Oct 212015

I’ve been a lifelong fan of comic books, and my father used them to help me learn how to read as a young child. (To be precise, he used Walt Disney comics.) While I haven’t picked up an issue in ten years, mainly due to budgetary concerns, I still love them, especially DC comics. With that being said, I’ve steered clear of most superhero shows on TV due to limitations on budgets and effects. I tried to get into Smallville but never could. These reasons are why I gave Arrow a pass on the CW when it came out, but a friend talked me into watching The Flash as he said the show rocked. So I did, and I became hooked. For once, it seemed a superhero TV show actually had other heroes and villains existing in the same world. A podcast I really love, Needless Things, regularly talks about this show and Arrow, so I knew I had to go back and give Arrow a chance. Fortunately, the first two seasons were on Netflix, and now they have the third. I’ve been binge watching Arrow over the last month, and I’m freaking loving it.

I’m about halfway through the third season of Arrow, and I have to say that the show doesn’t miss a beat. I love how they updated the character of Oliver Queen but still kept the origin story pretty intact. On most shows, having flashbacks every episode would be incredibly distracting, but they fulfill a narrative purpose on Arrow. It’s great to see so many characters from the DC universe show up on the show, such as Deathstroke, Black Canary, Deadshot, Amanda Waller, Brother Blood, Ra’s al Ghul, and many others. Even better is the crossover episodes that feature characters from The Flash. With the Arrow and The Flash shows, we get a tangible sense of a larger universe in play that is far cry from superhero shows of the past.

As for my binge watching of Arrow, I have to say that I really love the cast. Stephen Amell is tremendous as Oliver Queen, and, just like every other fanboy out there, I’m rooting for Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). John Barrowman makes for a really good villain, and Roy and Willow are compelling characters. I’ve been a fan of Paul Blackthorne since he played Dresden a few years back on SyFy. My one minor complaint is with Diggle (David Ramsey) as he’s not given a lot to do, despite the fact that he’s incredibly competent in combat. There have been a number of times where I wondered why the Arrow didn’t have him along for backup. Still, it’s a minor complaint. I’m also surprised that Oliver hasn’t been sleeping with anyone so far in season three. He was very, very active in the first two seasons as his romantic conquests included Laurel Lance, Sara Lance, Shado, Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau), and the Huntress. Maybe he feels he needs to take some time off.

Now I need to finish binge watching Arrow this weekend as my DVR is filling up with season four episodes. I can’t wait to see how the whole League of Assassins storyline plays out.

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