A new episode of Arrow is on The CW on Wednesday night, February 13. It's called "The Odyssey" and is notable for extended flashbacks involving Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson as well as some good screen time for Emily Bett Rickards' Felicity Smoak. Want some teasers? We've got teasers. Five of them, to be exact.
Here's what you have to look forward to.
1. FELICITY. SMOAK. Yes, I geek out about this character a lot, and it's mostly because she brings a sense of humor to the series that it sometimes lacks. Maybe she'll even lighten Oliver up a bit. It has already been spoiled through promotional stills that this is the episode where Felicity learns Oliver's secret; how and why, we shall see, but we know she eventually ends up helping Diggle to save Oliver's life.
It has been announced that Emily Bett Rickards will be a series regular for Arrow Season 2, and I think that's one of the best choices the show could make. Very excited about this.
2. More training with Slade Wilson on the island. Manu Bennett's Slade Wilson plays a large role in this episode, and we learn some things about his character -- or rather, have confirmation about some things about his character -- that are a bit unexpected. What we can expect are some shoutouts to other characters from Slade Wilson's backstory in DC Comics, including a certain mute future Teen Titan and someone else where any hint will give it away, so I'll just shut up right there.
Eddie Fyers also factors in and he still doesn't have his mustache, and it goes without saying that Oliver will learn more from these experiences. Maybe he'll learn there's something to that phrase that "nothing is bred that is weaker than man."
3. Felicity isn't the only place to get some humor. There is a comment that Oliver makes that I swear the writers have been waiting ever since the pilot to do. I got a big grin from it.
4. Moira has failed this city? The episode picks up where last week's Arrow episode left off, which means we will get to see what happens when "the Hood" comes face to face with his mother.
5. Vacation for some of the cast. Laurel is used very sparingly (and very well) in this episode. I don't want to go into specifics without spoiling any moments, but I will say her biggest and most surprising scene comes at a time I wasn't expecting it. Characters like Detective Lance and Thea show up fairly late in the game as well, but I have to say, the pared-down cast works for a story like this. You want to see Oliver and Slade on the island and what happens there, and what happens when Felicity and Diggle try to save Oliver's life. Too many characters at once would be a distraction. Which is not to say I don't like episodes with a full cast -- just, that an episode like this one works better without trying to spread everyone too thin.