Reviewed: by Tyler Olson
***The review below contains minor spoilers.***
We haven't had a huge island focused episode since "The Odyssey" last year, so it was definitely time for one, but was it as amazing as we hoped it would be? You bet it was! There were huge fights, explosions, massive twists, and fantastic character developments. What more do you need?
We knew that Slade found out about Shado's death somehow, but I had no idea how much of a stab in the heart it would be. Through all their time on the island they have formed a friendship that made them feel like brothers, but thanks to the twisted effects of Mirakuru, and the insane mind of Ivo, it was all over in a blink of an eye. We have yet to see the death of the mad doctor, but let's just hope that what he already received is just the beginning of a very painful end.
While Slade's story nosedived toward Deathstroke 2.0, we also saw the beginning of a new alliance forming on the island. Other than the already helpful Anatoli, Sara now has newcomer Reverend Thomas Flynn on her side, who oddly seems like a combination of a few DC characters. I can't wait to see who, or what, comes from him. His relationship with Abraham almost reminds of me another fantastic human / rodent pair, too.
And that was just one the island; the present day encounter was fantastic as well! It may not have had huge battles and explosions, but the character interactions were exactly what the situation called for. Plus, it showed how strong Oliver's circle of friends is at this point, and even gave Slade something to consider in the future.
There is one part that did irk me, though. The conversation between Moira and Oliver at the end was the perfect opportunity to start mending fences by telling Moira that he knew Slade from the island. He didn't have to go into full detail, but it would have explained his actions and possibly brought his family closer together again. Instead, all this did was created more heartache and possibly put his mother in huge danger. Definitely not one of his finer moments.
Other than the annoying blip at the end, The Promise was perfectly done, absolutely making it one of the best episodes of the season. I'm super excited to find out what Slade's next move will be.