Warning! There may be spoilers for this show if you haven’t watched it yet.
Proceed at your own risk.
I have to thank my friend Kureha for convincing me to try out this series, because man, that was a strong pilot if I’ve ever seen one. Yes, I did start watching it with very low expectations, and (I’m rather shy to admit) with also a bored expression on my face, but that changed very, very quickly. From the very first second, to the very first introduction, to the very first action scene, my interest gradually increased, to the point that I was glued to the screen and managed to take down notes every 5 minutes. That, my dear friends, is honestly quite a feat, since when I watch TV shows, I usually pause and then do something else, then go back to watching when I remind myself reluctantly, “Oy, you have a show to watch. GET TO IT!”
But I absolutely had no problem with this one. I was hooked, line and sinker. I liked the main character, I liked his quest for revenge, I liked all the fighting and the arrow-ing and the shooting, I kiiiinda don’t like the love interest (yes, I know Laurel and Ollie are endgame; that shit is obvious), but I’ll get to that later. Long story short, 4 OUT OF 5 STARS, PEOPLE!
However, I’m not one to leave it as vague as that. I’m the type who likes to break shit down to its very chemicals, so a list of my reactions is in order:
1.) “Well, he sure looks healthy.” This was pretty much what I mentally said as soon as I found out that this bearded, long-haired blonde dude has been stuck in an isolated island in the North China Sea for, well, 5 years. 5 years in an I-SO-LA-TED- island, and he looked pretty good and well-built (read: healthy and oozing with machoness and sex-freaking-appeal). I was like, “Man, this is so unrealistic! Shouldn’t he be skinny with his bones portruding and his cheeks all hollow and stuff?!” I was ranting about this to my dear friend, in which she replied:
…yeah. As Kureha predicted (and rightly so!), I would eat my words shortly after because as soon as Ollie started speaking Russian IN THE MIDDLE OF DINNER (as if the ninja-like moves weren’t enough…), I knew something was up in that island. I mean, dudes… you just don’t learn how to speak a foreign language out of the blue, especially when you’ve spent half a decade in a supposedly remote isle away from anything that slightly resembles a sparkle of a civilization. My theory? That island was actually home to a secret group of Russian deserters who teach him all kinds of neat tricks, who he all killed in the end due to a (hopefully) justified rage. BEAT THAT!
I may be wrong with that but don’t spoil me, kids. But that should explain his yummy.. erm… awesome body, right?!
2.) “Man, what an anticlimactic reunion.” Is it me or were the reactions of the family upon Ollie’s return kinda… mellow? The dude was presumed dead, lost for 5 years, and it felt like their happiness upon seeing him was forced more than anything else. I feel sorry for him in that respect… If I were gone for half a decade, I expect river of tears! Tackle hugs! CAKE!!! So, yeah, I do wish the reunion were more dramatic and heart-felt. The people didn’t seem that excited to see him.
3.) “I kinda don’t like her.” Yeah… I don’t really like Laurel that much. I don’t know why, but I always get this wary feeling whenever we’re shoved a romance in every. Single. Fricking. Show. I SWEAR, IT’S NOT BECAUSE I WANT TO IMAGINE OLLIE MINE OR ANYTHING! It’s just… there are just times when a hero or a heroine are better off single. I feel the same way towards books somehow. Unless the romance feels natural or warranted, I rather there to be more focus on the main characters first excluding any relationship conflicts with their love interests.
Plus, Laurel turned off the TV while everyone else was watching! That was rude… (in which upon watching further, later ate my words as apparently her sister was in the same yacht that went down…) I was warned, though, that she’s not exactly the likeable type down the road…
4.) “OMG, SHUT THE FUCK UP!” Tommy. Good lord, he was such an annoying piece of jerk (and I’m saying this very mildly) who doesn’t know how to freaking shut the fuck up. I knew he was fishy the very first minutes he kept on yapping. The fact that he pretended to be out cold makes me think he has something up his sleeves that won’t make Ollie very happy. There was just something about him that I just knew was suspicious, and when we kept getting weird camera angles on him (like Ollie leaving, and he stares at his back for a second or two with his head tilted down), my mental self was screaming, “SECRET ANTAGONIST ALERT SECRET ANTAGONIST ALERT!”
We’ll see if I’m right…
5.) “WTF, MOTHER?! WHY?!” I honestly didn’t expect that one. So there was a reason why she wasn’t all that excited to see him… unless of course that glint in her eyes was because she wanted to extort some info out of her own freaking son by staging a kidnapping… god. Why are rich mothers like this on TV? What you smokin’, Hollywood? My friend did say she’s an awesome “gray” character, so we’ll see if my feelings toward her will change.
Overall? I love this already. The pilot is super strong, and the action scenes were enough to make my pseudo-adrenaline running. I’m really liking Oliver and his hidden agenda that he wants to keep to himself, and I love the possible politics that will happen around him that will surely explode due to his return. Which makes me wonder – would the assholes figure out that he’s the green-hooded dude all that while? Surely someone will have to make that connection…
calling it that Laurel will. Love interests are there for a bloody reason.
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