“Monument Point: or Sibling Rivalry”
The following synopsis is for Arrow, originally broadcast on May 4th, 2016:
Let’s start with this: can anyone enter a room more suave and sophisticated than Damian Darhk? I submit not. We first see D-Squared as he enters the board room of a H.I.V.E. meeting, with only two members in attendance. The other members were wise enough to appear via video as they’re safely ensconced in secret locations. Before his arrival, they lament how D is going to react to their not having attempted to break him out of jail. When Damian saunters in, he quickly comes to the realization that he doesn’t need the services of the H.I.V.E. board which, of course, causes some consternation in Milo, one of the two attendees. He pulls out a gun and has the audacity to shoot at Damian as if he DIDN’T know the powers at his command. Of course D-Squared stops the bullet and quickly sends it back to Milo’s cranium. The other attendee tries to run but gets about two steps before Damian stops her in her tracks and breaks her neck with his Vader choke.
In the Arrow Lair, Ollie tells Team Arrow that he knows someone who can help him counteract Damian’s dark magic. He tells them to take some time off while he and Felicity go seek this person out. Diggle decides to spend some family time, while Thea takes a romantic getaway with Alex.
Meanwhile, Ollie and Felicity (no longer “Ollicity” since the breakup) end up in a casino in a foreign country where Constantine (who doesn’t make an appearance) has told Ollie to meet his contact. Felicity hops on the Black Jack table and pulls her impersonation of Rain Man and proceeds to win hand after hand.
John meets up with his wife and child who are constantly on the move in an armored semi-trailer; as the new head of Argus, Lyla is doing her best not to end up like the last head Amanda Waller who had a hole put in her noggin. After some brief family time, John, like most married men, has to succumb to his husbandly/fatherly duties by running to the store to buy diapers for the baby. As he’s leaving the store, his phone sends him an alert that lets him know where Andy is. Instead of waiting on back up, Diggle runs off after Andy and gets in to a running gunfight with him much to the Lyla’s dismay.
When we next see Thea, she’s in a bed alone and calls out for Alex who she finds in the kitchen of a home she’s unfamiliar with. Thea wonders how they got there because she doesn’t remember it and just chalks it up to her being tired. The couple decide to take a post-meal walk, and Thea’s instincts are going into over-drive as things just don’t seem right to her.
Back at the casino, Felicity decides to spread some of her new wealth with another player at her table who’s luck isn’t as good as hers. It turns out that this unnamed woman is the contact Ollie was looking for. Turns out she’s an immortal shaman who’ll be Ollie’s defense against The Dark Arts professor. The three walk through a door in the casino and end up in a cave much like the one Ollie was in on the island, complete with a similar totem that Damian uses for his dastardly deeds.
She begins her tutorial by informing Ollie that D-Squared can be defeated because the opposite of his dark will be Ollie’s light; he must defeat the dark in himself first. If he does not, Ollie runs the risk of making Damian stronger.
The sibling rivalry between the Brothers Diggle is in full swing as John “corners” Andy in a building. Turns out that it was all part of Andy’s plan. When John thinks he has the upper hand on his younger brother, out of the shadows a H.I.V.E. soldier knocks John out. When John awakens, he’s trussed up like a Christmas turkey. Andy then proceeds to torture John by stabbing him several times. After a period of time, John feigns unconsciousness.
The guards – with their guard down – are quickly overpowered by John who ends up besting and handcuffing Andy. You would think with a gun to his head, Diggle the Younger would be a tad more subdued, but he talks mad trash, even bringing up the recently buried Laurel. Knowing his threat, the fact that Andy JUST tortured him and was the cause of Black Canary being killed, John STILL doesn’t shoot his brother and makes his escape.
In the cave, the Shaman tells Ollie: “Magic is a manipulation of primordial energies”. Without much instruction (which Felicity herself points out), the Shaman sends some dark energy towards Ollie who easily repels it. She then kicks it up a notch, and the dark energies engulf Ollie and he sees his inner darkness. Reminiscent of the cave scene in The Empire Strikes Back, Ollie faces his greatest fears, fights and failures as he battles – and loses – to apparitions of Damian, Deathstroke and others. The Shaman tells him that he fails at the magic manipulation and no further “instruction” is necessary.
As Thea and Alex take their stroll through Mayberry, USA, she still has a feeling something is amiss as she thinks the nature sounds she hears are on a loop. Back at the house she tells this to Alex, and it’s confirmed as the birds chirping and dog barking come in the same intervals. She then finds out what’s going on: Alex is taking the pills H.I.V.E. gives it’s people for mind control. Thea runs from the house and is promptly chased by two armed guards. When she’s running towards what appears to be an empty field, Thea is repelled by an invisible force field and as the camera pans out, we see she’s trapped in a dome underneath the city.
Having made his escape, Diggle is back with wife and child on the semi. We see a quick cutaway back to the warehouse where Andy is handcuffed and D-squared walks in. We think he’s going to be upset but find out that it was all part of their nefarious plan – John was ALLOWED to escape and a tracker was placed on him. We soon find out why: Lyla, the head of Argus, was the target all along.
H.I.V.E. tracks down their rolling base and attacks it with not much success until D-squared shows up and uses his power to stop it. Lyla quickly realizes she’s the target and tells John to leave and take their daughter to safety so the family can’t be used against her.
Once the truck is stopped, John busts out the back on a motorcycle with his daughter strapped to his back. Andy quickly follows behind. In the truck, Damian uses his powers to remove a chip Lyla has in her arm just under the skin which, we learn, contains a program called Rubicon. This program, if changed and manipulated, will give the user the ability to detonate the world’s nuclear arsenal.
After he gets the chip and before he can do any permanent harm to Lyla, Ollie shows up and puts an arrow in Damian’s leg. He, of course, doesn’t take too kindly to that and begins to Vader choke Ollie. Much to both of their surprise, Ollie’s eyes begin to glow and he’s able to fend off Damian’s dark attack and both go flying in to the walls of the semi. When Ollie regains his senses, Damian has gone to parts unknown.
Back on the street, John is doing his best to escape from Andy and his soldiers and gets an unexpected hand from Felicity who ends up hitting Andy with the van. After making sure that his daughter is safe with Felicity, John begins to chase down Andy on foot who shook off the van hit.
Cornered, Andy once again is talking mad garbage. He reminds John that he won’t be around his wife and daughter at all times. Not at school, daycare etc. John, hearing enough and realizing that even prison won’t stop Andy, he puts a bullet in his chest thus ending their sibling rivalry forever.
Will Lyla get a tattoo to cover up the scar left in her arm? Will John have to go on Dr. Phil to discuss his feelings about having killed his younger brother? Only time will tell, so tune in next Wednesday night to Atlanta’s CW at 8 to find out. Be sure to follow me on Twitter: @ATLBlerd to live-tweet the show.