In Review: Arrow – Deathstroke Returns

Slade returns and asks Oliver for help in tracking down his son.

Synopsis: Slade returns and asks Oliver for help in tracking down his son. When they learn Joe has been taken hostage by mercenaries, their mission to save him gets complicated by a terrible revelation that could shatter Slade’s hopes of reunion forever. Meanwhile, Vigilante reappears in Star City.

Review: This is one of those episodes that has been anticipated by fans for quite awhile and it doesn’t disappoint. Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke and Oliver Queen on a mission together after all that has gone on in the past was always going to make for interesting viewing. But the B storyline involving Dinah Drake proves to be just as compelling than that of Slade and Ollie.

Agent Watson makes another appearance and this week she chooses to hone in on Diggle, Felicity, and Dinah. And we also learn that she has ordered Rene to come in for questioning.  Could she be getting closer to the truth maybe?

We also learn the identity of Vigilante and it is a prominent figure from Dinah’s past, which is likely going to cause problems further down the line.

The big draw of the episode is, of course, the return of Manu Bennett as Deathstroke and he doesn’t disappoint. In the episode, Slade asks Oliver to come along and assist him as Oliver Queen Mayor of Star City. Slade feels that he may have a diplomatic solution to getting his son back, but when that goes wrong. All hell breaks loose.

The sequence toward the close of the episode when Deathstroke takes on the entire terrorist gang has some absolutely epic fight choreography. We see Deathstroke being just much a bad ass without performance-enhancing drugs. You have to wonder how on earth Arrow was able to pacify him.

We get a few flashbacks in the episode, which show us Slade and his boy 13 years earlier. Which works out to be a solid way of giving us a little context to what is revealed by the close of the episode.

Overall. A solid re-introduction of Deathstroke, which looks like it will be continued next week.

Great performances from both Stephen Amell and Manu Bennett.


Arrow - Deathstroke Returns
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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