- Exterior castle shots
- Back alley action scenes lasting about 2-3 minutes
- Locations totally devoid of unattractive people.
- No compelling character arc (he's already Green Arrow)
- No lead character to identify with (from jump street he's been a focused arrow firing machine)
- No relationship struggle you care about
Then there is Oliver's quest to avenge his city and father's memory, which at this point is the main crux of the series. Unfortunately, again, we came to know of his mission and father through flashbacks and those are not near as engaging as, say, watching the relationships of father and son between Clark and Jonathan compared to that of Lex and Lionel.
I know it reads like I'm doing too much comparing to "Smallville" but that show is the test case for "Arrow". And while the former had it more than fair share of problems, what it got right it got right in spades. Comparatively what "Arrow" misses (see what I did there?) misses but quite a lot. As Green Arrow fan this greatly saddens me.
However, the silver lining here is that the how is reportedly doing quite well. My hope is with this success "Arrow" doesn't continue wit the status quo, but uses the opportunity to improve the product.