Arrow & The Flash #62: Invasion! Crossover

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Yes, I know this one is late but I figure, we’ve got a four show crossover event, I’ll hold off and do the Supergirl and Legend Of Tomorrow parts as well as the Arrow & Flash parts so here we go, this is Invasion!:

“Invasion!” is the third annual Arrowverse crossover event, crossing over episodes of the Arrowverse television series The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow on The CW, and is inspired by the 1989 comic miniseries Invasion!. Events at the end of the Supergirl episode “Medusa” on November 28, 2016 marked the beginning of the crossover, which officially began on November 29 with The Flash, continued on Arrow on November 30, and concluded on Legends of Tomorrow on December 1. Each of the latter three episodes are also titled “Invasion!”. “Invasion!” sees Barry Allen recruit Kara Danvers to his Earth to help his team, Oliver Queen and his team, and the Legends defeat the alien race known as the Dominators.

Development for a crossover between the three series, along with Supergirl, began in May 2016 after it was revealed that Supergirl would move to The CW from CBS for its second season. By the following September, the scripts for each episode had been written, with filming occurring shortly after, in October 2016. The premise and episode titles were also revealed that month. “Invasion!” sees all of the main cast members for each series appear in at least their own series, with Melissa Benoist appearing as Supergirl across the entire crossover. Multiple actors and characters from previous Arrow seasons also return to reprise their roles in the Arrow episode, as it is the series’ 100th.

Barry investigates a meteor crash outside Central City that turns out to be a spaceship from which aliens emerge. Lyla tells the team that the “Dominators” landed previously in the 1950s, but then mysteriously departed. Needing help, Barry assembles the original Team Arrow, Thea, the Legends, and Kara, Supergirl of Earth-38. The team begins training at a S.T.A.R. Labs facility, sparring against Supergirl to prepare against the aliens. Cisco finds and reveals a message to Rip Hunter from Barry’s future self, which exposes Barry’s manipulation of the timeline and how it affected other team members. Oliver, Kara, Felicity, Martin and Jefferson become the only ones who still trust Barry. The Dominators abduct the President. Kara leads most of the others in a rescue effort, but the Dominators trap them with a mind control device. The controlled heroes return and attack S.T.A.R. Labs. While Oliver and Wally hold them off, Barry lures Kara to the device and manipulates her into destroying it, freeing everyone. The team decides to trust Barry again. Suddenly, Sara, Ray, Diggle, Thea, and Oliver are teleported away before Barry can intervene.

Oliver finds himself back at Queen Manor; both his parents are alive, he is about to be married to Laurel Lance, and Diggle is the Hood. However, it is revealed that he, Diggle, Thea, Sara and Ray are all being held unconscious inside pods aboard a Dominator spaceship. Meanwhile, Felicity, Curtis and Cisco Ramon try to hack into the Dominators’ mainframe using a piece of their technology. The team recovers a necessary device with the help of the Flash and Supergirl, and they manage to locate the others. Oliver begins seeing flashes of his former life, as do Sara and Ray. All five captives soon realize that they are inside a shared hallucination. Their escape attempt is blocked by Malcolm Merlyn, Deathstroke, Damien Darhk and their mercenaries, all of whom are defeated by the captives. The captives then leave the dream and awaken inside the ship. Escaping in a shuttle, they are rescued by the Waverider. Ray deduces that the Dominators were gathering information from their minds, using the hallucination as a distraction, to help them complete a special “weapon”. The team learns that the Dominator mothership is headed towards Earth.

Martin Stein, with help from others, is eventually able to find a way to defeat the Dominators, though he becomes distracted by an aberration he created in 1987.

Even though this is a four part crossover episode, the real story of the episode doesn’t begin until the tail end of Supergirl so essentially this is basically Supergirl crossing over with Flash, Arrow, and Legends Of Tomorrow more than it is a four part crossover.

With this crossover, you really do get a sense of what these four shows have become since they all started, Supergirl has actually become more enjoyable after that abysmal first season on CBS, The Flash is still very enjoyable, Arrow has recovered nicely after that god-awful fourth season, and Legends Of Tomorrow is still holding on to its’ good juices after its’ impressive first season and the crossover does a good job building this universe they’ve set up and creating an adventure for all of them to coalesce with.

The action is solid, the chemistry between all the main actors are nicely done, the writing is very good, the crossover episodes do come together very nicely and these episodes make a case for why these shows are worth watching and they also make you want to check out The CW after its’ many years of nothing but soapy teen dramas, this crossover can actually make people look at The CW and go, “hey, there’s something here that we never saw before.” And then after that, go check out Jane The Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Whose Line Is It Anyway? and you’ll have more than enough reason to tune in to The CW.

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