‘Arrow’ – S01E18 – “Salvation”


I’m really enjoying these Ollie/Slade flashbacks. They’re like a really messed up Odd Couple. So it was great to hear the news that Manu Bennett (who plays Slade Wilson) is going to be upgraded to full-time cast member next season (along with Colton Haynes/Roy Harper).

Here is how “Salvation” is described:

OLIVER MUST SAVE ROY HARPER FROM A MURDERER — An angry resident of The Glades who calls himself “The Savior” (guest star Christopher Redman) embarks on a kidnapping and killing spree to punish those he believes have wronged the residents of his neighborhood. To make things worse, he broadcasts these murders online and claims he was inspired by Arrow’s (Stephen Amell) vigilantism. Oliver is horrified by this statement and vows to stop “The Savior,” but his manhunt in intensified after Thea (Willa Holland) comes to him in tears and tells him Roy (guest star Colton Haynes) has been kidnapped. Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is surprised when her father (Paul Blackthorne) starts to believe her mother’s (guest star Alex Kingston) claim that Sara is still alive. Meanwhile, Malcom (John Barrowman) tells Moira (Susanna Thompson) to find the person responsible for his attempted murder.

I look forward to your thoughts, opinions, gripes, live-blogging, etc.



  1. Oooouuuhhhh this episode looks interesting! I like that Oliver is starting to feel the weight and the responsibility of his role as Green Arrow and the good he can make!

    Cool news about Manu Bennett being updgraded to full-time cast member for Season 2, I love his performance as Slade so far! 🙂

  2. We’re 18 episodes in and Ollie still hasn’t made his god awful chili yet?

  3. Because of work, etc., I’ve decided to DVD wait. It all looks great!

  4. I really liked the parkour style running and roof jumping in this episode. There are some spectacular (for TV) stunts in this series.

    • Haven’t seen the episode yet (Waiting for it to hit iTunes) but I hope it’s better than the unnecessary parkour Roy did when he saved Thea last week. “Let me do a spin off this wall. It aided me in no way!” It was like that time Kirk dropkicked the wall of the Enterprise to catapult himself into an enemy!

      Your stamp of approval has me hoping for some pretty good stuff.

    • I can’t predict your approval for certain, but the stunts I’m talking about did serve a purpose unlike Roy’s spin move.

  5. Overall, a good episode. Less interaction with other DCU figures (except Slade on the island), but I thought the parkour stuff was cool. I knew Amell is in good shape (they have to show him with his shirt off at least once per episode, I believe by contract ;-), but he did a lot of that stuff himself. Props to him.

    I had commented on the Slade/Ollie relationship growing, and it’s really great. Lots of great stuff, and more to come. I had not heard Manu Bennett signed on as a regular – that’s great news! I grew to really like him on Spartacus, glad he has a spot on another show I watch since it is ending.

    I only caught on Easter Egg this episode – the train to Central City (“be there in a flash”). That was cool.

  6. I thought this was the best episode yet.

  7. I realize being a full-time cast member actually means more than this, but in this day and age where TV shows don’t have those opening sequences that list all of the stars, for me it doesn’t seem like as big a deal. It just means “they show up more often”. Like, if for some reason they didn’t have Manu Bennett in an episode, would they still list him in the credits, if he’s a full-time cast member?

    I don’t know why having the opening sequence re-cut to include that cast member was such a big deal to me.

    • It may not be a big deal to you, but it sure as hell is a big deal to THEM. The actors AND the producers. Being a full-time cast member also means being under contract which means the producers don’t have to worry about the actor going off and doing another project, like they were with Manu Bennett. The producers said before that they love using Slade but they had to shoot around Bennett’s schedule. Signing him as a cast member relieves that headache.

  8. I thought this was the best episode since the mid-season finale. Felicity is really starting to grow on me, Thea wasn’t such a brat and I actually felt bad for her, and Roy is going to be a great character (I just hope they pace his glaringly inevitable transformation well). The angle between Moira and Malcolm is finally getting interesting.

    Whereas I usually find the scenes from the Island a drag and unnecessary, I thought they were well done this time. They weren’t too long, not a lot of “character surprises” (backstabbing, two-facing, double crossing) that are sometimes difficult to keep track of.

    I agree with the previous posts about the stunts, they were quite well done.

    Maybe I’ve just seen The Dark Knight 200 times too many but, perhaps just to me, there were some subtle similarities between this episode and that movie. Besides Chin Han acting in both there are vigilantes having to stop wannabees (specifically the line “What’s the difference between you and me?”), the hero has to speed out in the middle of the day in plain clothes on a motorcycle (“It’s the middle of the day! “), the way that the impostor broadcasted his victims reminded me of the way Joker did it.

  9. “Should be there in a FLASH”