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  • Episode: Deathstroke (Season 2, Episode 18)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Caity Lotz, Manu Bennett, Summer Glau
  • Written By: Marc Guggenheim & Drew Z. Greenberg
  • Directed By: Guy Bee
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Brothers, DC Comics, The CW
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Arrow: Deathstroke Review

Deathstroke Destroys the Queen Family

By Tim Janson     April 04, 2014

Now that’s timing!  I was just thinking to myself, “Whatever happened to Summer Glau?”, and here she comes back with a vengeance this week.  Honestly I thought perhaps the writers had lost interest in her character, Isabel Rochev, who had not been seen in months.  But the Arrow scribes were more astute than I gave them credit for…to a point.  

As we saw last week, Thea, after her break up with Roy, was walking the streets of the city when she is picked up by Slade Wilson, apparently to give her a ride home.  But Slade has no such benevolent intentions, screaming to Thea to get out of the car at one point where she runs into the waiting arms of a masked Sebastian Blood.  Later while Moira is having a Mayoral debate with Blood a segment reserved for video questions from residents of Starling City instead shows Thea bound up and crying for help.

Enter Isabel Rochev…with Oliver distraught and not thinking of the running the Queen Consolidated he “temporarily” names Isabel as CEO.  We all knew that was trouble…While Isabel pledged all of the company’s resources to find Thea, there was no way you could overlook the contentious relationship that she and Oliver shared, despite their tryst earlier in the season.  Bad move Oliver.  Isabel uses her power  to call for an emergency vote by the board of directors which allows her to gain permanent control of the company.  And oh yeah…she has been working with Slade Wilson the entire time, leading right up to this moment.

Slade tells Oliver where to find Thea but when he arrives, after fighting his way through a swarm of Wilson’s lackeys, he find that Thea has already been released.  Wilson has used Thea as a diversion.  As Deathstroke, he stops a prison bus carrying a load of prisoners, killing the guards, and intending to use the inmates to build a new army of Mirakuru enhanced soldiers.  If that was not enough, Wilson reveals to Thea that Malcolm Merlyn his her real father, blaming Oliver for keeping the secret from her.  One other interesting revelation is that we now know that Oliver and Sara got off the island before Slade.

Now this is Deathstroke…a cold, but patient strategist who has been planning his revenge against Oliver for years.  Deathstroke doesn’t want to just kill Oliver but destroy his whole family and everyone he cares for first; and he has been two steps ahead of Oliver the entire time.  In less than one season, Deathstroke has established himself as one of the greatest comic book villains to ever grace the small screen.  While his reason for hating Oliver is still flimsy, there’s no questioning his drive and Manu Bennett is killing it in his portrayal.  

I haven’t said much about Stephen Amell this season since he has been so consistent but he also was superb this week.  He is filled with such rage but for the first time he doubts himself.  His handling of the Thea situation prompts Roy to bolt and even Sara questions his actions.  This week’s episode was steeped in drama but it all played out beautifully.  Slade has revealed Oliver’s secrets, abducted Thea, possibly ruined Moira’s bid for Mayor, caused Roy to split, and stolen Oliver’s company right out from under him.  If you are keeping score its Deathstroke a bazillion and Arrow zero!


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redslayer 4/4/2014 12:37:39 AM

Great review!

I think you only missed the fact that Sha Do is wispering things into Slade's ear.  That was kind of interesting It almost felt like Slade was just a puppet doing her bidding and she was an actual presence moving behind the curtins

Mayhem101878 4/4/2014 2:24:00 AM

Also left out the fact that Detective Lance was arrested for conspiracy to murder because he wouldn't reveal Arrow's secret identity.

Iridan 4/4/2014 5:01:44 AM

And also left out the fact that he told Laurel how Oliver spends his nights.

So, while the whole why Slade hates Oliver so much might have seemed flimsy, the fact that he has a Scorpius in his head might explain it somewhat.

And I'm hoping team Arrow is truly starting to shrink. It was starting to get a little crowded in that basement for my tastes.

tjanson 4/4/2014 8:48:39 AM

 Guys...I left those bits out on purpose...I did not want to spoil things too much if someone had not already watching it...LOL

LooneyBinJIm 4/4/2014 11:20:52 AM

Warning!! Post may contain possible spoilers

Another great episode. Reminds me of season one, where Merlin had Ollie's number each time they faced off one on one. It's refreshing to see a show, where the villians dominate and are a true threat. Leaving the heroes to rally at the end to save the day. Well it didn't happen last season, but maybe this time though.

One flaw with the episode was Thea naming Slade as her kidnapper. He should have made her forget that somehow. It makes it mute to arrest Lance, since he was right and you can't say he is lying about knowing the Arrow's identity. Unless this goes to show how the cops are corrupt, and Gordon..uh Lance is one of the few honest cops. I guess Slade telling Laurel, puts her in the position of having to chose between protecting Oliver or saving her dad.

Is Isabel Rose Wilson? I hope so, even though I heard rumors that she may be Talia.

Was kidnapping Thea a way to get Roy? In the next episode preview, it looked like he was in a vat of some sort. Could we see an arm being lost, and the birth of Arsenal?

Will Merlin be a wild card in this? He could team with Slade, only to turn on him for kidnapping his daughter.

Will Sara call in a favor to the League of Assassins? I can see Ra's leveling the playing field here as well.



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