Cast & Crew
Laurel Lance/Black Siren
Slade Wilson / Deathstroke
Captain Quentin Lance
Dr. Anthony Ivo
Hendrick Von Arnim
The Promise Photos
It made for a fun episode, that's for sure. Much better than the ones that largely focus on the meaningless bad guy of the week!
This episode is Arrow at its most confident, and with such confidence comes exuberance, a willingness to try anything in pursuit of the best possible story.
Manu Bennett brings something formidable, equal parts charm and menace, to Slade Wilson, and he's genuinely chilling in the scene where he kills the captain of the Amazo.
It's with some sense of relief, then, that I can say that "The Promise" was a much better episode than "The Odyssey," on both a character level and on an action level.
"The Promise" at least lives up to its namesake of ensuring the latter half of 'Arrow''s second season will prove just as explosive and incredible as the events that brought (and continue to bring) us there.
It was only a matter of time before an Island flashback took up a majority of an episode's screen time, and "The Promise" sees that idea come to fruition. The result is one of the best episodes of the whole series.
"The Promise," is two episodes in one. The first is a wrenching tragedy. The second is one of the most delightful comic half-hours of television I have ever seen. This is the Arrow episode to watch, people.
"The Promise" offered plenty of great interaction between Slade and Ollie in the past while frequently juxtaposing that relationship with the one that exists in the present.
We're given plenty to chew over for now - 'The Promise' is smart and powerful television with plenty of style and substance.
"The Promise" might very well be the best episode Arrow has ever done, and true to its name, it fulfills every bit of the promise we've seen from this show's best moments, even going all the way back to season one.