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"You cannot die until you have suffered, the same way I have suffered. Until you have known complete despair. And you will. I promise." - Slade Wilson to Oliver Queen



1. I enjoyed this Island-centric episode. Oliver, Slade and Sara coming up with plans as a teams is interesting to watch. Also, I have to admit that I had I was quite fond of the moment when Slade called Oliver his brother. Sigh…the good old times. I cannot believe that Slade still has such a strong resentment against Oliver for killing Shado (so long ago ) that it makes him want to kill his ENTIRE family. Well, that means that Slade had an ENORMOUS amount of love for Shado (even thought she basically "chose" him last) if it equates to killing Oliver's entire family and every one he loves. Hmm...



2. SLADE WILSON is in Starling City and I was loving every minute of it. The tension and open hatred that Oliver could not hide against Slade was so amusing to watch. It seems as though Moira was enjoying EVERY SINGLE MOMENT of it. He is so damn charming and crafty. It seems as though he knows everything. Speaking of, I thought that the tour Slade wanted of the house was kind of pointless until, at the end, it showed how Slade was secretly planting camera around the house. What? Mr. Genius. Watch, out Ollie. Slade is trying to make good on his threat: OPERATION MAKE YOU SUFFER.

3. My favorite moment (as corny as it may be) occurs when Slade's and Oliver's wear their respective "costumes" on the island that are eventually upgraded in the "future" (if that makes sense). I love a good "come full circle" idea/story. Also, the ACTION scenes had me on the edge of my chair. I love a good action scene and all of them were well done.

The birth of Arrow and the rise of Deathstroke. The birth of Arrow and the rise of Deathstroke.

4. "Team Arrow" was so uneasy and nervous for Oliver (because of Slade). It was great to see them all try to help Oliver even it was for a nanosecond.

5. I could seriously gush how wonderful Slade was in this episode. The writers showed all sides of his personality in this episode (I think). It was so fun to watch. He is going to be an AWESOME villain. He is so cold-hearted. I mean he really does not give a shit. Once they do not mess his character up with a lame redeemable story that messes every bad ass character.

BONUS:
BRAVO to Oliver and Slade in this episode. This is one of Arrow's best episodes (along with the episodes with Barry Allen/Flash in them of course).

Why does the next episode have to be in 2 weeks? What's up with this torture? I hope this Suicide Squad Episode is worth the wait.

*Totally random points that stood out to me.
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Another week off!!! enough of this crap..won't be coming back!
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Awesome episode! The best one so far. This season finale is going to be totally OK Corral, a fierce war between Oliver and Slade. Moira knew Slade from before this, which makes clear that she isn't the victim she's claiming to be. More than Slade and the League of Assassins, that is clearly behind his actions, his own mother will be Oliver's ultimate opponent.
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Slade was certainly badass before and that mask was creepy just in season 1. Now you got a Miraku superpowered Slade with the mask on chasing around bad guys trapped in a freighter's engine room both bulletproof and prone to psychotic rages. This show makes me want to postpone any career as a henchman.
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I totally dislike this episode. Ollie was stupid in the island, not explaining Slade the truth from the beginning (he really didn't choose Sara, he was just trying to protect her) and in the present. Not explaining Moira how dangerous is Slade. I hated Moira so hard.
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One of the best episodes. Slade was creepy at the end. Roy is bacl too and no annoying Laurel. Not enough Felicity but can see why, this was about Slade vs Oliver.
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Agreed - Best episode of the series so far. I am a huge, albeit new, fan of Arrow. After hearing friends rave about it I found season 1 on Netflix, then caught up on season 2 on Amazon Instant Video. Now I am completely addicted to a show I really wasn't expecting to like. I'm not a comic book reader; I'm a mid-thirties mother of 4, but I am completely absorbed in these characters and a storyline that feels epic. The fight scenes are spectacular, the stunts are jaw-dropping, and the acting is fantastic. It feels like I'm watching a feature film instead of a t.v. show.

My husband, on the other hand, is a HUGE fan of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and Arkham Origins video game. After convincing him to watch a few episodes, he loved the show as much as me, especially once he realized "Deathstroke" would be Oliver's arch-nemesis. He had extremely high expectations for Slade Wilson, a super-villian in the DC universe and Manu Bennett does not disappoint.

That's what makes Arrow so great - It appeals to both of us equally and that's rare. You don't have to be a comic book fan to enjoy it, but for someone who knows and already loves these characters, it's dream come true.

Here are the two criticisms I seem to be coming across most frequently regarding 'The Promise':
1. People unable to rationalize Slade's vendetta towards Oliver
2. Disappointment that there wasn't an all-out brawl in the mansion between Slade and Team Arrow.

Regarding Slade's rage, some people seem to be forgetting that a side-effect of Mirakuru is irrational psychotic rage, that apparently grows with time. We've already seen it manifesting in Roy and Oliver is desperately trying to help him control it.

The 2nd 'criticism' is ironically one of the things I love most about the writing on this show.... the slow build. The anticipation of knowing what's inevitably coming is what keeps me chewing on my knuckles every episode that includes Slade Wilson. This is a man who has planned his revenge for years.... He's not going to kick down the door and start throwing punches. He's going to take Oliver's team down systematically. As Slade so calmly put it when Oliver pulled the knife on him, "Not yet kid." I have a feeling we are in for a MIND-BLOWING finale.
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I'm confused about Slade's big-ass "hidden"-camera bugs. Sure, surveillance makes sense, but you cannot tell me NO ONE is going to notice those things! They're bigger than postage stamps and very poorly hidden. Really?!

And Ivo is infuriating. Really don't like him, not just as a person but as a character. He's everything that goes self-indulgently wrong in so many superhero stories all rolled into one.

Oh, and I miss the old Slade. I never really understood why Shado would have chosen Oliver over him in the first place, but now that he's shot up with miracuru he may make an excellent villain but he was just so wonderful before.
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slade was suppose to have a son. His son wanted to join the teen titans but they didnt let him and he killed himself and then he became the enemy of the titans.

All his hatred over Shado just seems a bit meh, like really? You knew her for a few months and you all crazy over her now?
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He is literally all crazy now because of the mirakuru. It messes with your physiology and makes you unstable; he can't get past her death because of it.
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o yeah lol
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No mention of harley quinn?
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She's really a Batman character so unlikely to appear.
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They showed her. And she's a suicide squad member. And they've had other characters from other dc stuff.
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Cool then. I love her character so I'm happy she is in it.
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As mentioned earlier, those cameras were HUGE. To me, it seems like if Felicity can get an internal-real time thermal view of the mansion...then she would be able to pick those cameras as they are transmitting. Just me...

The battle between Team Arrow and Team Slade is going to be epic.

I do like that we are seeing more and more Oliver on the island, seeing him advancing in his training. I still know ZERO about his connections with the Russian Mafia...although I think we get a clue in this episode to how he got his connection.

I think, as least I hope, that we see his time on the island advancing faster. So far, just about everything that has happened in the first season and this season has been as a result of the island. Hopefully, at some point soon, the problems of the island disappear and we start seeing things that only have to do with the present time. In other words, ghosts from the past stop reemerging.
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Two weeks ahhhh why do they do this to us, but I have high hopes for the next episode so I thinks it's worth the wait.
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Good points! Only thing I disliked about the "genius" of Slade was that the cameras where literally huge. Like it will take them anytime to find the camera on the modeled ship? They're in that room all the time!

I'm quite confident that an episode (Suicide Squad) that focuses on a bunch of specialists hunting Deathstroke is going to be quite the ride. I still don't want to wait 2 weeks for it!
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Yeah these days the cameras are minute, suppose it was for the audience to see. Suicide Squad vs Slade vs Arrow!!!!
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agreed! also I wanted to shout to moira and thea get out of there!!! It would've been awesome if he had tried something right there but no, he is pacient and wants to make oliver suffer, I don't want to be in his shoes.
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