When Frank Bertinelli (guest star Jeffrey Nordling) is arrested, Oliver (Stephen Amell) knows it’s only a matter of time before his daughter, Helena, AKA The Huntress (guest star Jessica De Gouw), returns to town. To make matters worse, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is picked to try Frank’s case, putting her right in the path of Helena. Oliver tells Sara (Caity Lotz) he will handle his ex-girlfriend, but when Helena takes hostages at the courthouse, including Laurel, the Canary will stop at nothing to save her sister. When The Huntress and Canary meet, an epic battle begins. Meanwhile, Roy (Colton Haynes) realizes he needs to keep Thea (Willa Holland) safe, but doesn’t like the way he is forced to go about it.
We picked up right where we left off, with Oliver and Slade participating in the world’s firmest handshake. Slade had just made a sizable donation to Moira’s campaign and seemed to be all about eliminating that pesky wage gap. As Slade put it, he and Moira have something in common — they know how difficult it is to pick yourself up when other people have written you off. And with full glasses of Slade’s authentic Australian rum, they all drank to friendship. Seconds later, Slade asked about the boat accident, and more specifically, the island that must’ve been hell for Oliver.
And to hell we went! The majority of the episode took place on the island, where Oliver was perfecting the art of training shirtless in preparation for the big takeover. The first step in their plan involved burning what was left of the Mirakuru so that Ivo would never get his hands on it. And the second step involved a toast, not dissimilar to the one we just watched at the Queen mansion. Slade had been saving some booze, but considering this might be their last night on the island, they raised a glass to taking the freighter, getting off this island forever, and to Shado. That night, Oliver dreamt of Shado, but it wasn’t nearly as pleasant as it sounds: She was asking “why didn’t you choose me?”while repeatedly stabbing him. So perhaps the better word to use there would’ve been “nightmare.” However, some good came out of it: Oliver woke up and put on Shado’s hood for the first time. At the same time, Slade grabbed that Deathstroke mask. It was game time.
I have added screencaptures from last night episode of Arrow. next episode will be on March 19.
- Screen Captures 2×15 – The Promise
Question: Now that Arrow‘s Oliver knows Moira had an affair with Malcolm Merlyn, is there any hope for a reconciliation between mother and son? –Nikki
Ausiello: From all appearances, not any time soon — especially given his behavior this Wednesday in the presence of mom’s rakish new friend, Mr. Slade Wilson.
I have added to the gallery HQ stills from 16 episode of Arrow Suicide Squad.
- Episode Stills 2×16 – Suicide Squad
Following Slade’s (Manu Bennett) return and his promise to make good on his threat to destroy Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) loved ones, Oliver focuses all his energy on preparing for battle with his former friend. Sarah (Caity Lotz) tries to help but, fearing for her safety, Oliver pushes her away. Meanwhile, Diggle (David Ramsey) is recruited by Amanda Waller (guest star Cynthia Addai-Robinson) and A.R.G.U.S. to stop a warlord (guest star Lee Majdoub) he knew from his time in Afghanistan. Always the solider, Diggle agrees to help. However, he’s not prepared when Amanda introduces him to the rest of the team – Deadshot (guest star Michael Rowe), Bronze Tiger (guest star Michael Jai White) and Shrapnel (guest star Sean Maher), all criminals he and Arrow helped put away. Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) defends the team and explains the world is a complicated place, but Diggle isn’t sure he agrees. When the mission takes a dangerous turn, Diggle is forced to make a difficult decision.
I don’t even know where to begin. Did that just happen?! Was that the firmest handshake in the history of the forever?! I think so, people! It’s official. Slade Wilson is alive and currently in Oliver’s living room! I have no idea where to go from here, but I know I’m excited about it. But for the time being, what do you say we go back and reflect on what might be my favorite episode of the season? Deal? Deal.
I’m not quite sure why I loved this episode so much. Part of it was definitely Robert Knepper’s Clock King. Not only was Knepper amazing — as was expected — but I loved the villain. He was just the right amount of creepy, intelligent and badass. Plus, something about that opening sequence felt very Dark Knight-esque to me, and that is a compliment of the highest esteem. Combine all that with Oliver finally telling Laurel off, Felicity being Felicity, and a shirtless threesome fight scene, and I am one happy viewer. Let’s get to it!
We jumped right in with an introduction to The Clock King as he set up his first heist. The biggest thing I took away from a scene? I’m not sure I could get down any stairwell in 5.38 seconds, unless I was either falling or sprinting down the stairs of Verdant to witness Sara, Oliver, and Diggle (!) train without their shirts on. I couldn’t help but think that it was about time they let Diggle join in on the fun, but perhaps they shouldn’t have, considering he made Sara’s head bleed (which I actually thought was kind of awesome). Then the trio started comparing scars as Felicity looked on and failed miserably at joining the conversation. Alright, everyone hit the showers! It’s time for Sara’s back-from-the-dead party!