Spoilers abound if you haven’t seen the latest episode of ‘Anyone-but-Arrow’… I mean ‘Arrow’.
Last week we found ourselves focusing on Laurel’s swan song and what Black Canary meant to Team Arrow and Star City. This week we get our first actual look at what “Project Genesis” is in an episode conveniently called “Genesis”. After an introduction that shows that Damien Darhk is fully powered and ready to move forward with the project without any bureaucracy (he kills to of the leaders), we find Team Arrow in full strategy mode to figure out how to stop this mad man. Oliver decides that he needs to fight magic with magic, and plans a trip to Hub City to visit a recommendation from John Constantine. Felicity insists on joining in on the journey so he doesn’t have to go alone, but at the heart of the story this week is the Diggle family.
John is still very much in vengeance mode and wants to avenge the loss of Black Canary by doing whatever he can to stop Darhk. He soon gets his chance after Andy decides to lure him into a trap which he escapes after a fair bit of torture from his brother. Little does he know that Andy let him escape at Damien Darhk’s orders so that they could find out where Lyla is hiding. As Director of A.R.G.U.S. Lyla has a lot of intel and the key intel that Darhk needs (called Rubicon) is implanted beneath Lyla’s skin in her arm.
An attack ensues on the Diggle Family, but Felicity and Green Arrow return just in time to save them from a Darhk doom. Oliver utilizes the very brief teachings of Esrin Fortuna (played by Gabriella Wright), to battle Darhk’s dark magic with his own “light” magic. Good news is that he manages to save Lyla and survive the dark magic attack, but the bad news is that Darhk still managed to get the intel. This intel, we discover, is something which Damien Darhk intends to reverse engineer to rain down his “flood” of nuclear weapons as the final blow of “Project Genesis”. The “ark” in this biblical project is an underground domed town which Thea has unwittingly become a hostage in thanks to the guise of Alex’s “vacation”.
If this seems like a lot to take in, it definitely is, but the best part of the show was the final confrontation that occurred between Diggle and his brother which I cover in the 5 Highlights below!