1 Apr 2013

Them & US: A is for Arrow

Arrow

Ok, 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?

8 comments:

  1. OK, how sad is this...I have NEVER heard of this show! Since my own American DVD collection is extremely limited (Once Upon A Time, Wings, ER, South Park, Queer As Folk, The Kids In The Hall, House, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries is pretty much the entire gambit), I'm afraid my assistance will be extremely limited! I do have a few older shows from my youth (sadly, not Alf), but The Hardy Boys, the second incarnation of Dark Shadows (the one with Ben Cross), and...well that's it. I never was a big American TV watcher apparently!

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    1. How did you escape from ALF? Seriously keebs! haha! You will be enlightened all the same by these posts then :)

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  2. So funny, the blog post I just read was by an American writing about British TV for A-Z. Fun to read two different perspectives.

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    1. Haha - that is my good friend Keebs and this was her suggestion! So glad ou are enjoying it and I hope you will be bak. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I am a bit older than you! Alf was on in my early college years, so not much TV then. I seem to remember back in those days I was an avid Nick At Nite fan (a TV channel that only aired old black and white shows like The Munsters, Donna Reed, Car 54, Where Are You?, Ozzie & Harriet, etc). Now they air shows that I watched only a few short years ago! Time flies when you are getting old!

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    1. Haha! You're never old! You remember more than me anyhoo.

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  4. I have to say that I really enjoy to watch Arrow.. since the first day, I'm enjoying the story development and all the action in the middle :p
    I do understand your points of view but this tv show caught my attention. And I don't mean only by the lovely leading men ;) LOL

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    1. I still gave it six. It's watchable but hasn't maintained my attention. It's good to find a show you really enjoy and I am glad this is for you. :)

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