Jack Cahill '17, Sports Editor


Action. Intensity. Story. These are just a few words to describe great TV shows, and this show has it all.  One show that should be on everyone’s watch list is Arrow.

Arrow is a TV show on CW that portrays the comics of DC’s Green Arrow. Stephen Amell takes on the role of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow. David Ramsey plays John Diggle, Queen’s body guard and partner. Emily Bett Rickards plays Felicity Smoak, a tech expert who aids Queen and Diggle. Together, these three make up Team Arrow. These are the main characters of the show.

Willa Holland plays the supporting role of Thea Queen, who is Oliver Queen’s sister.  Katie Cassidy plays Laurel Lance, who is Oliver Queen’s best friend. Paul Blackthorne steps into his supporting role as Detective Lance, Laurel Lance’s father and helper of Green Arrow. The characters are Team Arrow’s friends and family. These three help the team on their mission to keep crime out of the city.

Action fans will love this show. Each episode is packed full of Green Arrow shooting arrows at villains, tons of martial arts, and even a few explosions. The special effects team really does a great job with the combat and explosions. When you’re watching, you feel as if the action is actually happening.

The characters are also very important to the success of this show. Amell does a terrific job of portraying Oliver Queen as a family man who will do anything to protect the people and the city he cares about, even if his methods blur the line between right and wrong. Rickards does a great job of playing Smoak as an awkward, charismatic, and brilliant woman. Ramsey, in the role of Diggle, becomes a man willing to protect his family and friends, and always bringing some humanity to Oliver Queen when he needs it. The success of their acting makes the show seem more realistic, and separates it from the rest of TV’s library.

In addition to great acting and action, Arrow’s arguably best part is the storytelling and plot. Each episode pits Team Arrow against a villain they must defeat. However, each season has an overlying villain and plot that is much bigger than each episode. This makes each episode split between the current, smaller villain, and stopping the bigger villain with a bigger plot. When Team Arrow finally squares off with the larger villain at the end of each season, you will be sitting on the edge of your seat. Every great plot needs to be told well.  Arrow  is never a straightforward show, and  is full of twists, betrayals, secrets, double crosses, and much more. When any new character is introduced, you never really know if you can trust them

In addition to fighting the bad guys, each episode expands the audience’s insight to Oliver Queen’s back story. The story goes into detail about Oliver Queen’s life before he became Green Arrow. It’s full of twists and turns, and is sure to keep audiences at the edge of their seats.

In conclusion, Arrow is a phenomenal show. Great acting, terrific special effects, and a spectacular story make this show a must- watch. Marc Guggenheim, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg have really hit their mark with this show. Season four has just started.  If you are looking for something to binge, there’s no better show to start.