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4.0 out of 5 stars Straight as an arrow!, October 25, 2012
This review is from: Arrow: The Complete First Season (Amazon Instant Video)
Ok, you all know that citan does not play it safe with his reviews. He just goes out there and gives his opinion to anyone who may be interested. So, I will just come out and boldly predict that this show will make it. And it will get a second season.

Straight as an arrow is how I would describe the plot. Young man comes back from an isolated island, wiser and more mature than when he first got there. Not only that, he has learned some pretty extreme survival skills. He comes back to his city, vowing to set old wrongs to rights. He systematically tracks down the predators who continue to victimize the weak and the poor. Throw along a whole lot of drama brought on by a dysfunctional family, obscene wealth, and some intriguing mystery to add to the spice. And what you have here is a show that might fill the vacuum left behind by Smallville.

Stephen Amell plays the role of Oliver Queen, the Arrow. Formerly a playboy who has failed at everything he has ever done right up until he gets shipwrecked off the coast of a mysterious island. Paul Blackthorne is the policeman who wants to track down the Arrow. Both play their parts very well. Amell's hooded archer is certainly a different personality from the one played by Justin Hartley. Amell's Oliver Queen comes across as a brooding, moody, and abrasive person.

Surrounded by his manipulative mother, bratty little sister, and ambitious step-father, Oliver sacrifices his public image in order to hide his true identity. Going out of his way to appear like the same immature playboy that got shipwrecked five years ago has costed him the respect of the people around him. Methodically and systematically tracking down the bad guys on his father's list, he catches the attention of Detective Lance. Lance sees the Arrow as some uncontrolled vigilante who needs to be apprehended. To make his identity changing activities more challenging, Oliver is shadowed by a personal bodyguard, John Diggle, assigned to him by his mother. At this point, we do not yet know where Diggle's loyalties are. Nor do we know exactly what happened to Oliver on that pacific island. For the moment, Diggle and Tommy form Oliver's entourage. Neither of the two know of his night-time, covert activities. Whose side will they take when do eventually find out?

In any case, this show is good. I suspect it will hang around for quite some time.
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Initial post: Nov 21, 2013 2:59:59 AM PST
Wait a minute. We "all know" about this reviewer's tastes & proclivities? It seems safer to say that many, many of us not only don't know but don't care, either. These reviews should tell us what we want to know about the works reviewed, not the personalities of those reviewing them. This writer seems interested in building a fan base of his own and exploiting Amazon for the exposure it gives HIM. In 2 words, he's ALL WET.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 8:40:36 PM PST
Wow, relax. It's a nice review and nothing wrong with having fun writing it. Not approving of someone's writing style doesn't give you a license to attack them personally.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2014 11:34:04 AM PST
I should have just ignored it rather than getting indignant. But any piece of prose that begins "you all know about me" or words to that effect just strikes me as egotistical -- more a matter of hubris than "style."

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 1:28:28 AM PST
fro says:
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/straight+as+an+arrow

understand your tacky cliches before you use them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2015 10:46:17 PM PST
Your review was very good and thorough. Thanks!
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