What better way to round off the week that Arrow premiered with a feature on the main character, Oliver Queen. Played by Stephen Amell, our first glimpse of Oliver wasn’t quite so swoon-worthy. Looking like a friend of Tom Hanks’ from the movie Castaway he had long hair, bearded and dirty – but who could blame him after being shipwrecked and stranded on a deserted island for 5 years. After getting rescued, he makes a miraculous transformation to an older, more handsome-than-cute, billionaire that they flash back to in the episode. (Oh God, that old, long floppyish hair! >_< )
Not only has Oliver Queen grown up from his days of debauchery, he now has extremely fast reflexes and a quick-witted mind, often pulling one over those that are close to him or doling out some great retorts to the world that he once knew, including the apparent relationship between his mom and his late father’s friend/business associate.
While much of the episode had me swooning, it was definitely the scene, pictured on the left, that had me (and the majority of the women at the Fan Expo preview screening I attended) audibly gasp in awe. Oh yeah. He’s doing pull-ups and jumping the rungs upwards as he does it. WOW. Next scene? He’s hanging up side down from the bar, doing abdominal twists. The physical strength to be able to do that just baffles my mind.
After toning up (like he needs more toning up) and setting up his secret lair, Oliver humorously keeps ducking his bodyguard to go do good by ridding the city of bad guys, one villain at a time. In order to maintain his secret identity, he has had to push away his former girlfriend and convince her that the island hadn’t changed him and he’s still the same guy that cheated on her with her sister 5 years ago.
Really, it was inevitable that Arrow would be considered swoon-worthy. I’ve always loved archers: Robin Hood, Legolas and now Oliver Queen. Must be something about their perfect stance, and the concentration and precision of their bow & arrow to hit their target… plus all that do-good vigilante bit is quite appealing too. 😛