‘Arrow’ Pilot Coverage: CW’s Newest Bullseye

Stephen Amell is one of those guys. After his stints on “Heartland,” “Private Practice” and “Hung,” you knew he was one perfect role away from “making it.”

“Arrow” is easily one of the most exciting shows on television this fall and Amell is the reason. While the supporting cast is good-looking and well accomplished, Amell is stellar as the Green Arrow himself, Oliver Queen.

Savvy, smart and stunt-driven, “Arrow” hits all the right places, especially for fans of “Smallville” that thought they’d never get another decent live-action superhero-themed sitcom.

This is what “The Cape” should have been, but never was.

The cinematography of “Arrow” matches the source material perfectly. It’s top self for a network TV show. The same thing goes for the stunts. The fight scenes are orchestrated in such a smooth and realistic fashion that the smile they induce doesn’t wear off until the show is over. It’s like “Rumble in the Bronx” meets “Max Payne 3.” MMA fans will also notice that Queen doesn’t fight like a superhero. He uses chokeholds and the ground and pound that put the UFC on the map in the United States.

While all of this is cool, nothing is more intriguing than the main character. Queen is Batman-smart, Spider-Man-sneaky and Deadpool-sweet. Even though Amell is cool and charismatic in the role, he has help in the right places too. His best bud, Tommy Merlyn, (Colin Donnell) his ex-flame, Laurel Lance (the smokin’ hot and talented Katie Cassidy) and Detective Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) add a layer of depth not found on a CW show since well, “Smallville.”

The plot is built in a way that it will reward those that stick with it. The twist-turn at the end will definitely keep people interested for the next few weeks, as the show begins to show more of its teeth. Director David Nutter has organized and crafted Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim’s story well enough that even the few maize-filled lines and cliché that pop up occasionally, are forgiven. Simply put, there’s more than enough fun to go around and plenty of action and story to keep you interested.

But be warned, just like “Smallville,” the show is different from the comic book that made it possible. Queen’s sidekick, Speedy, will most likely be his sister, Thea (played by the equally sly and sweet Willa Holland). At the same time, the instances of wanton drug usage and reckless personalities that drove the comic through the ‘late 70s and 80s will still be prevalent.

Talk about having your cake and eating it too.

In the end that’s exactly what “Arrow” is, as it successfully amalgamates a classic, yet-underrated comic book character and manages to make it something a fan of “Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural” would dig.

Comic book fans won’t mind it too much either.

If you missed the pilot, you can watch it on the CW’s official site, here.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of ReviewFix.com and is the author of the book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late Examiner.com. He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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