This past October, Arrow debuted on CW. The story of season one follows 28 year old billionaire-playboy Oliver Queen and how he becomes the masked vigilante known as “The Hood.”

After the family’s yacht crashes on its way to China, Mr. Queen gives Oliver one task: survive. Throughout his five years on a Chinese island called Lian Yu (purgatory), Oliver learns to fight like a maniac and shoot a bow and arrow. He eventually is rescued and returns home only to find more trouble. Oliver uses information from his father to take down certain social elite who are ruining his city. Nicknamed “The Hood” by the police force, Oliver secretly uses his bow to strike down all of the baddies in his city to make it peaceful again.

Below are five reasons why you should watch Arrow season 2, which premieres this October.

1. A Superhero with NO Powers

Nowadays, superheroes are very mainstream. Whether on TV, in the mall, or at restaurants there are superheroes everywhere. But, the thing about the heroes such as The Hulk, Spider-Man, and Superman is that they all have special powers.

Oliver Queen was not bitten by a spider, exposed to gamma rays, or born on another planet; he had to go through five years of training on an island to become what he is today. He had to learn what he did in order to survive. There is something exciting about characters who aren’t gods or aliens. No hero on the show has had any actual superpowers, even though the story is set in the DC universe.

The Flash is set to join this season, though, and will be the first character with powers depending on how the writers handle his appearance. The kinds of characters without any powers are always the most relatable to the audience.

2. Interesting Characters

What makes Arrow a really interesting show is the array of characters and story arcs every week. A few notable characters are Thea Queen, Deadshot, and Helena Bertinelli.

Thea Queen is Oliver’s 17 year old sister who had to find a way to cope with Oliver’s death for the past five years. Thea decided to get into drugs and alcohol, an addiction which becomes a major problem later on in the season. This becomes a problem not only for her, but also for Oliver and The Hood.

Another problem for The Hood is Deadshot who appears a few times in season 1. Deadshot has an unfortunate connection to Oliver’s bodyguard which makes things personal. Because he is able to fire a bullet from a few hundred yards away, Deadshot is a deadly foe.

Another character that draws interest to Oliver and his alter ego is Helena Bertinelli. With a grudge against her father, The Huntress kills the men closest to her father. Oliver has a need to try to change her, even though she is very set on what she wants. Each character’s story, whether a hero or villain, is told in a great way for anyone to relate to.

3. The Island Story

Just because Oliver Queen doesn’t like to talk about what happened on the island doesn’t mean that the audience shouldn’t know the full story. With flashbacks throughout the entire season, Oliver’s story of what exactly went down on the island is told.

He comes onto the island just a weak and foolish boy, but over the course of five years he becomes a hardened man able to fight for his life. Oliver’s first year on the island is full of unrelenting enemies, a lot of training, and betrayal by the people he becomes close with. More flashbacks are set to come in order to make the story more complex and to tell how Oliver finally escaped the island

4. A Love . . . Square?

Arrow wouldn’t be a great TV show if it didn’t have some sort of love story happening while the main story unfolds. Oliver might have been better off staying on the island with how he left things back home.

Oliver’s ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance remembers him by only one thing: sleeping with her sister the night his yacht crashed. And now Laurel is nearly dating Oliver’s best friend Tommy Merlyn. The entire love story is a little messed up, and it doesn’t get much better once Thea gets involved and Oliver starts having feelings for Laurel once again.

5. Oliver is a Bad Ass

Five years of training on an island didn’t get Oliver nowhere. He is now a master of archery and fighting. Throw a penny in the air and Oliver will be able to hit it with his arrow. His enemies aren’t even able to pull out a gun before he has an arrow pointed at his or her head.

There are some pretty intense action scenes throughout the first season that get the audience excited. Many scenes even have Oliver fighting more than five guys at once. These fights are some of the best, although it is refreshing to see Oliver knocked down a few times to know that he isn’t completely invincible.

Watching Oliver work his way out of tough situations and come up with an escape plan is rather intriguing because his brain always thinks up something new and inventive. Oliver Queen really brings the word bad ass to a whole new level.

Arrow is a great show that deserves more attention than it is receiving. With many unknown actors and actresses, Arrow is still able to pull its weight and deliver a quality show. This season boasted many comic book characters, but there are a few more to come this year including Flash and the Black Canary.

Arrow is able to entertain both comic book and non-comic book readers alike. This is why the show is truly successful as it appeals to a wide audience.

Will you be a part of the season 2 premiere coming in October?

Edited by Brandi Delhagen

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