Hello and welcome to preview #2 for this week’s crossover. We’re back to Arrow land and, well, I think you’ll find The Flash definitely had the stronger side of this year’s crossover.
I won’t sugarcoat things. This episode is not all that much fun. In fairness, you’d expect that from Arrow. I said it in the previous preview, it is the older, more serious sibling of the pair but even still, it’s just a frustrating episode.
Once more, Vandal wants to find Kendra and Carter and kill the pair of them. It’s a motivation that wears a bit thin by the end of the episode. It gets boring. We also have Malcolm popping up, without really making all that much sense. We have Oliver discovering something the Flash portion of the crossover set in motion last year, and the end of the Flash crossover this year brought up. Oh, we also have unnecessary Olicity drama. Hurray! I wonder if you can guess to which of the other plotlines that drama is linked to… Nailed on a disagreement about Malcy Merls, right?
We also have flashbacks. Brace yourself. Oliver washing laundry in Hong Kong would have been better than what we get…
These crossovers are ambitious. I think it’s fair to say that. But, they bite off a bit more than they can chew. The balance is off. The plot isn’t all that compelling. Vandal doesn’t make for the most threatening of villains – which is a concern, as he’s the main attraction of Legends of Tomorrow. Arrow, this week, has its moments but there’s simply too few of them.
I apologise for really building your excitement like this, but by the end of the episode, I was pretty pleased to be returning to Damien Darkh and all things HIVE for the mid-season finale.
Some teaser quotes:
1. “A bunch of superheroes in a farm house? I feel like I’ve seen that in a movie before.”
2. “I don’t know what the big deal is. It’s just a DNA test.”
3. “You’re the only person on the planet who thinks the truth is complicated.”
4. “Everyone dies, Oliver.”
5. “I’m having the strangest deja vu.”
The second part of the Flash-Arrow crossover, Arrow’s Legends of Yesterday, airs on Sky 1 on Wednesday 9th December at 8pm. Don’t miss it!