Arrow through my heart

arrowThe mid-season TV break gives us all a chance to catch up – on a good book (in my case, One Shot by Lee Child), a movie or two (we watched a lot of old favorites on Blu-Ray including Zombie, Day of the Dead, Return of the Living Dead, They Live and House By the Cemetery), or a show that you didn’t have time for during the jam-packed regular schedule. For me, that show was Arrow.

I watched one episode of Arrow when it started in the fall, so I knew it had potential (unlike Beauty and the Beast, also on CW, which I decided was a hopeless mess after two episodes – really, don’t get me started). After watching the rest of the first part of the season of Arrow, I will definitely be adding this to my weekly watch list.

First off, Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen/Arrow, is an excellent actor. And he is very easy on the eyes. He’s the type of guy who you just know is destined for bigger things – I could see him in big-budget action movies or opposite popular starlets in romantic comedies in the years to come. The rest of the cast is also great – his bodyguard-turned-partner, Diggle; his scheming mother; his sometimes-annoying but overall likable sister; his rich-boy best friend; and of course his love interest, Laurel.

And you don’t have to be a fan of the Green Arrow comics, or comics in general. I’ve never read them, and I enjoy the show just the same. If you want the perspective of someone who has, Mark might be able to chime in. For the non-fans, the show gives plenty of back-story in the form of flashbacks to the island.

A lot of people might be turned off by the fact that Arrow is on the CW. I happen to like the CW, but I will say this show breaks their mold of high-school, boyfriend-girlfriend drama. It’s really just a solid drama with lots of action and intrigue, as well as a little romance. So if you have a chance, check it out when it comes back on Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.

Two for January

While most of the shows I watch are on hiatus, I’ve been catching up on Arrow. And thinking about these two new shows that I will definitely tune in for:

  • AmericansThe Americans on FX: Home to two of my favorite dramas (Sons of Anarchy and Justified), FX has proven it can produce a quality show that keeps me coming back for more each week.  Set in the 1980s, this show is about a couple of Russian spies living in America. Starring Felicity’s Keri Russell, the show has a lot of promise, even if the promos have been light on details.So far, FX has outlined the following plot. Russell and co-star Matthew Rhys are two spies living in an arranged marriage. They have two kids, who don’t know anything about their spy lives. And they live next door to an FBI agent involved in counterintelligence. They have to balance their allegiance to their homeland with a growing affinity for the American way of life.
  • FollowingThe Following on FOX: Let me start out by saying I love Kevin Bacon. So I would probably watch just about anything he was in, small or big screen. He’s just one of those great actors who has proven over time to be adept at taking on a variety of roles, both light and heavy. And of course, it helps that Kevin Williamson (producer of The Vampire Diaries and the Scream movies) is at the helm.
    Bacon plays a broken cop on the hunt for a serial killer who uses his fans as his instruments of killing. The promo is gritty and compelling, and the production value looks excellent – you might even think you are watching a movie trailer.

Will you be checking out either of these shows? Is there anything else new on TV that I should be checking out?