For a pilot, it was ok. Sure, it's Hamlet meets Batman Begins meets Revenge, but I was always a fan of Green Arrow (ok, more of a Mike Grell fan after The Warlord) so I'll keep watching.
The uneven portrayal of Oliver did start to bug me, though. On the one hand, he's trying to hide the fact he turned into a badass on the deserted island, yet he flips his own mom over and almost chops her throat.
Also, I can completely buy he was toughened by his 5-year ordeal (body covered 20% in scar tissue), but did that really make him a martial arts experts or a engineer able to create his own specialized arrows? Granted this is an hour tv pilot that needed to get Oliver into the green hood before the end, but I think skimming over the foundations that Batman Begins gives everything a more rushed feel. Oliver doesn't need a Lucius Fox to supply his hardware, but at least some realistic avenue to go from shooting broad points to spiked arrow heads that hold a grapple wire.
Progression. That what was missing. The transition steps between the idea to the fleshed out persona.
Maybe some of this can be covered in flashback. Like spending time in Japan before returning home to learn to fight and create his tools.
Anyway. I'll keep watching for now. It's better than Revolution. How's that for faint praise...
ETA: Did anyone catch the Mike Grell nod?
Edited by Myrddin, 11 October 2012 - 07:40 AM.