Oof! Just finished watching all 23 episodes of series 1 of Arrow. I tell you this: it’s no Jessica Jones or Daredevil. Marvel are winning the battle of the superhero tv series, I reckon. On the plus side, the story-telling is high tempo, the action sequences are well done, the acting of the whole cast is great and there’s eye-candy aplenty. On the less positive side, it’s very repetitive, the plots go from set-up to showdown without any development in between, it’s full of sappy cod psychology, and there are drawn out flashbacks in every-single-episode. The whole premise is a bit forced and not too credible either – a guy is marooned on a Chinese island for five years (although there are squads of British soldiers there too) – and then returns to mainland America with near mystical powers. The baddies shoot hundreds of bullets at him and they all miss!… simply because he’s doing a bit of parcour/free-running! Bit naff. All that said, the closing episodes and season finale are fairly strong… if you get that far. I’d give it 7/10 (don’t wanna be too mean).
DC’s Arrow has failed this city!