Arrow/Flash Crossover : Legends of Today Review
It’s the end of the year and along with it comes the annual Arrow/Flash Crossover.
This first part of the crossover introduces some major new DC characters in Hawkman (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s Falk Henschel), Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée) and the immortal villain Vandal Savage ( Casper Crump) The CW is using this year’s Arrow/Flash crossover to set up their upcoming show Legends of Tomorrow and while that’s not a bad thing by any means, the pacing with which they are trying to set things up can be frustrating at times. From the way Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) keeps popping up in this episode (twice!) just to provide some exposition about Vandal Savage, which is almost laughable (even flash sort of breaks the fourth wall when he says ” is this the only way this guy knows how to appear?!” ), to the way the first act gets over (Flash zips away Ollie and the gang just when Damien Darhk is about to literally suck the life out of Ollie and we never find out if he got away with the CHEMICAL BOMB he was about to steal before being interrupted by Team Arrow).
Cisco (Carlos Valdes) was delightful as per usual and his humour continues to be a high selling point for the show.
Falk Henschel as Carter Hall / Hawkman does a decent job with the limited screen-time he gets while the sub-plot involving Harry, Joe, Jay and Caitlin trying to make a serum to enhance Barry’s speed and save Harry’s life after he gets shot by Patty is decent. I’d like to see them use Jay Garrick a little better though, he seems to be missing out on a lot of big stuff (where does he even go to is anyone’s guess seeing as he knows no one outside team flash).
The episode ends a bit abruptly as Barry (Gustin) and Ollie ( Amell) have another showdown with Savage. Finally the last scene has Ollie realize that he may have a son but i’m pretty sure we won’t be seeing much progress on this plot-point considering how much they still have to set-up for Legends of Tomorrow in the 2nd episode of this team-up.
If I had to sum up the entire episode in one line it would be : A fun team-up episode which tries to do too much, too fast resulting in the final product being a bit overcrowded.