Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Year: 2012 – 2019
The Arrow Universe all started from Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, a billionaire playboy, who returned from his assumed death five years ago on a stranded island. His boat crashed losing his father, endangering his girlfriend’s sister (who he was cheating on with) and everyone else who was on board. But Oliver Queen returned a new person, a damaged person, with a goal of bringing justice to his city. He returned as the Arrow.
His list of people he must avenge for failing the city is extremely long. Being on the island for five years gave him time to forge himself into a weapon. Flipping, running and diving around Starling City in hot pursuit of those who would do him and others harm. He is constantly training, keeping himself strong. A lot of the time we see his scarred and tattooed body striking from the darkness.
Oliver’s quest and his past five years slowly becomes clearer giving us an understanding what he had gone through and why he’s given himself the task of protecting the city. His identity is kept secret for as long as possible until later seasons where he has no option but to recruit a team of his own to take down a bigger evil.
Arrow shows that you can’t do everything by yourself. You need a good support system around you to ensure that you look after yourself. Oliver Queen risks his life to save his city, but it takes him a very long time to realise how much he needs help too. His team is built from mixture of normal people and meta humans (Humans with super abilities) who want to help the Arrow in his mission of cleaning up the city.
We come across many throughout the seasons including:
- Barry Allan aka The Flash (Grant Gustin)
- Dinah Drake aka Black Canary (Juliana Harkavy)
- Ray Palmer aka The Atom (Brandon Routh)
- Sara Lance aka Black/ White Canary (Caity Lotz)
- Laurel Lance aka Black Canary (Katie Cassidy)
- Thea Queen aka Speedy (Willa Holland)
- Roy Harper aka Arsenal (Colton Haynes)
- Felicity Smoak aka Overwatch (Emily Bett Rickards)
- John Diggle aka Spartan (David Ramsey)
- Rene Ramirez aka Wild Dog (rick Gonzalez)
- Curtis Holt aka Mr Terrific (Echo Kellum)
- Roy Regan aka Ragman (Joe Dinicol)
- Helena Bertinelli aka Huntress (Jessica De Gouw)
Looking at this list you may think that Starling City must be safe with all these heroes helping out. But not all missions end as successful as the team hopes. The emotional rollercoaster within Arrows team seems crazy with near deaths, backstabbing and divides in opinion. With a multi-universe of opportunities these superheroes storylines are limitless. Watching with some comic book knowledge of the DC Universe is a bonus, with references and introductions to villains and heroes mentioned in the comics. The emotional journey and struggles they all went through encourages people to be good, to be your own superhero.
Oliver’s journey has been hard and tough, not only to come back to civilization but to also to find the balance between the Arrow and himself. Throughout all the seasons we see him change, becoming a more loving, caring and respectable man. This is a great message, telling the audience that it’s not to late to change and that you will make mistakes along the way.
The series seems a bit repetitive with episodes of different gun fights between new bad guys which all connect to a greater evil towards the end of the seasons. I feel like you could miss a few episodes and not really miss much of the storyline. But saying that it has been great to see the full journey, a new beginning in heroes on the small screen.
It might be because I’m a little bit of a nerd myself, but seeing all these superheroes in one series was exciting. But it wasn’t just me, as many other series has now started and thriving since Arrow, delivering a whole universe, or multiverse, of superheroes.