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Arrow Review: Man of Answers

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Damn, that Slade Wilson is a lot of fun!

Slade made it pretty clear on Arrow Season 2 Episode 18 that his idea of making Oliver suffer is a little different than what one might have expected. He's not necessarily interested in overtly killing people, but in sharing his truths with them. I like it!

On Arrow Season 2 Episode 17, it felt like there were just too many lies and they were at the heart of all of the hurt going down in Starling City. Slade may not see things the same way, as he's using truths to hurt those who love Oliver, but in the end he's probably doing Oliver a favor.

Slade Makes His Move
Despite the cuffs, Slade makes his move against Oliver on Arrow. "Deathstroke" is the 18th episode of the show's second season.

Slade let Thea go right quick and let his minions take over. She wasn't to be harmed, but was used to scare the hell out of Oliver and his family and to force Oliver to sign Queen Consolidated over to Isabel Rochev. As soon as Oliver did that I knew she was working with Slade and he had orchestrated everything with her. It made perfect sense.

Slade also took the opportunity to tell Thea about Malcolm Merlyn. He did tell a little lie of his own by suggesting Oliver has known about her birth for years, but the timing of it doesn't even matter. It's interesting to whom he chose to tell what truths. To Thea it was about her father and to Laurel it was about Oliver's secret identity. 

Since Slade has already confronted both Laurel and Thea and didn't seem in any hurry to harm them, it feels like we can cross them off the list of a Shado/Sara type showdown if that's even in his playbook. We also learned by Slade is still so anry about Shado -- because she's always with him. Thanks to the Mirakuru she's alive and well in his mind, and driving his actions. I can appreciate that being enough to drive him batty with the need for revenge.

Laurel's knowledge of Oliver's identity might be what saves Lance from his imprisonment. Sara already told daddy that Oliver didn't know anything about the Arrow, so it seems doubtful she'll be willing to give him up now to save Lance from facing charges. Laurel could be angry enough about the lies to turn on Oliver to save her father. 

Sara keeps proving again and again how willing she is to kill and somehow I think that will be her downfall. Roy had every right to be upset and question Oliver's judgment about Thea after what he forced him to do. Roy very possibly could have saved Thea had they been together, but he'll never know. 

Angsty Roy was an enjoyable Roy, though, wasn't he? He got some zinger lines in about King Queen before he ended up driving out of town. Where the hell is he going?

You're special forces, she's an international assassin. You'd think that between the three of us we could have gotten answers out of Slade ourselves instead of turning him into the police. Here's what's really sick, is we didn't even question him because he said it was the right thing to do. Just like he said I had to break up with Thea one week after telling me to leave her alone!

Roy

When it came down to it, the people who had Oliver's back when he needed support the most were his two trusted companions, Diggle and Felicity. Felicity was also the only team member who gave him the OK to go out on his own. It's what he needed to do and there wasn't going to be any stopping him, so why not give him a feeling of security as he goes out?

The entire hour just came together fabulously. Slade's calm demeanor rattled Oliver and threw him even further off of his game. He has had nothing but time to craft this elaborate plan and Oliver has been blindsided. How are Sara and Felicity going to protect him from the pain of Laurel knowing his secret and Thea knowing about Malcolm?

I wonder how long until Thea learns Moira's bigger secret -- that Malcolm is still alive. Similarly, I wonder whether Laurel will immediately let on that she knows Oliver's secret identity and if it will cause her to question who Canary is and if that will, in turn, ruin her relationship with Sara once again.

I asked last week at what price so many lies, and we're starting to see some answers tonight. We're in a rerun next week before finishing out the season with all new episodes so watch Arrow online in the meantime!

What secret that Slade told surprised you most?

 

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Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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Marissa

Loved this episode. I was hoping that Thea would be the next to learn Oliver's secret but her learning about Malcolm and Laural learning Oliver's secret was amazing. Roy did have a right to be angry at Oliver but he should have also stayed with them. I was not expecting that twist with Isabel she just seemed like a bit of a bitch I didn't think she was totally evil and probably crazy since she's working with Slade. Knowing that Slade see Shado made me think he's a bit more crazy than I thought before because it's one thing to get revenge because the woman you loved was killed it's another to see her all the time and be making decisions based on what she says. I loved how at the end Diggle and Felicity were there for Oliver when he needed them the most. My favorite part was Felicity telling Oliver to go after Slade and do whatever it takes I was waiting the whole episode to hear her say that and then she did it was amazing. I can't wait till the next episode I really want to know what's going to happen with everyone the shows getting so exciting and really uping the stakes.

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so how does slade know malcolm is her dad is all i wanna know

Karla-baez
@ nateddog

he put cameras all over the Queen house, and there has been a few arguments between oliver and moira about it.

Arrow Season 2 Episode 18 Quotes

Oliver: They're calling you Deathstroke.
Slade: That's a bit flamboyant. I like it.

Well, I told a guy the truth and he got struck by lightening. To be fair, it probably won't happen again. Statistically.

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