The series starts when Oliver comes back home. As soon as he’s back he’s kidnapped and you start seeing his skills in action. You’re already tangled in a web of lies from the very beginning. It took me all season to determine if his mother is trustworthy or not, a quarter to decide how involved the new step father is, and well mostly all of it to figure out what the big secret is.
The story takes place partially in the past and present. We get the current story and we get flashbacks to the events from 5 years before and onward, which mostly takes place on the island where Oliver tells everyone he washed ashore. These flashbacks are intended to satisfy curiosity about what happened to Oliver to make him a “changed” man; and to justify his need to take people of this secret list he got from his father.
Through the season, Oliver has a plan, but the plan has to constantly change as he teams up with some other characters. He learns that his plan is flawed since there are so many variables he didn’t consider, like having people care about him, or the fact that there are more things wrong with the city than just this rich guys who have used a economy for personal gain.
That’s one of the things I like about the show, it has a lot of character development, from Oliver, to his best friend Tommy. Even his mother has things to learn from her children. There’s a cop who can’t decide if he hates the vigilante or not, or if he can still project his daughter from life.
The Arrow is a sort of story that’s similar to Batman, in that he is a vigilante bend on saving the city, and he’s a billionaire, and he somehow gets the law to work with him, although not enough, or all the time. But the major differences I think it has, that really sets it apart, is that in Arrow, he is willing to kill the bad guys who can’t/won’t be changed, and he’s not really a super genius like Batman. Instead he has to sneak around to get intel and trick/coerce others into helping him.
The thing about a vigilante is that not everyone will love him. Even the good guys don’t all appreciate him. Some cities are just too corrupt, that the ways the win the fight again the bad, is outside of the law. A vigilante can do things that need to be done, without having the police break the rules [at least not by actually doing it themselves]. They even inspire others to do good, but it also inspires enemies to be bold, and crazies to justify their killing/crime.
Overall, I really enjoyed the show. As mentioned in my previous post, I will be watching the next season of the show, so it’s definitely worth the watch. There are a few annoying characters like Laurel, the ex-girlfriend or Thea, the little sister, but most of them time, they’re tolerable.