Review: “ARROW” Season 4 Episode 8 Crossover With “THE FLASH” – ‘Legends Of Yesterday’

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The conclusion to the two-part Arrow and
The Flash crossover finished with a bang! The episode got all the stuff we love about the show and even Arrow‘s usual soapy elements achieve to find a legit place in the story. Well done lads, well done.

We find the team in Central City in a secluded farm house and Thea (Willa Holland) even comments on seeing something like this in a movie some time.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron , anyone??? In the meantime Carter (Falk Hentschel) tries to help Kendra (Ciara Renee) trigger her memories and powers, which doesn’t work as planned. Oliver (Stephen Amell) finds out about his son, which puts him at odds with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).
Let’s start with the soapy part. Oliver’s mind keeps being busy with his potential parenthood and even goes as far as to let Barry (Grant Gustin) run a DNA test, which confirms him to be the father. The storyline comes across as rather unnecessary at first, but as it goes on, it fits in very well with the larger context. Oliver’s mind is not focused and makes a lot of mistakes, which ultimately leads to the death of the whole team.
Thankfully there’s still Barry, who runs for his life until he travels back in time. We see the meeting between Vandal Savage (Casper Crump), Malcolm (John Barrowman), Barry and Oliver outplay a second time, where the villain threatens to destroy both cities if they won’t hand over the hawks. The first time they plan to take down Savage goes horribly wrong. Kendra can’t trigger her powers, Oliver decided against Thea, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Diggle (David Ramsey) for back-up and the gloves to hold the Staff Of Horace don’t work. Easy game for Vandal.
The second time around it works much better. Barry tells Oliver about his time travel and about the mistakes they made. Felicity doesn’t find out about Oliver hiding his son from, which doesn’t lead to their big break up fight, which doesn’t distract him during the confrontation. Cisco (Carlos Valdes) has to deal with standing offside and watch Kendra, for whom he clearly has feelings for, deal with her star-crossed lover. Still, it’s him, who talks Kendra into remembering her life and the important detail to defeat Savage.
Without sounding too harsh let me tell you a problem the writers of Legends Of Tomorrow are going to have to deal with. Kendra and Carter have NO chemistry, NO spark, that makes me invested in their relationship. Maybe it has something to do with Cisco and Kendra harmonizing so well together. Or maybe I’m simply fed up with tough, snarky characters like Carter. I just do not care for him at all. Hopefully that will change. On the other hand, I quite like Kendra. I’m looking forward to see more of her.
The second crossover between Arrow and
The Flash ends with a bang of an episode that sees the best parts of both shows come to light. The oneliners from Cisco, weird talking by Felicity and the “Geek Team” bring us some delightful laughs, while Oliver delivers the dramatic stuff. Vandal Savage is not dead. He will return in Legends Of Tomorrow , but what part will Malcolm Merlyn play? I guess, we’ll find out.

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