Oliver Queen is a nauseatingly rich, but incredibly immature playboy who becomes a no-nonsense vigilante trying to clean up Star(ling) City after returning from five years stranded on an island. The show takes the interesing format of concurrently showcasing a year of Ollie's life back home and the corresponding year on the island, effectively moving us closer to the Oliver he is in the present. Past Oliver's hair is unkempt and messy, he's bratty and whiny and noticeably speaks at a higher pitch. Walking the viewer through the journey brings us that much closer to him.
To say nothing of the real meat and potatoes of the show. In the present, Oliver is quickly joined by an inner circle of partners who back him up. In spite of the hacker of the group's tendency to be a technological wizard in every sense of the word, they manage to make his Arrow Cave feel like a second home.
The first season dealt with Oliver trying to make amends as "The Hood". Using his father's little black book and crossing off the names in order to clean up the city. The twists and turns are well thought out and the ending is satisfying; a somewhat underwhelming final battle not included.
As of this writing, the show is half way through its second season, ending with a backdoor pilot that was never intended to be anything subtler than transparent with bright neon lights flashing through it. The second season mined the comics more for a decidedly deadlier villain, but missteps some when several characters are soap opera'd in by means of not quite
dead. Overall, season two manages to be more enjoyably than its predecessor.
Personally, I was a fan of Green Arrow before the show, and though I may not have been intricately knowledgeable about the decades of lore he has, I caught all the surface-level nods to the fans throughout. It's the little bones the creators throw that makes the meal delicious, so to speak, whether you recognize the flavor or not.