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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.


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Series cast summary:
 Oliver Queen / ... (115 episodes, 2012-2017)
 John Diggle / ... (115 episodes, 2012-2017)
 Thea Queen / ... (115 episodes, 2012-2017)
 Quentin Lance (115 episodes, 2012-2017)
 Felicity Smoak (109 episodes, 2012-2017)
 Laurel Lance / ... (94 episodes, 2012-2016)
 Malcolm Merlyn (63 episodes, 2012-2016)
 Roy Harper / ... (53 episodes, 2013-2016)
 Moira Queen (47 episodes, 2012-2016)


Oliver Queen and his father are lost at sea when their luxury yacht sinks, apparently in a storm. His father dies, but Oliver survives for five years on an uncharted island and eventually returns home. But he wasn't alone on the island where he learned not only how to fight and survive but also of his father's corruption and unscrupulous business dealings. He returns to civilization a changed man, determined to put things right. He disguises himself with the hood of one of his mysterious island mentors, arms himself with a bow and sets about hunting down the men and women who have corrupted his city. Written by Anonymous

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Each time Oliver revealed his secret, someone's life was in danger (usually, but not always, his own): When Diggle found out, Deadshot had tagged him with a curare laced bullet. When Felicity found out, Oliver had just been shot by his mother. When Barry Allen found out, Oliver had been poisoned. When Tommy found out, Malcolm Merlyn was dying from a gunshot wound. When Merlyn himself found out, he was seconds away from killing Oliver. When Roy found out, another earthquake machine was about to go off and the revelation shocked Roy out of his mirakuru rage long enough to help disarm it. The exceptions to this being Laurel, Moira and Thea. See more »


In the promotional picture for the series it shows a shirtless Oliver. The scars from his time on the island are visible, but there is no tattoo. During the series Oliver has a tattoo on his chest, a tattoo that plays an important role in at least one episode (1x03 "Lone Gunmen") and has been visible in every other episode. See more »


Ra's al Ghul: I was 11 years old when I killed my first man. I remember the look in his face when the light went out behind his eyes. Such a sudden change, almost imperceptible, between life and death. And I felt ashamed. I had stolen from that man the most precious gift of all - life. But I also felt something else - pride, because I had taken up arms against someone who sought to do ill against my family. And I realized what I had done was necessary. You see... I have replaced evil with death. And that... ...
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An Alternative take on the vigilante world
11 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

I just saw the first episode of Arrow. and frankly i was amazed. this Series fell right into my taste and i can't wait to see more.

This world is apparently based on an old super hero (arrow - green arrow) i cannot say i have read it buy i will most certainly consider it after seeing this pilot!

Where it separates, and distinguishes, itself from other Superhero series/movies is it is MUCH grittier and dark. Where as other superhero focuses on "merely" disarming the bad guys without hurting them overly much Arrow has no problem with killing or maiming them.

Another difference is Arrow seems to be mainly after the white collared criminals of his city rather than some "super villain" bent on world domination.

The acting, fight scenes and filming is superb! the music fits perfectly with the show. dark and gritty.

I immensely enjoyed the first episode and i can't wait for more! - 10/10

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