Why Arrow?

My sister and I recently started discussing the show “Arrow.”  It has been a lot of fun and full of lots of thought provoking ideas.  This blog contains some of the quotes we have found in the show and our reflections around them.
Why do we like Arrow…
  1. Its a superhero show – I wish we could all be superheros and this show reveals to us that becoming a superhero is a process…a process we can all go through.
  2. It’s got that redemption element.  Oliver, redeemed, or at least trying…figuring out who he is…and so is a lot of the rest of the cast.
  3. The way the former/playboy Oliver, the island Oliver, the Oliver now, and his persona of “Arrow” all come together to make who he really is.  They are all a part of him and he has to constantly wrestle with who is coming out in each moment.
  4. The way he refers to his time on “the island”…big metaphor…it could be interpreted in multiple ways.  His time alone, time in forced isolation, the time that changed him, time that tore him away from society, time that scarred him, time that reformed him into who he is now, time that others can’t understand.
  5. He keeps a lot of secrets…the Silent Champion…there is both power and weakness in this.
  6. I think a lot of the differences between guys and girls come out in this show.  It raises a lot of questions for me about what guys are thinking.  There are a few scenes where I would love to ask a guy…”what is Oliver thinking right here?”  I know what the girls are thinking and what I would be thinking if I were Oliver…but I would like to know what a guy would actually be thinking.  Also, a few of the guys I know really like this show.  It’s unusual to have a show that both girls and guys like.
  7. It is well acted by whoever plays Oliver (in my non-actor-educated opinion)…I love how he looks physically different, sounds different, and even has different expressions when there are flashbacks to before he was on the island and when he was on the island.
  8. I’m intrigued by what is actually possible vs. what is just special effects.  For example, can he really do that thing where he jumps the bar up to each consecutively higher notch?  I watched a commentary about a few of the scenes and he talks about how a lot of the scenes use par-core…and he does a lot of his own stunts/par-core scenes…interesting.

4 responses to “Why Arrow?

  1. I’m glad to have found you blog, just by this need in me to get all I cherish about Arrow out in words! Hope to contribute to your blog too! I was very hesitant to quote on Arrow, especially from the main hero, because of the misjudgment I know that may come with it. But I saw you blog, and now…I am considering changing my mind! Thank you!

    • Oh good! I would love to hear your comments and the quotes you have to share as well. 🙂 There really is a lot to talk about from this show and I’m excited to see what others have to say. 🙂

      Share anytime!

      ~Aspen

  2. Awesome blog.

    Arrow has a depth of reality that I think few shows are able to capture. I recently watched an interview of the characters on Hulu where the man who plays Oliver said that during the island scenes he is “acting without ego” (that is to say Oliver on the island is “as far out of his element as he can get” and therefore not able hold up any guises.)

    This, for me, is one of my favorite parts of the whole show that we truly see how Oliver became the man he is…without ego. Without being manly. Without making right choices and saving the day. He was completely torn down. And now he is picking up the peices and trying to make sense of it all in the current context. He is a hero in progress that would never dream of claiming that title for his own.

    • I totally agree. This is what really makes the show. I really like how you said, “one of my favorite parts of the whole show that we truly see how Oliver became the man he is…without ego. Without being manly. Without making right choices and saving the day. He was completely torn down. And now he is picking up the pieces and trying to make sense of it all in the current context.”

      That really sums it up well. 🙂

      ~Aspen

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