The Flash/Arrow Crossover Successfully Sets Up Legends of Tomorrow

Thursday, 03 December 2015 - 1:07PM
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The Flash
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Thursday, 03 December 2015 - 1:07PM
The Flash/Arrow Crossover Successfully Sets Up Legends of Tomorrow
The Flash/Arrow two night crossover event has finally concluded, and while it may not have been as bombastic as it could have been, it was definitely a treat to watch. Viewers were able to see The Flash, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Black Canary, Arrow, and Speedy team up to fight a seemingly unstoppable force, and there was more than enough plot developments between characters of the two shows to make this more than just an action packed block of superhero showdowns.

Of course, Tuesday's show began with Vandal Savage arriving on the scene looking for Hawkgirl, who the audience has already been shown is Cisco's new girlfriend, Kendra Saunders. According to the show, Saunders is a reincarnated warrior priestess and Hawkman is a reincarnated Egyptian prince who are brought back to life each generation only to die at the hands of the immortal Savage. Apparently their deaths are what allow Savage to continue living. Knowing they'll need help, Team Flash pays a visit to Team Arrow to try and keep Kendra safe, but it's soon revealed that nothing will.

After a few showdowns with Savage and the introduction of Hawkman, they all head back to Central City, where they're given the ultimatum: turn over Hawkgirl and Hackman to Savage, or watch both their cities burn at the hands of the immortal villain. While they sneak attack Savage, things fall apart and everyone dies. No, seriously - everyone except the Flash. He then runs back in time and sets the proper events into motion that can change the outcome of the fight, and of course he's successful. In the end, the team is able to incinerate Savage and leave him as a pile of dust on the ground. Yet to foreshadow his return, the ending scene shows Malcolm Merlyn scooping him up into some sort of container and mentioning that Savage will owe him for this one.

The big crossover definitely didn't disappoint. It did pretty much everything it was supposed to do with showing interaction between the heroes of Central and Star Cities and providing the foundation for the new spinoff, Legends of Tomorrow. It also delivered on some personal developments with Oliver Queen, as he finds out about his son, William during the show. These things combined were essentially what everyone was expecting from this week's crossover, and it delivered on all of them.

However, there were some things that just seemed off about the crossover. First of all, the relationship drama was getting really old by the end of the second night. Felicity is almost always an annoyance to those viewers who have come to hate the idea of Olicity, and she was even more of one this week than usual. Likewise, the whole thing with the Flash running back in time seemed cheap. That plot device was already used midway through the first season, and what are the risks if the Flash can just run back to the past and fix things anytime events take a turn for the worse?

It was also interesting to exam how the crossover, which was fairly good on both Tuesday and Wednesday, was arguably the worst episode of The Flash this season and very arguably the best episode of Arrow this season. While Arrow hasn't been terrible this year, it certainly doesn't say much for its quality when compared to its sister show.

Next week marks the last episode for both shows before the midseason break, and it looks like some pretty big events are about to take place. Future speedster Wally West finally shows up on The Flash, and the synopsis for Arrow says that Damien Darhk will retaliate against the team "in a brutal manner." Could this be the major death that fans were given a preview of at the start of the season?

The Flash airs next Tuesday at 8 p.m. on the CW and Arrow comes on at the same time and same place on Wednesday night.
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