Here are my quick thoughts:
Here's what I like about Arrow:
- I like how the show juggles Oliver's story of survival on the island and his quest to save Starling City. (Why Starling as opposed to Star?)
- Stephen Amell, the actor playing Oliver Queen, seems well suited for his role.
- The adventures on the island with Slade Wilson and Shado entertain me in a way that I've long for since the departure of LOST.
- I get a kick out of the number of DC characters who have not just been named dropped but actually appeared on the show.
- While I've grown tired of grim and gritty comics, the tone of this show feels right. This is an Oliver Queen who reminds me of the Mike Grell era Green Arrow with respect to how serious he is about his mission, even if that meant killing people. I was afraid that season two premiere meant we were going to lose that tone, but so far, the show has managed to keep the serious tone while lowering the bodycount (for Oliver at least.)
- I find some of the story lines with supporting characters a bit boring.
- The romantic storyline between Oliver and Laurel Lance comes across as an afterthought. It gets pushed aside whenever it's convenient for the writers.
- Sometimes the show trips over its origins and pulls TOO much from comic storytelling conventions. (Like have Alderman Blood keep his Brother Blood mask in a special cabinet on a pedestal in the middle of his office. That works in comics, but on television, it looks a bit quaint, if not out and out silly.)
Marvel's Agent's of SHIELD
Okay, this is going to be much shorter as I only watched three episodes (which gives you some idea of what I thought.) Again, I hadn't seen any of the promos for this show and started into it cold with no expectations. I actually tried it before trying Arrow, which looking back should have helped.
Things I liked:
- I like the guy who plays Agent Coulson.
Things I don't like:
- This is a youth-obsessed show like I've not seen in sometime. While Arrow is also populated with a lot of 20 Somethings, it has a better number of older characters (Diggle, Slade Wilson, Quentin Lance) Would it have killed the MAOS producers to have a Dum Dum Dugan type of agent on the show?
- Cringe inducing dialogue - It's like all SHIELD Agents are all trying to out clever-line each other the entire time. At best, it's amusing, at it's worst, it zaps you out of the story with its inappropriateness.
- Not enough nods to the Marvel universe.
Like I said, I quit watching the show with the third episode, so if it got better, I would be happy to try it again. Let me know what you think.