After five years of being presumed dead, billionaire Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns to civilization. But he's a very different person, as shown through the flashbacks of the dangerous island he survived on. Once back in Starling City, he becomes a vigilante. But why? It has to do with a notebook his father left him, a notebook which contains a list of names. And most of these people are criminals.
We're introduced to his mother, Moira (Susanna Thompson of PREY, KINGS) an his younger sister, his best friend Colin and ex-girlfriend, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). There's lots of soap-opera drama concerning Oliver and his family, but as the first season progresses, things becomes more interesting as we learn that his mother is involved with that list. And something huge happens in the last episode which has an impact on millions of people. In addition, there's the death of a main character, which I'm sure will have repercussions in the second season.
This is a very different version of Arrow than was depicted on SMALLVILLE, opting for more realistic scenarios and no super-powered villains or heroes. I loved the first eight episodes, but it got a bit repetitive and I wasn't at all interested in the sub-plot involving his sidekick, Diggles. That's just unnecessary. However, I do recommend the show.