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TV Review: Arrow – Season 2, Episode 15


Episode 15: The Promise

We pick up this latest episode of Arrow exactly where we left off last time out, as Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) introduces son Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) to her new mayoral-backer Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett). From here on, we get to see some major developments in Oliver and Slade’s relationship in island flashback form, and we get to see the uneasy modern-day reunion of these ‘brothers.’

It’s safe to say, that stuff we’ve seen coming to a head on the island… things have gotten explosive. Oliver, Slade and Sara (Caity Lotz) set in motion their plan to attack Anthony Ivo (Dylan Neal) and his freighter, seizing control of the ship and hopefully plotting a way back to humanity. Getting into full-on attack mode, we see Oliver don the green hood for the first time, and Slade adds a very familiar-looking mask to his outfit. With Slade seeking revenge on Ivo for killing Shado, the only girl he ever loved, Sara realises that her or Oliver must get to Ivo first and kill him, removing him from the equation and from being able to pin Shado’s death on Ollie. This leads to internal conflict within our Emerald Archer-in-waiting, for he has hesitancy in this proposed killing of Ivo. The alternative, though, is that Ivo manipulates Slade into believing that Oliver was responsible for Shado’s death, causing the mirakuru-filled Wilson to lose the plot. We’ll leave you guessing at to which of these options actually occurs.

For the full review, head over to Starburst Magazine.


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