When I’m not working or blogging I enjoy watching escapist TV. I’ve been really enjoying the new series Arrow. It’s a retelling of the DC Comics superhero Green Arrow. As indicated in my past post on Wonder Woman, I’ve loved superheroes since I was a kid. Green Arrow and Green Lantern were my favourites as a kid (I was always hoping Green Fury would join the awesome Green team).
Last week’s episode of Arrow was the best yet! I think the show is getting better. And a big plus for the show is that the show is filmed in Canada and stars a fellow Torontonian Stephen Amell as Arrow/Oliver Queen.
Queen’s Mansion on the show is very familiar to me and has an storied superhero history. Here’s a postcard of it:
Students of Royal Roads University (where I did my masters of communication) in Victoria, British Columbia will recognize it as Hatley Castle, the centre of campus. I attended colloquia and social events there. The architecture, history, gardens and setting make it one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in the world (no exaggeration).
But much more interesting is Hatley Castle incredible superhero history! In addition, to being Queen Mansion, it’s Luthor Mansion in the tv series Smallville (which also had Green Arrow as a main character) and Prof. X’s school in the X-Men movies.
There’s more about the setting and my campus experience on the flip side:
This stamp highlights another successful Canadian actor – Norma Shearer. She was one of the first Hollywood stars and the third actress to win the best actress Oscar.
“Hatley Park is one of Canada’s largest and most diverse national historic sites. The 565 acre estate is located just 20 minutes from downtown Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Its preserved old-growth forests, heritage gardens and spectacular vista overlook Esquimalt Lagoon and Juan de Fuca Strait. The icon and centrepiece of this magnificent site is the 40 room Hatley Castle completed in 1908. Visit http://www.hatleypark.ca.
“Hi. This card is brand new (I asked). I wish I could show you around the incredible campus. The sights here that the blurb above doesn’t mention: frothing prof. with Aspererger’s syndrome, anecdote circles and talking sticks, carpets of peacock crap, middle-aged students acting like crazy, drunken undergrads, pre-supplied poo-stains on communal toilets and one Glenny.”
I sent this postcard to my wife while I was staying on campus. Despite its sarcastic message, my experience (overall) was the best university experience I’ve ever had (and I’ve had many). The super setting is definitely a leading reason for that.