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TV Review: Arrow – Season 2, Episode 18

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Episode 2.18: Deathstroke

As the episode title suggests, this outing for Arrow is very much housed around Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett), aka Deathstroke the Terminator. Near enough as soon as the episode opens, Slade abducts the youngest of the Queen clan, Thea (Willa Holland). From the moment the eye-patch-wearing badass channels his inner Kurt Russell as he asks the younger Queen to simply “call me Slade”, things start take a turn for the worse for Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).

Whilst Thea is held hostage, Deathstroke also sees the return of Kevin Alejandro’s Brother Blood. If Slade trying to ruin his life wasn’t bad enough for Ollie, he has the explosive rage of Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) to deal with as well. When Oliver finally gives the orders to go after Slade, the gloves are firmly off, so much so that Ollie even encourages Roy to use his anger and rage against the man now known as Deathstroke. Despite having not given himself the moniker, it appears that Slade quite likes his new title, proclaiming to Oliver that “it’s a bit flamboyant… I like it.” That’s round about the time that the Arrow fires a chest right into the torso of his former ‘brother.’

Caught up in the race to find his sister and to protect those around him, Oliver just has no time to handle the day-to-day running of Queen Industries. Enter Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau). Having been inactive for the last several episodes, Rochev is back. A former conquest of Oliver’s, this episode sees Rochev’s true motives come to the fore, not to mention her becoming a very serious threat to the Emerald Archer.

For the full review, head over to Starburst Magazine.

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