After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow - a vigilante - to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be - flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle - while carefully concealing the secret ... Written by
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Oliver sometimes refers to his sister Thea as "Speedy", a nickname she earned by constantly chasing after him as children. In DC Comics, "Speedy" is the name of two superheroes that have each served as teen-aged sidekicks for the Green Arrow (a.k.a. Oliver Queen), possibly foreshadowing things to come in the series. See more
The year of birth of Oliver's father, Robert Queen, is indicated as 1948 on the TV news item confirming his death, whereas the tombstone at the Queen mansion shown in this and subsequent episodes reads 1958. See more
The name of the island they found me on is Lian Yu. It's Mandarin for "purgatory." I've been stranded here for five years. I've dreamt of my rescue every cold black night since then. For five years I've only had one thought, one goal - survive. Survive and one day return home. The island held many dangers. To live, I had make myself more than what I was, to forge myself into a weapon. I am returning not the boy who was shipwrecked but the man who will bring to those who ...
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