Warning! Spoilers below
One of the best parts about Arrow has been the flashbacks showing us how Oliver survived on the island. So when this episode turned out to be mostly flashback moments with Slade Wilson and Oliver, I was very happy.
Oliver tried to be nice while interrogating his mother, but that resulted in a life-threatening gunshot wound. He turns to Felicity for help, who takes him straight to Diggle. While Felicity and Diggle are doing their best for Oliver, he is reliving his time on the island with Slade. The two dynamics were fun to watch and some great moments came out of them.
I am really impressed with how great Manu Bennett is as Slade Wilson. He has made the character likable and shows how dangerous he can be. Whether he was disappointed in how pathetic Oliver appears or impressed by some of Oliver’s results, Slade treats him like a comrade. Just to mess with him, he had Oliver spend two hours rubbing sticks for a fire before using his lighter. Oliver, likewise, acknowledges their partnership with the Cast Away reference. Their time together even outshines the final fight between Slade and Wintergreen. It is still unclear how things will turn out between the two, but it looks like we will enjoy the trip.
Felicity and Diggle are about as opposite as can be, which only added to their scenes together. Diggle is sticking to his training and hoping that will be enough to save Oliver while Felicity is worried when Diggle doesn’t say “clear” when using defibrillator. Felicity points out how terrible Oliver and Diggle are at creating cover stories and Diggle shares a personal story that helped him with his resolve of sticking with Oliver. While she isn’t fully attached to the team, I am glad she is willing to help and I can’t wait to see what else she brings to the group.
It seems like every episode shows flashbacks that give a lot more questions than answers. This episode is no exception. Why does Oliver have the same tattoo that Yao Fei’s daughter has? When will Oliver pick up a bow? Who hired Fyers and for what purpose? The questions just keep piling up and all we can do is wait for the answers.
For the great Diggle/Felicity and Slade/Oliver dynamics, and finding no real issue to argue about in this episode, I give “The Odyssey” a 10 out of 10