Before we get things started, this is your weekly warning that this recap/review may or may not contain spoilers from tonight’s episode. So take this moment to think about what your about to do, then look away if you have to.
This week’s episode was a big one so there is quite a bit to take in. With that said, enjoy the show.
This week’s episode began with the question of how can Barry go faster. Being the scientists they are, Barry has left it to Caitlin and Harrison Wells to try to come up with something. We also jump right into things with the introduction of Vandal Savage. Like being thrown into the fire, we get a taste of his cunning, his martial skills, and his viciousness. This is a man not to be trifled with. We also get a glimpse into the continuing relationship with Cisco and Kendra. It all seems to be a little perfect, that is until Vandal shows up. Thankfully Cisco is friends with the Flash and, with the push of a button, he shows up and saves the day. Of course, Cisco being Cisco, accidentally reveals The Flash’s real identity.
Back at the lab, they begin to analyze the weapon used to attack Barry and friends. Based on the info they’ve obtain, Barry feels that this might be something out of their league. So it’s time to call for some help. In comes team Arrow.
At the Arrow HQ, friends get reacquainted as Felcity gets mad at Barry for not telling her about the incident with Zoom. Also, Cisco seems amazed that the place hasn’t fallen apart since so many components seem to be missing. After some other quick introductions, Oliver gets right down to business and quickly begins interrogating Kendra about her current problems. Things begin to get a little heated, but before things get out of hand, Felicity invites everyone back to their place for some drinks.
Speaking of dangerous, having heard of Star City’s new guest, Malcolm Merlin has taken upon himself to make an appearance and lend a hand. It seems that he and the League are very familiar with Savage since he’s been alive for so long. Meanwhile, Cisco and Kendra go out for a walk to take break from everything. Their walk looks like it’s going well. Some sound advice from Cisco, and Kendra seems to be taking in everything as well as she can. That all changes when a man with wings comes flying down and whisks Kendra away with Cisco looking helplessly below.
As it turns out, that winged man was none other than Hawkman. On top of some remote rooftop, the man formally known as Carter Hall tries to revive Kendra’s past life as Chay-Ara, an Egyptian princess. Carter Hall is better known as Prince Khufu, and together the two were former lovers who were killed and continuously become reincarnated always destined to be separated and who must find their way back to each other.
The first try didn’t go as plan. Before anything could happen, Barry raced towards Kendra and carried her back to the rooftop. Although, Kendra didn’t emerge as Chay-Ara. Carter thinks something may be “blocking” her from doing so. After pulling Barry aside, Oliver questions him about his possible issues. It seems that Barry is having a hard time coping with all of the new things he’s been experiencing lately. Could this be what is preventing Barry from reaching new speeds? Is he “blocked” himself?
After his encounter with Barry and Oliver, Savage went into hiding, most likely planning on how to better his odds against them. Merlin believes that he is in search of an item known as the Staff of Horace. With the staff comes great power, and the ability to kill Hawkman and the soon-to-be Hawkgirl. Oliver realizes that the staff may be in Central City and the two set off to find it.
Tonight’s episode was a lot of fun to watch and pretty much lived up to the expectations of what the trailers teased. There was plenty of action and plenty of story. What more could you ask for? The best place to start is probably from the beginning. So let’s talk about Vandal Savage and what he brought to the show. For those of you who don’t know, Vandal Savage is one of DC’s biggest villains. What makes him so powerful? For the most, he’s immortal. And that’s the biggest reason he’s so smart and why he’s such a master with weapons – because he’s had so much time to perfect his craft.
Looking past all of the characters and guest appearances, tonight’s story was well told and brought up some very good angles and questions. A big issue that they explored was Barry’s conflict over what he perceives. Remember, Barry is a forensic scientist. So his approach to things is very analytical. A few episodes ago, he made this powerful speech about how he and his friends are scientists, journalists, and police officers. Their jobs are to test theories and be able to prove things from a scientific approach. However, subjects like Vandal Savage, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and magic are all out of his league. So it’s really great to see him and his friends take on these kind of problems. By forcing him out of his shell and accepting the impossible should grow his character. From there it could open the door to other elements that the show can feature.
One of the worries going into tonight’s episode had to have been Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Adding wings to someone and allowing them to fly on television is quite a hefty task, especially when you want it to look good. A lot of times, the end result is cheesy and can take away from the whole experience, story, and characterization. Overall, though, it looked good tonight. Basically, it didn’t look like a high school drama production. Also, the man formally known as Carter Hall was great. Played by Falk Hentschel, this version of Hawkman looked and sounded like the real deal. That’s not a slap at Michael Shanks who played the character on Smallville, but this guy fit the mold a little bit better. Remember, this is just one person’s opinion.
This is, by far, the best crossover yet (even though there has only been two), and the best part is that it isn’t over yet. This just covers the Flash side of things. Something that needs to be mentioned is that this whole thing is a special event. Simply put, there isn’t a whole lot of time to do everything. That being said, it was nice that they were still able to get Caitlin, Wells, and Jay Garrick involved even though they didn’t have a major role in the scheme of things. Det. West and Patty even had roles, and Iris showed up! Also, it was a lot of fun seeing the “personalities” of the show mix now that Arrow has taken a lighter approach to things like on The Flash.
At the beginning of the show, they touched upon Barry not being able to run faster, and they questioned what could be getting in the way. A great example of how everything comes together is how Kendra’s powers came to fruition. In the end, it’s probably what Barry needs to do if he wants to go faster.
Oh, and about that ending. While it would be wonderful to discuss, that’s more of an Arrow thing. So we’ll have to leave it up to Adam to cover that subject. But don’t think we didn’t see it!
“Legends of Today” overall grade – A
There isn’t a preview for the next episode, but here’s a look at the continuation on Arrow: