Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Struck by Arrow

Fall Television is officially here!  With all of the new TV programs airing this fall, Amber West and I have a ton of homework to do…  This week, we tuned in and watched two of the CW’s newest dramas for our Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday reviews—Beauty and the Beast and Arrow.

We all know how much of a success Smallville was; heck, it lasted ten seasons on the CW.  Fighting crime alongside Clark (aka The Blur; aka Superman, played by Tom Welling) in the later seasons of Smallville was Oliver Queen (aka the Green Arrow, played by Justin Hartley).  Personally, I loved Oliver and was thrilled to hear the CW was launching a Green Arrow show; but I’d be remiss to not mention that I was just a tad bit disappointed when I learned Mr. Hartley would not be reprising his role.

Instead, in the new series Arrow, the role of the “billionaire playboy” Oliver Queen is played by the very attractive Stephen Amell.  I’ll try to let the re-casting slide for this very reason… he really is cute.

Hello, Mr. Amell. Nice to meet you.

Following an accident at sea, Oliver Queen was presumed dead.  After being discovered alive on an island five years later, Oliver finally returns home… but the accident changed him.  While his closest friends and family welcome him back with open arms, Oliver wants more—he needs more—so he decides to reconcile his past, starting with his ex-girlfriend (Laurel Lance, played by Catie Cassidy from Harper’s Island and the short-lived reboot of Melrose Place).  But he doesn’t stop there; Oliver also wants to restore his city from the “ills of society.”

Before Oliver and his father set out to sea, the young Queen thought it somehow appropriate to invite his girlfriend Laurel’s sister along with him for a getaway.  Not only did Oliver not care that he was cheating in the worst possible way, he watched Laurel’s sister wash away with the yacht.  Once inside the lifeboat with his father, the elder Queen made some confessions to his son, revealing that he wasn’t the man Oliver thought he was.  Along with a list of other men, Oliver’s father purposely destroyed their city for one reason—greed.  Oliver’s father begged him to make things right on his behalf before taking his own life; and with that, Oliver’s new persona was born—a green-hoodie-wearing vigilante, Arrow.

He is really good with a bow and arrow…

Of course, I’m not quite sure how Oliver went from a spoiled, rich boy to the crime fighting stud that he is today…  I have many questions about his five years on that island.  Not only can he leap like Spiderman without the web from spot to spot, but he also has mad bow and arrow skills.  But at least we do know how he keeps up that beautiful physique, and ladies this one is for you—the way he moves up that ladder by only hanging onto that metal bar as he swings his body up rung by rung… oh, my!

Ollie… oh, my!

The series also stars many familiar faces: Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files and The River) as Detective Quentin Lance, Laurel’s father—needless to say, he’s quite angry with Oliver for taking his other daughter out to sea with him which ultimately led to her death;  David Ramsey (Dexter) as John Diggle, Oliver’s driver and bodyguard—this guy is fun—he’s almost as stealthy as Oliver; Willa Holland (the O.C.) as Thea, Oliver’s sister—this poor girl has issues; losing her father and her brother in the boating accident led to her snorting and swallowing anything that can help take the edge off; Colin Donnell (Pan Am) as Tommy, Oliver’s best friend—my guy is convinced Tommy is going to be a bad guy… me not so much, but I guess we’ll see; Susanna Thompson (Once and Again) as Moira, Oliver’s mother—just remember, things aren’t always as they seem…; and Jamey Sheridan (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as Robert, Oliver’s father.

Paul Blackthorne… I love this guy!

Usually when I review a new television program, I can’t help but award it with the SSTV rating; but I’m breaking away from the norm today!  That’s right—I’m awarding Arrow with the JFTV rating!  Like the Lay’s potato chip slogan, “Betcha can’t eat just one,” Arrow piqued my interest just enough to make me bite again.  It may not be the best new show airing today, but it has sucked me in.  Here’s to hoping it doesn’t disappoint and get downgraded deeper into the season… because for now, it definitely tastes good.

What do you think?  Have you watched Arrow?  What do you think about Mr. Amell replacing the Oliver from Smallville?  How do you think Oliver learned everything he did on the island?  I’d love to hear from you!

Now click over to Amber’s new & improved blog and see what she thinks about Beauty and the Beast.  I like it, but does she?

Come back next week when Amber and I return with a few of television’s most recent comedies, NBC’s Guys with Kids and ABC’s The Neighbors.

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future.

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech

24 Replies to “Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Struck by Arrow”

  1. My TV queue could use a little junk food!

    I am surprised I haven’t watched yet, given the whole superhero thing. But then again, the CW and I have historically never been close.

    As you might guess when you read my review. Ahem.

    ::runs to hide from lovers of the CW::

    1. I am kinda surprised you haven’t watched Arrow yet, Amber. I think it’s right up your alley… CW or not. I’m not as familiar with the actual superhero’s story like most people probably are, I just know the Arrow from Smallville. This new Arrow is teaching me more about the character, which one would hope since this TV series centers on him instead of Clark/Superman.

      Maybe we should flip/flop these shows and do another review of each later into the season?

    1. Tameri, I definitely think Arrow is worth checking out. And Oliver… just wait. So far, we’re two episodes in and he works out in both. HELLO!! He has a very nice body, plus he’s fighting evil so that’s a bonus. 🙂

  2. Wait… this show is based on Green Arrow? Why in the world did I think it was another Robin Hood knock remake? Now I just have to watch it. Junk Food TV is exactly how I like my super hero shows! Thanks for the recommendation, Tiff!

    1. Yes! I don’t know much about the superhero, but I’d love for you to check it out and let me know if it’s a stretch from the original story or accurately portrayed. I know you don’t watch nearly the amount of television that I do, so I’m glad this one piqued your interest too!

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Jen!

    1. Hey, Ashley! My guy hasn’t said it’s a must watch for him just yet, but after we watched the pilot Monday night he was ready for the next episode almost immediately. It was me that made him wait until last night… and that was only because it was already after midnight! Personally, I think a little dose of Oliver Monday and Tuesday night was a nice treat. LOL

  3. I’ve been enjoying it. It hasn’t sucked me in as much as Smallville did at the start, having a harder time connecting with characters, but there’s enough mystery to keep me watching. After two episodes though, I do hope it doesn’t turn formulaic.

    1. Smallville didn’t grab me until a few seasons in… but I loved Oliver’s character and was really sad to see they were going a different direction with the new show. BUT, I’ll take Mr. Amell. He’ll do.

      I would like to get to know Diggle a little bit better; so far, I really like his character. I could see him fighting alongside Arrow. I’m not familiar with the superhero’s story, so that might be in the cards already…

      Plus, I really like Paul Blackthorne in pretty much anything he does. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!

  4. I might be too easy to please, but I thought the pilot was MAC TV awesome. Nice set up and left me with lots of questions I want answers to. Second episode was even better. It’s already got the full season order and I’m predicting even more awesome. The main guys running the show have a great resume.

    Hint, hint: Keep your eye on Laurel. The writers got plans for her.

    1. Hi, Mr. Mocete!!!

      I awarded the JFTV after the pilot… and I’ve now caught all three episodes. I could maybe see an upgrade to the MACTV rating… don’t throw things at me! 🙂

      My guy and I are both pleased with the full-season pickup. Did you see Mr. Amell kinda jumped the gun with announcing the news on Twitter before the network was ready for him to? LOL. He was excited–not his fault.

      I’d like to see some more with Laurel, just like Diggles. I like Diggles. So happy with the ending of last night’s episode. We’ll have to see what they do!

  5. I didn’t watch Arrow. It doesn’t really interest me. But I did watch The Beauty and the Beast. I was surprised that I liked it because I was very reluctant to like a remake of the original I grew up on. Those remakes can be tricky.

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