Interlude: Arrow

Day 36. 132 pages, 61,528 words.

We just got through watching the first season of Arrow on Netflix. I’m not going to go into it much because this is a lazy weekend blog post and really, there’s not much I can say about the show. It was good, not great, but I’ll definitely be watching the rest as it arrives. We already started season two.

Having watched a few Marvel TV series and enjoyed them, and having been slightly disappointed by most of the DC efforts so far, I guess it was fair to say that Arrow was already at a disadvantage so considering that, it came off looking pretty good. After about three episodes, Mrs. Hatboy and I got to the “oh damn it, okay, one more episode before bed” stage, which is a sign that you’re watching something decent.

The constant and nagging similarities to Lost, as I think I mentioned, were a bit off-putting. The island Queen was on was actually called Purgatory! The weird initiatives, constantly-turning-up new people, the assorted planes and boats and things, the flashbacks … all very reminiscent – but none the worse for the comparison, I think.

And the less said about the weird Arthurian Queen(King)-Merlin-Lance(lot) subtext, the better.

Mostly, I was excited by some of the side-characters.

True story.

So excited, my eyes turned into love-hearts and I puked rainbows and dogelike-text snippets flashed into being around my head, apparently. But not quite excited enough to begin formulation of a complicated inter-universe crossover theory. Not that excited. IT’S A SPECTRUM, PEOPLE.

I do hope we haven’t seen the last of the Merlins, or Laurel Lance’s nutty mum and her crazy theories. And I am most certainly hoping we will continue to see more of Deathstroke.

Yeah, fun show.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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5 Responses to Interlude: Arrow

  1. stchucky says:

    Oh, and I was annoyed at the start of season 2 by the “surprise twist” reveal of the Canary’s identity. Yeah, it’s obvious to anyone who knows the story (although I didn’t), but how are you supposed to guess that X hero is Y character when they swap the actor playing the character? “No, it’s definitely not her, they look nothing alike … so the next possibility is…”

  2. stchucky says:

    My point is, that was lame and I deny their claim of “surprise twist” for that plot point. It’d be way easier for Superman to hide his secret identity if they used a different actor for Clark Kent! Not that the idiotic population of Metropolis ever notice anyway, and the people of Starling City (and particularly the Glades) are actually dumber than the people of Metropolis. Mrs. Hatboy and I are actually of the opinion that Cap’n Jack had the right idea about levelling the fucking place.

  3. dreameling says:

    Arrow was my first introduction to John Barrowman, but man did I like him. I next saw him as Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and thought he was the best thing in the whole show. (I stopped watching after the first episode of the new season 2. Maybe I should check out Torchwood.) Much rainbow love. (You know what I mean.)

    I think I’m mostly on the same page about Arrow in general. I really enjoyed season 1, despite its problems, but then… And I guess I’m stopping here, since you’re only starting season 2. Still, after three seasons, my man crush on Stephen Amell is as strong as ever.

    Plus, he looks just like I feel:

    • stchucky says:

      Torchwood is pretty cool, I preferred his scenes in Who but that’s just because I’m used to that style, Torchwood was way more hardcore … but he was easily the best thing in that, too.

  4. brknwntr says:

    Oh man, to all your hopes and dreams, yes, a thousand times yes.

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