SPOILERS: ARROW S2, E18 Recap: “Deathstroke”

It's about to go down! Last night, we got one of the most intense, mind-boggling awesome episodes of Arrow, titled "Deathstroke" and I'm here to give you the good, the great, and the awesome. Hit the Jump to check out my recap!

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By anthonyEstark - 4/3/2014
From the latest episode of Arrow, I wasn't expecting much more than some great action to keep you on the edge of your seat, and a small bit of story, keeping the plot moving. Was I wrong! Instead we got some great story to keep you on the edge of your seat, and a small bit of action, just adding to the greatness. So read on to check out my recap, as well as a small review of Arrow's “Deathstroke.” ATTENTION: I will be adding some major SPOILERS to this recap, so if you aren't a fan of spoilers, it's not too late to turn back!


So I'll begin talking about the plot. At the end of the last episode, Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) begins his "revenge" on Oliver by capturing his sister Thea. We follow up on that, as he takes her to an abandoned warehouse and forces her to get out of the car. She begins running, and runs straight into Brother Blood.

On the island, the survivors debate on whether they should hand the bound Hendrik to Slade. They agree that it is their only option, and Sara thinks it could be an opportunity to kill Slade. During a campaign for the election of Moira Queen and Sebastian Blood, Wilson interrupts by putting up a screen of a captured Thea, asking “How Much is Thea Queen's life worth?”

Back to the island, we see Knyazev rigging a land mine, hoping to attach it to Hendrik and killing Slade.

Oliver gets ready to gear up and go rescue his sister, making Isabel Rochev temporary CEO of his company, knowing that he can't take on all of his troubles at the moment. Felicity tracks down Slade, who becomes surrounded by Oliver and his team, and ends up getting shot with an arrow tipped with pit viper venom, which is the League of Assassins weapon of choice, where then Oliver calls in Detective Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) to haul Slade off to jail.

Oliver sneaks into the interrogation room, and begins questioning Slade on his survival, and why he is bent on revenge towards the Queen family. He is then released from custody because of Detective Lance's quick decision to arrest him, and by listening to the Arrow. Felicity hooks a tracker to his car, in which the team pursues, but loses him after he scrambles the tracking device.

Slade then returns to Thea and sets her free, but tells her that if she leaves, she'll never find out Oliver's secrets. She is first hesitant, but stays anyway.

Over at the island, Slade senses the mine, and threatens to kill Sarah, but Oliver stands in the way, and Shado's ghost appears behind him, stopping Slade from firing.

Back at the lair, Roy decides that he's going after Slade. When Diggle tries to stop him, he attacks Diggle, nearly breaking his arm. Oliver shows, breaking up the fight as Roy leaves the team angry and hurt. Ollie then goes to Queen Consolidated, where Isabel is holding a meeting. She breaks up the meeting, telling him that she used her time as temp. CEO to hold a meeting, in which everyone votes that she become CEO... Permanently. He then finds out that she works for Slade and breaks out in a fight. She then tells him that Slade wants him at a storage warehouse outside of town, and to come alone. The team objects, but Felicity tells Oliver to go end this war and bring back Thea.

At the warehouse, plenty of henchmen are waiting for Arrow, who takes them all down effortlessly. He finds the supposed room that Thea was in, who is not there. He then finds out that capturing Thea was all a diversion and that Deathstroke had hijacked a prison bus while Oliver was busy.

Oliver and Moira find Thea at the poilce station, who confronts them and tells them that she now knows that Merlyn is her true father. She then gets in a car and leaves Starling City.

We then see on the island that Shado's ghost tells Slade that killing is too good for the crew, and that the island should be their punishment. Ivo offers to help Slade, but is instead punched and told to stay. Slade says that as soon as the Amazo is repaired, he's going to visit the Queen family.

At the Police Department, we find that they won't arrest Lance if he gives up the identity of the Arrow. He admits that he doesn't know, and is carried off.

We then cut to Wilson's hideout with the gathering of him, Blood, and Rochev. Blood is furious about becoming Mayor, while Queen Consolidated is putting all their effort into replicating the serum in Slade's body.

Oliver heads to his lair, where Felicity and Diggle are waiting for him. They give him a pep talk, and he decides that it's time to fight back.

We end the episode with Laurel watching television, seeing the warrant for Deathstroke's arrest. Slade comes to her door, revealing Oliver's secret identity and walking away.

So there's the story in a nutshell. Not what you thought, right? Now onto the characters. Steven Amell's performance as Oliver was great, and Manu Bennett played an intimidating Slade Wilson. This is the best look of the character we've had in present day, and he was great. The side characters were good, not anything special, or that we haven't seen, but they played their roles well.



While there were hardly any action scenes in the episode, we didn't really need any! The episode actually did fantastic without too many fights. While I don't want every episode to be this way, I'm glad they took a break from all the fight scenes, and gave us more of a story. So, that's the recap and a quick review of Arrow episode 18, titled "Deathstroke." Have you seen the episode yet? If so, leave a vote in the poll below, and be sure to comment below with your thoughts! If you haven't seen it yet, I advise to watch it as soon as you possibly can, as in my opinion, it's the best episode yet this season.








OLIVER’S WORLD STARTS TO CRUMBLE — Slade (Manu Bennett) makes his move against Oliver (Stephen Amell) and the repercussions are enormous. While Oliver scrambles to protect his family, a key player in his team starts to question Oliver’s decisions. Meanwhile, Isabel (guest star Summer Glau) makes her move to take Queen Consolidated away from Oliver. Guy Bee directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Drew Z. Greenberg.
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aRandomSinisterClone - 4/3/2014, 9:34 AM
great ep as usual
GizmoEl - 4/3/2014, 9:35 AM
Oliver/Arrow had pretty spectacular action scenes in the episode. The scene where he goes alone to rescue Thea was insane. The best part was when he shot the guy with an arrow in the knee and then walked up to him and ripped it out. So ruthless, reminds me of how he acted in Season 1.
GizmoEl - 4/3/2014, 9:36 AM
It was a great episode, I'm hoping Slade's costume gets an update as the series progresses. It's a little too bulky IMO. It looks spectacular but can look a lot better.
ComicsBornAndBred - 4/3/2014, 9:37 AM
@GizmoEl agreed
ComicsBornAndBred - 4/3/2014, 9:38 AM
Isabel was boinking Ollie's dad
ALegendaryPanda - 4/3/2014, 9:41 AM
Good god this episode was [frick]ing awesome!
H3LLBLAZER - 4/3/2014, 9:43 AM




rebellion - 4/3/2014, 9:49 AM
it was epic. zero complaints. like it even wasn't a cw show.
GodzillaKart - 4/3/2014, 10:01 AM
Very, very good. If they could drop the soap opera melodrama (there is always at least one relationship that is ending dramatically or reconciling sweetly) and improve the drama a bit they would have a 5 star show on their hands.
NicolausCopernicus - 4/3/2014, 10:09 AM
i wish that the costume departamente manage to get the deathstroke mask to look metalic, instead of plastic

besides from that, awesome episode
McGee - 4/3/2014, 10:12 AM
This episode was a lot like my ass....absolutely amazing.
Lemons - 4/3/2014, 10:12 AM
I loved Knyazev, the conversation he had with Sarah as he's disarming the landmine was hilarious.
AztecaAguilar04 - 4/3/2014, 10:13 AM
@GizmoEl I agree Arrow went ape s**t on the goons, It was bad ass then again I would too. You just don't f**k with a man's family like that, Slade/Deathstroke was brilliant in this episode, Just a great cerebral assassin. He really messed with Oliver's head and slowly but surely bringing everyone around him down like he planned Now that's a great villain there, Did anyone else notice Roy heading to Flash's hood at the end 'Star City'?
Nivekian - 4/3/2014, 10:13 AM
You are aware Carbon Fiber (like the beloved armor Slade wears in Arkham Origins) is plastic, right? I think outside of the new 52 Deathstroke costume, he never even wore a metal mask.
Batmaniac - 4/3/2014, 10:14 AM
Brilliant episode!
AztecaAguilar04 - 4/3/2014, 10:16 AM
@McGee Hahahaha No mames guey. And what sucks is that we have to wait another 2 weeks yet again, This some bulls**t man lol.
DrunkenNukem - 4/3/2014, 10:25 AM
CALLAN MULVEY IS GOING TO BE IN MOS 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
torroth - 4/3/2014, 10:47 AM
You may want to re-watch the episode. Didn't look like Thea getting into a car but Roy was in a car and it looked like it was his car that left town. I could be wrong though.
JorEllinator - 4/3/2014, 11:13 AM

Doopie - 4/3/2014, 11:46 AM
just watched this ep and for me it was the best so far. the show is really stepping it up in the home stretch.

pretty much everything was good about it. strong performances (even from the cast members i'm normally indifferent about), some great lines, good action when ollie gets to the warehouse, and a couple of twists although i did see the ceo thing coming a mile off.

i can't wait for more!
MarvelSquadie - 4/3/2014, 11:49 AM
Roy going rogue and leaving Starling? Shaping up to be the runaway anti-hero he is.. ARSENAL!
Klone - 4/3/2014, 11:50 AM
Actually a good episode.
Klone - 4/3/2014, 11:52 AM
My God, this episode, if anything, was groundbreaking... like changing the status quo of Arrow FOREVER... I mean like [frick]ing mindblowing material that every fan literally skipped a heartbeat after the episode ended and it dawned on them... no shirtless Amell scenes... damn, the writers are really exploring new territories.
MellanRum - 4/3/2014, 11:55 AM
Great episode. The one thing that really bothered me was how comically bad Laurel's reaction was at the end. Seriously bad.
Klone - 4/3/2014, 11:57 AM
You know, maybe this inevitable GA vs. Deathstroke fight at the end won't be some over the top, showy off fight dance like with GA vs. Dark Archer like last season. Here is to hoping it will be some brutal, emotional fight, bit like MGS4 without the over the top *boom* sounds and stupidly screaming their names at each other.
yingyangpalms - 4/3/2014, 12:22 PM
Arrow's ratings last night was the 2nd worst ever. As good as the show is at times it is missing things that can attract fans beyond it's core base.

Only Felicity, Diggle and to a smaller degree Det. Lance and Sarah are likable which presents a ton of logistical problems for a TV show that must create tension and drama.
For the viewer to care about the show they must care about the characters. Imagine a Superman show with a hateful bitch Lois Lane. You can forget playing the Lois in jeopardy card.
So Arrow has very few cards to play. When Thea was kidnapped, it was interesting but who cares what happens to her? When Slade visits Laurel who would care if he hurt her? Who cares about Moira? Anyone?
Even Oliver isn't the most likable of protagonists and with almost 2 years into the show we still have not learned just who he is which makes it difficult to relate to him. 2 years in and we haven't completed his origin.

Most of the Arrow characters are assholes or unsolved puzzles.

Felicity is the most liked and valuable female on the show. She should have a larger role, as should Diggle and Oliver's backstory should be finished and he should be less of a jerk.

One thing Agents Of Shield has on Arrow is it's not a show about assholes fighting assholes.
DrVenkman - 4/3/2014, 1:02 PM
Great show. Great episode. Oliver is going to lose all his money like in the comics.
dinkinflicka - 4/3/2014, 1:13 PM
^^You are right Arrows ratings were down from the week before but not it's lowest. Agents of Shield also was down both shows are shows people DVR so you have to take that into consideration when those numbers come out. I don't know what you expect the ratings to be for a CW show. Supernatural has been on the air forever without being the top show on CW which Arrow has been at times on the CW and it's had a great sophomore season. I thought the episode was great considering the limited action. The dumbest part was when Lance got arrested. I loved Slade in the show he is to me the best actor in the show.
ndwwrestler2 - 4/3/2014, 1:34 PM
Klone - 4/3/2014, 2:25 PM
Wait, so Lance got arrested for randomly receiving a call from GA? Lol.
batmanvsuperman - 4/3/2014, 4:45 PM
Awesome ep as always
SWelch - 4/3/2014, 7:58 PM
Actually it was Roy who drove out of town and Wilson, Blood and Rochev were in Ollie's office(or what was his office) at Queen's Consolidated.

It was a awesome episode. I have to re-watch it but is Rochev Wilson's daughter or did I just not hear what she told Ollie?
loki668 - 4/3/2014, 11:34 PM

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