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Recap / Arrow S 4 E 22 Lost In The Flood

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As Team Arrow struggles to stop Hive from regaining control of Rubicon, Oliver and Diggle go into the dome to rescue Thea.


  • Abusive Parent: Malcolm is at his best again during the episode, forcefully restraining Thea and drugging her into attacking Oliver.
  • Actually, I Am Him: Curtis notes that Felicity's father shares the name of a famous criminal hacker, to which Noah merely states that he wishes they'd used a different photo in his wanted poster.
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  • Adaptational Villainy: A line from Taiana in the flashback implies that the DC superhero Red Star is a villain in this incarnation.
  • A God Am I: Darhk directly compares himself to God after his power up, comparing the pending nuclear apocalypse to the Flood.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Ruvé's death is portrayed fairly tragically, in part because her last words are for Team Arrow to take care of her daughter.
  • Annoying Arrows: Anarky once again shrugs off an arrow, this time placed in his leg.
  • Asshole Victim: Anarky kills Ruvé, only Damian mourns her.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: It's ultimately Anarky, another villain, who foils H.I.V.E.'s plans by destroying the Ark and killing a major leader of theirs (who happens to be Darhk's wife).
  • Blatant Lies: Although they're cut off before they can continue the conversation, Felicity makes it pretty clear to her mother that she doesn't believe Donna's claim that her father decided to go away for a while because she heard that the last time and she's not a little girl who will believe it anymore.
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  • Blown Across the Room: Cooper gets blown across the room when Noah and Felicity do hacking magic to surge the power system in the Darhk's control room.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Thea briefly succumbs to the same mind control as Andy, but is able to fight it off.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: At the beginning of the episode Darhk lets Oliver and Diggle live so they can die in the nuclear apocalypse. However this might be a bit subverted. After all if he did kill them then Anarky would have killed both his wife and daughter rather than just his wife.
  • The Bus Came Back: The stream of Season 3 villains now on Darhk's payroll continues, as Felicity's ex-boyfriend Cooper shows up.
  • Call-Back:
    • Anarky commented how he's having déja vu from holding Ruvé and her daughter hostage.
    • Cooper revives the Brother Eye logo upon getting into Felicity's network.
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    • Curtis bursts in ranting about how past catastrophes like the Deathstroke army still made living in Star City preferable to Havenrock.
  • Continuity Nod: Anarky mentions that the dome is powered by Ray's white dwarf star alloy, which Hive stole earlier in the season.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Damien's and Ruvé's treatment of Malcolm confirms this once again.
  • Dirty Coward: Malcolm acts all smug and in control when his men have Oliver surrounded. As soon as Spartan sweeps in he runs away like the coward he is.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Taiana really gets off on the idol's powers.
  • Enemy Mine: Malcom's cowardly hide is saved once again when Anarky blows up the ark. Oliver put's him in charge of evacuating the citizens.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Ruvé's last words are that Oliver look after her daughter. Darhk meanwhile is distraught at her death, not even caring that the ark is destroyed, and decides to burn the whole world when he's told that they don't know where his daughter is.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Cooper quotes General Chang, possibly the hammiest Star Trek villain ever, during his hacking duel with Felicity.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Once again, Anarky vs. Darhk.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Thea does it against the brainwashing pill Malcolm gives her.
  • For the Evulz: When Ruvé tells Lonnie that he is destroying the last safe place on Earth, he just smirks and rhetorically asks her if he strikes her as a rational person.
  • Gallows Humor: Discussed after the Glades blow up.
    Thea: Looks like the real estate value of the Glades just went up.
    [Oliver glares at her]
    Thea: It's called gallows humor.
  • Genius Bonus: The official name for the underground town is "Tevat Noah", which is the Hebrew translation of "Noah's Ark".
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Once again Anarky gets the better of Hive's guards, even while they're actively looking for him.
    • Also, the Green Arrow and Spartan are able to walk around in broad (artificial) daylight for quite awhile and even then are spotted by civilians, not guards.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Taiana, under the influence of the idol, kills an innocent man to fuel her newly awakened powers and claims that Reiter's motivation isn't wrong per se.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Taken to astronomical heights in the episode, as Felicity, Noah, and Curtis engage Cooper in what can only be described as a hacking duel, that somehow causes both Felicity's penthouse and the H.I.V.E base to go haywire. Ironically enough, Cooper first lampshades that hacking is not that easy when Darhk rushes him.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Oliver does this with Thea when she's under the influence of a brainwashing drug. It works.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Curtis, and then Felicity, need one when they get caught up in Felicity's parents' arguing.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: One of the citizens Oliver and John detains states that his family is willingly following Darhk because he's offered them personally at least a chance at a better world while the old one is going to shit while nothing the heroes have done has really helped them. Oliver concedes to John that he's not wrong. Though they do omit the fact that Darhk is the main reason for most of the problems.
  • Kick the Dog: When Oliver accuses Malcolm of being responsible for Laurel's death, he just smugly responds that Oliver can't do anything about it.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Or rather, kick the Manipulative Bitch. Most viewers were probably cheering for Lonnie when he killed Ruvé.
  • Made of Explodium: Anarky warned Team Arrow that the dwarf star alloy in the ark may be tough, but it's also quite volatile. It didn't matter because the brawl triggered a chain reaction big enough to create a sinkhole at Star City.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • While exploring Tevat Noah, Oliver comments that without all the psychos, it could be Ivy Town. In DC Comics, Ivy Town is the home of The Atom.
    • The man terrorizing Taiana's village is named Kovar, same as the DC superhero Red Star.
    • Anarky's 'home video' showing his capture of mother and daughter Darhk brings to mind that one by the Joker - not too coincidentally, Anarky earns Joker Immunity this week.
  • No-Sell: Darhk was clearly having fun vaporizing the arrows and bullets being fired upon him.
  • Not Brainwashed: The citizens of the Ark (or at least the family Oliver and John come across) are not under the influence of the yellow pills. They honestly believe in Darhk and his vision.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Oliver and John have the perfect opportunity to take down Anarky and they shoot him in the leg, which while painful barely phases him. He then uses Darhk's wife Ruvee as a Human Shield and warns Team Arrow that The Ark is powered by dwarf star matter, which is an excellent power source but also incredibly unstable and even one ricochet shot can destroy everything, and that's exactly what happens when Oliver tries to save Ruvee Darhk by shooting Anarky's knife out of his hand while he's holding Ruvee hostage. In essence because Oliver doesn't take kill shots anymore, he's responsible for tens of thousands of people's deaths, because the destruction of Damien Darhk's Ark collapsed a huge chunk of STAR CITY.
    • Then while everything is collapsing around them Oliver, Thea, and John Diggle engage in a dramatic fight with Anarky and can't beat him, which is weird because Thea took him on one on one and kicked his ass, but then let him get away
  • Not So Different: Donna first claims that Felicity and her father are more alike than they think when she finds out her daughter is in league with the Green Arrow. Ironically, she get's subjugated to this trope herself when it's revealed that she lied about the reason she and Noah broke up.
  • Oh, Crap!: Cooper has one when he realized that Felicity just beat him in their hack battle.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Anarky, as he intends to destroy even the last safe place for humanity, and Darhk after the death of his wife.
  • One-Man Army: Anarky proves once again what a truly fearsome fighter he is, by taking on John, Thea and Oliver at once.
  • Order vs. Chaos: Anarky and Darhk. Anarky wins because he's so unpredictable plus the futility of Darhk's desire to bring order to the world.
  • Plot Hole: Green Arrow, Speedy, and Spartan are all above military trained combat fighters that have experence working as a team. How in the world can a late teen, with no indications that he has had any training, take on all three of them at once? Doubles as Badass Decay.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: Noah and Donna keep handing those to each other throughout the entire episode.
  • Schiff One-Liner: Darhk delivers one to Felicity and co. at the end of the episode:
    Felicity: Go to hell.
    Darhk: Why bother? I'm going to bring it to us.
  • Shout-Out: Cooper directly quotes General Chang during his hacking duel with Felicity, something Curtis notes.
  • Smug Snake: Both Ruvé and Darhk are relatively unconcerned about Anarky, treating him like a mild pest. It costs them dearly.
  • Spanner in the Works: By bringing down the dome, Anarky destroys Hive's Genesis plan.
  • Token Evil Teammate:
    • Malcolm ends up being this for Team Arrow again, when Oliver puts him in charge of evacuating the dome.
    • As in the last episode, The Calculator is still this for Team Arrow.
  • Trash the Set: Darhk collapses the Nexus Chamber after completing his power up ritual.
    • The entire ark dome collapses and explodes after the fight between Anarky and Team Arrow causes a chain reaction.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Nobody really takes Anarky seriously. And then he takes Darhk's wife and child hostage once again.....
  • Villainous Breakdown: Darhk has a full-blown one when he finds out that his wife is dead and his Evil Plan is in tatters, while his daughter is missing and possibly dead as well, and decides to destroy the whole world anyway out of pure grief and rage, not caring if anyone survives.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Darhk and Hive with the people in the Ark. Darhk even states that people still worship the last guy who caused a global genocide.
  • Wham Shot: In the last scene, Darhk appears before Donna, Felicity and Curtis.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Lonnie once again plans to kill Darhk's underaged daughter.
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