The CW's Hit TV Show "Arrow" Brings Huge Audiences
By Rachel Ramsaywack, Junior Writer
Arrow is an American television series based on DC Comics character Green Arrow.
The series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, who is played by Stephen Amell, who, was stranded on a hostile island for five years. Oliver Queen and his father had went on a “pleasure trip” and at that very moment everything changed in a blink of an eye. The ship, or what used to be the ship, is destroyed by a thunderstorm. Oliver and his father are then transported into a safety raft. Oliver and his father have a very limited amount of water left and his father decides to sacrifice himself in order for Oliver to survive. He tells Oliver “to fix his wrongs” and take care of Starling City, which is the city where they live in. He then proceeds to pull out a gun and blow his brains out in front of Oliver. Five years later, Oliver then returns home to be reunited by his mother, Moira Queen, his sister, Thea Queen, and his best friend Tommy Merlyn. He also returns home to fight crime and becomes a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrow. Arrow focuses on the humanity of Oliver Queen, and how he was changed by his time spent shipwrecked on an island.
The first season focuses on Oliver rekindling his relationships with people such as his mother, sister, and best friend. Oliver then spends his nights hunting down and sometimes killing wealthy criminals as a hooded vigilante. John Diggle who was Oliver’s security and Felicity Smoak who was an assistant at Queen Consolidated, Oliver Queen’s family company, joined him in this crusade. During all this, he reconnects with his ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance, who is still angry at Oliver for his role in her sister’s death.
Season two now focuses on how Oliver has vowed to stop crime without killing criminals. He comes under attack from Slade Wilson, an ominous figure from his past on the island. He resurfaces with a vendetta against him. Oliver must also prevent outsiders from taking over his family company. During this season, secrets after secrets are constantly building up and are slowly wrecking his relationships with family and friends one by one. Oliver then receives assistance in his vigilante crusade from his ex-girlfriend Laurel’s father, Officer Quentin Lance who never particularly liked Oliver to begin with. Later on, Oliver gains another ally in a mysterious woman in black who is later to be revealed as Laurel’s sister, Sara Lance, who everyone thought was dead.
The last season to air was season three. Arrow has became a public hero in Starling City for defeating Slade Wilson. The family company Queen Consolidated is sold to a rich businessman, scientist, aspiring hero, Ray Palmer. Oliver struggles to bring his family back together. An old enemy returns causing mayhem once again. Oliver becomes embroiled into a conflict with Ra’s al Ghul. Laurel, who was once Oliver’s ex-girlfriend and who is Sara Lance’s sister, begins her own journey and decides to follow in her sister’s vigilante footsteps.
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