Alex Lynch Reviews: ARROW - Episode 14 "The Odyssey"

Tonight at 8pm, The CW will air a very highly-anticipated episode of their breakout new drama, Arrow, which will heavily feature flashbacks from the island of Lian Yu. Does the episode flop hard, or is it a glowing success? Find out my take after the jump.

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By Alex Lynch - 2/13/2013
Note: This article is Spoiler-Free, however it does contain officially released images from the episode.




Last week on Arrow, Oliver Queen confronted one person who he thought would never betray him -- and his family -- his own mother, Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson). This week on Arrow, the episode picks up exactly where last week left off, giving us and exhilarating conclusion to the cliffhanger introduced. Will Oliver kill his mother? Will he exploit whatever her operation is? How is this situation averted? Every question you have will be answered. The first two minutes of the episode feature a great, emotional performance by Thompson, who finally gets her short chance to shine.



In fact, the whole cast of Arrow that is featured in the episode (a few members are unfortunately absent or sparingly used) deliver their best performances of the entire season. Stephen Amell’s acting is often criticized, however this episode definitely makes you realize how the Oliver on the island, and the one in Starling City, are very different yet the same at their core. Manu Bennett as ‘Slade Wilson’ is in top form, as expected, with a performance very reminisces of Liam Neeson’s portrayal of Ra’s Al Ghul. He contains a very naturally menacing presence, which definitely fits with his character of Slade Wilson. Emily Bett Rickards and David Ramsey are a great power-team and I felt that their characters really communicated. David Ramsey delivers a performance that somewhat rivals his time on Dexter, performing a bone-chilling tail from his military background. All around, the cast of ‘The Odyssey’ work incredibly well with their material and most actors have finally fully discovered their characters.



The whole episode is a near-perfect piece of network television. My hats are off to Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and the rest of the Arrow creative team for creating this great work. James Bamford and the rest of the Arrow stunt team should be applauded for an incredibly excellent fight scene between two people whom I can’t really say without spoiling anything. However, this episode explores a lot of the island and definitely shows the proper scale and a brand-new exit strategy for Oliver and Slade. For the lovers of the island flashbacks, this episode is very heavy with that material.

‘The Odyssey’ is Arrow’s strongest episode yet, delivering high caliber performances from Stephen Amell, Manu Bennett and the rest of the Arrow cast. The island of Lian Yu becomes just as important of a character as Oliver himself.




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Nivekian - 2/13/2013, 2:02 PM
Cannot wait!
LP4 - 2/13/2013, 2:09 PM
In what way was Slade Wilson anything remotely like Ras Al Ghul? Just wondering because I haven't seen the episode yet and I might miss it tonight due to work.

Will Slade train Oliver? That's what i figured he'd do but not sure
LP4 - 2/13/2013, 2:12 PM
Also I must know, from a preview or somethin it looked like Slade Wilson will fight the other Deathstroke dude.

Uggggggggggh!!! I hate going to work tonight :(
DJCheckPoint - 2/13/2013, 2:32 PM
If you have hulu plus, its already posted. Awesome episode.
Kyos - 2/13/2013, 3:20 PM
CRIXUS!!
Kevinwillpeabodyproperties - 2/13/2013, 4:00 PM
i am shitting my pants in excitement over people saying this episode is sooo good.
i think the show started off amazing and then kind of stalemated but i was happy to see crixus breathe new life into it. I JUST WANT MORE SLADE!!!!!!!!!! MORE ISLAND!!!!!! badassness not 30 seconds. do a full island episode already pleeeeease
Zordan - 2/13/2013, 5:48 PM
is the billy guy from comics? and that was the best episode yet... Manu is brilliant as always! I was wondering when will they do "full" island episode, and here it is! awesome!
Zordan - 2/13/2013, 5:50 PM
yes he is... :)
IgnurRant - 2/13/2013, 6:02 PM
Billy is William Wintergreen in the comics. Deathstroke's very own Alfred.

Best episode of the show so far. This episode def shows how much more engaging the Island Flashbacks are over the present setting.

Ireally want the present setting to up the writing in future episodes. Villains really need to be written much stronger.
FrankCastle77 - 2/13/2013, 6:18 PM
yep, that was the best episode yet, and not just because most of it played on the island (island scenes = pure awesomeness :D). I'm actually very pleasantly surprised, how good this show is and hope they keep up the good work.
ClarkFarley2012 - 2/13/2013, 7:07 PM
This is the best episode. I think ppl underestimate Slade Wilson epecially in the comis? Didn't it talk almost the whole Justice Leauge to take him down?
geronimo16200 - 2/13/2013, 9:11 PM
yes
SuperSomething616 - 2/14/2013, 4:52 AM
Loved this episode!!! Hopefully this show will go from strength to strength!!!

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