ArrowOk, so on a whim I was spurred on to write a second entry for the A to Z challenge and I plan to do US TV shows (generally the first that comes to mind when I think of the letter as opposed to my favourite) and give you my Brit view. This series is called Them & US which is TV shows and US and my appalling attempt at a clever pun!
However, lets get it done...the first TV show that came to mind was Arrow.
This is what IMDB says about the show:
Spoilt millionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing-presumed-dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.
and here is a lovely picture of the leading man who plays Oliver Queen (actor Stephen Amell).
Now, IMDB has given this a rating of 8.2. I would give it a 6.
I never knew of the actor before this show and admittedly he is quite easy on the eye and what I would call a pretty boy...and this combined with some actors I like such as David Ramsey, John Barrowman and Paul Blackthorne can't save it.
What I liked
I liked the actors. in the show and I liked that glamorous sheen that US TV shows have on them. I liked the idea of the story and I thought it had potential to go places.
What I didn't like
I didn't like the story before he returned from the island, I know that may be the comic book story or whatever (if it is even based on a comic book) but for me it was quite dull and silly.
Over time I found the episodes to be lacking in something and my attention easily wandered and the worse thing that can happen whilst watching a TV show was that I was thinking about household chores.
The perfection started to grate on me as it has a tendency to do, I like my characters to act and look real which I know is pie in the sky dreaming here. In the UK TV shows the male actors are usually a bit handsome but still aren't perfect and I find US actors have to be perfect unless they are old and even then they still seem perfect. Even geeks have to fit the 'I'm a perfect geek mold' but I digress...this probably isn't the place to rant about american actresses and to a large extent British actresses too and they aren't entirely to blame.
I have stopped watching it and for some that may have been at the moment it started to get good but I need to be totally endorsed in its fabulousness by episode 4 or else it gets the boot!
Other 'A' shows...
Since Arrow was the first thing that came to mind, I went with it but have since thought I could have gone with...ALF (Childhood obsession, who didn't spend their formative years telling everyone 'I Kill Me'? Who am I kidding, I still do it now!) and Arrested Development (a great show that was caked in irony and wit and dripping with silliness but contained a great cast and just had something good!). I also grew up with the A-Team & Airwolf.
What is the first show that comes to your mind? What is your favourite? Are you an arrowhead? Is that even what they call arrow fans?