Let’s get some biases out of the way. I’ve spent the last few months hate watching Arrow. I’m a little reluctant to blame the show itself for my distaste. I expect I am being a fuddy duddy and am trying to project my long held understanding of the character onto Stephen Amell.
I’m not generally insistent that fantasy shows have any sort of basis in reality, but characters in Arrow consistently pull 180 degree morality turns. Kill or not killers, I love you today, hate you tomorrow and love you again during the next story arc. The whole thing feels very frustrating.
The Flash shares some of these problems, but I find that enjoyable. I don’t think it went as far as it needed to in the first season, but now that the main arc is finished they may be able to explore some some of the more gonzo story lines, which is where the show excels. That may be part of the problem with Arrow, because the show is trying to be grounded it may not be capturing my attention. Moody, unshaven angst bores me while a telepathic, genetically modified gorilla causes me to cheer.
I have high hopes for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, you can see their version of Hawkman and Hawkgirl above. Hawkman looks a little like Batmanuel, but having more Tick in the world is never a bad thing. LoT is a time travel show and I have long maintained that the only way to do a time travel show properly is to go full gonzo. A series of insane, confusing, logically suspect “I am my own grandpa” style of stories. Doctor Who does this well, and LoT needs to follow suit.
I’m grateful to the Arrow for giving us these shows, but wish it could become more like them. Maybe the CW will skip ahead a few years in the plot and do aging, on-armed, cantankerous Green Arrow from The Dark Knight Returns. Now that would be good television.