Arrow S4E08: Legends of Yesterday review

*spoilers ahead if you haven't seen season four episode eight*

REVIEW: What a perfect way to wrap the first major crossover of this season.

My problem with these shows is it can often just be a case of following how Hero A and B - in this case Green Arrow (Oliver Queen, played by Stephen Amell) and The Flash (Barry Allen, played by Grant Gustin) - beat the bad guy.

These shows have done a tremendous job of ensuring it doesn't fall into a "villain of the week" trap, as the main, overarching story is always advanced.

What struck me most about Legends of Yesterday was it allowed our heroes to fail.

Yes, the Flash has travelled through time in the past so there is a plot device to make sure the good guys can eventually triumph, but Legends of Yesterday was not afraid to show our heroes get it wrong.

The consequences of failure against a man like Vandal Savage (Casper Crump), a time-travelling immortal hell-bent on capturing - and killing - Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee), are real.

They fail in their first attempt, all heroes die or are vaporised (along with the city) by Savage's weapons, and it is up to the Flash to run fast enough to travel back through time.

A few more things:

  • I assume we won't see Hawkman or Hawkgirl again until Legends of Tomorrow starts in January, but I really hope they return to Arrow or The Flash. Very interesting characters who can add a lot to the current lineup.
  • Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) didn't have a major role this week thanks to Savage but he will be back. What will he do next?

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Arrow airs Thursdays at 6.30pm (AEST) on Fox 8 (Channel 108).

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