The CW has quietly been forming the basis for a hit series, entitled “Arrow”. Without much fanfare, “Arrow” was released and has had a lineup of guest stars and cameo appearances that have helped increase ratings to the point where they are very high.
The storyline on “Arrow” follows the DC comic character, Green Arrow. In the comics, Green Arrow was a former mayor of Sterling City. When he no longer has the mayor’s position, he comes up with ways to try to clean up the criminal element in the city he loves.
Green Arrow’s name is Oliver Green and the show follows Oliver as he tries to set things right. The show has garnered some negative reviews due to the amount of violence that it has portrayed in Oliver’s quest to get rid of the competition he sees standing in his way.
However, in an interview Stephen Amell, the actor that plays Green, responded to the criticism that the violence has garnered. Amell said the excessive violence is intended to be seen by viewers as character flaws that other great TV characters have had. He said Oliver is as flawed as other central characters on television. He named Walter White, Tony Soprano and Don Draper, as examples of incredibly flawed characters that engaged the audience while they pursued their goals. While he said there is no real comparison between these characters and the character of the Green Arrow, they are used as an example of characters that did horrible things that were unforgivable, just like the critics are saying about Green. Amell also said the Green Arrow uses this violence as a way to get a central goal accomplished. Continue reading