It's been a lot of fun watching Arrow grow over the past two years. The first season showcased what was a really good show. The characters were all developed and portrayed correctly and the show had the right tone and vibe to it. There were a number of great DC cameos and easter eggs in that first season. Simply put, Arrow was a comic nerd's dream show. From season one to season two, the show got even better. The tone of the show never changed, the characters were developed more and in most cases better, and the DC cameos and easter eggs were pumped up even more in season two. The first season of Arrow was good, the second season was amazing, and now it's available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD.
Starring Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen aka The Hood aka Green Arrow, the show Arrow follows Ollie, and his trusted vigilante partners Diggle (David Ramsey), and computer-guru Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards). The group fight crime in the diseased Starling City trying to suck the venom of power-hungry villains that are bleeding the town dry. That's at least in season one. In season two there's a much more focused foe at hand. After Malcolm Merylyn (John Barrowman) destroyed most of the Glades in the first season, there's a pretty big mess for everyone involved to clean up. Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), Oliver's mom was involved in the destruction of The Glades but only because of how afraid she was of Malcolm. Since Malcolm is gone, Moira is the one receiving the brunt of the blame. On top of that, Oliver blames himself for what's happening and is constantly trying to help out the dire situation in The Glades. Along with that situation, there are more developments coming to Starling City including a young politician with sinister motives, a new hero, another new hero, and the constant threat of a villain unlike anything Oliver has faced since returning from the island. There are a number of new developments in the second season of Arrow, and if you were a fan of the first run of the show, then you're going to go crazy over what they did in the second season.
With Arrow there's a number of reasons why the show works as well as it does, but the main one is Stephen Amell. He does an amazing job portraying Oliver Queen, but there's more to it than that. You can tell that he's spent the last three years of his life completely immersed in the character. His devotion to his job is what has made the show work as well as it has. Without Stephen Amell there's no Arrow, nobody could have done a better job portraying the complex hero. Moving past Amell, they've also done a great job surrounding the character with a lot of really great casting. Ramsey's a joy to watch as Diggle and Emily Bett Rickards is perfect as Felicity. Throw in all of the other great actors like, Barrowman, Thompson, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, Paul Blackthorne, Colton Haynes, and Manu Bennett - and it's a show worthy of the attention it gets.
The Blu-ray release of the second season of Arrow features a few extras, including a gag reel, some insightful episode commentaries, and a very cool feature on the physical nature of Amell and how they film some of the stunts. There's also another great feature on the development of the character becoming a hero from the vigilante that he was. There's a nice selection of things included in the set that are accompanied by some awesome packaging that will look great on any Arrow fans shelf.
Arrow: The Complete Second Season is worth picking up for fans of the show. There are enough bonus features to make it worthy of being so, and you want to make sure you have these shows forever and not just as long as they decide to have it on Netflix. The show continued to get better through it's second season and I can't tell you how pumped I am for the upcoming third season. Watch season 2 on this awesome Blu-ray release, or through a service online and you will be too.
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