Flash Arrow

Article by Gregg Katzman

The first part of the latest Arrow and The Flash crossover has finally arrived! Instead of strongly connecting to the two stories going on in their respective cities (e.g. Zoom and Darhk), this all-star team up is here to mostly build the hype for The CW’s upcoming DC show, Legends of Tomorrow. And build the hype it most certainly did! The episode offered cheerworthy action scenes, gave Vandal Savage a memorable introduction, and clearly had fun introducing Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s mythos to The CW universe. There was a lot to like about the episode – and obviously, we’re looking forward to the second part of the story in Arrow – but to us, there’s three things that made the episode especially enjoyable.

 

The banter

Arrow Flash

There was so much good comedy in the first part of the The Flash and Arrow crossover. Where do we even begin? Cisco and Felicity awkwardly high-fiving. Thea’s comments about whether or not she knows the Flash. Damien Darhk’s delightful reaction to seeing his first speedster. Flash’s hilariously accurate responses to both Cisco revealing a secret and the League of Assassins randomly showing up. And who can forget Hawkman’s push? While reflecting on this episode, there are just so many entertaining and lighthearted interactions to choose from. Sure, things are looking dire for both heroes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a laugh or two along the way. Now, when will “Cisco Conditioner” become an actual thing? Get on that, CW.

Vandal Savage

Vandal Savage

Following the terrifying speester Zoom and the deadly Darhk isn’t an easy thing to do. Thankfully, actor Casper Crump’s Vandal Savage made quite an impression. I mean, did you see the way he was able to tag Barry with just a mere throwing knife? If that’s not intimidating and impressive, we just don’t know what is. (It also seems like Barry getting tagged in the back may have been a small nod to the hero’s painful training session with Oliver in the last crossover!) Not only did Savage unleash some jaw-dropping displays of talent as a combatant, but the episode also caught up viewers about the guy’s lengthy history in an amusing way. A new and promising villain has entered The CW DC Universe, and we’re glad we’ll get to see more of him in the next spin-off series, Legends of Tomorrow.

Hawkman & Hawkgirl

Hawks

Reincarnation isn’t a concept that’s easy for everyone to get behind, but when a show can handle time travel and a telepathic gorilla incredibly well, it should come as no surprise that Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s (Ciara Renee) story was effectively told. This episode really embraced these heroes and it shows. Instead of running the risk of going overly dramatic, the way Hawkman explains his elaborate history with Hawkgirl felt organic and entertaining. There’s a lot of potential with these two, and, so far, their story is off to a pretty great start. Will Atom and Hawkman develop a friendship, just like in the comics? We hope so! You can’t help but feel kind of bad for Cisco, though… Hopefully they can still be good friends, right?

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