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The Odyssey 

Oliver's heavy-handed approach to getting information from his mother backfires and she manages to shoot him in the shoulder. He turns to Felicity Smoak for help getting back to his ... See full summary »

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Oliver's heavy-handed approach to getting information from his mother backfires and she manages to shoot him in the shoulder. He turns to Felicity Smoak for help getting back to his hideaway. She and Digg do their best to nurse him back to health. Flashbacks to Oliver's time on the island reveals an early attempt to escape. Oliver's loyalties however prevent him from taking advantage of the situation. The reason for Yao Fei's betrayal is revealed. Written by garykmcd

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First appearance of Shado. See more »

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When Oliver calls Laurel from the island, you can see Laurel answering to a phone that wouldn't have existed 5 years ago, when Oliver was on the island. See more »

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Slade Wilson: [after Oliver laughs] What?
Oliver Queen: I'm trapped on an island, and my only friend is named Wilson.
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References Cast Away (2000) See more »

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Best Arrow Thus Far
22 June 2015 | by (Cardiff) – See all my reviews

In Arrow's greatest episode yet, tables turned in a big way, with the writers deciding to look more towards Oliver's past instead of what's happening in the present. His relationship with Slade Wilson is an edgy one with a great contrast in character between them. We also got a bit more back story to Slade's origins and his connection to the evil setup that have arrived on the island.

Seeing Oliver make a mess up of a number of things is frustrating, but by the end of the episode, we see a change in his abilities and a new wisdom that Slade seems quite pleased about.. To be honest, I'm a little unclear on the front of why Oliver himself would offer Yao Fei his help, despite being strangled near to death only recently. That fight sequence was very intense though, and to see Slade vs. Billy was a great match-up and with Billy dead, Oliver's torture session has been avenged.

In the present, I thought the opening scene was rather lackluster with Oliver being shot by his own mother, something I can't actually comprehend, considering Oliver's immense skill - why didn't he dodge? On the same front, however, Felicity Smoak was finally shown the truth and could be an integral part of the Arrow's team, especially in her scientific field. What the episode is good at is hinting about suspicions towards Oliver's mother, who has been a primary mystery from the start.

Well-directed throughout and full of intense moments, the best probably was the mine scene as Slade imposes his knowledge of battle, making his believe that he is a strong ally, despite being tough on Oliver. Whilst we might be getting closer, there still isn't assurance when Oliver gets these impressive skills that we now see in the present. If Arrow can continue this standard until the end of the first season, and perhaps even improve, I'll be very satisfied to continue.

8.4/10


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