Arrow: The Promise Review (Mania.com)

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Thursday, March 06, 2014
Source: Mania.com

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!  


Mania Grade: B-
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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