt to ashes without a camera cut i wouldn't count them out. (well unless you see the actor playing the bad guy get a starring role on another show)
Speaking of people dying, I'm suprised how often Green Arrow kills people in this. I don't mind it, but it did suprise me at first how hes happy to just kill people without any sort of morality shit coming into it, rather than do the whole hero thing of not killing and just incapacitating them all or something. Works for the tone of the show though.
Did some wikipedia-ing and there was apparently a Green Arrow series in the early 90's which was more grounded and he wasn't really referred to as 'Green Arrow' at all and had no problems killing people, and they played down any superhero or superpowers angle. So I'm guessing thats where the inspiration for the show is coming from?
Well, it was still the henchman's choice to get involved with an unscrupulous business man who had his name in the notebook of a masked vigilante. Maybe they should have been more discerning when looking for potential employers. I mean I get it, I understand times are tough, and maybe good work is hard to find for a henchman in this economic climate, but you gotta draw the line somewhere. Is the job really worth an arrow in the throat?
Just watched the latest episode, epic! The revelation of who the other archer was wasn't much of a twist though cos I'd been expecting it for a while, but was still awesome to finally see him show up, and some more Deathstroke thrown in for good measure.
When the show first started, and there was a character called Tommy Merlin, I figured oh ok they've just named him that as a kind of homage to the character, cos no way was he gonna be the dark archer. Then as soon as I saw that episode where you find out Barrowman was his father, I've been waiting for him to show up and kick some ass.
Just started watching this show. The story line is very similar to Bale's batman:
1. billionaire heir to a corporation - check 2. was away for a few years learning combat/survival - check 3. love interest is a lawyer type person going for the worst criminals and is repeatedly in danger - check 4. father's wish prior to dying was to 'save' the city - check 5. own wish is to 'save' his city - check 6. wears an outfit at night and publicly acts like a dick in daytime to 'protect the people he loves' - check 7. corporation is massive and has an 'applied sciences' division with interests in green energy - check
The I.T. chick knowing everything science related (e.g. how to do a spectral analysis of water) is a bit silly.
Also I don't understand the asian dude on the island rescuing him and then being one of "them" and then letting him go. I hope they're not making this up as they go along, like what happened in Lost with "the others" that made no sense at all.
However the rest of the show is pretty cool. Will continue watching.
Ummm.... #3 The Lawyer chick in Arrow couldn't give a fuck about going for Crims, She's a defence lawyer. And #7 is bullshit too, he steals company time from a (smoking hot) IT chick and has sweet fuck all tech really.
Asian dude becoming one of 'them' confused me a bit though, hopefully they clean up why in a later episode.
Ummm.... #3 The Lawyer chick in Arrow couldn't give a f*** about going for Crims, She's a defence lawyer.
Episode 2: "Laurel brings a civil suit against millionaire Martin Somers, who is also one of Oliver's targets, for taking part in drug trades with the Chinese Triads that ultimately led to the death of a young woman's father. [snip] .. Somers contacts the Triad, who sends their assassin, China White, to kill Laurel"
Well, to be fair, the whole thing about him being a millionaire douchebag and getting stranded on an island and having to learn to be a badass to survive, were already pre-existing parts of the character before the recent Batman stuff was made. The tone of the show definitely does seem to be trying to a bit darker and grittier though like Batman was. Doesn't bother me though, it works imo.
i think it's because of the success with arrow that the CW is now working on a wonder woman show.
I'm a DC fanboy and everything, but Wonder Woman has always just seemed like such a stupid character to me, even I can't suspend my disbelief enough to get into anything Wonder Woman related. Even just typing/saying the name makes me want to groan at the cornyness.
You need some new bait, that ones past its used by date and has lost its flavour.
Just watched the latest episode and I was really confused, was thinking I don't remember his sister being in a car crash and getting arrested, or him getting captured on the island and finding out the asian guy had joined them, or finding out the mother cheated. Turns out I didn't remember all these things happening cos I actually never watched episode 11, forgot all about it last weekend with all the weather related shenanigans.
Also, guy who played Count Vertigo was Lincoln from Fringe, that was bugging me for ages, he looked so familar and I couldn't recognise why.
Green Arrow was originally developed as an archery-themed analogue of the very popular Batman character, but the writers at DC have developed him into a voice of left-wing and progressive politics very much distinct in character from Batman, with his own supporting cast.
So for those that kept up with the show the season finale aired earlier this week and can I just say it was epic, I just don't know what Season 2 will entail as there wasn't really any major plot twists at the end.
Watching elementary finale tonight and watched Arrow last night. There were some HUGE cheesey moments but I was happy with how it ended. But I would have liked there to have been a more intense fight scene.
Finally jumped onto this, so good. It just seems to do Green Arrow and the "superhero" action really well. Has a nice blend of explosions, fighting, story and romance that makes it really interesting and want to keep watching through to 5am in the morning. Only up to episode 13 I think though, watching it slowly with the girlfriend.
How is Elementary by the way? I'm not sure if I'm keen on trying to get into a new Sherlock, it would be hard to replace Cumberbatch.