JediXMan on - Arrow: First Impressions

Alright. Well, I’ve seen two of the first episodes. It wouldn’t be right for me to do a full review, so this is – as the title implies – just my overall thoughts on the series thus far as well as predictions for the future. This will be rather brief, so... yeah.

With that said...

SPOILERS

Eh... skipping the plot, because I’m lazy. Summary:

Rich guy gets stranded on an island. Rich guy learns to fight and gains archery skills. Rich guy is rescued. Rich guy cleans up his home city.

Okay, then. Moving on.

I rather like the direction this show is going. It has a nice tone and decent acting. I will say, however, that I despise the fact that his little sister’s nickname is “Speedy.” Maybe it’s a little joke (like the name “Danielle Didio” appearing in a list of names in the pilot. Wait for it... let it sink in...), but if anything serious comes of this nickname, I will be extremely pissed off.

I’m okay with Arrow killing. I’d like to see him use trick arrows, but right now, it suits the hardened character. I see him eventually lightening up a little. Maybe. Still waiting for him to get the proper goatee.

I’m looking forward to seeing how they handle Deadshot – and since they actually included the wrist-mounted machine guns, I’m already happy. I’d, personally, like to see him portrayed the way he was written in the Secret Six, but we’ll see.

And... prediction time!

... or... err... what I hope. Whatever.

Captain J... Slade Wilson? Maybe

I would like Deathstroke to be played by John Barrowman. While I still want Stephen Lang to play Slade, I’m okay with Barrowman doing a “pre-super-soldier-serum” version, and I think he’d do a good job. Not sure how I feel about the costume, based on what has been shown, but it might not be bad. We’re going to see Deathstroke soon, so we’ll see. If Barrowman does not play Deathstroke, then I would still like for him to play an active role in the series.

I want – I really, really want – John “Diggle” to just come out and reveal that his real name is “John Stewart.” That would be just awesome. I thought this when he mentioned his military past, and the way handled his own against the assassins in the previous episode just reinforced that notion. Just give him the ring! Time Stewart got some time in the spotlight.

All in all, I’m happy with the direction this show is going. Hopefully it’ll just keep getting better with every new episode..

No, I’m not giving a numbered rating. Not yet. It wouldn’t seem fair. Perhaps I’ll do a review of the season once it has finished. But right now, it’s too soon. Just wanted to put my thoughts out there.

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Posted by deadpoolrules

COOL!

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

@JediXMan:

In my opinion, it was a lot better than what I set my expectations at, but it's not the best show I've seen on TV. The second episode did leave us at a cliffhanger though, so I'm looking forward to the show, and (hopefully) how it will improve.

Posted by Allie_Ho

Honestly as a television viewer, it was a bit disappointing because of the huge hype but nevertheless it was satisfactory for my comic book adaptation needs. I don't complain about this series I swear.

Posted by God_Spawn

HAH!

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Posted by God_Spawn

But seriously, solid review. I haven't seen the show yet as I am not a huge Green Arrow fan but I'll check it out soon if it keeps up the pace it has started with.

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Edited by pikahyper

Only problem I have with Arrow pilot is his fighting skills, being stranded on an island fighting for your life ok ya you will learn archery to survive and parkour would be a nature skill to acquire while hunting/being hunted by animals but the ability to fight people like he has makes no sense, I'm sure he trained himself in anticipation of getting back to fight crime but practicing by yourself is a far cry from being able to fight people without any past experience.

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Posted by JediXMan

@pikahyper said:

Only problem I have with Arrow pilot is his fighting skills, being stranded on an island fighting for your life ok ya you will learn archery to survive and parkour would be a nature skill to acquire while hunting/being hunted by animals but the ability to fight people like he has makes no sense, I'm sure he trained himself in anticipation of getting back to fight crime but practicing by yourself is a far cry from being able to fight people without any past experience.

Have you seen the previous episode?

Just want to know before I say anything.

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Posted by pikahyper

@JediXMan: only seen the pilot so far, probably going to watch episode 2 tonight.

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Posted by JediXMan

@pikahyper said:

@JediXMan: only seen the pilot so far, probably going to watch episode 2 tonight.

Okay. I'll keep my mouth shut until then.

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Posted by Deranged Midget

Good review JXM and I had extremely low expectations for this show going on. Luckily, it surprised me and I'm excited to see where it goes.

Posted by nickthedevil

Love the Captain Jack thing XD

Posted by pooty

@JediXMan: “Danielle Didio” appearing in a list of names in the pilot. Wait for it... let it sink in

I waited. I let it sink in.....I still got nothing. What is the catch?

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Posted by JediXMan

@pooty said:

@JediXMan: “Danielle Didio” appearing in a list of names in the pilot. Wait for it... let it sink in

I waited. I let it sink in.....I still got nothing. What is the catch?

It's a nod to Dan Didio.

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Posted by Xanni15

I would hate for Diggle to be John Stewart, or at least if they gave him a ring. Oliver isn't overpowered in comparison to the other people in the city, putting a GL in there will just make it unfair and unbalanced.

Very nice review, I hope you do one on the entire season when it concludes. :]

Posted by minigunman123

@god_spawn said:

HAH!

Never forget that it was I who created the first JediXMan meme, all those months ago...

I don't even remember the thread it was in, though.

Posted by God_Spawn

@minigunman123: I have zero idea what you are talking about? I've been messing with JXM for over a year and blew up his Fantomex Solos with a bunch of users over on the battle forums. You may have started a meme but I didn't know and I've done it consistently.

:P.

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Posted by minigunman123

@god_spawn said:

@minigunman123: I have zero idea what you are talking about? I've been messing with JXM for over a year and blew up his Fantomex Solos with a bunch of users over on the battle forums. You may have started a meme but I didn't know and I've done it consistently.

:P.

I hate you. :(

The one thing I had on this site that made me feel important/mildly useful!