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TV Review: The Flash 2.8 “Legends Of Today”
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The Flash
Season 2 Episode 8: “Legends Of Today”
Directed by Ralph Hemecker
Written by Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing
Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdez, Tom Cavanagh
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, 8:00pm

Two weeks ago on The Flash, Grodd was back, using his mind to bend people to his will. His goal? To make more Grodds. He mind controls Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) but doesn’t want to hurt her. he remembers how kind she was. They get Earth-2 Wells (Tom Cavanagh) to pretend to be dead Wells, with Cisco’s (Carlos Valdes) help, whom Grodd saw as a father. Earth-2 Wells did have a real answer. There is a Grodd habitat on Earth-2, and they send him there. The other theme is father-son relationships. Barry (Grant Gustin) is having a lot of doubt in himself, so Iris (Candice Patton) calls in his real dad (John Wesley Shipp) for the sage Rocky speech that the first Wells used to do when Barry was doing Flash-y stuff.

Beware! Spoilers for “Legends of Today” below.

The Flash 2.8 “Legends Of Today” recap/review: Time for the 2-night crossover event that leads to Legends of Tomorrow! It’s the introduction to Vandal Savage (Casper Crump), immortal, who has searched for and killed Hawkman and Hawkgirl ( Falk Hentschel and Ciara Renee) for thousands of years.

About to be dead person: “Who taught you that, Houdini?”
Savage: “Actually I taught him.”

He definitely doesn’t care about killing, but that makes perfect sense. Immortality must make life meaningless, or so I would imagine.

Barry keeps trying to get faster and faster, which brings about the little side Wells/Caitlyn/Jay story, about steroids for speedsters.

Patty (Shantel VanSanten) and Barry are still adorbs, especially when Joe comments.

Kendra cooks for Cisco. Cute! Too bad it won’t last long. Savage shows up.

Cisco: “Kendra’s not going anywhere with you Highlander.” Good one! Flash saves the moment, but it’s time to call in Team Arrow.

And yes! Damian Darhk (Neal McDonough) is in the crossover! “You brought arrows to a gunfight.”

The Arrow fight scene is pretty good. Darhk almost kills Oliver (Stephen Amell), but Barry saves him to protect Kendra.

Oliver to Barry about dating Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards): “More bruises from her than from Deathstroke.”

Have I mentioned how much I love crossovers?

Cisco introducing Kendra: “She’s my new beautiful friend who kisses me.” Cisco – I just love you so. I wish I was your new beautiful friend who kisses you.

Felicity to Barry: I wonder what Oliver’s doppelganger will look like… bald, potbelly, agreeable.

Vandal attacks them in Oliver’s penthouse. They think they killed him (rather Speedy). Silly superheroes.

Enter… the new Ra’s al Ghul. Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) and a couple of assassins, for exposition purposes. He tells them all about Vandal Savage. Kendra can’t take it. She runs out and Cisco talks to her. And then a birdman swoops in and takes her. Cisco is like, “What!” But we knew he was coming.

Holy S**t! Patty follows Harrison Wells. I can’t even say what happens, but I hope it’s not real!

Hawkman totally macks on Kendra, giving her the whole 4,000 year lover history in a few sentences. I would be skeptical too. Don’t soulmates speak, I don’t know… more soulmate-y?

Cisco: “Ok, Romeo…”

Oh my god… Barry totally calls out Merlyn for stepping out from the dark shadows to impart some villain knowledge. That’s some funny stuff.

Cisco: “Since when did our lives suddenly become an Indiana Jones movie?”

I guess if Barry quits his day job, he can always be a heart surgeon. Watch the episode. You’ll know why I said that.

Hawkgirl is thusly named, in a bittersweet moment.

Oh my god. There is an Arrow reveal at the end of this episode (will speak of this in tomorrow’s review). I have been waiting for them to come back to this for a long time.

This might have been the best episode of The Flash ever. I think it is the best crossover (until maybe tomorrow night). Everything was up several levels, from the excitement, the participation of all cast, the quips… the quips! Almost everyone had a joke. It was so fantastic. Even the expository parts had me listening hard. I didn’t even care. I didn’t even reveal ALL the super funny dialogue – yes, that’s how funny it was. I was almost tempted to write down the entire script verbatim.

See you tomorrow!

The Flash airs Tuesday nights at 8pm ET on The CW.

The Arrow 4.8 crossover “Legends of Yesterday” airs tomorrow night at 8pm ET on The CW.

The CW’s synopsis:

The Flash
Legends of Today (Ep# 208)
PART ONE OF THE EPIC CROSSOVER WITH “ARROW” — In its second major crossover event with “Arrow,” Vandal Savage (guest star Casper Crump) arrives in Central City and sets his sights on Kendra Saunders (guest star Ciara Renée). After Vandal attacks Kendra and Cisco (Carlos Valdes), they turn to Barry (Grant Gustin) for help. Realizing how dangerous Vandal is, Barry takes Kendra to Star City and asks Oliver and team to hide her until he can figure out how to stop Vandal. However, things quickly go from bad to worse when a man with wings AKA Hawkman (guest star Falk Hentschel) shows up and flies off with Kendra. Meanwhile, Harrison (Tom Cavanagh) develops a serum to make Barry run faster and asks Jay (guest star Teddy Sears) to test it out. Ralph Hemecker directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing (#208). Original airdate 12/1/2015.

Videos

The Flash | Inside: Legends of Today | The CW


The Flash’s Executive Producer Gabrielle Stanton dives into tonight’s crossover episode at 8/7c!

The Flash | Heroes Join Forces | The CW


An immortal madman wreaks havoc on The Flash and Arrow crossover, beginning tomorrow at 8/7c!

The Flash | Legends of Today Scene | The CW


Kendra gets a blast from the past on The Flash and Arrow crossover.

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