Synopsis – The continuing adventures of DC comics character Green Arrow & his band of heroes in Starling City.
Episode – S03E01 “The Calm”
My Take – The season three of this awesome superhero show as expected has started with a bang!! Now before I talk more about the premiere, let me warn you, their are potential spoilers ahead!
As as any regular feature would go their is always calm before a storm, that is exactly how this episode has started, with some fine action sequences & the introduction of Roy Harper in full suit (as Arsenal or Speedy not cleared yet) & some gymnastic moves, I hate to say it, but he looks better than Arrow himself!
Most of the regulars of the show are back & things have set to become more stable after the whole Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke incident. Detective Quentin Lance is alive, Laurel Lance is back to being a lawyer, John Diggle is going to become a father, & seems like a forced but public demanded Felicity Smoak – Oliver Queen romance blooming & failing (of course) after a date. Everything seems fine until the appearance of Peter Stormare as the new Count Vertigo, well I got nothing against Seth Gabel’s portrayal in the episodes of the earlier seasons, but Stormare’s depiction seems more closer to the one portrayed in the comics, & I am a huge sucker for using source material.
The episode like earlier seasons shifted between present & past timelines, still not revealing why he was Tokyo & what does Amanda Waller want with him!
We had an introduction to a new character as well, Dr.Ray Palmer aka Atom, played by Brandon Routh, who also played Superman in Superman Returns (2006), is this move inspired by Chris Evans playing Captain America & Human Torch ? Anyways surprisingly he seems fit for this role! Being both charming, funny & a potential love interest for Felicity, I am actually excited to see more of him in future episodes! & of course it also had a cameo to tie up with CW’s freshman show The Flash (Read my review here) . The episode seemed like a fresh calm come back for a kick start to the season, until the last sequence portraying the shocking death of Sara Lance aka Black Canary, murdered by someone mysterious (was it Ra’s al Ghul ?), adding to the tragedy she falls right in front of her Laurel, dead! It seems the show runners have decided to go back to the source material (Laurel is actually Black Canary in comics!).
CW, Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg are doing an excellent job with superhero show by getting the very under rated Green Arrow a whole lot set of fans!! Keep up the great job!! Man Im so excited to see whats going to happen!! Will Deathstroke be back?? Will the upcoming Flash – Arrow crossover change the course of both universe?? With more additions happening, are we actually going to see a TV version of Justice League?? Stay tuned…
Status – Season 3
Network – CW