Monday, January 16, 2012


Usually when a new TV series debuts (sometimes even before that - when a projected pilot has been announced), the ruling tribunal of Toobworld Central - that is me, myself, and I - has to make a judgement call as to whether the show will stay in the world of Earth Prime-Time or if it should be banished to an alternate TV dimension.

With the latest news from the CW, "we" made the call that their proposed new superhero series, 'Green Arrow', should be banished from 'The West Wing' dimension and sent back to the main Toobworld.

Green Arrow had already been on TV - played by Justin Hartley as a recurring character in 'Smallville'. ('Smallville' is in the same TV dimension as 'The West Wing' because Clark Kent had not yet revealed himself to be Superman during the administration of Jed Bartlet. If he had, surely the White House would have called upon the Man of Steel to save the USS John F. Kennedy carrier group when Hurrican Sarah changed course and headed straight toward the ships.)
But this time around, Green Arrow (aka Oliver Queen) will not be played by Hartley. (No word yet as to who will play the role.)  Since Hartley is the official Green Arrow for that dimension, there's nothing to be done but send the archer back to Earth Prime-Time. And so another comic book superhero will take up residence in the main TV dimension - along with previous occupants Superman, The Flash, the Hulk, Spiderman, Doctor Strange, Thor, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Batman & Robin. (If I forgot anybody, I'm sure somebody out there will let me know.) Of them all, Superman is now deceased and the Flash may be.

And speaking of archers, we may be able to make a theory of "relateeveety" that Oliver Queen is somehow related to the nefarious ne'er-do-well known as The Archer, who once plagued Gotham City back in the 1960's. I'm thinking he could be Queen's maternal grandfather and Queen was influenced by him to develop his archery skills - but only as a force for good to clear the family name of his mother.

As Muskie Muskrat would say to 'Deputy Dawg': It's pozz'ble, it's pozz'ble......

Of course, this may all be moot.  The pilot may not get picked up for series, but it might still be broadcast in order to burn off its costs.  Or it may be "leaked" to YouTube or some other Internet video source.  We'll see......


* Back in the 1940's, there was a TV series called "The Arrow Show"......

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