Thoughts, Theories, and Critiques on Arrow, 4×20, Genesis

DIGGLE IS CONSUMED WITH GUILT AND SEEKS REVENGE – As Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) look for a magical solution to defeat Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough), a vengeance-driven Diggle (David Ramsey) gets a lead on Andy’s (guest star Eugene Byrd) whereabouts and heads off to confront his brother. Meanwhile, Alex (guest star Parker Young) takes Thea (Willa Holland) on a vacation that quickly turns into a nightmare. Gregory Smith directed the episode written by Oscar Balderrama & Emilio Ortega Aldrich.


DISCLAIMER: I am not the same reviewer that reviews The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. With him stepping down due to Arrows drop in quality, I will be continuing the Thoughts and Critiques for the remainder of the season. While its suffered a quality drop, Arrow still has some good aspects to it. These are my thoughts as a reviewer, and I will not hesitate to point out what I believe to be complete trash.


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  1. Really wish they’d have added a quote in the opening about Laurel. “To avenge the Black Canarys life…”
  2. Damian Dhark is making a lot of sense in this scene. And he worded it so well that none of them really had a clue he was planning on killing them. “If I could get out of prison without you, I can complete Genesis without you.” Reflects his evil.
  3. Hold up…Felicity is now back with the team permanently. Last I heard she left, then came back, this team can, and HAS functioned without her.
  4. Despite Constantine not making another appearance (yet), it’s great to see how Arrow has kept him in the loop. This season should have scripted Matt Ryan as a recurring actor.
  5. “Why aren’t we all taking these lessons?” “So we can have many uninteresting and non-developing storylines that will make the viewers at home groan in agony.”

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  1. If Oliver is gone…why leave the city defenceless. Telling Thea to take a holiday, and everyone else to just leave for the weekend. Genesis could be activated in this time period.
  2. Lyla! It’s great to see Sara on screen again. Can’t remember the last time she was on screen.
  3. So the truck means that Lylas safe house is mobile? Not gonna lie that’s pretty sweet,
  4.  “A fern or something”. This is the whole Olicity off again/on again relationship all over again. The fern has literally zero importance. 5
  5. “Don’t talk to me like I other people.” You are other people Felicity. You lost that privilege when you (unnaturally) got out of your wheelchair and walked out.

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  1. Laurel is a recurring plot device.
  2. Why does Felicity have to come? Honestly she would not be able to help any mission at all.
  3.  “You’ve met my mother, same genes”. I think that it would be better as “same pointless storylines and bad acting”
  4. Diggle would surely have more sense than to go after Andy without calling it in to A.R.G.U.S. I understand that he’s angry and needs revenge for Laurels death. But be smart John.
  5. Laurel is continually used as a plot device to drive the other characters. It’s awful.

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  1. “With Constantine I’ve learnt to expect the unexpected.” Hasn’t Oliver met this guy like twice.
  2. You’d think Felicity would try to be slightly discrete about the mission. Saying out loud “It isn’t gambling when I play.” She got kicked out of a casino in Season 1 for cheating, now she’s basically informing the whole venue.
  3. This character (could never catch her name) reminds me a lot of Madam Xandou. 4
  4. Surprise Surprise; Andy led him into a trap. 5
  5. Andy is dropping really low. Egging him on about baby Sara. Then disregarding Carly and Andy Jr. Christmas with this family must be fun.

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  1. Felicity speaks ten lines before Oliver speaks one.
  2. A nexus chamber. Interesting. Perhaps that’s where he’s growing his…corn?
  3. “If the darkness inside you outweighs the light, you’ll end up fuelling Dharks power.” This gives me a bad feeling.
  4. Why wouldn’t Thea get signal in a town. Something is definitely up with Alex. More proof of my theory that he is working with H.I.V.E.
  5. The thing that tips Thea off is the loop in sounds? What about the lack of people?

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  1. Diggle should have shot Andy in the head when he first got the chance. Just saying,
  2. There was something wrong with this scene…an abrupt lack of Felicity. Oh wait, there she is, in the middle of everything again with pointless questions.
  3. Really love this nightmare sequence. Battle between Oliver, Malcom, Deathstroke and Dhark. Would’ve appreciated Ra’s as well but this was still great. Little upset this is where that footage of Deathstroke came from. Manu needs to come back. Arrow died with Deathstroke.
  4. This mirage of all the people Oliver has lost. Tommy, Moira, Laurel…this is amazing. The only thing that’s disappointing is the scene with Felicity leaving the wheelchair. In case it wasn’t obvious, this is a very anti-Olicity review.
  5. While I don’t hate Emily Bett Rickards, I’m definitely not fond of her character.

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  1. If Oliver can’t harness the light and Felicity can, leaving Felicity the only chance against Dhark, DC needs to reconsider the entire writing team on this show.
  2. It appears as though Alex is deep in H.I.V.E. Or perhaps he’s only a blind follower due to the pills that Dhark gives his agent. Unless they were only used to drug Thea.
  3. Diggles storyline is the most interesting and important part of this episode. Really sets up Dhark. It’s followed by Theas subplot.
  4.  “Laurel was like a sister”. No. You worked with her for a little over a year. Plot device.
  5.  Felicity how many people do you think can teach Oliver magic, how many magicians do you think are out there that would willingly oppose Dhark.

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  1. The only smart thing Felicity has said this episode. “Whenever something goes wrong you throw yourself a pity party.”
  2. Andy Diggle instantly knows that they’ve locked in on Diggles location, despite being chained to a pole.
  3.  H.I.V.E agents are really untrained. Really don’t serve as much as a threat if it weren’t for Dhark.
  4. This is a very noble decision of Lylas. Or, alternatively, they could all get on the bike and drive away. Would work better in my opinion. That way there’s more resistance.
  5. Poor little Sara. Pretty unsafe on the back of that bike, subject to gunfire. And Diggles terrible driving,

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  1. Felicity is so amazing. She got from HUB City to Star in a number of minutes. And got into the van to hit the soldier. Without even knowing exactly where he’d be, since he drove away from Lylas safe house. She’s so remarkable.
  2. This is a pretty gruesome way for Dhark to implicit pain.
  3. Oliver should have pulled a Merlyn and shot him in the back with an explosive arrow. Bye bye Dhark.
  4. “I’m sure you’re a man of many friends Oliver, I’m going to enjoy killing every last one of them.” He doesn’t compare to S1 Merlyn or Slade, but man I do love Dharks villainy. Doesn’t seem like a heavy hitter but he does have the wit to back it up. 5
  5. Hey Paul Blackthrone hasn’t been in this episode yet. That’s a shame. Hopefully he doesn’t get reduced screen time now because Laurels gone.

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  1. Oliver that was amazing. Repelling magic I mean. I hope this adds to the theory that Oliver is a metahuman, a popular theory in the comic books. seriously, where could Dhark have gotten. Oliver could’ve ran outside and he woulda been able to find him.
  2. Andy is asking for a shooting.
  3. Andy is truly evil. Threatening a mans family like that.
  4. RIP Andy Diggle.
  5. Body amour on this show must not work on anyone except Oliver

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  1. “I know H.I.V.E knows who we all are, and all our families, so we decided to leave our defenceless baby girl who means the world to us with a woman who is probably more defenceless than this baby. She’ll be fine though.”
  2. Lyla has some guts. Putting a cyber weapon in her arm. She could totally take Felicitys place.
  3. So perhaps this place that Thea is trapped in is the nexus that was referenced early in the episode.
  4.  It’s a bad thing when you don’t even notice that there’s no flashbacks. But then again, this seasons have been so pointless, slow, and uneventful that it’s probably not a bad thing.
  5. I Sinceriously hope that Zatanna ends up teaming up with Oliver to take down Dhark.

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