The big Arrow and The Flash crossover event came back for round two, now with time travel thrown in to keep everyone on their toes! This episode had a lot of great performances, unexpected twists, and charged action as both hero teams took the fight to Vandal Savage, hoping to end an ancient love triangle once and for all. So let’s jump into…
There’s always an inherent risk when dealing with time travel. Not just with the characters, but with the success of the overall plot’s believability. Thankfully for this episode, the time travel element was handled well. It helps that The Flash has already tackled Barry time traveling in previous episodes, so there is some groundwork laid for how his speed-related time jumps work. Having time travel and long-ago flashbacks involved really solidifies why this episode is called Legends of Yesterday.
I was not expecting the big plot twist to be having the initial plan against Savage fail so abysmally. It was quite a shock to see everyone die in a huge explosion, basically because Oliver and Felicity had a fight, and Oliver didn’t have his “head in the game.” But Barry managed to once again race the clock and reverse time enough to see what mistakes needed to be corrected. Barry and Oliver secretly working to correct what went wrong, without letting on that the timeline had been altered, was delightful.The team dynamics were once again on point. Despite the original timeline fails, seeing Team Arrow and Team Flash (and Team Hawk!) work together was immensely enjoyable. Like in last year’s crossover, the takeaway message here is that when everyone works together, they can overcome even the worst situations. Was it a little reminiscent of an after-school special? Perhaps, but I didn’t mind.
Having our heroes hide at a farmhouse (Avengers style!) was very fun to watch, as were the scenes at that farmhouse involving Kendra and Carter, and by extension, Cisco. Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s origin story played out in greater detail in this episode, and it worked really well. Kendra’s dreams about her first lifetime in Egypt revealed that Vandal Savage (also Egyptian) started his villainy after Kendra—who, at the time, was Priestess Shayera—refused to be his lover.
Arrow has tried to tackle a lot in its flashback scenes, but I think portraying an epic romance and rivalry in ancient Egypt is the most extravagant challenge yet. It paid off, though, and kept the intrigue level up nice and high. In the present, Kendra and Carter spend some time training, learning about each other, and growing as people in the process. I particularly enjoyed how both Carter and Cisco helped Kendra come into her own, embracing who she is and the potential she has to become even greater.Speaking of Cisco, he was amazing in this episode. Like in Part One, this episode featured him a lot. Instead of selfishly trying to hold onto Kendra, he sacrifices his feelings for the greater good . . . even though it meant his and Kendra’s relationship had to end. This crossover has allowed him to grow beyond his role as the goofy sidekick who comes up with clever names. He’s still that guy, of course, but now he has a lot more depth, which I will forever enjoy.
And while on the subject of character development, now is a good time to move on to Oliver and his newly discovered son. His storyline and resulting secrecy around the whole issue was wonderfully dramatic and handled in a way that was compelling and believable. It’s difficult take sides on this issue because Oliver’s world has just been turned upside down by something that’s so different from his vigilante life. In some ways, this “normal” reveal is hitting him harder than anything Darhk has done so far. He’s scared and desperate to be a part of William’s life, and his relationship with Felicity suffered because of it. Unfortunately, his default when dealing with something this huge is to lie about it. And oh, not telling Felicity (twice!) is going to come back to bite him in future episodes. Hard. But Oliver’s first meeting with William, and subsequent playtime, was incredibly sweet.And of course there had to be a cliffhanger at the end! Malcolm Merlyn’s devious little act at the end was delightful. True to form, Merlyn decided to play both sides, and despite our heroes’ triumph, he initiates Savage’s revival. Oh, how I love to hate Malcolm Merlyn and his charming double crosses.
My only complaint with this episode was how little Caitlin was involved. I understand that a crossover of this magnitude with so many characters to juggle makes it hard to give everyone screen time, but I still wish she could have had more to do.
I give this episode 10 out of 10. Despite my disappoint over the lack of Caitlin, this episode had plenty of everything else: love, heartbreak, action, suspense, shocking twists, and humorous quips. There was almost nothing to dislike, and it did what I had hoped the crossover would do: entertain. For those reasons, I had to give it a perfect score. I love these crossovers so much that I wish they could be done twice a year. But hey, at least we get mini crossovers when an actor or two will guest star in episodes throughout the seasons. I’d like to declare this year’s crossover event a big success!What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments and enjoy some quotes from “Legends of Yesterday.”
Felicity: “During the Middle Kingdom, Egypt experienced a high level of meteorite activity.”
Rest of the Team: *confused looks*
Felicity: “I know stuff!”
Laurel: “Which is one of the many reasons we all love you so much.”
Kendra: “Everyone in there is willing to die to protect us. You don’t think that’s a little bit insane?”
Carter: “No, I think it’s noble. I think it’s what makes them all heroes.”
Kendra: “Well, heroes or not, I’m not letting anyone die for me.”
Carter: “Then don’t. Be the person, the woman, the warrior you were meant to be. The one you always have been.”
Oliver: “Well, you did it, Barry. Everyone’s alive. Our guardian angel.”
Barry: “That’s what you told me I could be when I told you about my powers.”
Oliver: “I meant it then and I know it now.”
Felicity to Oliver: “If you loved me, if you trusted me, telling me this wouldn’t be a burden, it would be a relief! But you don’t trust me. You never will. And how can I be with someone who doesn’t trust me?”
Oliver: “I’m not really a hugger.”
Barry: “Yeah, tell me something I don’t know. The thing is, I am fast enough to just hug you without you knowing, so you might as well let me.”
Oliver and Barry: *hug*
Barry: “It wasn’t so bad, right?”
Thea: “A bunch of superheroes in a farmhouse? Yeah, I think I’ve seen that in a movie before.”Savage: “I will lay waste to your city, killing everyone you hold dear. And after that I will travel to your home and do the same thing there.”
Barry: “All right, I’m just curious, did you rehearse that speech in a mirror this morning, or is this all just off the cuff?”
Barry: *about Oliver* “Whatever you do, do not let him train you. I’m sorry, but when it rains I can still feel where you shot me with those arrows.”
Felicity: “All right, I’d like to know what’s going on here.”
Felicity: “Yes, I tracked you down. I find people for a living. Actually, I don’t get paid.”
Cisco to Kendra: “Look, you got a lot on your plate right now. And I just don’t wanna be that piece of very nutritious broccoli that you scrape off the plate to give to the dog.”
Carter: “Sorry, buddy, this is private.”
Cisco: “Private. Just gonna go do some, push ups, over there.”
Felicity: “What was that?”
Barry: “What was what?”
Felicity: “You just super-speeded something into your pocket.”
Barry: “Oh, um. No, nothing. Well, actually, it’s something Oliver wanted me to track down. It’s about Damien Darhk.”
Felicity: “I want to see it.”
Felicity: “Because you don’t want me to see it.”
Barry: “I’ sorry, Oliver specifically asked me–”
Felicity: “Show me.”