Television and movies have never been that important to me. In fact being an active person my entire life up until illness forced me to slow down, I could never sit still long enough to finish most movies. Sitcoms, a handful could garner my attention. Dramas, the epitome of boring, I would rather be out living than watching others do it. Which is why we decided to give Direct TV up. We only watched a few series, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad which had already ended. We decided for my downtime to get Netflix streaming since with my illness there is going to be downtime. Maybe I could find something interesting.
It was hard at first to find anything that could hold my attention. Found a few excellent movies then a few excellent series like Firefly that drew me in. Netflix kept telling me the series Arrow would appeal to me. Seeing it was on CW I figured it was geared towards younger audiences not something a 50 something grandmother would find interesting but eventually I gave it a try. I was immediately hooked. The writing directing and acting comes together to tell a story of suffering, strength and survival. From that grows many subplots that are deeper than one would expect. It definitely had my attention.
The essence of the DC comic based series pilot is “survival,” many can relate to that. We may not have been hunted and tortured on an island but the fictional story can easily be non-fictional allegory. Many have suffered and must survive on islands of beatings, rape, abuse, homelessness, illness and loneliness. Sometimes survival is all that is left which is one reason Arrow appeals to me. At some point in suffering we may feel like giving up, death would be so much easier. The lead character in Arrow is compelled to survive through horrific circumstances by a promise made to his father. His father sacrificed himself so Oliver could live, with a purpose, to right his father’s wrongs. Honor comes into play. We must all find our purpose to survive when times get rough. We must all find our honor.
Lead character Oliver Queen feels damaged but doesn’t let that stop him or effect his ability to see his vision fulfilled. If you have suffered the way some have you know the feeling. You don’t want people to know all the terrible things you have been through so you hide it well, try to fit in. All the while keeping a huge part of yourself from the world. The part that too many would not understand because it is so outside their realm of experience. Somehow the fictional series is cathartic. Watching Oliver fight his enemies I find myself drawn to his victories. The story gives me fuel. This damaged man turns his suffering into strength and uses it to try to make things right.
As a peace lover fighting and bloodshed is not that entertaining to me. The stunts in this show are attention holding works of art. Fight scenes you can’t take your eyes off of, excellent stunt work. You can see the hard work that goes into it and the hard work on the actors part who play those scenes. This series has a winning combination of talented people coming together to tell a dramatic story. In season 2 “Crucible” there is a simple line that I love and have adopted; “Living is not for the weak.”
My hope is that they do not change no matter what, that they don’t add this or take away that in order to appease anyone. Everything Arrow is doing works. The story gives me strength. Fiction or non-fiction I’ll take strength anyway I can get it.