American Dragons, had a recurring role on the show so that was a plus. I was unfamiliar with Manu Bennet's work or existence until seeing him at Calgary Expo where he seemed like a cool yet macho kind of guy, a rarity in today's era of skinny leads and lady boys. I haven't seen him in Spartacus but found out he plays Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke on Arrow so it seemed like I had enough reasons to check out the show between the three action actors.
One thing I really didn't realize was that Arrow has full seasons. I figured CW only did short, 13 episode arcs a la cable to save money but nope, Arrow is full on with 23 frigging chapters. That gave me pause because I think that's one of TV's problems, the seasons are too long so you just get filler. I still haven't checked out an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. because it looked so boring and lackluster. Who gives a shit about that smirking bland-ass Agent Coulson? Where's the actually interesting men of action like Dum Dum Dugan, Jimmy Woo, Clay Quartermain or Gabe Jones? I don't want to see a bunch of boring, unknown actors solving Podunk mysteries on a weekly basis. I want to see interesting characters working for a super secret para-military/international police force using fancy toys and kicking ass! Maybe I'll go back and check out the Bill Paxton episodes because, bro, Bill Paxton... Dude, Bill Paxton.
Apparently the show is doing quite well, being CW's highest rated new show in 5 years and receiving positive critical reception along with garnering award nominations from The Saturn Awards, IGN, The Leo Awards and more. I wonder if interest in bow and arrow shooting has risen in the last 10 years what thanks to Legolas in Lord of the Rings, Thomas Jane's throwback to Rambo in The Punisher, Arrow, Hawkeye in The Avengers and of course, Katniss in The Hunger Games. Season 2 has just wrapped up while a 3rd year was green lit. Spin-off The Flash was picked up recently along with Fox's young Commissioner Gordon series, Gotham and Constantine on NBC so while Marvel is winning the cinematic battle, DC can claim victory on the small screen.