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Arrow — “Genesis” — Image AR420b_0040b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Gabriella Wright as Esrin Fortuna and Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

I kind of needed a break from Arrow after Laurel’s death. I’ve been open about the fact I’ve never liked her character, but I never am glad to see another woman fridged when it’s so commonplace. I understand Katie wants to move on though and I wish her well. I also don’t know that I’d be right for Team Arrow because I fully support what Diggle did here and I think I’m not supposed to? I’m like yeah, no, do that, your brother’s off the reservation. Ah well. Previously on Arrow, Darhk killed Laurel. Andy betrayed them so now Diggle has that on his conscience. Darhk and his people are making something called Genesis but no one really knows what it’s about yet. Felicity and Oliver broke up because he kept his son from her. Oliver’s struggling to figure out what he can do post-Laurel’s death and in general, since this dude is far more powerful than he is.

So Ollie decides to head off to find a magic user. He needs help figuring out how to fight Darhk. It’s a little weird they didn’t pick a DC comics character here. I thought she was maybe Madame Xanadu at first, but no, she was Fortuna. It’s also a shame we haven’t seen Constantine again. Honestly I’m a little iffy on how much I enjoy magic playing such a huge part in this show. I understand they need to keep upping the stakes, but I kind of preferred it when Flash was the superhero show and Arrow had mostly vigilantes. I don’t know. Anyway, he needs help from her, and Felicity goes along. She tells Oliver that he needs to use hope and the light in his heart to fight back Darhk’s power, but she doesn’t think that he’s capable of it because of how much darkness he has. We see him relive his enemies and worst losses. Oliver’s a man with many demons. I’m not sure how much I love it being all hugs and kisses and *heart eyes* on this show either, I like Arrow having a gray zone ambiguity to it. I want Ollie to find some lightness, but not at the loss of his edge, basically.

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Arrow — ” Genesis” — Image AR420a_0261b.jpg — Pictured: Eugene Byrd as Andy Diggle — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You know who is having an ambiguous day? Diggle. He is riding off with Lyla and Andy’s crew attacks them. He’s trying to get something special out of Lyla, Darhk, he wants codes to nuke attacks ohhhhh baaaaad. Andy puts Diggle’s family in some serious danger, so they face off after Diggle gets his daughter to safety. Andy makes it clear that they’re not going to stop until he loses everything, or rather he’s not going to stop, so Diggle shoots him dead. Frankly, I’m like good choice. This guy made it clear he will have no problem killing Dig and his friends and family. Their blood relationship doesn’t really change that he was a real threat to everyone. Obviously this is hard for Diggle though and I appreciate that. Him lying to Lyla shows he is not even close to okay with what happened, and I don’t blame him. I look forward to seeing what comes out of that situation.

Oliver manages to successfully fight off Darhk, or shake off his magic, because of the Power Of Heart I guess, but he still gets away with what he wanted. We see that Thea has been stuck in the bunker where Genesis is. Generally the idea being that they plan on destroying the world with Nukes and having everyone they chose to survive hide in that little creepy globe community underground. Yiiiiikes. I mean arguably it’s not that different from everyone else’s plan, all “let’s destroy the city so we can fix it” mentality. Wait wasn’t that basically every villain’s plan? Merlyn? Deathstroke? Ra’s? HMMMM. You guys need to get a new schtick. It was an okay episode but an eh one too. There’s something about the show that’s lost its spark currently, so I’m not sure it’s on the right path now. But I haven’t given up. Also I’m just glad there were no flashbacks this week. Phew. Pointless minutes.

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