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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And now, the real journey begins...
So far we have seen the beginning of the Emerald Archer from the island to the city. This journey has been wrought with love, tragedy, death and rebirth. Now in season two, we see the start of the true Hero that this has led up to...from "the Hood" to "Green Arrow" As Oliver said, when the hood goes on, it's kill or be killed, now, as Green Arrow, a new path to Justice...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Season 2 Takes A Nose Dive
A miracle drug called "Mirakuru" is the unifying thread of season 2. Unfortunately it has considerably less credibility than "The Undertaking" as the unifying thread of season 1. It's too far out, too comic bookish, to fit in well with the first season which appeared to make an effort to stick to a grim reality. What happens to the character "Roy...
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And now, the real journey begins..., October 10, 2013
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So far we have seen the beginning of the Emerald Archer from the island to the city. This journey has been wrought with love, tragedy, death and rebirth. Now in season two, we see the start of the true Hero that this has led up to...from "the Hood" to "Green Arrow" As Oliver said, when the hood goes on, it's kill or be killed, now, as Green Arrow, a new path to Justice has opened it's door. With the help of Diggle and Felicity, there is a new way to dispense that justice without the body count.

I've a feeling we will see more of the old DC version of Oliver {i.e. more non lethal trick arrows)
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65 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ARROW, A GRITTY TV SUPERHERO AT ITS BEST!, October 14, 2013
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LIKE BATMAN BEGINS.. BUT WITH ARROWS YOU'LL LOVE IT! As a kid I never read Green Arrow Comics, I read Batman, Wolverine, Punisher, Moon Knight.. the realistic hard core heroes of DC and MARVEL.. little did I know Green Arrow fits very nicely in the company of those guys.. at least this one on TV does.. ITS no joke..
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling super-hero action show with high production values., November 19, 2013
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G. Erickson (Spokane, WA USA) - See all my reviews
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We started watching this show shortly after it came out looking for an alternative to some of the other shows that had become too complex and convoluted. The plot and interesting characters pulled us into story. I was actually expecting that the second season would be a flop because of the success of the first season. To my pleasant surprise, the second season has been excellent like the first one.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical super hero movie or your typical weekly tv show.... Feels like movie quality to us, December 7, 2013
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Kymber (Los Angeles, CA, USA) - See all my reviews
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Big fans of this superhero show! it feels more like a movie quality - from the actors to the stages/scenes. My 16 year old son turned me on to this show and so now my younger 2 sons (14 and 12) watch it ASAP. For a while we were gorging on season 1 on Netflix, and were watching 1 show a night. Now we are almost caught up on Hulu but 3 episodes were MIA (purchased them on amazon). The main characters are all real life cool, plus omg that body!! I really don't need to name a name here... 8) he is SO good as Oliver - calm, humble, but all knowing without being cheesy. The 2nd season had a big surprise start with a return of a "dead" character and although we like her, the actor has many uncomfortable and unnatural mouth expressions that do distract us a bit. I only mention this because the role is significant and all of us notice it a lot. We really love the intelligent, MIT educated female sidekick Felicity )my 16 year old is infatuated big time) and her genuine quirkiness -a dork in disguise. :) we all Love Felicity. The fights on this show are epic and original. A triple head slam against a wall is something that comes to mind from season 1 but there is an endless list.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything a Superhero show should be., December 21, 2013
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It's often said that Ron Moore's award winning "Battlestar Galactica" series was "like a movie spread out over 4 seasons". The CW's "Arrow" trumps that: every episode is an action movie packed into 45 minutes. The writing is superb, the stunts are intense, and the actors display an amiable array of talent.

If you haven't watched "Arrow", you need to start--or you have failed to appreciate good TV.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing, December 11, 2013
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Everything you would want, expect and more from an action thriller. Arrow gives justice to our superhero the green arrow.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Robin Hood, January 24, 2014
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Finally... fans are being treated to Oliver Queen assuming the persona of Green Arrow as opposed to "the vigilante", where he spends less time contemplating the meaning of life and more mopping up the streets of Starling City with thugs, villains and riff-raff.

Green Arrow's Support Team: Diggle remains an awesome candidate for the ideal confidante and best friend while Felicity should probably be nominated for "sweetest character on television" award. Thea, Roy and Laurel (looking increasingly skeletal as the season progresses) on the other hand, still give the show bit of a Melrose Place atmosphere but fortunately this is offset by more screen-time for my favorite cop on any series (i.e. recently demoted Detective Lance). A disappointingly pointless introduction of Summer Glau's hard-edged business mogul gives way to the introduction of a truly menacing, master-villain as well as a new and ridiculously cute Starling City hero; speaking of which, the Barry Allen sub-arc adds the feeling of an expanding DC universe causing a comic nerd such as myself to fantasize on what new directions the show may eventually take.

Season 2 showcases some EXCELLENT stand-alone episodes, lots of twists and turns including tons of back-story and even a very surprising, budding romance. Holy cats does this series ever know how to build suspense.... it has single-handedly brought back cliffhanger endings to television which make one almost insane with anticipation for the following week. :o)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Live-Action Comic Formula and Even Social Study Springboard, November 22, 2014
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This review is from: Arrow: Season 2 (DVD)
WB COMICS FORMULA BASED ON BATMAN MODEL

Oliver Queen/Arrow is a good, well-meaning guy. His mother says: "You see only the good in people, even when they don't deserve it." Played terrifically by stubble-faced Stephen Amell, he maximizes audience compassion, sympathy and admiration. WB was wise to avoid a neurotic primo uomo for this role, and Amell is solid and indispensable for making the show work.

Oliver Queen has been through years of isolated island hell, and he continues in Starling City's brand of it. Because he's not nearly as intelligent and worldly as Bruce Wayne, arch villains most always far outdistance his imagination and thinking, and he mainly reacts instead of leads. So bad guys and gals outthink him plenty. But he keeps trying and plodding, and gradually learns and grows. After all, he's a young guy who was completely out of touch for 5 years.

John Diggle: A seasoned, wise, tough YOUNG Alfred Pennyworth-type whom Arrow leans on and who's in plenty of action with his boss.

Felicity Smoak: Arrow's un-disabled Oracle-type IT expert, and with lots of dry and all too scarce show humor, even though she's never been a martial sort. Lots of the actor's catchy dialogue is regrettably obscured by mumbling and mushy diction.

Sara Lance: A deadly Robin-sort as "Canary." Sometime lover of Oliver, and daughter of policeman Lance.

Laurel Lance: Silver St. Cloud-type, sometime lover of Oliver, and daughter of policeman Lance.

Quentin Lance: Police detective, akin to Jim Gordon, with two grown daughters and who's learned the hard way (like Gordon) to trust and help Arrow. They meet on rooftops, too. Maybe someday he'll be police commissioner.

"Arrow" Comic Formula: Fantasy story and writing techniques crafted to keep the characters constantly in severe distress and hypertension, and so keep viewers tense, stressed, cliff-hanging, and morbidly curious and fascinated about what will happen next. More specifically on what will happen next with the mostly screwed-up good guys and extremely embittered and hateful bad guys. So drama kings and drama "Queens" abound! Warner's has honed this formula through decades of Batman, at least, and executes it in "Arrow" with skillful and brutal power. "Arrow" Season 2 demonstrates a lot of avoidable torment, no matter what the intentions, that honesty really is the best policy (except for trying to conceal Arrow's secret identity, which nonetheless gets repeatedly compromised) and that ends really don't justify means.

SOCIOLOGICAL THOUGHT EXPERIMENT - Got a Problem? Get Panicked and Violent.

The frenetic, relentless angst all the characters suffer in "Arrow" is something WB pulls off powerfully with its longtime experience with comic fantasies. If real-life people were embroiled in these situations, they'd hardly live to 40 due to premature strokes, heart attacks, hypertension, anorexia, hyper-insomnia, addictions, nervous breakdowns, and suicides -- if the bad guys didn't snuff 'em out first.

And this is where "Arrow" can qualify as a sort of sociological thought experiment. Even if unanticipated and unappreciated by WB, "Arrow" does depict individual and societal "what-ifs," if lives were to go mostly in those shattering ways.

"Arrow," and other such high-anxiety comic fantasies, powerfully portray visions of humanity frantically struggling to cope with even the next minute or two. If such visions gain more and more appeal and traction, maybe they might even have more social impact on actually materializing. So shows like this are ripe for studying as types of sociological thought experiments. The show belongs to a category of portrayals that might be correlated with actual social developments -- if real developments ever do increasingly come to emulate desperate and frantic and frenetic comic fantasies. So besides thrilling entertainment, "Arrow" may thus be one more exciting media "advertising" example for sociological study, and what social-science investigations might find based on turbulent and violent comic shows as potential role models and social influences. Besides commercials, the content sure does advertise a lot for certain lifestyles and societal situations. While traumatic, you sure can't deny they're exciting, and so perhaps appealing and even ultimately influential on real life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Review: "Arrow: The Complete Second Season", September 26, 2014
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This review is from: Arrow: Season 2 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
DC Comics characters continue to rule the television world and the proof is in “Arrow: The Complete Second Season” Blu-ray and DVD sets. Every actor in the cast is invested in their role and strives to provide quality entertainment in each episode. The fight choreography creates some of the greatest action sequences ever seen in super hero movies and TV. Good writing doesn’t hurt when it comes to keeping audiences engaged week after week, either.

After the Glades are ravaged by the Undertaking, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) retreats to the island he was stranded on for so many years. Arrow is unable to face the citizens and friends he feels he’s failed. At the plea of Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), he returns to discover Starling City is worse off than ever. Oliver finds himself pitted against old and new villains alike as he struggles to fend off evil and protect those he loves.

The Blu-ray edition of “Arrow: The Complete Second Season” is presented in 1080p High-Definition 16x9 (1.78.1) coupled with DTS-HD MA: English 5.1 audio. The video quality is flawless and gives viewers no reason to be distracted from all the action and excitement taking place onscreen. The surround sound puts you right in the middle of the jungles of the island and the noisy streets of Starling City.

Those who love bonus material will be impressed with “Arrow: The Complete Second Season” Blu-ray set. A bonus recap episode reminds viewers of the events of the first season. Three featurettes entitled “From Vigilante to Hero,” “How Did They Do That? The Visual Effects of ‘Arrow,’” and “Wirework: The Impossible Moves of ‘Arrow’” take us behind the scenes of the show. Unaired scenes, a gag reel, and the “Arrow” 2013 Comic-Con Panel complete the special features.

“Arrow: The Complete Second Season” is unrated, even though it would merit a PG-13 if put before the MPAA. There’s a whole lot of violence and bloodshed when our hooded vigilante comes face-to-face with the criminals who cross him. Some adult situations and mild language are found as well.

If you’re not watching “Arrow” already, you need to be. Strong scripting, great acting, and breakneck pacing make it an experience you don’t want to miss. Marvel might be the Kings of the Cinema right now when it comes to compact two hour super hero tales. However, DC reigns supreme if you’re looking for longevity and complex dramas that keep your attention for the long haul.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just love it!, October 24, 2013
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After "Burn notice" ended, this is the show I been looking for and I'm glad I have gave a chance. Now can't have enough of it. Bought season 2.
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