Deathstroke was certainly given a lot of hype-the first true step into the game of revenge that Slade (Manu Bennett) has in store for Oliver (Stephen Amell), and it certainly delivered! It was a very exciting episode, which kept us at the edge of our seats through every second as we awaited the next detail.
As a result of Slade’s plans, some unexpected turns of events also took place. Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) may be a villain in the comic books, but has yet to take on the role in the series. It was great being reminded of her existence, just to find out that her place in Queen Industries was a ploy to gain control of the science department, while taking a hit at the eponymous hero's morale.
As the title of the episode suggests, we finally got to see Slade in his costume as the super villain Deathstroke. It has to be said that it was exciting to see this costume for the first time back in season one and it definitely does the character justice as, let’s be honest, it’s pretty cool!
This clearly sticks with Oliver as he is broken down by the mind games, stating later on that he really is his own worst enemy. Yet more humanisation; perhaps Oliver is showing too much weakness when it comes to his family.
Deathstroke is an episode that is designed to get you riled up as everyone clearly denies the truth. And, even as Slade is found to be the culprit, Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne) is still arrested! Now that hardly seems fair, but is a great way to keep us interested.
It was nice to finally see a shared input from every member of the vigilante team this week; Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) grew a backbone when she told Oliver to “end this…once and for all.” Diggle (David Ramsey) and Roy (Colton Haynes) played their parts when it came to the operation. The time spent with the team growing closer to Oliver (especially Felicity and Diggle) came into play as they helped Oliver to pull himself together, and fight back.
All in all, this week's Arrow made an incredible feat as it hyped itself up and delivered, which certainly sets the tone for the rest of the series.