Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.
When it first hit the screen I loved this show. It's rather bare knuckle, vigilante grittiness really broke the candy covered shell, that encases so many comic book hero's. Sadly in spite of strong stories and mature characterizations for me this show slowly started a downward spiral, gradually exchanging its originality for mainstream complacency. What really ruined things, in my view, was the migration of the character from a kind of anti hero to a politician. As if this wasn't bad enough, a thread of brittle and downright tiresome, lecturing political correctness crept in too. The result was bland, predictable, opinionated and uninteresting. What a shame. 4/10 from me.
It has been a great 8 year journey with this show. When I first began watching season 1, I had my skepticism, but halfway through it it got more interesting, and over the years it became...something else! From heart stomping action to a great cast - especially when it featured nearly all the main cast from the Spartacus series! And even epic crossovers This show will be missed.