I’ve always wondered what “contrived drama” actually meant when applied to Arrow? It is a dramatic television show. Granted that some of the storylines have been tepid or poorly written, (the BMD, the ambiguous thread between O/F, BM and SW, to name a few) but if I wanted all the issues solved by the end of each episode, with hugs and kisses all around, I would watch a Sitcom.
It’s because of the drama, that I watch. Yeah, the actions scenes are fantastic, but if the drama wasn’t showing me what motivates the characters, i would not be as invested in them—whenever Oliver superheros’ his way into my heart, or when Felicity fights and wins her way through her issues. Or Diggle, Lance, the Recruits—even the bad guys.
I want to see my characters fight and struggle and win and love. I want to be angry and in pain, I want to feel happiness and love through redemption and self-discovery and forgiveness. I want to trust. I want to see the journey unfold and make up my own mind as to whether anything is off-kilter or right on point.
I want the drama, contrived or otherwise. I want the happily-ever-after, especially when it’s earned.