Arrow Season 1



Critic Ratings: 13
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Episode Info

In the series premiere, billionaire Oliver Queen returns to Starling City after being stranded on a remote island for five years and adopts the persona of Arrow to fight crime.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
Colin Donnell
as Tommy Merlyn
Colin Salmon
as Walter Steele
David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Jamey Sheridan
as Robert Queen
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
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Critic Reviews for Pilot

If Arrow is to retain the crackling energy of its first hour, the past can't take precedence over the self-contained stories of the present, or the development of characters in Oliver's orbit.

Jul 19, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Director David Nutter did a good job of keeping the color palette darkly saturated without straining for Batmanny noir.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm looking forward to finding out more about what exactly went down on that island. Though, I'm curious to see how it will tie into Oliver's life in Starling City.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Certainly one of the stronger pilots of the season, 'Arrow's clear resemblance to 'Batman Begins' is quickly forgotten as viewers are swept away into the intriguing world of the costumed vigilante.

Jul 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Over the first 60 minutes of its existence Arrow establishes itself as by far the most thrilling, narratively rich and downright impressive genre TV debut of 2012.

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

And yet, it all mostly worked: Oliver Queen is a badass again.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

In its favour, this pilot episode deals us the emerald archer's origin tale in lean, compact fashion.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This show has it all, interesting characters, mystery, love, drama and a bit of comedy.

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's not a completely auspicious debut, but it is entertaining, and filled with enough possibilities to keep audiences tuning in.

Jul 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Another way in which Arrow succeeds is, if you're willing to switch your brain off, ignore plot holes...and stomach quite a strong amount of cheese, it is actually quite good fun.

Jul 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Arrow goes to some lengths to establish its own universe independent of the continuity and complexities of the DC Universe.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

But for all these problems, Arrow's debut episode is able to present a compelling lead hero and build a solid foundation from which to build an ongoing series.

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…