“Guilty” felt like an episode that was meant to be a set-up for bigger things to come. We got some character development for Ted Grant, confirmation that Laurel could actually make a believable Black Canary and the introduction of a villain that can’t possibly translate well to TV. Then again, I didn’t think Laurel could pull off Sara’s Black Canary costume, but the Internet proved me wrong on that one:
While Marvel has the cinematic market cornered with its “Avengers” movie universe, DC has quietly dominated with its live-action TV shows. Partnering with the CW has been a shockingly smart move, considering superheroes and “Gossip Girl” don’t go together in any way, shape or form. But with “Smallville,” they established a model that has paid dividends for them: Tell origin stories that are grounded in (relative) reality with ridiculously attractive casts.
That formula must be how “Arrow” was greenlit, and it’s more effective than it has any right to be. I was skeptical going into “Arrow,” mostly because Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” had such a rocky first season that I wasn’t looking forward to picking up another superhero show. But the show had me hooked from episode one and only got better through its first two seasons.