Arrow, S4 Ep08 – Legends of Yesterday

“Legends of Yesterday” is the second part of this year’s Arrow/Flash crossover event that began with Tuesday’s episode of The Flash, “Legends of Today”. With last year’s crossover you could have gotten away with not watching one of the episodes, but this year’s features one cohesive story that begins with The Flash and ends with Arrow. “Legends of Yesterday” continues to address the origin of Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée) and Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and set up the villain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump), before DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premieres in January.

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Time to train

Vandal Savage remains hellbent on murdering Hawkman and Hawkgirl in order to continue the cycle of his immortality, but that’s not all “Legends of Yesterday” focuses on. In what’s definitely more than just a subplot, Ollie confronts his ex-girlfriend from his past about her son after discovering it’s his. This story provided some of the more bittersweet and heartbreaking scenes as Ollie is faced with something he’s never been up against. After spending so many years seeing what lying can do to him and his loved ones he still decides to lie to Felicity about the whole ordeal, after she had already discovered the truth from Barry. You would think Ollie would know better by now.

This throws a wrench into Team Arrow’s eventual plans of bringing Hawkman and Hawkgirl to Vandal Savage, tricking him and taking him down. Ollie is unfocused the whole time after most likely ruining everything he has with Felicity. On top of that, Hawkgirl isn’t really focused either and is unable to unleash her wings in their battle with Savage. Vandal thus has the upper hand, killing Hawkman and Hawkgirl and unleashing an atomic explosion from the Staff of Horus taking out Team Arrow and all of Central City.

Fortunately, earlier in the episode Barry sees a ghost of himself just like he did in season one of The Flash when he first time traveled. Watching the show and watching this scene we all knew something was going to happen that would drive Barry into running so fast that he would time travel again. This gives Team Arrow a second chance at taking down Savage. I really enjoyed this when it happened the first time on season one of The Flash, but I hope it doesn’t become a recurring thing. I hope that every time something tragic happens Barry doesn’t somehow turn back time again. It’s the equivalent of Superman reversing the rotation of the Earth and turning back time in the first Christopher Reeve Superman movie. Of course, there was no going back from the devastation that occurred from Vandal Savage without time travel, but hopefully this ability isn’t overused.

Having a second chance at their plan, Cisco is able to talk to Hawkgirl and help her with her abilities, since Hawkman’s methods obviously didn’t work so well. For an Arrow episode, there was a lot of focus on Cisco and his relationship with Hawkgirl. Throughout the episode he is obviously jealous of Hawkman and has grown to love Hawkgirl. It’s definitely a bittersweet ending seeing the two go their separate ways after taking down Savage, but she’s going to be too busy for Cisco once Legends of Tomorrow premieres.

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Take one. Action.

Savage is taken down pretty easily once Team Arrow figures everything out and turns the Staff of Horus against him. He is eventually disintegrated into dust, but if that’s the case how does he become the main antagonist on Legends of Tomorrow? Well, I’m sure it will have something to do with Malcolm Merlyn, since he picks up Savage’s ashes while reciting some weird passage about immortality. Why Malcolm does this is unclear at the moment and how it will return Savage from the grave is unclear as well. Way to go, Malcolm!

The most touching moment of “Legends of Yesterday” sees Ollie introduce himself to his son, referring to himself as only a friend of his mother’s. Despite Barry’s advice about remaining in his son’s life, it seems Ollie will not try to pursue a parental relationship with his son after this. Not only does Ollie not decide to do this, but he also decides to lie to Felicity again knowing he did so already in the other timeline before Barry time traveled. I was really hoping for Ollie to come out with the truth this time, but I did expect him to lie again. It seems he’ll never learn.

Overall, “Legends of Yesterday” was a great episode, a solid conclusion to this crossover event, and a satisfying introduction of two new super heroes. As usual it was filled some fun action, but also some laugh out loud humor and heartwarming moments. We even got a break from the boring island flashback scenes. The scenes were traded out for flashbacks of Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s past life when they were first killed. I’m happy to see this story come to a close and I look forward to seeing more in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow this January.

In next week’s episode of Arrow, the team is back to their battle with Damien Darhk, and judging from the promo Felicity will be in huge trouble. Check out The CW’s official promo for “Dark Waters” below and feel free to let us know what you thought about “Legends of Yesterday” in the comments.