Well that was a fun four nights!
I’m not sure about you folks, but the CW basically took over our evening viewing with their “Heroes vs. Aliens” crossover event that took the general plot of the classic “Invasion” crossover and applied it to Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
I don’t have a ton of organized thoughts about this event by and large, except to say that I found it much more effective and enjoyable than the few other times the network has rolled out a crossover within its shared universe. It’s definitely a huge step-up from the episodes that set-up Legends last year, for example.
Here’s a few other things that crossed my mind, some spoilers, so don’t venture any further till you watch the whole thing:
- Supergirl‘s episode, thanks to the wonders of scheduling (between the election and the holiday), had to act as the midseason finale. It was basically a “red skies” entry moreso than a proper first chapter. On the other hand, it was a great capper for what has turned out to be a pretty great second season of the show – definitely the best of the four current shows right now.
- Once the actual Dominator storyline began, I was impressed with how effectively Berlanti, Guggenheim, Adler, Kreisberg, Klemmer and the rest of their team were able to combine the concerns of each series into a surprisingly streamlined effort that gave me some Whedon Avengers vibes…with the caveat that it’s on a restricted television budget. Also, basically everyone got something to do at some point or another! With a cast that big, that’s surely much harder to manage than it seems.
- Arrow‘s 100th episode was a fun spin on the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Perchance to Dream” as well as “For The Man Who Has Everything”. It both celebrated the milestone of the series, bringing back many of its key players, while also finding a way to rope in the cast that sticks out the most in such an otherworldly encounter. Sure, Wild Dog’s changing opinion on metahumans was maybe a bit too quick for my taste, but on the whole, this was one of the best episode of Arrow in quite some time.
- Utilizing Barry’s mucking with the time stream as the emotional hook of The Flash‘s contribution to the four-parter, and then revealing it as the entire reason for the Dominators re-emergence on Legends of Tomorrow was inspired.
- Cisco’s anger at Barry started to grate after four straight hours of it. But it looks like we’re finally coming out the other side of that one.
- I could have used more Kara in the finale, and I thought Ollie’s reasoning for sidelining was a bit specious, but then again his mea culpa was effective and Supergirl got a few nice little moments in the celebratory scene.
- Citizen Steel’s helmet is really stupid looking, and Nick Zano is a good looking guy, the rest of his costume is fine, but why cover his face up?
- That Ray Palmer line/meta-joke about Kara “looking like my cousin” was A+
Kudos to all involved! This might be the Arrowverse’s finest moment, but that’s just one guys opinion, what did you all think? Let’s talk about it!
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