When I first saw that Arrow was going to be a completely new show and not a spin-off of Smallville, I was a little disappointed. In fact, I didn't want the first episode when it aired because of it. Unlike Smallville, Arrow was supposed to be about a superhero without super power.
It's not secret that Oliver Queen as Green Arrow doesn't have super powers and instead uses skills and gadgets like Batman. The series creators have said that they plan staying away from all superpowers...including villains... for as long as possible.
In the several episodes that have aired, Oliver Queen has battled many bad guys, but they've all been perfectly normal just skilled. Deadpool as a masked swordsman and a few others have poked their head, but nothing to say that this is a world where superpowers exist.
I admit that I am now addicted. I love the Oliver Queen character who is much more three dimensional in this as opposed to Smallville. It's got a great cast, great action and so far the plot has kept me hooked. I am interested to see if they plan on having a big bad for season 1 or if the goal is just to gain familiarity with the characters and situations.
Oliver Queen's story has just begun and has become one of the most popular series on the CW and helps lead in Supernatural on Wednesdays. I don't think this one will be going anywhere anytime soon. I can't wait to learn more about what happened to Oliver on the island.