Talk about a plot-packed episode! Not that “The Flash” doesn’t zip along as is, but this sucker was flying through moments and beats like crazy. A crazed immortal named Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) stalks Kendra (Ciara Renee) to Central City, claiming that he has killed her repeatedly throughout the centuries and now must do so again? Why? Because even unbeknownst to her, she is Hawkgirl.
She has lived hundreds of lives and each time has been killed by Savage, only to be reborn again to start the cycle anew. With a rebirth eventually comes an “emergence”, which sees her regaining memories of her past lives, as well as realizing her otherworldly abilities. Poor Kendra hasn’t had the emergence yet and is whisked off to Star City by Team Flash in an effort to keep her safe and figure out what’s going on. That’s right folks, it’s time for our annual big crossover with “Arrow“!
It’s so good to see all of these characters sharing the screen and interacting with one another on a large scale again. While the occasional cameo that they have on each other’s shows are nice, it’s so much fun to see them all working together. The Flash, Green Arrow, Cisco Ramon, John Diggle, Felicity Smoak, Speedy, and now Hawkgirl? I love it. Did I mention that Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) joins the fray as well? My bad, because he totally does.
Mind you there’s a bit of a tussle at first between Green Arrow & The Flash against Hawkman, but once they all figure out they are on the same side, a new wonderful collaboration is born. As expected, Vandal Savage wants to take out Hawkman too, as destroying both of these reincarnating heroes expands his power every time out and further helps allow his evil badass self to live unchanged for hundreds of years.
Back in Central City, Harry Wells and Caitlin Snow are hard at work on developing a serum that might increase Barry’s speed and allow him to equal the power of Zoom. That serum is Velocity 6, which is well-known to fans of the comics. Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears) is none too happy about it’s creation in Earth-1, warning that not only do they not know hat side effects it will have, but also exclaiming how dangerous such a formula can be in the wrong hands. No one wants a platoon of malevolent speedsters running about, after all!
Naturally the serum is put to the test when something goes wrong, proving that Wells’ concoction truly works. Garrick injects himself with it to save Wells’ life after he is shot by a confused Patty, but vows to never take it again. What will come of the existence of Velocity 6 in Earth-1? I doubt anything good.
On the “Arrow” front, we get an entertaining scuffle with Damien Darhk and his goons near the start of the episode that is humorously interrupted by Barry. We’re also treated to some more shadowy exposition dished out by the ever-sneaky Malcolm Merlyn. Beyond that, we get a wonderful casual party between all of our heroes that is interrupted rudely by a baddie and I have to say…I liked their take on it just as much as Marvel’s similar scene on Avengers: Age of Ultron earlier this year.
As for revelations? I think Oliver is starting to realize that he might have an illegitimate son living in Central City. That should certainly toss some drama into his relationship with Felicity this season, as Connor Hawke inevitably comes into their lives. Strangely neither The Atom, Black Canary, Sara Lance, nor Quentin Lance make an appearance here, though the latter is mentioned. Perhaps they’ll factor in during the second half?
Back to our super-powered smackdown against Vandal Savage, since this is the first installment in a two-part crossover, it shouldn’t surprise you that our heroes lose. While Kendra takes a larger step towards her emergence (Hawkman has already had his), the evil Savage gets his hands on a powerful weapon: the Staff of Horus. Can they take him down before he seizes his destiny of murdering Hawkman and Hawkgirl again? We’ll have to wait until we see the latest episode of “Arrow” to find out…