Alyas Robin Hood
is Nothing Like Arrow
A lot has been said about the lack of originality for Filipino television writers ever since the teasers for Alyas Robin Hood came out, and almost like clockwork, the head writer of the show took the criticism very personally.
We get what she means when she says that Alyas Robin Hood is totally not a rip-off of Arrow, and we even understand that originality is in shortage not just in the Philippines, but pretty much anywhere creative work needs to be churned out on a regular basis, be it Hollywood or Philippine Television. This is exactly why we gave the first week of Alyas Robin Hood a watch, just so we could see for ourselves just how different it is from Arrow, and boy, did they prove it!
Unfortunately, they didn’t prove how different they were from Arrow in the way they probably hoped to. Here are 8 examples of what we mean.
8. The political themes.
Oliver Queen ran for Mayor in Season 4 of Arrow. Alyas Robin Hood, on the other hand, insists that it will have a lot of political themes that simply never existed in Arrow.
While that’s a good idea on paper, do we really need our escapist fantasy to reflect the horrible real life we try to take a break from when we watch these shows in the first place?
7. The folklore of Robin Hood
Pepe grew up idolizing Robin Hood, and ended up taking on that guise when he decided to fight crime while trying to find the people who killed his father. His father was killed because he overheard the evil plans of some nasty people who apparently like discussing their evil plans over merienda out in the open instead of in more private quarters like real evil people do.
I’m even willing to bet that Christopher De Leon’s epic facial hair came long before Jamey Sheridan’s. Points for doing it first, Alyas Robin Hood!
Oliver Queen’s dad, on the other hand, commits suicide to save him when they were both stranded on an island together.
Totally nothing alike.
Meet Wilson Chan.
Totally nothing alike, clearly!
Meet Not-Heatwave, aka Chino
He likes fire, because just like the show, this is one hot mess.
Now, before you insist that this is enough confirmation that Alyas Robin Hood stole shamelessly from Arrow, I need to point out that Heatwave, the fire-based villain, is from Flash, not Arrow. See? Totally not the same thing at all!