Last night at Comic-Con, yes even before the festivities really began, the CW premiered the first episode of their newest super hero show, Arrow. We’ve been hearing all about how the show is a modern, more gritty reimagining of DC‘s emerald archer but what did the fans think?
Entertainment Weekly has compiled a few first impressions, here are some quotes,
“It was fantastic,” says Gabi, 35, visiting from England. Gabi enthused about star Stephen Amell despite having also loved Smallville‘s Green Arrow played by Justin Hartley. “[Amell's] really physical and his acting is great.”
“I really liked it; it had really good production values,” says Jamie, 45, who watched the pilot along with Gabriel, 12, who added: “It was really cool; it really kept you into it.”
Shelby, 25, from Arkansas, says she really enjoyed Arrow, though had a slight criticism. “It was action packed, but if I’m being honest, it was just a tiny bit cheesy,” she says. Sounding just like an industry insider, Shelby then added: “I’m pretty sure it was just the pilot working the kinks out.”
Bleeding Cool also has a short review of the pilot up in which writer Abigail Raney says the show’s a bit “predictable” and heavy on the melodrama, but,
There were a few moments that did manage to connect, and the show got what was by my reckoning the biggest cheer of the night when been-stuck-on-an-island-for-five-years Oliver asks “What’s Twilight?”, to which his friend replies “You’re so better off not knowing.”
You’ll always score big with a good dig at Twilight.
This early buzz sounds good, and we can ignore some of the criticisms because this is only the pilot, but I hope they do more to break away from Smallville‘s shadow. Are you excited for Arrow?
Now, here’s a treat for those of us not at Comic-Con who weren’t able to see the pilot screening, a new clip! Definitely check it out as it shows how all that parkour training Amell went through really paid off.
I don’t really see anything too cheesy in this clip. The action’s intense and Amell looks like a badass. Guys, I think I might actually be getting excited about a show airing on the CW.