By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com
Welcome to the latest episode of Star City Grudge Match!
In one corner, Team Arrow member and Oliver Queen’s Man Friday: John Diggle! In the other corner, the latest baddie to come into Star City and make life hell for everyone: H.I.V.E. leader and former League of Assassins member Damien Darhk.
This episode of Star City Grudge Match has been building since Darhk reared his ugly head in Star City earlier this season. Between threatening the Lance family and using his Ghosts to do his dirty work, Darhk has been making life a living hell for Team Arrow and Star City residents. However, this grudge match became personal as Diggle learned that not only did his brother worked for H.I.V.E., but Darhk had his brother killed!
Tonight, Diggle led an all-out assault on Dahrk and his forces in order to search for the truth surrounding his brother’s death.
Did he receive closure? Read on to find out…
Team Arrow continued to faceoff against Darhk’s forces as Laurel, Diggle, Thea and Oliver tried to destroy the Star City bank. As Team Arrow finished their debriefing and Felicity gave a piece of evidence to Ray Palmer, Diggle showed Oliver the file that H.I.V.E. had on his brother. Thanks to Ray’s help, Team Arrow was able to go to Wolfman Industries and grab the material needed to counter Darhk! However, Diggle was surprised to learn that one of the Ghosts that he attacked was his own long-lost deceased brother: Andrew Diggle!
Meanwhile, Thea kept ignoring Malcolm’s phone calls…which lead to the new Ra’s Al Ghul to pay a visit to Star City. Malcolm stated that Thea’s bloodlust was going to burst again and wanted her to murder a child molester. Thea shrugged off Malcolm’s suggestion and headed to one of Oliver’s press functions. After the speech, Captain Lance warned Oliver about Darhk being onto him being a Team Arrow mole and also passed on information that could be beneficial for the Green Arrow’s war against Damian Darhk. Who confronted him about his campaign and fail to blackmail him on his upcoming project rejuvenating Starling Bay.
Felicity was furious with Oliver’s idea about having Darhk as a campaign advisor. As the love birds were debating the latest twist of fate, Thea’s bloodlust returned as she went all mental on a drunk bar customer right in front of Alex. While Thea had to explain herself, Green Arrow and Diggle watched Darhk do a H.I.V.E. recruitment drive. However, the duo was spotted and were forced to face countless Ghosts.
As the duo licked their wounds at the Team Arrow headquarters, Diggle wanted Oliver to drop his quest to redeem his brother and stated could not forgive his brother for faking his death for eight years. He also took Oliver to task for thinking about teaming up with Darhk and advised him to take the villain out in the public. Oliver did not listen to his advice and recruited both Thea and Laurel for this rescue mission.
While the trio jumped into action against the countless Ghosts, Laurel had to face Diggle’s brother alone in a killer kung-fu battle that lead to multiple floors in the Ghosts’ headquarters. As Atom and Diggle joined the party, things went bad to worse when Thea briefly faced off against Darhk himself.
As “Brotherhood” concluded, Thea told Malcolm about Damian Darhk and asked for assistance getting rid of his bloodlust. Diggle also confronted his brother about his past and Oliver challenged Darhk that he will not back down from his challenge!
Next week, “Arrow” crosses over with “Flash” as the two teams face off against Vandal Savage.