Tonight's episode of "Arrow" finally revealed Damien Darhk's plans for Star City. It also put Andy and Diggle in a game of cat and mouse that proved to be fatal for one of the Diggle brothers. Thea found herself on vacation, which was really a kidnapping, and Oliver and Felicity paid a visit to a friend of John Constantine's. For a season whose main themes have been family and magic, this episode truly captured the spirit of both. The issues that were brought up between Diggle and his brother in "Brotherhood," as well as Oliver's quest to fight Darhk's magic, all came to a head this week in "Genesis."
The episode kicked off with Oliver (Stephen Amell,) recommending that the team take a few days off to rest and process everything that's happened with Laurel (Katie Cassidy.) In addition to grieving, each member of the team used their free time to pursue different interests. Thea (Willa Holland) used her time off to go on vacation with Oliver's former campaign strategist Alex. Diggle (David Ramsey) used his free time to visit Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson.) Oliver and Felicity used their free time to pay a visit to one of Constantine's (Matt Ryan) friends named Esrin Fortuna. Ersin revealed herself to them while playing Black Jack with Felicity. Ersin's goal was to help Oliver learn how to tap into the light, into hope, which was the only thing that could counteract Darhk's (Neal McDonough) darkness. In an underground lair, which looked a lot like the one on Lian Yu, Ersin began training Oliver on how to harness light magic. At first he was successful, but when he realized he was fighting the darkness within himself, he was plagued with flashbacks of all the death he had witnessed -- his mother's death, Laurel's, Tommy's, even his father's. In that moment, Fortuna told Oliver that there was too much darkness in him, and that he would never beat Darhk unless he could overcome the fear and darkness within.
Diggle went through an extremely emotional journey tonight, as he tried to locate his missing-in-action brother Andy (Eugene Byrd.) Throughout the episode Andy kept getting the upper hand on Diggle. First Andy kidnapped Diggle and planted a tracking device on him. Once Andy discovered where Diggle, Lyla, and Sara were hiding, he and Darhk attacked them. Both times Diggle had the opportunity to kill his brother for betraying him, but he continued to exercise mercy. In the final showdown between Diggle and his brother, Andy told Diggle to kill him. Andy had been taunting Diggle all day with the memories of Laurel and his betrayal. It wasn't until Andy crossed the line, by saying that he would always come for Lyla and Sara, that Diggle knew he had to put Andy down. In their final moments together Diggle shot and killed Andy, which ended H.I.V.E.'s reign of terror against Diggle's family. It was an emotional and surprising move for Diggle to make, considering he had been after Andy's supposed killer, Floyd Lawton, for years. Diggle had also been a strong voice of reason in Oliver's life, urging him not to take life, to let the criminals of Star City face justice in a court of law. Now Diggle will have to live with consequences of not just taking the life of one of Darhk's thugs, but the life of his own brother.
The episode concluded with Oliver rescuing Lyla and Baby Sara from Darhk, who had incapacitated Lyla. When Darhk began to use his dark magic on Oliver, Oliver's eyes began to glow and he was able to repel Darhk for the first time ever. This completely freaked Darhk out, so he fled. Baby Sara and Lyla were rescued and safe, until Lyla figured out that Darhk stole the Rubicon chip from inside of her arm. The Rubicon was an A.R.G.U.S. protocol to stop an incoming nuclear warhead. As she debriefed with Team Arrow, they realized that Genesis was Darhk's plan to launch a nuclear weapon, and level the entire planet, except for one safe place, which Felicity called The Ark. Based on next week's episode title "Monument Point," my guess is that the creepy, dome-covered town where Thea is being held captive is The Ark -- Monument Point -- where Darhk, Ruve, their family, Malcolm Merlyn, and anyone else loyal to H.I.V.E. will be hiding out until the nuclear blast has subsided.
With only three episodes of "Arrow" left this season, Team Arrow is going to have to stop the nuclear launch, find a way to rescue Thea, and Oliver is going to have to reach deep within himself to find enough light and hope to triumph over Darhk once and for all.
ARROW "Monument Point" - TOM AMANDES RETURNS AS NOAH KUTTLER - When Team Arrow learns what Damien Darhk's (guest star Neal McDonough) next move is Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) realizes she needs to ask her father, Noah Kuttler (guest star Tom Amandes), for help. Noah and Oliver (Stephen Amell) have a heart to heart talk that leaves Oliver rattled. Kevin Tancharoen directed the episode written by Speed Weed & Jenny Lynn (#421). Original airdate 5/11/2016.
"Monument Point" airs May 11 at 8 p.m. on The CW.