Arrow Review – “The Promise”

This week’s island-centric episode highlights the transformations of Oliver Queen and Slade Wilson.

Title: “The Promise”

Cast and Crew

Director: Glen Winter
Writers: Ben Sokolowski, Jake Coburn

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
Caity Lotz as Sara Lance / Black Canary
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
David Ramsay as John “Dig” Diggle
Willa Holland as Thea Queen
Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen
Colton Haynes as Roy Harper
Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke
Dylan Neal as Anthony Ivo
James Pizzinato as Reverend Thomas Flynn
Ronald Selmour as the Butcher

Full cast and crew may be found here.


This island-centric episode emphasizes Ollie and friend’s attempts to escape the island and the start of his problems with Slade. In the present, Slade Wilson visits the Queen family, and only Team Arrow can prevent a massacre.

High Points

The show used the action sequences and the emerging costumed identities—the stuff of which superhero comics are made—to emphasize the growth of character and, overall, it worked very well.

Low Point

I understand their need to keep the various plots dangling, and they did a fair job of paralleling two confrontations. However, the particular stories addressed this week would have greater dramatic impact if each had an episode of its own.

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 5/6 The actors did an impressive job differentiating between the past and present versions of their characters, as Ollie moved towards his heroic identity and Wilson grew into deranged villainy. The Queen women, meanwhile, remain unaware of the danger around them.

Story: 5/6 We have a strong story, though it ends on something of an anti-climax.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 5/6

Overall: 6/6

In total, “The Promise” receives 35/42


For those who don’t already know, Hatley Castle in BC, which plays the part of the Queen Family Mansion, has appeared as Luthor’s mansion in Smallville and Charles Xavier’s School in the X-Men franchise.

3 replies on “Arrow Review – “The Promise””

  1. The ending was definitely anti-climactic. The island backstory took the forefront this week and it was alright but seemed like more of a setup than a result.

    I went to look up the episode number on IMDB and now I’m really curious about the episode two weeks from now “Birds of Prey” Hmm.

  2. I really like that they are starting to bring to a head what was happening on the island. That was seeming to go on forever with no real direction. My fear is that now that we have had the heroes training montage what else is Oliver doing for the next 3 years before he gets off?

    • I liked this week’s island ep, but I’m really growing weary of the island overall. Three more years? I vote for one more montage after he gets out of his current difficulties, and then he leaves

      He can rescue Gilligan and Mary-Anne or Ralph and Piggy or the cast of Lost on the way home, if they want to mix it up a bit but, honestly, they need to end the island plot soon.

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