Season 1 Episode 14

The Odyssey

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 13, 2013 on The CW
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  • Arrow "The Odyssey" Review: Let's All Give a Warm Arrow Cave Welcome To...

    "The Odyssey" was an flashback- and action-heavy episode that took place mostly Lian Yu, but some of its most important moments came in brief scenes that took place between all the stuff on the island.

  • Episode Summary

    Diggle finds himself working with an unlikely ally when Felicity brings a wounded Oliver to the warehouse. As Oliver's life hangs in the balance he remembers his time on the island when he tried to escape with a new ally, Slade Wilson.

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    • arrow

      I like this serial!
    • Spectacular!

      I loved this episode - the flashbacks were both chilling and revealing, and it fit into the main storyline at the right point in time. The episode's beginning with Moira and Oliver was so intense - definitely the best scene on the show so far - and it was just amazingly done.

      I loved the flashbacks - it is extremely interesting. Personally I would hope for flashbacks to not eat up such a huge chunk of the episode, but nonetheless, it was fantastic and I'm looking forward to getting back into the regular rhythm come next week.moreless
    • Do we really need the flashbacks?

      I am so over the flashbacks. I absolutely hate them, and this episode had more than the usual amount.

      Flashbacks were the reason I stopped watching the series ONCE UPON A TIME, as I found the storyline in the storybook world annoying and distracting, taking away my enjoyment of the main story.

      Wow, much loved characters were in danger or about to die some gruesome death in storybook-land but wait, hang on, in the present world, they were still alive!

      Any sense of danger and the thrill of edge-of-your-seat anticipation is gone from the viewing leaving, what? Boredom, perhaps? At the very least a feeling of, "come on, get on with it!"

      Similarly with this episode of Arrow: In the present world we know that Oliver had been on the island for five years, so the storyline of he and Slade planning to get off the island, and it hasn't yet been one year of Oliver's stay on this 'beautiful paradise', holds no interest at all. We know from the onset that for some reason or another, it's just not going to work. That being the case, I say, let's spend more time on the truly important story of what is happening in the present.

      (Gilligan and company were never going to get off their own island at any time during the whole run of that show, 'cos then the show would be over, so I got really really sick of the numerous episodes that started with someone saying something to the effect of, " I think I found a way to get off the island")

      Unlike Gilligan whose show would end if they got off the island (discounting of course the few TV movies that took place after the official series' run), Oliver's show really starts after he got off the island.

      In fact I question, why do we need to see how Oliver became what he is, when we can actually see what he is? We don't need to see flashbacks of Laurel or Detective Lance (or the rest of Oliver's family, for that matter) to understand them, to emphasis with them or to appreciate their motivations, their drive and passions, their respective determination.

      For my money, the only series to use flashbacks properly, seamlessly so that they fit within the context of the 'present' in the running storyline is PERSON OF INTEREST, the worst ONCE UPON A TIME and LOST. Arrow fits somewhere in the middle, closer to OUAT, where the producers and writers are seemingly trying to tell two running stories at once, one set in the past and one in the present.

      Here's an idea, If the producers and writers really want to unveil the story of Oliver's adventures on the island, how about tying together all the future flashbacks and presenting them as a telly-movie or mini- series, to be run complementary to the main series.

      Let's go forward from here, rather than back. Lets' spend less time showing us how Oliver got here and more on where he goes from here.moreless
    • Devoted Partners!

      Wow this series just keeps getting better and better!

      While Oliver was mostly comatose this episode, it was great getting to know Felicity and Diggle better, seeing them team up was a real treat it seems as if Felicity and sticking around for a while and I couldn't be more delighted!

      Once again the flashbacks in this episode were wonderful, it was really cool to see more of Slade Wilson's characterization I hope we see more of him next week.

      I also loved the deepening of Yao Fei 's character.

      I for one am defiantly going to tune in next week to see if Walter is recused to see how Oliver ended up escaping the island and how exactly does Oliver's mother fit into all of this?moreless
    • The Odyssey

      The Odyssey was an excellent episode of Arrow. I really enjoyed watching because something shocking happens right away and the rest of the story goes between present day and Oliver's past. It was awesome watching what happened while he was on the island. I liked how Felicity just showed up and ask John for his help. Detective Lance seem to have a certain suspicion which was interesting. There was a lot of action some good drama and plenty of intrigue. The character development was engaging and well written. I liked how everything played out and I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
    Stephen Amell

    Stephen Amell

    Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

    Katie Cassidy

    Katie Cassidy

    Dinah "Laurel" Lance

    David Ramsey

    David Ramsey

    John Diggle

    Willa Holland

    Willa Holland

    Thea Queen

    Susanna Thompson

    Susanna Thompson

    Moira Queen

    Paul Blackthorne

    Paul Blackthorne

    Detective Quentin Lance

    Jeffrey C. Robinson

    Jeffrey C. Robinson


    Guest Star

    Rhys Williams (II)

    Rhys Williams (II)

    Landmine Soldier

    Guest Star

    Byron Mann

    Byron Mann

    Yao Fei

    Recurring Role

    Manu Bennett

    Manu Bennett

    Slade Wilson

    Recurring Role

    Celina Jade

    Celina Jade


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Felicity: I'm guessing how and why are Oliver Queen's least favorite questions.
        Diggle: Yeah, well, there's also when and where he's not too fond of.

      • Diggle: Remember playing Operation when you were a kid?
        Felicity: Yeah. And it never made me want to throw up.

      • Slade: You have two choices--escape, or die. So choose.
        Oliver: Escape.
        Slade: Then let me show you how not to die.

      • Diggle: Thanks for your help. Kept your head on.
        Felicity: I always wondered how I'd react if I found my boss shot and bleeding in my car. Not that I helped because he's my boss. I'd help anyone who was shot and bleeding in my car.

      • Slade: Where are you going?
        Oliver: All my life, all that I've ever thought about is myself. I took my family for granted. I betrayed people that I loved. And I'm not going to be that person anymore.

      • Oliver: I guess I didn't die. Again. Cool.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Colin Donnell is credited but doesn't appear.

      • Injoke: Slade Wilson mentions his partner's name as Wintergreen, and says that he has a son, Joe. In the comics, Wilson's son is Joseph Wilson aka Jericho. Wintergreen is the name of Wilson's long-time butler and confidant.

      • International Airdates:
        Canada: February 13, 2013 on CTV
        UK: February 18, 2013 on Sky1
        Sweden: May 14, 2013 on Kanal 5
        Portugal: October 13, 2013 on RTP
        Finland: January 2, 2014 on Sub

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Oliver: I'm on a deserted island and my only friend is named Wilson.
        This is a reference to the movie Cast Away, which is about a man stranded on an island and his only companion is a volleyball with a face on it that he names "Wilson."