Season 2 is a few weeks from airing in the UK, so while you wait – why not go and pick up the season 1 DVD?
The show: You know the story by now, shipwrecked playboy returns home to Starling City after five years on a seemingly abandoned island. He becomes a vigilante, taking down those who have ‘failed this city’ only to realise shocking things about his mother and his best friend’s father – leaving him in a race against time to stop an undertaking to destroy the Glades and everyone in it. Starring Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey and Paul Blackthorne, Arrow fast became one of the most popular shows out there in the US and across the globe. The season was packed with twists and turns, revelations, terrific fight scenes and it was engaging from the first minute of the pilot to the final minute of the finale. The DVDs have the full season for you to watch back in all its glory, it’s especially good in blu-ray. It was a terrific adaptation of a comic book hero for TV, it was something that both fans and newcomers to ‘Green Arrow’ could engage with and enjoy. Perhaps one of the most impressive things about the show is its ability to raise the stakes and intensity. Each episode is packed and seems to balance storylines really well, there’s not really a slow episode in that season. Particular highlights would be the mid-season finale, where John Barrowman’s villain Malcom is revealed to be even darker than first thought, the ambitious episode fully on the island, the excellent Dead to Rights where Tommy discovers quite a secret and the scintillating three part finale. It doesn’t hold back, you get a cracking story tied up in those twenty three episodes while there are other avenues opened for season 2.
Special features: The DVDs have deleted scenes on every disc, a gag reel, ‘Arrow comes Alive’ – a feature on how the creators developed the show, Arrow Stunt School/Fight School and Arrow: Cast and Creative team at the 2013 Paleyfest. The gag reel is a little short for a twenty plus episode season, though features a cracking Scottish accent from Mr Barrowman. The deleted scenes are mostly short and would make a little more sense in context, some could have added to the season such as a nice scene between Oliver and Laurel from the Undertaking while there’s an extended version of the opening to Sacrifice – where Diggle brings Oliver back to the Arrowcave. ‘Arrow comes Alive’ is an interesting half an hour where the creators discuss their decisions on the show, including bits from Stephen Amell and David Ramsey. It’s interesting to see how things took shape, how they were inspired by the Dark Knight trilogy and the inspirations they took from the Green Arrow ‘Year One’ comicbook. Arrow: Cast and Creative team at the 2013 Paleyfest pretty much does what it says on the tin. There’s some good discussion from the crew and it’s something to watch on a rainy Thursday afternoon. But one of the best features lies with Arrow Stunt School/Fight School. Without a doubt one of the most impressive things about the first season had to be the stunts and fight scenes, the process in making them is gone over and it’s quite a thing to take a look at. The end results were obviously phenomenal and it proves a great watch – it features the breath-taking roof jumping from Episode 18.