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Despite some posters' problems with the show, I still like it a lot and more than the Flash. Arrow has better fleshed out characters and is still (somewhat) grounded in what mortals can do as opposed to the fantastical in Flash. I do think that Arrow does a better job, thus far, showing how the vigilante life takes a toll on you.
As to the first program, it was going to be a certainty that the guys remaining were going to have trouble knowing what to do. I liked that they first acted as if Oliver wasn't dead (denying the obvious) and then when confronted with the truth, broke down. Felicity Smoak is acting in line with how she took Sara's death and is just shutting down.
I was a bit taken aback by the flashback because it had always seemed like a corollary with his ongoing story (as if the flashback was an incite into his memory rather than an independent story line) but that changed. I was also confused about Oliver letting the guy go because he wasn't supposed to be that kind of guy at that time. So when Oliver revealed he did it to track the guy, that was a very pleasant surprise and made the rest of it (Maseo's heroics in "rescuing" Oliver) understandable.
Yeah I agree that the show made his resurrection seem like nothing but I do assume that will be the focus of a show either soon or to come and I also presume there may be some consequences that come along with it (if Arrow stays true to how they do things).
One prime example of the worth of this show was Felicity's breakdown with Ray and telling him that his fiance (Anna) wouldn't want him to do what he was doing. Ray changed and grew a bit cold and told her that she didn't get to tell him what Anna would have wanted. Another was when Felicity hugged Diggle. If you noticed, Diggle barely returned the hug and only a bit at the end which I thought was really well done.
I know Flash is getting a lot of love for its more light hearted take and I watch that show but Arrow is still a very good show and I think they got it right.
"Nowadays, you can just click a button and buy a book, meet your spouse or ruin someone's life. Sometimes those last two are the same thing." John Oliver.
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