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Monday, October 29, 2012

ANYONE WATCHING ARROW? by Vijaya Schartz



Stephen Amell - Yum

 I found myself entranced this fall by the new TV show on CW6, ARROW.  Although not exactly sci-fi, it touches upon the modern superhero genre.

Besides, you have to love Stephen Amell, who looks just as good in his gruff workout clothes as in the most expensive Armani suit.

You've got to love these muscles


But here is what the premise is about:

The young hero, spoiled son of a captain of industry (zillionaire)  was lost at sea for five years when his father's yatch sank. Then he is found, sole survivor, and returned to society. He is not the spoiled brat anymore, but a man with a mission to find and kill the cabale of greedy exploiters his father denounced before he killed himself in the life boat, thinking they were lost at sea.

When the hero returns things have changed. His mother married his dead father's associate, his girlfriend is now dating his best friend. His younger sister is into drugs and decadence (the life he used to live before).

Doesn't his family estate remind you of Batman's Mansion?

The hero now leads a double life, zillionaire by day and a superhero by night. He has horrific scars on his body (but he is still gorgeous, of course). Some call the new vigilante in town Robin Hood, because of his hood and his favorite weapon, the bow and arrow. A very sophisticated bow and high tech arrows, not your run of the mill long bow.

The theme reminds me of a cross between Batman and the Count of MonteCristo. He seems highly motivated by revenge, not sure where that motivation comes from yet, but it has to do with his father's suicide.

Each episode adds to the motivation through flashbacks of the hero's life on his small island. He was not alone there and had to learn to fight just to survive. He had a teacher who saved his life. Many mysteries are alluded to. Like some paramilitary presence on the island, savage hunter tribes, and much more to discover in the coming episodes. I'm hooked.

If you like modern superheroes, you might like ARROW on CW6 on Wednesdays. Feel free to share your thoughts on that TV series.

Vijaya Schartz
Blasters, Swords, Romance with a Kick

6 comments:

Beth Caudill said...

Surprisingly, I'm loving Arrow. It's my new favorite show (and the excellant eye candy doesn't hurt). I'm conflicted about the backstory scenes to the island. I can't help but think it's a copy of Once Upon A Time. But it does work and gives background on his 'skills' - adding layers.

Can't wait to see how they are going to play things after last week's ending.

Mary Marvella said...

I'll check it out. Yes, he is HOT!

Morgan Mandel said...

I've never heard of this one before. I'll have to check it out!

Morgan Mandel
http://www.morganmandel.com

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Vijaya,
Ooh that guy is certainly hot. Sounds intriguing.

Cheers

Margaret

susanleighnoble said...

I'm enjoying it so far. Beth - I also watch Once Upon a Time so this is right up my alley.

Vijaya Schartz, author said...

Thank you so much for the comments, girls. I like to share what I like when it's good, and this one is definitely worth sharing.

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