Arrow Recap: 6×05 “Deathstroke Returns” aired November 9th, 2017.
This week gave us another great addition to Arrow‘s sixth season. This week, Slade is back, and Oliver is helping him save his son. Meanwhile, Agent Watson is getting increasingly closer to discovering the truth about Team Arrow’s roster. This week was a big one, so let’s discuss!
It’s the title of the episode and the most important plot we got this week – Slade is back and Oliver is helping him rescue his son. Slade’s son is supposed to be in prison for a crime he did not commit, and Oliver Queen (not Green Arrow) goes with Slade to help get him released. This doesn’t turn out as planned, and Oliver is told that Slade’s son died in a prison fight. Slade is devestated – but when they return to see the body, they are told that there isn’t one. If there’s anything we’ve learned from Arrow and various other TV shows, it’s that no body = not dead. Slade ends this arc by drugging Oliver so he can’t assist him with his search for his son – but we know this story is far from over.
There’s a lot to talk about with this storyline. First, we have to commend Oliver for his forgiveness – there’s no way in hell the average person would help the man who stabbed their mother through the heart with a sword! We suppose it comes down to honor, after all, Oli did promise that he would help Slade in return for Slade’s help on the island. There’s also the question of Slade himself. Is it wrong to like the guy? He literally murdered Moira, and countless others, but he was under the influence of Mirakuru at the time. And didn’t Roy murder a cop under the influence of the same drug? It’s hard to say whether Slade is totally capable of redemption, but it’s not out of the question.
Vigilante is Revealed
Okay, time to be a little negative. The identity of Vigilante has been so built up that we truly expected more from Arrow, and we can’t help but be a little disappointed. It turns out that Vigilante is Dinah’s ex partner and boyfriend, Vincent Sobel. Not the most shocking reveal in the history of the show, but disappointing nonetheless. Couldn’t it have been someone we already knew? Possibly even someone we cared for? Or were at least invested in? It just feels cheap, and we hope Arrow has a solid plan in mind for this storyline.
Agent Watson is hot on Team Arrow’s trail
Samanda Watson is one smart cookie. Either that, or the entirety of Star City is just really dumb. Watson shows up and immediately points out the inconsistencies in Team Arrow’s secret identities. This episode, she confronts Dinah about the fact that she disappeared moments before The Black Canary arrived. It’s refreshing to have a character on the show that can voice the audience’s disbelief at how transparent this team can get. Even if she is Team Arrow’s opposition, we can’t help but love her for seeing right through their flimsy excuses. It’s about time someone did!
Olicity’s relationship is a perfect foundation for both of their stories
Arrow is nailing the romance this season, and here’s why. Oliver and Felicity didn’t even kiss this episode, but their affection for each other was a quiet basis for both of their character’s arcs. This is a true relationship. Oliver’s life is not all about Felicity, and yet she is present in everything he does. He’s off doing his own thing, but he has her to return to as a safe place to land – or, as this episode demonstrates, as a genius place to turn to for crucial information. The same goes for Felicity. She’s happier when she is with Oliver, but she doesn’t have to be with Oliver all of the time for that to be true. The show operates best with Oliver and Felicity quietly in love. It keeps the relationship drama from the forefront of the story, while presenting these two characters as the best versions of themselves – which they bring out in each other.
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