Oliver – It was five years ago.
Slade – IT WAS YESTERDAY! Oh I tried to let go of the island, but it’s still got a hold on me. And if that hood that you wear every night is any indication…it’s still got a hold on you.
Interesting how time seems different to Oliver and to Slade. Oliver moved on from Shadow pretty quickly…probably because he was still in survival mode and he had to move on to survive. Shadow wasn’t such a big part of his life. For Slade on the other hand, Shadow was what he was holding on to…in a way i think keeping Shadow safe, happy, and helping her get off the island was Slade’s purpose as a vigilante on the island. After Shadow was taken from him and then revenge was taken from him Slade “lost it.” Without a purpose and without help…he became a villain. And it sticks with him because it was EVERYTHING to him. Yanking a purpose away from someone in the vigilante stage is a very dangerous thing to do…it will almost always be interpreted as deep betrayal.
In addition, Slade does have a point…The “islands” we have been through in life will always have a hold on us. They will impact our lives and who we are or are becoming. It is the type of hold we allow them to have, the purpose our “island” experience gives us, and the sidekicks/help we accept (or do not accept) along the way that will determine the type of power these experiences can give us. Will we be tied up, bound, by our island or will we be headed, bound, for something greater because of our island.