I like this series very much!
Like the fight scenes, and of course the weekly "special workout" that Oliver does - a bit of fan service, yes, but I like that it is geared towards women for once.
I also enjoy all the easter eggs, I think there's one in every episode. Like the mask of Deathstroke on a stick near Oliver's campfire on the island, in literally the first minute of the first episode, wow! Wonder how that played out....
And I like him working through his father's list. It gives him a cause that is a bit more credible, I think, than just fighting petty crime. That is exactly why I didn't like episode 6 as much as the first five. I really hope he returns to his list right away from episode 7.
About his love interest (at least sort of), this Laurel Lance, full name Dinah Laurel Lance (another easter egg) - I don't get why they avoided the name Dinah. Perhaps because they wanted to be free to let both of them have other relationships than just marry eachother like in the comics. But it feels a bit forced to me; why not simply introduce a new character and call her Laurel something, instead of Dinah Laurel Lance.
Also, on a side note, everytime I see her in an episode, I think, "Carol Ferris". She just strikes me more as a Carol Ferris than as a Dinah Lance. Don't know why, she just does
I would give the series up until now a quality score of 9/10 and a relevance score of 8/10 - the high relevance score because:
1. themes like justice and righteousness run throughout the plot
2. the subject of pain and how humans deal with it is one of the plot threads that really strike home (characters deal with both physical and emotional pain, in both past and present, and each chooses their own way of dealing with that, and lets it influence their way of relating to the world and other people in different ways - and none of them flawless of course)
3. The scene in which Oliver's mother greets him when they see eachother again for the first time after five years, I found particularly touching however short it was. For to me it could serve as a metaphor for the unconditional love of our heavenly Father, who cannot wait to see us, his prodigal children, return to Him and to welcome us home.
So yeah, like this show!
Oh, and if you get the chance, read the comic as well, it ties in with the show, adding extra plot lines, giving background stories etc. Like it, and it's very cheap! I only pay like $0,99 per issue on my iPad.