The CW has certainly carved out its corner of superhero TV. Other networks may have a show or two, but the CW has, for the first time in TV history, created a set of interconnected series that mimic the fun of a shared comics universe. It’s almost funny to look back at the early episodes of “Arrow,” the show that started it all, and compare it to this week’s “Invasion!” crossover, as the style and tone of the universe has completely diverged from those early days of Oliver Queen killing those who had failed his city. And in the spirit of looking back on the show’s early years, the executive producer Marc Guggenheim is being honest about his regrets.
Specifically, he’s opened up about one regret in particular. In a discussion with TV Line, looking back on the first years of the CW’s superhero universe, the show runner was asked what he would have done differently. Guggenheim thought carefully and answered, “I would say 107 — the episode that introduced Jessica De Gouw as the Huntress — didn’t work, like, at all. I don’t want to imply that it is anything related to her or even that character, but the story just didn’t gel well. We were still finding the show, experimenting with, ‘Let’s trying doing an episode without flashbacks’…. I felt like bungling that introduction was a real missed opportunity for us.”
That’s a pretty harsh self-reflection. Today, few people would call an “Arrow” episode without flashbacks a mistake, but in that first season, the peeks into Oliver’s past were a major selling point of the show. It seems that Guggenehim’s thoughtful consideration of his own work is showing results. This latest season of “Arrow” returns the show to its thematic roots, but critics and fans alike agree that it is much improved from the previous few years, which had Oliver and company face down more mystical threats.
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer, “Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, John Barrowman, Willa Holland and more.
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