Recap / Arrow S 1 E 14 The Odyssey

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On the island, Slade Wilson teaches Oliver combat. Slade mentions that there is one supply plane every three months, and they must take action soon. While heading through the forest with Slade, Oliver steps on a mine. Unable to move as Fyers’ men approach, Oliver disguises himself as one of them. Slade takes the men down and uses one’s corpse to shove Oliver off the mine; it does not explode.

Slade reveals that his partner was Billy Wintergreen. They were assigned to find out why Fyers was interested in Yao Fei. Fyers took Slade and Billy hostage, and Billy agreed to join Fyers’ camp, but Slade did not.

Oliver and Slade take over Fyers’ watch post. Oliver uses the phone to call Laurel, but he cannot muster up words to say. Slade and Oliver argue about what will happen to Yao Fei once they leave. Slade wants to blow up the island, but Oliver wants to rescue Yao Fei. Oliver heads to the main camp and follows Yao Fei into a tent, but Fyers enters and takes Oliver to be executed. In his Deathstroke mask, Billy Wintergreen beats up Oliver, but is interrupted by an explosion. Slade arrives and fights Wintergreen, fatally stabbing him in the eye. The plane leaves the island without them aboard. Fyers allows Yao Fei five minutes with his daughter, Shado.

The Hood faces off with Moira and she soon shoots him in the chest. Oliver, having sneaked into Felicity’s car, reveals himself and orders her to take him to the warehouse. Diggle sews up Oliver’s bullet wound and shocks him back to life when Oliver begins seizing. Felicity expresses her disapproval of Oliver killing, even bad guys. As Oliver wakes up, Felicity hacks into the police system and tells them to destroy Oliver’s blood sample taken from Moira’s office. Oliver officially asks her to join the team, but Felicity only wants Walter back, after which she will resume her normal life.

Tropes applying to this Episode:

  • Absentee Actor: Tommy does not appear in the episode.
  • Big Entrance: As Fryers' men scatter after bullets and explosions start flying around the camp, Slade walks out of a tent and faces the camera just as a huge explosion takes out two men directly behind him.
  • Call-Back: Felicity recounts all the terrible lies Oliver and Diggle made to her up to this point.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The counter move that Slade did to Oliver at the beginning of the episode becomes useful near the end when Oliver himself uses it on a Mook while he and Slade are escaping.
  • Damsel out of Distress: A "villainous" example is when Moira shoots the Arrow when he had her at gun arrow point.
  • A Death in the Limelight: In some ways, to Billy Wintergreen. We find out his name and backstory from Slade before the latter offs him.
  • Debut Queue: The episode marks Shado's debut.
  • Dumb Blonde: Felicity uses "blonde" as a synonym for "stupid" when explaining how bad Oliver was at lying to her whenever he tried to cover up his superhero antics.
    "Oliver brought me a laptop riddled with bullet holes, had me trace a black arrow, and research a company involved in armored car heists. I may be blone but-not that blonde."
  • Eye Scream: Billy Wintergreen gets a sword in the right eye... from Slade Wilson, no less.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Fyers is talking with Yao Fei in his command tent, a copy of The Odyssey can be seen on his desk.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Slade stabs his old partner through the right eye while said partner is wearing the Deathstroke outfit. In season 2, Oliver puts an arrow through Slade's right eye in the season's last flashback.
    • The emphasis put on Shado and Oliver's dragoon tattoo.
  • I Have Your Wife: Fyers has Yao Fei's daughter Shado to ensure his cooperation.
  • Internal Reveal: Oliver is forced to open his secret to Felicity, though she had her suspicions.
  • Kirk Summation: Oliver attempted to do this to Wintergreen. He gets beaten up for the trouble.
  • Literary Allusion Title: To The Odyssey, the long journey of a man to return home. While all the flashbacks throughout the first season deal with Oliver's attempts to get off the island, this episode is one of a few to be almost exclusively made up of flashbacks since it details Oliver and Slade's first real attempt to challenge the soldiers occupying the island and steal one of their planes off the island.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: In the flashback, Oliver dreams of him and Laurel talking to a bed presumably after sex before Slade wakes him up.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • “Wintergreen” was an associate of Slade Wilson’s in the comics. William Randolph Wintergreen first appeared in The New Teen Titans #2, the same comic book that introduced Deathstroke, as his butler.
    • Slade Wilson mentions a son named Joe. Joseph Wilson is the Teen Titan named “Jericho.”
    • Shado is a major figure in Mike Grell’s seminal Green Arrow story "The Longbow Hunters".
  • Out of Focus: Both Quentin and Thea only appeared at the closing scene, while Laurel appeared twice in short scenes (one in a dream, the other when Oliver called her) in a flashback.
  • Public Execution: Fryers drags Oliver, who was already knocked onto the floor and helpless, into the middle of his camp, has all his men surround the twenty-two year old civilian, and then orders Billy Wintergreen to execute Oliver with his bare hands, which amuses the soldiers.
  • Sadist: When Bill Wintergreen decks Oliver, one of the soldiers behind Fryers is visibly bouncing back and forth, seemingly in excitement over getting to see this armed mercenary execute a scared, shipwrecked twenty-two year old. It goes to show that it's not just Fryers and Wintergreen who are evil, the men that work under them are just as callous and exploitive. This, along with their constantly masked faces, makes it easy for audiences to sympathize with Slade moments later when he mows down the soldiers.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Stuff Blowing Up: When Slade raided Fryers' camp to rescue Oliver and fight Wintergreen.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Oliver has come a long way since he was stranded in the island. Slade notices and appreciates it.
  • Troll: Slade watches Oliver trying and failing to light a fire when he has a lighter in his pocket. He watches for two hours.
  • Training Montage: Slade and Oliver start the episode smacking bamboo sticks against each other like their swords, with Slade outdoing Oliver each time and snapping the stick against Oliver's neck. Eventually, Oliver gets sick of failing and questions how sticks will help him fight armed mercenaries, only for Slade to let Oliver stick a gun in his face and promptly disarm him in half a second.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Nearly, anyways; only a handful of scenes take place in the present day, the rest of the episode is a flashback to Oliver's time on the island.