After being shipwrecked on an island in the South China sea for 5 years, Billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is discovered and brought back to his home of Starling City. Thus begins ARROW, a sort of spin - off from SMALLVILLE, but is way more interesting and chock full of great action. Stephen Amell plays the title role, and is great at it. Former SUPERNATURAL star Katie Cassidy plays Dinah Laurel Lance, a character loosely based on Black Canary and the former flame of Oliver's. Colin Donnell plays Tommy Merlyn, Queen's best friend and Laurel's new beau. Willa Holland plays Queen's younger sister, Thea, Susanna Thompson plays their mother and Paul Blackthorne plays detective Lance, Laurel's father.
The season mainly revolves around a list given to Oliver from his father right before his suicide. When Oliver returns home, he is immediately kidnapped and interrogated by a group of thugs to get information on the Queen's Gambit, Robert Queen's ill - fated yacht which is the reason for the island. Detective Lance has an awful grudge against Oliver because his younger daughter, Sara, died when the yacht went down. Laurel is not happy to see him at first, but gradually they become friends again.
After the kidnapping, Moira Queen hires the bodyguard services of John Diggle (David Ramsey - BLUE BLOODS) and is the first to learn Oliver's new identity as Green Arrow. During the course of the season, Oliver must battle The Dark Archer (John Barrowman) save Starling City from all sorts of criminals and hardcore drug addicts while crossing names off of his father's list and trying to prevent a terrible Undertaking. Needless to say, season 1 of Arrow is a MUST for any fan of Batman or comic books.