Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series from executive producers Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern, Brothers & Sisters), Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern) and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe). Starring Stephen Amell (Private Practice, Hung), Katie Cassidy (Melrose Place, Gossip Girl), Colin Donnell (Pan Am), David Ramsey (Dexter, Blue Bloods), Willa Holland (Gossip Girl, The O.C.) with Susanna Thompson (Cold Case, Kings) and Paul Blackthorne (The River, The Gates) Arrow makes its way to SABC3 from the 28th April, 2015 at 19:30.
Missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific, Oliver Queen (Amell) returns home to Starling City – where his devoted mother Moira (Thompson), beloved sister Thea (Holland), and best friend Tommy Merlyn (Donnell) welcome him home, but sense that somehow Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island.
As Oliver slowly reconnects with those closest to him and tries to readjust to the privileged social world he used to know so well, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a hooded vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family and fight the ills of society. Hiding the truth about the man he’s become, Oliver desperately wants to honor his father’s dying wish to save Starling City from the corrupt, while at the same time, redeeming himself with his ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance (Cassidy).
A crusader for social justice, Laurel works as an attorney for the poor and powerless, and hates Oliver for cheating on her with her sister Sara. Further complicating their relationship, Laurel blames Oliver for her sister’s death, yet she cannot help the undeniable romantic feelings she still has for him. Another member of the Lance family – Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance (Blackthorne) – is determined to arrest and expose the vigilante known as Arrow who is operating in his city. Although he has not yet made the connection between Oliver and Arrow, Detective Lance hates Oliver and also blames him for Sara’s death and for the sadness and disappointment he caused Laurel. Oliver is keenly aware that he has no greater enemy in Starling City than Detective Lance.
While Oliver takes great care to conceal the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness, by day he plays the role of the wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be, flanked by the chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle (Ramsey), who was hired by Oliver’s mother, Moira, to keep watch over her son now that he is back where he belongs.
All the time, the mystery of what happened on the island is a constant question in the minds of Oliver’s family and friends. What caused the shipwreck, how did Oliver get the horrible scars that he takes such care to conceal, how did he survive those years, and how did he finally escape from the island? These are not questions Oliver even wants to hear, let alone answer.
Meanwhile, Moira may know much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and she may be more ruthless than her family could ever imagine. Now remarried, Moira presents the perfect public face of a loving wife and mother, but behind the mask, she is truly a mystery to her family and everyone around her.
As Oliver struggles to rebuild the relationships with his friends and family members, he is also making his way into the heart of the evil and corrupt system that controls the citizens of Starling City. As Arrow, Oliver will atone for the past sins of his family while he searches for the personal redemption he needs.
Based on characters published by DC Comics, ARROW is produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television
Find all the action and drama on Arrow every Tuesday at 19:30 on SABC3
Arrow (Season 1)
Episode 1 – PILOT
In the series premiere, billionaire Oliver Queen returns to Starling City after being stranded on a remote island for five years and adopts the persona of Arrow to fight crime.
Episode 2 – HONOR THY FATHER
When Oliver sets his sights on a criminal with ties to the Chinese Triad, the villains send their top mercenary, China White (guest star Kelly Hu) to face The Arrow.
Episode 3 – LONE GUNMEN
When someone shoots and kills one of his targets, Oliver searches for the gunman, Deadshot, who’s taking out businessmen — and Walter is one of his targets.
Episode 4 – AN INNOCENT MAN
Realizing that an innocent man has been framed by one of the targets on his list, Oliver asks Laurel to help prove the man’s innocence.
Episode 5 – DAMAGED
Laurel represents Oliver, when he is arrested by her father for murder. Subjugated to a polygraph test, Oliver recalls his struggles against Deathstroke on the island.
Episode 6 – LEGACIES
When the Royal Flush Gang robs a local bank, Diggle suggests that Oliver deviates from his father’s list and helps the citizens of Starling City.
Episode 7 – MUSE OF FIRE
Oliver encounters a mysterious woman, Helena Bertinelli (Jessica DeGouw), who he can finally be himself with, but soon comes to realize she’s hiding dangerous secrets of her own.
Episode 8 – VENDETTA
As Oliver and Helena grow closer, he trains her to be his ally — to Diggle’s dismay, but when her quest for revenge proves to be too strong for Oliver, all hell breaks loose.
Episode 9 – YEAR’S END
Determined to make up for all the lost holidays, Oliver decides to throw the family a Christmas party. Meanwhile, Tommy asks Laurel to spend Christmas with him.
Episode 10 – BURNED
After being beaten by the Dark Archer, Oliver hangs up his hood. When Laurel calls Arrow for help, however, he reluctantly agrees… but his hesitation almost costs him his life.
Episode 11 – TRUST BUT VERIFY
Tommy and Malcolm have a heart-to-heart talk, while Oliver’s at odds with Diggle, when Diggle’s commanding officer (guest star Ben Browder) becomes the Arrow’s latest target.
Episode 12 – VERTIGO
When Thea finds herself in trouble with the police, Oliver turns to an old flame/now vice cop for help in tracking down a drug dealer
Episode 13 – BETRAYAL
Recently released from prison, Cyrus Vanch returns to rule Starling City’s underworld. But first he must take down his biggest opponent — Arrow.
Episode 14 – THE ODYSSEY
After Oliver is shot, he turns to Felicity for help. Together, she and Diggle team up to save Oliver’s life — as he hovers between life and death.
Episode 15 – DODGER
Oliver asks Detective McKenna Hall on a date, while a jewel thief named Dodger strikes Starling City and targets someone close to Oliver.
Episode 16 – DEAD TO RIGHTS
Oliver and Diggle learn that Deadshot is still alive and his next target is Malcolm.
Episode 17 – THE HUNTRESS RETURNS
With his nightclub opening and new romance with McKenna, Oliver’s happiness is interrupted by the return of The Huntress, threatening to destroy everything he cares about.
Episode 18 – SALVATION
An angry resident of The Glades who calls himself “The Savior” embarks on a kidnapping and killing spree inspired by Arrow’s vigilantism.
Episode 19 – UNFINISHED BUSINESS
When The Count escapes from the mental institution and the city is flooded with Vertigo-related violence, Oliver and Diggle make it their mission to track him down.
Episode 20 – HOME INVASION
Deadshot returns to Starling City, and Diggle’s determined to see his brother’s killer dead — with or without Oliver’s help.
Episode 21 – THE UNDERTAKING
When Felicity discovers a lead that might lead to Walter’s whereabouts, Oliver gambles that Felicity can be counted on in the field for the first time.
Episode 22 – DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
With the Undertaking only days away, Malcolm dons his black hood, while Oliver must outwit and/or outfight the Dark Archer in order to save the city.
Episode 23 – SACRIFICE
In the epic season finale, Oliver & Diggle race to stop the Dark Archer from unleashing his vengeance on The Glades, while Oliver & Tommy’s relationship takes a turn for the worse.