The CW’s newest DC Comics superhero premieres tonight– it’s Arrow! Will it be Smallville or will it be Birds of Prey? DC Entertainment sent out screener copies of the pilot last week and you can read Paul’s complete and well-rounded observations here. My quick reaction after watching is that it lands somewhere firmly in the middle of Smallville and Birds of Prey. It lacks the grand scope and iconic nature of Smallville but it’s leagues better than Birds of Prey on just about every level. The action is fast paced and exciting, as Oliver Queen/Arrow Stephen Amell does a fine if stoic job (voiceovers aren’t always his friend), and there are even nods to Green Arrows writers Mike Grell and Andy Diggle. We’ll see how the season (and more importantly the viewership) plays out. In the meantime, just don’t call him Green Arrow…
Here’s how “Pilot” is described:
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow — a vigilante — to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be — flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle — while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on — and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.
I look forward to your thoughts, opinions, gripes, live-blogging, etc.