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"Arrow" review by Suzanne
Wednesdays 8/7c on The CW

I've only seen one episode of this show, but so far I really like it. It may even be better than Smallville, which I loved. It's darker, more like the later years of Smallville where they tried to make Clark more like Batman (but that failed miserably because Superman is such an iconic character, and Tom Welling doesn't really have the acting talent to play a dark character).  The actor who stars in the show, Stephen Amell, is really good. He's not just a hunky guy who looks good in the costume or with his shirt off.

They changed the Green Arrow story, just like they did with Smallville, but I doubt that will bother most people because he is not one of the most well-known heroes like Superman or Batman. They haven't made any movies about Oliver Queen.  However, comic book fans will recognize the character and the various names and places they mention, for the most part. They have done a good job transforming him into a very dark anti-hero (which he was for a long time in the comics, too). I always hate it when they don't give the superhero a good costume, but at least he has one, unlike Superman in Smallville. It's very similar to the one they had for the Green Arrow in Smallville, actually.

It's a very enjoyable show and I will definitely continue to watch it. If you like great drama, or great action and adventure, you should, too.

Updated: I have been watching and enjoying Arrow and have even started a small Arrow section of our site. The CW sent me this week's episode, "Legacies", which I just watched. It features the Royal Flush Gang, which comic book readers know all about. Veteran actor Currie Graham stars as the patriarch of the gange. Oliver doesn't want to deal with "street crime" but Diggle convinces him to get involved with taking down these bank robbers, so he does, reluctantly. We see a bit more of Oliver's past, where he hallucinated seeing his father again. He also has a bit of a tiff with his mother, but they make up. His mother misses Walter, who took off last episode, and she misses Oliver, too.  Meanwhile, his friend Tommy keeps trying with Laurel, whos organization needs money. Oliver's sister, Thea, also has a crush on Tommy. Finally, we see that Oliver is training Diggle in some of the moves he learned on the island. Good episode! I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to see more!

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