In the story of Oliver Queen, the character that plays the part of the hooded vigilante, Arrow (CW) life is full of duality and lies. Oliver Queen, played by Stephen Amell, is known for his money and good looks, but it is what lies underneath that is helping to clean up a city full of crime.
As a native of Starling City, citizens watched as Oliver Queen rose to notoriety as one of the richest and most lavish playboys in the city. With his billionaire father’s money, Queen took full advantage of the life that money could buy and gave little thought to the consequences of his actions for himself and others.
As part of his lavish and carefree life, Oliver and his father took a trip on the family yacht. This trip ended in disaster as the yacht was torn apart in a violent storm, leading to the death of his girlfriend’s sister. As he and his father floated through the ocean, under an unforgiving sun, with no food or water, Oliver’s father reveals a notebook to his son. This notebook has the name of all current or past business partners that have benefited mutually with the Queens in illicit business deals. As his last request, Mr. Queen asks Oliver to survive and make it back to the city to make amends for the family. Oliver Queen spends the next five years on a deserted island but he eventually makes it back to the US to perform his father’s last request.
In the process of spending five years on a deserted island, Oliver Queen begins to learn more about himself. It is an opportunity for him to think of the people he has wronged in his past and a time to plan for the amends he wants to make when he returns. One of the people at the top of his list is his ex-girlfriend, Laurel Lance. He feels guilty because he cheated on Laurel, played by Katie Cassidy, with her sister, who ultimately died in the ill-fated yachting trip. He feels responsible for the death of Laurel’s sister and for cheating on her. On the island, Oliver goes through many trials, running for his life from mercenaries and finding a friend in one of the refugees. It was the opportunity he needed to learn different styles of fighting and disciplines that would help him when he made it back home. He was also taught the art of archery, which helped earn him the nickname given to him by the police- the Arrow.
Eventually, Oliver is aided in his escape from the island and he returns a changed and broken man. He first seeks reconciliation with his mother and sister and then his best friend. He never reveals his last conversation with his father to anyone but sets to work on keeping his word. His mission is to use the notebook given by his father as a guide to help right the wrongs that have been committed by the Queen family, as well as its business partners. He also wants to see Starling City restored to the place it once was, a place that was safe from the perils of the indifferent elite that used money as a weapon against the poor. Through the Arrow’s efforts, things slowly begin to change for the occupants of Starling City. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, played by Paul Blackthorne, seems to completely loathe the Arrow. His mission in life is to take the Arrow down, no matter what it costs.
As the Arrow, Oliver Queen takes on the dark, seedy element that has moved into his city while he was stranded on the island. In finding out about the criminal element, he finds out about the past his family has, including his mother, who is even more cold and calculating than he ever thought possible. As he learns, he has to redefine what he thinks he knows about the people around him, even while he puts on a facade of his own.
The Arrow needs an accomplice to aid him in his mission. There is no one closer to Oliver Queen than his chauffeur, John Diggle, played by David Ramsey. Diggle gets roped into helping the Arrow out of concern for his well-being, saving his life on more than one occasion. As vigilantes, the duo takes on the criminals and faces the family secrets together, leaving Starling City a better place to live even while they evade the authorities bent on stopping them. Click here to check sign up for Charter Cable and see the next exciting episodes.