"Her lines sometimes move past unsettling into laughable, losing her threatening edge."
Actually, I have experience with the disorder mentioned (not sure if it was the correct English name for it, used to the Dutch one), and I think they are appropriate enough. But the best thing about those lines was that they sounded EXTREMELY comic book like (reminded me a lot of Poison Ivy).
"Inviting her to dinner is one thing, but getting her a dress to wear (and then later a very expensive necklace) has a vibe of using gifts as manipulation, as a way to make Felicity feel like she owes Ray something in return"
I don't share that view. If her love can be bought like that... that'd be weird and says a lot about her character. And I am pretty sure Felicity never felt like she owed Ray anything, except when she got the text and he reminded her of slicing his wrists. This reminded her she made a PROMISE to go to the dinner. It wasn't the dress that kept her at that moment, but the promise...
And you know what? Maybe he *also* needs her skills to make his ATOM dream/obsession come true (she brokers the deal in this instance).
It would be really awesome if she could be on both team Arrow AND team Atom!!!! A love triangle AND a vigilante triangle! :D
Anyway, it might help explain his extreme drive for her affection/attention.
Plus, if he is a tad autistic (not uncommon in geniusses) that would explain a lot too. (I am severely autistic btw).
It's an equation, putting two and two together: 'Lovers buy each other things if they can afford it' + 'I love Felicity' = I buy her stuff she might like! Plus 'she likes the office, assistant and PC' = I should buy her more romantic things. Plus 'We need to go on a dinner date for work' = buy her an impressive dress.
I really cannot find fault in that logic train there.
Except that I would never continue bothering someone after they made it clear (enough) they are not romantically interested in me.
So I found him creepy/stalkery before too, any autism would not explain that.
"dwarf star alloy"
This name is very stupid on *so* many scientific levels I am not even going to bother.
"After the final big fight, instead of getting her real help, Team Arrow hands her off to Amanda "I Put Bombs in People's Heads" Waller."
Again, having experience with this and then using logic: it's clearly the best choice.
Prison can't hold her. She's a cold blooded, insane murderer and she *will* continue to murder imho.
She would win an insanity plea (though she would refuse the label of insanity) and then easily kill her way out of any facility...
I agree with you that it sucks, and that people with disorders (like me!) need help and can get better with the right help. But finding that help is very tricky, and even then you get relapses and it takes many years... (For her PD probably 5).
But the ONE thing that makes helping her is that Iron Heights can't hold her, and murders *will* easily murder again.
It truly is a line that is crossed just once, and then forever changes one. As Oliver correctly stated several times...
You CAN'T fully go back after commiting cold blooded murder.
And even if Cupid could, she still needs to be locked up forever for murdering so many people!
Suicide Squad is a form of punishment. And I am pretty sure you *can* refuse to be on it. Then you get locked up forever in a secret ARGUS ultra high max sci-fi prison, I believe.