It’s not really a superhero show. Not like I expected anyway.
The CW has shifted its focus a bit toward genre shows, with supernatural and superhuman characters becoming much more prominent in their programming. Arrow is certainly a genre show, however this series isn’t all melodramatic evil villains threatening to destroy the city each week, with Arrow flying through the night sky in a cape, lifting up cars or whatever. Arrow is actually pretty grounded in terms of the nature of its hero and the episode-to-episode conflicts that are addressed. Sure, some suspension of disbelief is required when watching Oliver Queen’s hooded alter ego fight multiple bad-guys with seeming ease and everlasting endurance, but his abilities are skill-based as opposed to superhuman — as far as we know, anyway. We’re still learning his back-story, but we’ll get to that in a minute. And many of the villains are men in suits or common criminals. They’re all actual human people.

If anything, Arrow is much more a vigilante story with superhero undertones than it is a full-on superhero show, which translates really well for a TV series not only in the way this story is told, but in the accessibility of its characters. There are overarching plots and mysteries, and Oliver Queen’s focus on righting the wrongs of his city makes for some thrilling and truly entertaining week-to-week storytelling as he sets his sights on his target and figures out a way to take them down, while also trying to maintain his secret identity and consider the moral implications of his motives and actions. Beyond that, he’s an actual man, trying to balance everything in his life, including his commitments to his work and his family, and the relationships he’s forming with people. Crime-solving and mystery really heighten the suspense, but it's the character-driven side of this story that's the huge draw for me. That brings us to my next point…

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