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As Team Arrow scrambles to stop Hive from destroying the world, they form a tenuous alliance with Felicity's father, the Calculator. Meanwhile, Thea has to stop Anarky from blowing up Hive's bubble.


  • A God Am I: Damien Darhk draws his power from death. Ergo, killing the entire world's population will effectively lead to this. By the end of the episode, tens of thousands of people have died and it appears to already be starting.
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  • Adaptation Name Change: In the DCU, Havencroft is a suburb of Monument Point, whereas here it's called Havenrock.
  • Annoying Arrows: Brick more or less ignores one stuck in his arm and Anarky survives one in the chest.
  • Artistic License – Law: Even if the Palmer Tech Board did vote to remove Felicity as CEO, Ray still left her with a majority of the shares so they shouldn't be able to kick her out the building of a business she still has claims of ownership of.
  • Artistic License – Military: Aside from the fact nuclear weapon launch facilities are intentionally airgapped and don't have any external connections a virus (or a control program) could use to get into the system, the control systems and computers are so ancient that it's unlikely modern software would even work trying to talk to them.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: A missile taking out one small town is enough to make Darhk all powerful.
  • The Bus Came Back:
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    • Anarky managed to sneak his way into Hive's dome.
    • Papa Smoak returns as well.
    • Both Murmur and Brick now act as The Heavy for H.I.V.E. in Star City (while the leadership has presumably retreated to the ark).
  • Character Death: Alex Davis is killed by Anarky.
  • Co-Dragons: Murmur and Brick are this to H.I.V.E. and Darhk.
  • Continuity Nod: Brick is still playing the game with the gun.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Subverted with the Palmer Tech board of directors. They dislike Felicity's charitable use of company resources, but they actually want to have a proper board meeting to discuss this with her. Only after Felicity keeps making decisions of her own without bothering to contact the board do they throw her out, which is a perfectly valid reason in real-life.
  • The Corrupter:
    • Reiter's Idol takes control of Taiana against her will.
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    • Anarky tries to do this to Thea.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Mirroring Darhk, Reiter takes down Oliver pretty easily when he attempts to fight him directly.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Lampshaded by Brick himself, previously an Arc Villain and wannabe ruler of The Glades, now an enforcer for H.I.V.E.
  • Enemy Mine: Both Felicity and Thea team up with their respective villainous dads in order to take down a bigger threat.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Noah is firmly against H.I.V.E.'s apocalyptic plans and actively seeks to prevent it.
  • From Bad to Worse: Just as Ollie finally found a way to barely stand up to Damien Darhk, he gets orders of magnitude more powerful by drawing upon the deaths of everyone killed in Havenrock.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Taiana gets those after carrying the idol for too long.
  • Hope Spot: When Felicity has the Eureka Moment to hack the GPS satellite to tamper with the missile's coordinates, you think they can just redirect it to the ocean, right? Unfortunately, it's too far on its descent by that point, and Monument Point isn't near the coast....
    • Though, on the other hand, directing to the ocean could possibly have killed more people. While no one lives in the ocean, it's possible a tsunami could be created that could devastate all nearby land.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Anarky says that Thea shouldn't be taking anybody's orders, as she is a Queen.
  • Ironic Name: A town with the word "Haven" in its name is completely destroyed.
  • Jerkass: Although he is very polite about it and even tells Felicity he had hoped things would end differently, Mr. Denis is all too glad to finally oust Felicity from the company. Although seeing how he doesn't know the world is facing Nuclear Armageddon and Felicity can't tell him what is so important that she is neglecting the company, it's actually less a case of him being a flat-out Jerkass and more a case of...
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he's glad to be rid of Felicity, he does raise a valid point stating that Felicity's neglect of her duties as a CEO gives him a valid reason to. He even tries to politely tell Felicity he isn't meant to be running her company early in the episode, and it's only after Felicity tells him that the board "can wait" that he throws her out. With the support of the board, mind you.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Felicity refers to Murmur and Brick — a Season 3 Villain of the Week and mid-season Arc Villain, respectively— as "last year's specials."
  • Mythology Gag: The city of Monument Point and its suburb of Havencroft/Havenrock are from Justice Society of America comics.
  • The Needs of the Many: The only way Felicity can prevent the final missile from striking the city of Monument Point (which has millions of citizens) is to direct it toward its suburb of Havenrock (which has tens of thousands). Lyla tries to console her by saying this, though it doesn't seem to help much.
  • No-Sell: Reiter shrugs off a knife to the chest and several shots, though he gets temporarily knocked down by salvo of automatic fire.
  • Plot-Induced Stupidity: Felicity decides to break in to Palmer Tech to get the computer component, instead of just asking Curtis, her most loyal employee, to get it for her. Although he simply may not have been available when they called him, this is not brought up.
  • Psycho Ex Boy Friend: Malcolm jokingly refers to Lonnie as this for Thea, much to her irritation.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: All of the nuclear warheads have been stopped...except one, which landed on Havenrock and killed tens of thousands of people. Worse yet, this was still enough to empower Darhk, and the other warheads have only been temporarily delayed.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: According to Lyla, the President believes the fate of the world depends on an IT Girl, a criminal, and two guys in Halloween costumes.
  • Reality Ensues: Just like Oliver before her, Felicity's neglect of her duties as CEO leads her to being terminated.
  • Recycled Plot: Genesis is basically the same as the Undertaking from Season 1 apart from its much larger scale and scope (nuking and then rebuilding the world, rather than leveling and rebuilding the the Glades). Malcolm even comments on the similarity.
  • Redshirt Army: For a supposedly elite covert operations agency, ARGUS personnel don't seem to be useful for much more than cannon fodder.
  • The Reveal: Star City's Nexus of Evil Chamber is right under City Hall (which probably explains why all the mayors keep getting killed).
  • Straw Nihilist: Merlyn. He believes the world needs to be remade, hence why he's going on along with Hive's plan - on the condition that Thea be spared as well.
  • Title Drop: Done courtesy of Lyla Michaels.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Noah joins forces with Team Arrow to stop the end of the world.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Alex doesn't run away, leading to him being killed by Anarky.
    • Too be fair, he was under H.I.V.E.'s mind control. There's little telling what was going through his head.
  • Wham Episode: In addition to Alex being killed off by Anarky, this episode contains by far the largest body count of any individual Arrow episode to date, as tens of thousands of people are killed when the nuclear missile strikes Havenrock. To put that in perspective, in Real Life, the only time nuclear strikes have ever been deployed were in 1945 on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If the same is true for the Arrowverse, then H.I.V.E. gave the world the third nuclear attack (the first by intercontinental ballistic missile), the only one in the 21st century, and the world's first use of nuclear terrorism. This could fundamentally change the world in many, many ways. Oh, and Felicity is fired from Palmer Tech.
  • Wham Shot: The ICBM landing and creating a mushroom cloud, which then destroys Havenrock. And no, even though we don't see any people, this isn't just a nuclear test site which it may appear to be at first—this is a real, populated town that was utterly annihilated, and this time The Flash isn't around to turn back time.
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Felicity wants to know who would be dumb enough to think something like Rubicon would be a good idea. Turns out it was the late Amanda Waller.
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