TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “The Odyssey”

ARROW - Season 1 - "The Odyssey" | ©2013 The CW

Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards Teleplay:  Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim Story: Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: February 13, 2013 In “The Odyssey” episode of ARROW we finally see how the plan Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has devised to confront his mother, Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) about her possible involvement in a sprawling criminal conspiracy works out.  The answer is:  It works out terribly.  In an exciting opening sequence, Oliver, disguised as his hooded […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Vertigo”

Stephen Amell as The Arrow in ARROW "Vertigo" | (c) 2013 Jack Rowand/The CW

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey Writer:  Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski Director: Wendey Stanzler Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: January 30, 2013 ARROW stumbles a bit this week with “Vertigo,” a wildly uneven episode that features a few nice moments, but far too many problematic ones to go along with them.  With Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) struggling to protect his younger sister Thea, (Willa Holland), from the consequences of her own impulsive behavior, Oliver compensates by trying to take down the drug dealer who created […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Trust but Verify”

Stephen Amell as The Arrow in "Trust But Verify" | (c) 2013 Jack Rowand/The CW

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey Writer:  Gabrielle Stanton Director: Nick Copus Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: January 23, 2013 After meandering a bit with last week’s episode, “Trust but Verify” gets ARROW back on track in a big way with a taught, filler-free episode that juggles four satisfying storylines with remarkable agility. The main story concerns a gang of criminals on a deadly armored car robbery spree.  This, quite reasonably, attracts the attention of Oliver Queen, (Stephen Amell), and John Diggle, (David Ramsey), who, as […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Year’s End”

Colin Salmon in ARROW - Season 1 - "Year's End" | ©2012 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Teleplay: Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim Writer:  Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim Director: John Dahl Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 12, 2012 I was worried when “Year’s End” began with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) spending most of the first quarter of the episode asking his family members why they stopped celebrating Christmas after he and his father were lost at sea and presumed dead.  I was worried because A) the answer was bleeding obvious, (family gatherings were suddenly kind of a […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Vendetta”

Jessica De Gouw as Huntress in ARROW - Season 1 - "Vendetta" | ©2012 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writer:  Beth Schwartz & Andrew Kreisberg Director: Ken Fink Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 5, 2012 This week’s episode of ARROW focuses on the love life of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).  Now that Laurel Lance, (Katie Cassidy), the ex-girlfriend Oliver is not-so-secretly still in love with, is dating his best friend Tommy Merlyn, (Colin Donnell), the path is clear for him to start dating Helena Bertenelli, (Jessica De Gouw) the damaged daughter of a mob boss who’s also a gun-wielding vigilante […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Legacies”

Kyle Schmid as Ace in ARROW - Season 1 - "Legacies" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writers: Moira Kirkland & Marc Guggenheim Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 14, 2012 This week’s episode of ARROW, “Legacies,” has its moments, but mostly I experienced it as a missed opportunity.  After making some headway last week by revealing more of Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell’s) experiences as a left-for-dead castaway on the mysterious island, as well as illuminating more of the criminal conspiracy that surrounds Oliver’s mother Moira (Susanna Thompson), ARROW decided to leave both of those storylines […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Damaged”

Byron Mann and Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 1 - "Damaged" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writers: Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski Director: Michael Schultz Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 7, 2012 Just when I was starting to get down on ARROW,  “Damaged” put things back on track. By emphasizing some of the show’s more interesting storylines and de-emphasizing it’s lesser elements, (i.e. tepid warehouse fight scenes with generic, disposable bad guys), ARROW has lived up to a lot more of its early potential this week. When we last saw Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) he was being […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “An Innocent Man”

Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 1 - "An Innocent Man" | ©2012 The CW/Marcel Williams

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writers: Moira Kirkland & Lana Cho Director: Vince Mislano Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 31, 2012 Is vigilante justice ever a bad thing?  In the world of ARROW the answer to that question is, unambiguously, “No.”  Despite Detective Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) complaining incessantly about the dangers of the mysterious hooded vigilante, (whom no one in the series has yet addressed as either “Arrow” or “The Green Arrow”), this vigilante has so far never targeted the wrong person, nor done any […]Read On »

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