Bad Boys for Life
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This episode is the one time that trick can work, and it works with aplomb.
While the series has been ramping up the emotional drama as of late, it hasn't always hit the right notes. Tonight, however, it was right on target.
It begins with an impressive sense of momentum and keeps the fuse burning throughout.
'The Odyssey' manages to reserve its backpedaling for the end, which allows the episode to steamroll ahead and...become one of, if not the most entertaining hours of Arrow yet this season.
The island story's prominence surprisingly makes "The Odyssey" among the stronger 'Arrow' episodes, well-utilizing established and earned character relationships to create the drama rather than flimsy, unrealized villains.
"The Odessey" was really the seminal moment when Ollie became Oliver, who then became Arrow during his time on the island.
By focusing squarely on the Ollie/Slade dynamic, "The Odyssey" established itself as perhaps the finest episode of the series so far.
The truth behind many of the season's biggest mysteries still remains unclear, but the mysteries themselves have become better defined, with clearer stakes developing as shreds of information are gradually revealed.
Arrow is building up quite the compelling mythology.
In "The Odyssey," Oliver's tense standoff with his mother and nominal life-and-death struggle on the operating table are little more than an excuse for him to be unconscious so we can spend most of our time on Lian Yu.
Moira gets a few good scenes, but this episode belongs to Deathstroke.