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Let's get started. Overall, I really enjoyed watching Arrow. I was hooked from start to finish, even though there were some things that I didn't like.
As far as the plot...well, there are two of them.
Plot Numero Uno - Starling City:
After being shipwrecked and stranded on a remote island of Lian Yu (which means purgatory) for five years, Oliver Queen was presumed dead. When he returns home to Starling City, he's made a promise to his dying father that he would save the city.
Oliver later discovers what that means with the help of John Diggle (David Ramsey), an ex-military bodyguard that Oliver takes on as a partner and my personal favorite character of the series. He also receives help from a woman named Felicity Smoak (Emily Rickards) who reminds me of Chloe Sullivan from Smallville as both are computer geeks.
The love interest is Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), based on the DC Comics character Black Canary. In this adaptation, she is a non-profit attorney who fights for the rights of those less fortunate and is in a longterm relationship with Ollie's best mate Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell).
Plot Number Two - The Island:
For me, this was probably the better part of the show. Now and again, we would get to see what happened on the island. This shows you how Oliver became who he is and how he learned his skills. I would go into detail, but I don't want to give anything away if you haven't seen the show.
Everyone played their characters well, especially Stephen Amell. For me, it was a breath of fresh air after watching Justin Hartley for so many years as Green Arrow. The way the island became a story in itself is something I really enjoyed. I don't think I have ever watched anything where there have been two stories that coincide with each other so well.
There's mainly one bad point: the sets were odd. For some reason, CW filmed certain things where they filmed Smallville. For example, the Queen's mansion was the same mansion that Lex owned in Smallville and it took me forever to get used to that. Laurel's workplace I am positive was the Daily Planet.
So was it a success?
Yes it was. When I watched Smallville for the first time, I couldn't wait until it was back and with Arrow, I can't wait for the second season.
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