Epic ‘The Flash’ And ‘Arrow’ Crossover Features New Villain And Superheroes

The Flash and Arrow teamed up for the second time to save Central City and Star City from evil foe Vandal Savage. The two superheroes join forces in an action packed two-part series.

The Tuesday episode of The Flash, entitled Legends of Today, is the first half of a two-part crossover with Arrow and the introduction of the villain Vandal Savage as well as the mythology surrounding Hawkgirl and Hawkman.

Vandal Savage came to Central City and attacked Kendra Saunders, who is actually Hawkgirl. Kendra and Cisco asked Barry for help, so Barry takes Kendra to Star City and asks Oliver Queen and his team to hide her until he can find a way to defeat Vandal Savage. Hawkman then comes into the scene and flies off with Kendra.

Kendra Discovers Her True Identity On The Flash-Arrow Crossover

Legends of Yesterday is the second half of the two-part crossover in which the story continues where The Flash half left off. Oliver and Barry hide Kendra Saunders and Carter Hall in a remote location and Malcolm sets up a meeting between Green Arrow, The Flash and Vandal that does not go as planned. In the meantime, Felicity, Diggle, Laurel, Thea, and the rest of team Flash are working on a powerful weapon that could stop Vandal Savage.

This year’s superhero crossover is more exciting than last year’s. The story does not only revolve around the duo’s effort to fight their enemy, but it also became the launching pad for Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Moreover, it established Vandal Savage as a notorious villain to watch out for.

Seeing team Flash and team Arrow join forces, bicker, and support each other kept the show light, thus thwarting the tense atmosphere that builds between Oliver and Barry, even though they are not fighting each other. This episode also revealed a lot of Oliver’s emotion. There was only a slight development of Stephen Amell’s character, but it was refreshing to see another side of him.

Cisco also displayed a lot emotion in the first half of the crossover. He found himself at the center of the conflict because his new girlfriend, Kendra Saunders, whom he discovers is a reincarnation of an Egyptian heroine, and now he is confronted with this question: Will he be able to maintain his relationship with Kendra now that she’s realized who she really is?

Overall, Legends of Today is good and promising. However, there were times when the story felt like it dragged on for too long, but it was also good that they did not completely set aside their ongoing battle with the menacing Zoom.

The inclusion of Wells and Caitlin’s story, which involves the creation of a speed-enhancing drug, adds another reason to look forward to the show. While it isn’t directly related to the main plot, it certainly makes people wonder whether Caitlin will be dragged into Wells’ dark world.

The episode ended with Oliver finding his long-lost son. Although it was heartbreaking, it surely will add depth to Oliver’s character in the long run.

There is a lot going on with the characters but things should get sorted out when Legends of Yesterday airs on Wednesday, December 2 at 8 p.m. on the CW.

Legends of Today is directed by Ralph Hemecker. The story is written by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kresiberg with teleplay by Aaron and Todd Helbing.

The second part, which concludes Wednesday night, is directed by Thor Freudenthal with story by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and teleplay by Brian Ford Sullivan and Marc Guggenheim.

The two-part crossover of The Flash and Arrow also features Casper Crump as Vandal Savage, Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall, a.k.a Hawkman, and Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders, aka Hawkgirl.

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