The Hudsonian Sees ARROW

Arrow Hits a Bullseye – by Joshua Hudson

***The pilot episode originally aired on the CW on October 10, 2012 at 8 p.m. EST. What follows is a love triangle between myself, the CW, and Oliver Queen.***

When a movie based on comic book characters makes $1.5 billion worldwide, everyone wants a piece of the action, right? Especially when you have your own catalog of cool characters, and you have yet to make that much. Being shown up by your competition is never a good thing.

Suffice it to say, Arrow is a television show, so it’s not likely to make that kind of money. But, and I can say this with the utmost confidence, Warner Bros. and the CW have themselves a hit TV show.

Arrow is based on the DC Comics character Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow, and details his journey from being a notoriously spoiled playboy – Tony Stark, anyone? – to a hooded vigilante who’s out to protect his city from those that stand to corrupt it.

This show is everything you want not just as a fanboy, but as an introduction to a character that may get you excited about comics. I personally have never read a Green Arrow comic, but I’m ready to pick up DC’s latest trade paperback featuring Queen. And I read comics every week.

Oliver Queen was aboard a boat with friends and his father when a hurricane tore it apart and he was left to float away in a life raft until stumbling upon an island in the Pacific Ocean. Everyone on the boat died, including his father and his date for the trip, Sarah Lane; who also happened to be his girlfriend’s sister.

When Queen is rescued and returns home, everyone is shocked, surprised, elated, and/or disgusted. Depends on whom you ask, really. Living a life of debauchery will create jealousy amongst peers, but in the case of Dinah “Laurel” Lane, it’s simply anger because he survived and her sister did not. Oh, and she’s hooking up with Queen’s best friend, Tommy Merlyn. It’s the CW. Would you expect anything less than a romantic love triangle?

Queen takes the last dying words of his father to heart, and sets out to help his city become what his father helped destroy. He is targeting the wealthy aristocrats that siphon funds from the poor and manipulate the system only to benefit themselves. To make life easier, Queen turns his father’s old factory into a “home base” of sorts where he trains and plots his next move.

He takes down Adam Hunt in the form of $40 million dollars, and closes Laurel’s case against him. (Oh, she’s a DA, and doesn’t know how to turn down a fight.) Of course, he’s not the only one on the list. There are many others, which will essentially make up the basis of each episode. Luckily, it’s a pretty long list.

There’s a little twist at the end, which I won’t spoil, but it involves Queen’s mother and trying to find out what her late husband told her son. Too much? Do yourself a favor, and watch this show. It’s a good mix of story, action and romance, and will make you appreciate Wednesday nights more than you did before.

My only gripe? Arrow should be paired with Nikita to create the best action-packed two hours on television. And this is on the CW. Who saw that coming?

GREEN ARROW – Oops, We Mean ARROW – Producers Tell How They’re Taking the “Super” Out of Their Superhero

…And to this comics fan that makes them sound like idiots, pure and simple. Why are we not surprised?

Arrow Bosses: We’re Taking the Super Out of Superhero – by Natalie Abrams

Look up in the sky! It’s an actual bird. And there’s an actual plane! And there’s a hooded figure jumping from one rooftop to another! Seems plausible? That’s because in the world of The CW’s Arrow, everything — even Oliver Queen’s trick arrows — is grounded in a reality unlike anything viewers have seen on a superhero series before…

Bringing a different superhero to life so soon after Smallville bid farewell to the same network hasn’t been a challenge for executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. In fact, they don’t even see Arrow as a superhero. Through their eyes, this is a very different Oliver Queen…

Why Green Arrow? Why choose him to follow in the footsteps of Superman on The CW?
Marc Guggenheim: Well, I think [executive producer] Greg [Berlanti] was the one who said, “Hey, how about Green Arrow?” I think his rationale, if we understand it correctly, was he’s one of the untapped DC characters who’s very iconic. He’s a member of the Justice League. He obviously was on Smallville. But the nature of that character being a street-level hero really lends itself to television. It’s a lot easier to do than Metamorpho or Superman, where it’s visual effects and everything. It can be a very grounded story. We’re always saying it’s not a superhero show. It’s a crime thriller, which is something you can’t do with a more fantastical character.

The show will obviously draw comparisons to Smallville, but how do you keep Arrow grounded in reality?
Andrew Kreisberg: We don’t think about the show as a superhero show. We think about it as a crime thriller and a crime drama and a family drama. The character of Oliver Queen that Justin Hartley played on Smallville was a reaction to Clark Kent and Superman, living in a fantastical world with fantastical characters. In our world, none of that exists. It’s only Oliver Queen and his quest and his crusade. Just from that element of it, it’s a very different take on the character. I mean it’s the same sort of headlines, but the fine print is very, very different.

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This strikes us as a pitiful argument designed to bolster a pitifully ignorant decision. If we want a crime thriller, we’ll tune in a crime thriller. And if we want the Green Arrow, hey, high-paid idiot, we’ll be looking to tune in a superhero-superarcher. Let’s face it, by his very nature – a contemporary guy with a bow and arrow instead of a gun – this character is totally not grounded.

We’d predict that this series won’t make it past mid-season…except that it’s on the CW, and if CW viewers were purists about anything, well, they wouldn’t be CW viewers. Sigh…

BATTLE ROYALE Headed for The CW?

What? You think an adaptation of a shlock Japanese teen science fiction movie won’t fit  in there? Yeah, of course you don’t.

‘Battle Royale’ Might Get Turned Into A TV Show For CW – by Kevin Jagernauth

Last fall, it was with a small amount of irony that producer Roy Lee revealed that the long-gestating Hollywood remake of the Japanese cult hit “Battle Royale” was essentially put on the back burner due to a similar film that has since become a massive hit.

“‘Hunger Games’ definitely took a lot of wind out of the sails because it definitely has a very similar storyline and so I’m not actually sure if any studio…I’m not even sure if before ‘Hunger Games’ any studio would have been able to take the creative risks you need to make the movie right and now so [making the movie] would be even harder,” Lee explained. But never say die, as the edgy, violent movie may find a home on a channel favored by tweens.

The LA Times reports that talks are underway between CW and the reps for the Hollywood version of “Battle Royale” to bring the movie to the small screen in an English-language show. In case you’re not aware, “Battle Royale” — which came well before Suzanne Collins’ books or the subsequent movies — tells the story of forty-two school children who are brought to an island and are entered in a three-day fight for survival where only one person emerges victorious. Sound familiar?

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Interestingly, the writer of this piece finds “the idea of an American remake of this property…a bit ludicrous, if only given that the outrageous, no-holds barred nature of the original simply wouldn’t fly….”

We understand his concern, given the teen soap opera nature of most of the CW’s shows. But to misquote an old saying, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of TV executives.” Oh, well, we don’t have to keep guessing. We just have to wait and see.

Everyone’s Favorite Zip Code – Well…

And now, TVWriter™ proudly presents another edition of the Better Late Than Never Dept. as Guest Contributor The Hudsonian turns back the clock to:

Original cast photo for this very episode!

90210 – Season 4 Episode 1
A Review 

**This episode originally aired in September 2011. If you are unfamiliar with the series, turn away to avoid spoilers, or bleeding corneas.**

Everyone’s favorite zip code is back!  Are we happy about this? Should we be?

The gang from West Beverly High takes its talents, er, baggage, to college. Some of them anyway.  We ended season 3 with the news that Naomi was preggers with Max’s love child. As this ep begins, turns out, she’s not. (You didn’t see THAT coming? Shame on you for not knowing how predictable this show is.) Max is overjoyed and Naomi is upset he feels this way. She’s then awakened by a stewardess on the way back to California.

Upon return to the sunshine and hopes of immense popularity at CU, Naomi realizes life in college isn’t like high school. Shocker. She then buys a big house and throws a big party – which gets shut down – to overcompensate.

Liam returns from a summer of deep-sea fishing, one in which he never called Annie. (Can you blame him? He’s knee deep in fish guts and Krakken attacks. Oh, right. That’s only in the movies. This is TV. ) Annie’s clearly not happy about it but still loves the bastard. So he proposes. She says no. (Again, you’re shocked?) So Liam gets drunk and buys a bar with his fishing trip money.

Dixon is homeless because Navid pranked him by switching his residency status to female, and he ends up fighting over a 2 bedroom beach house with Austin, the sexy cowboy that becomes the object of Naomi’s affection – but for now, the cramp in her menstruating side – as the season progresses. Dixon and Austin compromise and become roommates. Aw.

Silver and Navid are looking forward to living together alone, but they get an unexpected surprise when Navid’s younger sister refuses to move to Switzerland with their parents. (Why’d they move? Navid’s dad is shamed as a porn tycoon who hired underage chicas for talent, of  course. Leila becomes a nuisance (what teenager ISN’T?) and really gets under their skin when she lets Adrianna into Silver’s house. Silver is piiiiiiiiiiiissed.

Oh, and Ivy and Raj got married at the end of Season 3 because he’s dying of cancer, and now he’s too sick to do anything. Another shocker. Sure.

Naomi is easily the best character in this show. Her blend of entitlement and arrogance fits well with her constant need for love and affection and her mother hen demeanor towards her friends. (She has all the money, so of course she’s going to take care of them.) When she’s introduced to Austin, she hates him because he’s just like her: a spoiled brat who suddenly finds himself not getting what he wants.

Let’s face it; this series is designed for young adolescents who are oblivious to what good television is. Written by adult writers who try to make sure there’s a little something for all of us to enjoy here in the target demo everyone’s favorite zip code.

Sometimes they even succeed.

Not a Review of The CW’s ARROW

…because, we assume, there’s an embargo on such things for now.

This Is Not a Review: The CW’s Pilot Arrow
by Tim Surette

Alert! This is not a review. I repeat, this is not a review. Throw a “p” on that, please, ’cause this is a preview of the early version of a pilot, a pilot that will almost certainly undergo some form of change before it airs in its final form. Consider this a first impression of a work-in-progress.

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Obligatory snarky comment:

Our first impression is that either SpoilerTV.Com or Tim Surette is an age-spotted (sorry, LB) coward. Or both. Yeah, let’s just say both.

Our second impression, though, is that smells like a big CW hit. No, not because of Stephen Amell’s manly forearms, we’re talking something real here: Sharp pointy things (like arrows, wake up!) are, you know, US.