'Arrow' series premiere recap: Homecoming

Believe it or not, there's actually more to Arrowthan Stephen Amell's abs (though they are glorious!).

Based on DC Comics' Green Arrow (don't worry, you don't need to read up to enjoy the episode or this recap),  the premiere episode of the buzzy new series has all the makings of a CW hit: action, mythology, love triangles, and of course, a young, hot and sometimes shirtless cast to move everything along. Not a bad combination, right? Now, let's dig into the pilot:

I know I just said the series has a "young, hot cast" but when we first meet Arrow he's anything but attractive. Dressed in tattered clothes and sporting long, haggard hair, our dirtied up hero — who has apparently been stranded on an island near North China named Purgatory for the past five years (fun!) — expertly leaps through mountainous terrain to try and catch the attention of some passing fisherman. It's all very Tom Hanks in Cast Away, but with a bow & arrow instead of a volleyball. Luckily, the seclusion doesn't last long. Shortly after setting off a makeshift flare, Arrow is on a ship headed home. He has reason to be relieved. Apparently, Purgatory isn't the kind of place you'd want to be in for five minutes, let alone five years. In order to make it out alive, Arrow reveals he had to transform himself into a weapon. It's something that will likely work to his benefit because Arrow, whose real and very not-intimidating name is Oliver Queen, has resolved to return home, "Not the boy who was shipwrecked but the man who will bring justice to those who have poisoned my city." Ambitious! Read More...



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