Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Legends of Tomorrow - Crisis on Earth-X, Part 4

The four-part crossover concludes with the death of one of the Legends (helping the show write off the character of Firestorm which it never learned to use properly), the arrival of the other Legends (better late than never), and our heroes' return to Earth-One for a final confrontation with the Earth-X invaders. Keeping half the Legends in reserve until the final episode does help boost our heroes numbers in the final episode, but is a disservice to Ray (Brandon Routh) who, given his tenure in the Arrowverse, certainly draws the shortest straw this time around. The death of Stein (Victor Garber) is hardly surprising, but how he is kept alive from his critical wounds at the beginning of the episode, and his sacrifice, both work well.

In terms of action, the finale saves the best for last offering plenty of fighting between our supporting characters and the Nazis with inter-cut battles between the Flash (Grant Gustin) and Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh), both versions of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) squaring off against Overgirl. The show ends with the expected funeral to a friend and the nice surprise of a double wedding for Barry and Iris (Candice Patton) and Oliver and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards). Overall, "Crisis" irons out some of issues we saw in the first crossover last year. More interconnected, it flows much better as a consistent storyline (and I did enjoy the special opening). With a funeral, two weddings, and the return of a fan favorite, there's plenty for the individual shows to mine heading into their Fall finales.

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