Predicting whether an upcoming show is going to work or not is never an exact science. The most appealing project could end up being a disappointing mess, while the one you had no expectations for can pleasantly surprise you. Fortunately Arrow simply feels like it’s going to go on for a long time. It’s got a charismatic star, an intriguing visual style, a talented supporting cast, and one heck of a confident tone. Those are a lot of positives to glean off a pilot trailer and yet the show is effectively brimming with each of these rare elements.
The CW has cemented itself as quite capable of producing thrilling and poignant television (Nikita is undeniably one of the most exciting and layered shows on TV at the moment) and I don’t have a doubt in my mind that Arrow intends to fulfill that same promise. I’ve followed the project since it was announced and devotedly watched every single piece of promo, pilot footage, and press interviews available. I’m delighted to say that the cast and crew seem wholly committed to the project and that can only translate to great things on screen.
And while the action looks phenomenal and the set design top-notch, a successful show is only as good as its lead. Thankfully, Stephen Amell seems like the perfect fit for the lead of such a high-concept show. Not only does he own the physical side of the role, Amell also looks like he has the necessary acting chops to keep the character of Oliver Queen grounded and likeable amidst all the chaos. I’m also intrigued to see his chemistry with Katie Cassidy who’s proven to be a charming standout over the last few years (most notably in Supernatural and Melrose Place). And if the rumors are true that she’ll be getting into the action herself, then that’s just icing on the cake.
Ultimately, I haven’t been this excited for a new show in quite a while. The current TV landscape needs a superhero project that’s thought-provoking, gripping, and packed with a lot of heart. As luck would have it, Arrow looks like it possesses all of these attributes in spades. I have a feeling that come October, we’re going to be quite obsessed with this one. Queue the awesomeness.
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