Airs:Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET on The CW.
Episodes aired so far: 1
Get caught up: Episode 1 (or $2.99 on iTunes).

Despite a less than stellar “Pilot,” The CW’s Arrow is still a new series worth watching thanks to some solid action and great source material. The first half of the premiere clunkily introduced the many, many characters involved with Oliver Queen’s vigilantic return to Starling City but, once it found some momentum in the second, Smallville’s heir apparent started showing a lot of promise. The comics will provide the series with an endless stream of compelling stories as well as great adversaries, especially since the writers have the entire DCU at their disposal and uperheroes are often only good as their villains.

Arrow has also adopted the ‘gritty and realistic’ aesthetic made popular by Christopher Nolan’s superhero flicks, so fans of The Dark Knight trilogy should definitely be tuning in to watch Stephen Amell beat up bad guys as Bruce Wayne with a bow. Don’t get me wrong, there are differences between him and Queen - I especially like the feel of the flashback castaway sequences even if they could be more seamlessly inserted - but it’s hard not to see the influence of the Batman all over Arrow. That’s not a bad thing by any means. Oh, but unlike the caped crusader, Oliver Queen has no problem killing bad guys in cold blood. So there’s also that... It’s not easy being green. - Jesse Carp

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