As I have said before, Arrow has really brought its A-game this season. Each episode has been better than the one before. This season has also functioned more as a serial than as an episodic story, and this has carried with it both positives and negatives.
The CW announced a third DC TV show was debuting, titled DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. This show will function as a sort of Justice League-show featuring a team of superheroes fighting a larger threat.
This episode of Arrow, “Legends of Yesterday” acts as both a crossover with The CW’s other DC show, The Flash, and as a backdoor pilot for Legends of Tomorrow. It had a lot of hats to wear, but over all functioned very well with a tight and action packed narrative. Lets break it down:
“Legends of Yesterday” introduced Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and his lover, Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée). In short, they are immortal heroes from ancient Egypt who were endowed with the power of reincarnation and are able to sprout wings and fly. Both Hentschel and Renée did a great job and the writers were able to take a cheesy concept and make it cool. Their combat style was unique and added variety to the fight scenes as well.
Not only did “Legends of Yesterday” introduce new heroes Hawkman and Hawkgirl, but it introduced us to the big bad for the first season of Legends of Tomorrow – the immortal sorcerer, Vandal Savage (Casper Crump). Crump plays a magnificent villain and stood out as one of the deadliest and powerful foes that Team Arrow or Flash has dealt with. Savage’s origin is altered from the comics in order for to be him a sorcerer in Egypt at the same time as Hawkman and Hawkgirl. The same cataclysm that game them their unique abilities also gives birth to Savage.
In order to remain immortal, Savage must hunt and kill Hawkman and Hawkgirl over and over again, leading to Team Arrow and Flash needing to stop him. Overall, despite his changed origins, I found myself wishing Vandal had been season 4’s big bad for Arrow. The writers handled his powers well, keeping his magical powers as well as melee abilities, and it was very exciting seeing him deliver a beat down to Team Arrow without breaking a sweat.
“Legends of Yesterday” highlights the great chemistry between the two shows, The Flash and Arrow. Oliver (Stephan Amell) and Flash (Grant Gustin) play off each other well, as do the rest of the team, and it’s hard to believe that they haven’t all worked together since last year; the story and banter flowed effortlessly. What works so well is the seamless meshing of the gritty world of Arrow with the sci-fi of The Flash. As a viewer, I have no issue imagining that Zoom is running around (pun fully intended) in the same world where Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) is investigating crimes, so I applaud the writers for this.
Weekly Laurel Rant
It would not be a Arrow episode if we did not have a new Laurel (Katie Cassidy ) complaint. This episode really highlights the lack of content for her – she really has nothing to do, and everything that she does do is laughable. I found myself laughing out loud when Team Arrow laid a trap for Vandal Savage, and the truck carrying Team Arrow barrels in and the heroes dash out to fight Savage. Laurel jumps out (strikes her awkward pose) and unleashes the Canary Cry – this power literally does nothing! Vandal looks up like what the heck? Then does back to laying the smack down on the team. In all fairness, Katie Cassidy is a good actress and is trying her best with what she has. But that Canary Cry has really got to go!
Arrow airs Wednesday nights at 8pm on The CW.