I like Arrow. I think of it as the closest thing we’ll ever get to having a live-action Batman TV show and that’s a good thing. If you’ve watched Seasons One and Two, you’ve noticed how certain situations, images and lines of dialog were lifted straight from the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight series and the (Green) Arrow himself is as close to Batman as you can get. I realize the Green Arrow is its own character, with its own history, I still see Arrow as a TV version of The Dark Knight trilogy.
Stephen Amell is great. He’s not the most skilled actor, but that’s not a problem at all. In fact that’s the main reason I like him in the lead role so much. He’s like William Shatner from The Original Series. He’s got the look. He’s got the athleticism and he can act just enough to get by. However, the X factor Amell has is his unintentionally funny dramatic scenes. In dramatic scenes, when Oliver is having an emotional moment with whoever; Laurel, Felicity, Sara, Thea, whoever, his gaze wanders to the side as he gets a vacant look in his eyes. This has happened in dozens of scenes over the past couple of seasons. For me, it’s awful acting… but I find that charming and it actually has a campiness to the show that keeps it fun for me. I’m not making fun of it. I’m just amused by how hard it’s trying and I respect that.
So, here we are at Season Three. I am a big, big, big fan of Season One. It had a strong, focused story arc from beginning to end. The Season One Finale was closure to all the story lines building over the season. Season Two faultered big time. The writers were definitely throwing in everything they could fit into the script. Sara is still alive, but now she’s a rogue assassin from The League of Assassins. Laurel has a drinking problem. Queen Consolidated is being taken over. Slade loses his mind on the island. Thea still has a funny Donald Duck lisp. There was no focus through Season Two other than Slade was there to get revenge on Oliver; something he pretty much could’ve done at any time since he was face to face with Oliver’s loved-ones throughout the season. Anyway, whatever. Season Two was messy but fun and it ended well. It provided solid closure to the Slade/Arrow revenge plot which was getting pretty tedious by that point.
Speaking of tedious, ok, I’ll finally cover the Season Three Premiere. I’ll just go in bullet points because I don’t feel like obeying grammar:
- Flashback Oliver has a better wig now. I immediately miss the crappy, chessy wig, but this new Hong Kong wig has more natural body which gives it a rock star vibe.
- Hong Kong flashback stuff… oh boy. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of the flashbacks. I really don’t care about Oliver’s mysterious pass anymore. I’d rather have them eliminate the 10-15 minutes of flashback time and devote that to better characterizations of the present day stuff.
- Brandon Routh. I guarantee that everyone’s response to this casting was: “That’s nice that he’s getting work.” I like Routh. His Superman performance was awkward, but that’s the filmmakers fault for casting such an inexperienced actor in a major role like that. Routh did his absolute best job to play Superman and it shows. He’s nearly a decade older now, and he feels more comfortable in this new role of Atom Man or whatever they’ll call him. I think he could really had a fun element to the show, so I’m looking forward to where they’re going with this character.
- Diggle can’t get any respect. I really dug the chocolate and vanilla bromance between Diggle and Oliver in Season One. They tag teamed crime like a bunch of bosses. In Season Two, the writers had no idea what to do with him. There were numerous times Arrow was “out in the field” alone with Diggle at the lair with Felicity for no reason. They at least acknowledge that now with Oliver’s concern about endangering a father-to-be. I really hope Season Three does more with Diggle because he’s become irrelevant with the addition of Roy.
- Oliver and Felicity is so barf-worthy that I can’t help but love/hate it. The whole thing about Oliver being deeply in love with her is so manufactured that I really hope the Arrow writers have something up their sleeve. It’s too artificial to simply add to the show simply because she’s the only girl that Oliver hasn’t stuck with his pink arrow… well, except for Thea but seriously, man. Why are you even taking it there? You should be ashamed of yourself.
- Sara! Nooooo! I mean, yes! Because I like it when shows make bold moves. Again, I’m very eager to see where they take that story twist.
So, those are just some initial thoughts on Arrow’s Season Three Premiere. Do you watch Arrow? Let’s me Arrow buddies on Twitter @Junkballmedia. I turned off comments here because of the dozens of spam bots that try to sell me discount handbags and NFL mugs.