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  • Episode: The Promise (Season 2, Episode 15)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Caity Lotz, Manu Bennett
  • Written By: Jake Coburn & Ben Sokolowski
  • Directed By: Glen Winter
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Brothers, DC Comics
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Arrow: The Promise Review

Deathstroke Keeps His Promise

By Tim Janson     March 06, 2014

Deathstroke Keeps His Promise
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This week’s arrow picks up right where last week’s episode left off.  Oliver has returned home only to find Slade Wilson cozying up to his mother after making a significant contribution to her campaign fund.  Oliver can barely contain his rage at the man who tried to kill him on the island but Wilson uses his charm on Moira to get a tour of the house only to use the opportunity to plant a series of tiny, wireless cameras throughout the Queen mansion.

In a switch, most of this week’s action takes place in flashbacks to the island.  Slade, Oliver, and Sara plan to use the parachute from the pilot who crashed last week. to make their way over to Anthony Ivo’s freighter.  Oliver first has to get himself captured in order to create a diversion for Slade and Sara to parachute from a mountain to the ship.  They quickly manage to gain control but when Ivo reveals that Oliver chose Sara over Shado, Slade turns on him. Wilson gains control of the ship and promises to hurt everyone close to Oliver.

Meanwhile back Oliver’s command center, Felicity has been able to eavesdrop on what’s going on at the mansion and Sara recognizes Slade’s voice.  Sara, Roy, and Diggle rush to the mansion to provide Oliver with back-up.  There’s a tense moment where Slade shakes hands with Roy and realizes that he too has the  Mirakuru drug in him.  Sara also appears from the upstairs.  Seeing he is surrounded (yet likely not caring…he is Deathstroke after all) Wilson leaves but tells Oliver he plans to make good on his promise.

First the good…the first meeting between Oliver and Slade since the Island was a great moment and I love that the writers did it this way instead of having them fight right away.  That is a battle that we should wait for.  And not only has Wilson become a contributor to Moira’s Mayoral run but they were more than a little cozy and you know it was killing Oliver to watch this, especially right in his own home.  The standoff with Roy was a great moment and now we see why the show has gone in this direction with his character in terms of giving him super powers.  If they make Deathstroke anywhere nears as badass as he is in the comics, it’s going to take Oliver and his entire team to take him down.  Another plus was that there was no melodrama this week.  This was 100% action and tension.

But two small nitpicks…First, the whole Slade hating Oliver because he “chose” Sara over Shado is a little flimsy.  Slade would have to see Oliver was in a lose-lose situation but I suppose we can chalk his fury up at least partially to the Mirakuru but I would have liked to seen something a little more concrete.  The other issue is how easily Wilson managed to plant cameras all over the Queen mansion.  Oliver was with him every step of the way and while the cameras were small (about the size of dice) I am just not buying that Oliver would not have been on high alert.  This isn’t just some guy, but the guy that has threatened his entire family.  Wanting a tour of the mansion to see the family’s collection of art should have set every alarm off.  This just isn’t like Oliver to be so sloppy.  Again, maybe we can write it off as being blinded by anger but the writing was a little lax.  Still a good episode overall and next week we get The Suicide Squad!  


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Moz72 3/6/2014 7:33:55 PM

Arrow has been fantastic from eepisode 1 and keeps getting better! The tension between Ollie and Slade and Slade playing it cool was superb. Looks like the stakes are going up and everybody from Oliver's team Huntress included..which is awesome!) to the Suicide Squad is gearing up for war against Slade. I can't wait to see how this all plays out in the end.

On a side note, now with a Flash spinoff getting underway, I hope to seee crossovers between both series and hopefully seeing a new Justice League forming. By the wy, since Bludhaven appeared in a previous episode, which could have been a simple nod to the fans..but still, .I wonder if there is any chance of Nightwing dropping in on Starling City. Arrow, Canary,Huntress, Nightwing, and Flash would certainly make a formidable team.

tjanson 3/6/2014 7:51:53 PM

 Well the week after next week's episode is called Birds of prey so hopefully we get more birds than just Black Canary and Huntress.  

GreatOne 3/6/2014 7:57:45 PM

Completely agree that the excuse for Slade hating Oliver is completely lame, drug side effect or not.  Slade wasn't in a relationship with Shado, Oliver was.  And to get pissed because he "chose" Girlfriend #1 over Girlfriend #2 is ridiculous writing.  Could have/should have come uip with a much better reason for hating Oliver.  Hell, if they make Sara into a one-time lesbian (for no other reason than to get fanboys all hot and bothered), then you can come up with a more believeable background story for their conflict.  How about the guy being a merc and selling out to get off the island, causing Oliver to fight and take out his eye?  He's a bad guy, after all.

Also, would it be possible for Caity Lotz to actually come up with believable emoting for once?  She is an actress, after all.  She just cannot seem to pull off scenes that call for her to display emotion; think I watching a tree, she's so wooden.  I love Steve Armell's portrayal of Green Arrow and hope DC is wise enough to stick him into their movies.  But I think the show has struck out with 4 of their 5 female leads.  Already ripped Katie Cassidy previously.  Every time I listen to Susanna Thompson I  expect a villanous cackle to come out of her (and for God's sake, the writers couldn't come up with anything more believable than running for Mayor shortly after being tried for mass murder, acquittal or not?).  And Willa Holland is too annoying (although I'll concede getting less so this season).  Emily Rickards is awesome.

BunyonSnipe 3/6/2014 11:43:58 PM

i have a terrible feeling something bad might happen to Felicity and she might become this Universe's Oracle, forming Bird of Prey in the process...

Although from what I have seen it also looks like they are setting up Huntress as a VILLAIN.

Iridan 3/7/2014 4:24:58 AM

I loved the episode. I've got no problem with why Slade hates Oliver. He was completely unbalanced because of the drug then Oliver shot his eye out. Could they have come up with something better? Yeah, probably, but I'll roll with it.

I still say Stephen Amell is a great actor. He portrayed so much just with his eyes and facial expressions when confronted by Slade. Great stuff. That was a great scene.

Loved when Slade saw he was surrounded. A plus from me.

Eldogg42 3/7/2014 6:18:07 AM

I think they are setting Huntress up as a villian in the beginning for some girl on girl (fighting) action, but will switch by the end.  Come on, of course they are gonna fight, Ollie has snagged both of them.  Actually except for his Mom and Sister, he tapped every female on that show.  Really putting up the numbers!

Alobar 3/7/2014 7:09:31 AM

Thankfully they dialed down all the teen-soap opera crap the show has had lately. Amost dropped the show after last week.

monkeyfoot 3/7/2014 8:16:47 AM

Great episode and I agree on the silliness of his hatred and also the camera planting. But I allow stuff like that to go by because the show is just good clean un-embarassed comic book fun. The situations and troubles the characters go through are serious for them but the style of the show still says this is like a kid reading comics  on a lazy Saturday afternoon kind of thing. It has an overall feeling of good clean alittle over-the-top fun that I enjoy. It's not deadly serious as the Dark Knight movies. It doesn't have to cross every T and dot every I.

javaone 3/7/2014 10:33:08 AM

Great episode...the show just gets better and better! The tension because of the standoff in the mansion was definitely one of the highlights. You could actually feel it when Slade realized there were more players than just Oliver. I don't think he was expecting to see Sara there!

The preview for the next episode (and from that YouTube trailer) looks KILLER. That shot of Deathstroke standing on the roof and looking ready to kick ass nearly made me piss myself!

ObiWannaJones 3/7/2014 11:08:35 AM

my only beef is Caity cant act worth a damn.  Still, everything really clicks on this show. 

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