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  • Episode: The Odyssey (Season 1, Episode 14)
  • Starring: Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Manu Bennett
  • Written By: Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg
  • Directed By: John Behring
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
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Arrow: The Odyssey Review

Green Arrow teams with Deathstroke, sort of.

By Tim Janson     February 15, 2013


This week’s episode picks up right where last week’s left off…Oliver crashes through the window of his mother’s office as The Hood to confront her.  Moira begs for her life, showing pictures of Oliver and Thea.  Oliver lets his guard down and Moira shoots him with a hidden gun.  Seriously wounded, Oliver takes refuge in the back seat of Felicity’s car and has her take him back to his abandoned factory lair where Diggle and Felicity operate on him to remove the bullet.  


While Oliver is unconscious, we get flashbacks to the island.  Oliver has met Slade Wilson (AKA Deathstroke), an Australian intelligence agent who came to the island, along with his partner Brian Wintergreen, to rescue Yao Fei.  They caught by Fyers and his mercenaries and were offered the chance to join him.  Slade’s partner took the offer while Slade declined.  Slade begins to train Oliver further and intends to take over a supply plane that is arriving in a few days.  Slade then plans to call in an airstrike to wipe out Fyers’s base.  With Oliver’s help (such as it was) Slade wipes out a group of guards to take over a control tower.  Oliver refuses to leave Yao Fei behind to be killed and against Slade’s wishes, Oliver tries to rescue his friend from the mercenaries. 


Most of this episode takes place in flashbacks and that was fine by me.  More of Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson can’t be anything other than a good thing.  It’s a brilliant casting choice and has moved the show up a notch or two on the strength of his presence alone.  The episode also fleshes out Slade’s background a little and you can see his eventual progression into the character we know from the comic books.  We also saw the exact point when Oliver changes from rich, spoiled playboy, to a determined man of action. 


Besides Slade Wilson, I’m also enjoying the character of Felicity who brings a nerdy sexiness and humor to her role.  She’s always fun to watch.  The island sequences are becoming even more intriguing with Slade’s arrival, and the revelation that Yao Fei is being blackmailed into helping Fyers.  Who is the person who hired Fyers and what is their ultimate goal? 


There were a few things that didn’t work because they were just too clean.  Oliver is surrounded by mercs at the end before Slade rescues him, somehow knocking out or killing all of the guards except for Fyers and Wintergreen.  And Oliver, fresh from a bullet in the chest that caused his heart to stop beating, is shown up and around just after Diggle operated on him.  Yeah I know…comic book show, but there was no real need for Oliver to return home, seemingly no worse for the wear, and learn about his mother shooting him…I mean the Hood.  And again Felicity, hacking the police database to destroy the sample of Oliver’s blood?  A little contrived to say the least.  


Despite those misgivings, this was a good episode and it certainly looks like Slade Wilson is a character we can count on seeing more of in the future.


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goldeneyez 2/15/2013 6:31:59 AM

I haven't gotten into this series, but it kind of bothers me that they appropriated the Teen Titan's arch nemesis, Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke The Terminator.  Between Bullseye and Merlyn, Green Arrow didn't have a big enough rogues gallery that they had to make it seem like Deathstroke is an arch nemesis of Green Arrow?  I guess in a way it's good because it's like Deathstroke outgrew the Titans, but it just seems wrong to me.

Iridan 2/15/2013 8:02:17 AM

I think you're spot on again in your review; however, I would personally up the rating as the good in the episode far out weighed the minor quibbles. I did like the look on Oliver's face when his mom hugged him. So they were showing that he still had the after effects of the wound, but yeah, it is a little much that he was up and walking around.

Manu rocks.

tjanson 2/15/2013 8:48:43 AM far as Deathstroke being a TT villain, I think he's become sort of like Deadpool or the Punisher and other villains who became so popular that they actually become heroes or anti heroes.  It will be interesting to see how they use him

countzenith 2/15/2013 9:09:51 AM

Oliver and Slade went at each other in the comics during the Identity Crisis when Oliver stuck an arrow into Slade's blind eye.  This led up to a story line in Green Arrow during DC's Year One event. 

I really enjoyed this episode.  I still think Arrow has some of the best  and dynamic fight scenes on television today.  Although I do think it might be a problem if the flashbacks are more interesting than the main story. 


Spoiler Alert...


The introduction of Shado has really peaked my interest.  I keep waiting( and dreading) the Laurel and Ollie fall in love again story thread, but with Shado as part of the narative, maybe Laurel is not the destined love interest.

millean 2/15/2013 10:46:45 AM

I loved this episode.  I have enjoyed the island backstory more than anything else in this series.  However, there is one issue with the island that I can't stand... and that is Ollie's super-fake terribly bad hairdo.  I get that they need to do something with his hair, but that's just bad.

So is Commissioner Gordon (um, I mean Detective Lance) the only cop in Gotham (um, I mean Star, no I mean Starling) City?  He spends more time at the Queen mansion than Ollie does.

xpaladinx45 2/15/2013 12:04:47 PM

I am guessing Merlyn is the one who hired Fyers.  Pretty good episode though

Mayhem101878 2/15/2013 1:18:57 PM

I have enjoyed this show so far and gotta admit it's funny seeing the similarities between him and Batman. Heck now he even has his own Oracle.

millean 2/15/2013 6:39:12 PM

Totally agree Mayhem, as I have said the same thing to myself many times.  This is totally a Batman show wannabe.  And you know what?  There's nothing wrong with that.  I can't wait until they introduce Red Robin (er, I mean Red Arrow) and then watch how he grows into his own as Nightwing (er, I maen Arsenal).  :)


mikemc2 2/16/2013 8:07:32 AM

 I really enjoyed this episode alot more then the previous ones.  I think I noticed something nobody else the flashbacks Oliver is getting very close to looking like the comic book Oliver Queen (hair, beard I mean).

ObiWannaJones 2/17/2013 11:28:24 AM
I really like Arrow. As an ER/Critical Nurse, watching the rescue Ollie scenes with Diggle and Felicity were extremely painful moments. The mistakes were glaring and ridiculous.  The rest of the episode was enjoyable and kept my interest. I hoping that Slade Wilson dons the eye patch soon. 

Note to CW: Please, Please, PLEASE,  if you are going to do anything medical, hire a consultant for the episode! .  

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