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"Deathstroke" writers ace long-form storytelling, revealing the machinations of two seasons worth of plot while proposing questions to drive the remaining episodes.
"Deathstroke" peels back several key layers of Slade Wilson's plan to destroy the life of Oliver Queen, and the scale of his plot boggles the imagination.
This was a solid episode and really moved Slade and Oliver's story ahead at full steam. I had hoped we would see them really fight, but this was almost better, seeing Slade slowly take Oliver's life apart
"Deathstroke" no doubt offered a bit of early crescendo for a season that still has five more episodes to go, but when it's this effective, we're not going to complain in the slightest.
"Deathstroke" is a taut, sharply written installment that hits all the right buttons and leaves the viewer slack-jawed in shock.
Oliver Queen has many good qualities - strength, aim, the ability to seduce foxy evil ladies. But...his brain is the equivalent of a bunch of earthworms tied in a knot, and he feels the consequences of that in this episode, entitled "Deathstroke."
"Deathstroke" hopefully set the stage for Arrow to hurtle itself through its final five episodes of Season 2 in an exciting fashion.
All rasp and alpha male glower, Manu Bennett continues to make Wilson a credible antagonist. No, more than credible: he's terrifying, frankly, loading pure, concentrated threat into every syllable.
'Deathstroke' is an exemplary piece of television. Not only does it tie-off unresolved plot strands from earlier in the season - such as Isabel's true motivation - but it also delivers exhilarating twists that push the show off in exciting new directions.
While it was free of the kind of extravagant, life-threatening set pieces of last year's season finale, "Deathstroke" felt, in many ways, like a culmination of Arrow year one and two.
What we got [from this episode] wasn't exactly that straightforward, but was all the more exciting for its mysterious cat-and-mouse plot twists.
Ollie's prolonged suffering and Slade's vengeful crusade made for an hour of thrilling television and another high point for Season 2.