December 7, 2016: “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” Episode Review – “Invasion”

Superman Homepage reviewer T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao) reviews episodes connected to the “Supergirl” TV series, airing on The CW.

Check out his review of the second of the “Invasion” crossover episodes on “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”, in which, after learning the Dominators’ plan for the world, the Legends must work together with The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin), Supergirl (guest star Melissa Benoist) and Green Arrow (guest star Stephen Amell) to kill them once and for all. Meanwhile, Stein (Victor Garber) figures out, with the help of others, how the team can terminate the Dominators, but is distracted by the aberration he realizes he created in 1987.

InvasionOriginally Aired: December 1, 2016
WRITTEN BY: Greg Berlanti
TELEPLAY BY: Phil Klemmer and Marc Guggenheim
DIRECTED BY: Gregory Smith

STARRING:
Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow)
Franz Drameh (Jefferson Jackson/Firestorm)
Victor Garber (Martin Stein/Firestorm)
Willa Holland (Thea Queen/Speedy)
Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary)
Dominic Purcell (Mick Rory/Heat Wave)
David Ramsey (John Diggle/Spartan)
Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak)
Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom)
Grant Gustin (The Flash)
Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon)
Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow)
Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Supergirl)
Christina Brucato (Lily Stein)
Donnelly Rhodes (Smith)
Lucia Walters (President Susan Brayden)

3Rating – 3 (out of 5): Come the Legends of Tomorrow, and the crossover comes to a close. Not a satisfactory one, but a close nonetheless. The Legends episode sidelines Supergirl, with a ridiculous mandate from Ollie, but the worst of it is the needless weight ladled onto Barry Allen’s shoulders. Yes, Barry shouldn’t have gone into the past. However, to make him pay for this mistake inch by inch is needlessly cruel. The irony of it taking place on the show where time travel is the norm, and changes are made to history all the time, should not escape the perspicacious eye of viewers either. This could have been a nice respite from the weight of what was going on Arrow or The Flash, but it seems that writers were unwilling to not use the crossover as promos for the respective series. Here is where viewers have to decide what percentage their actual make-up is more composed of: connoisseur or fanboy. You can be happy that we actually got to see these characters interact, and totally envelope yourself in the feeling that creates, or you can press for more, in which you may lose all… or receive both.

There are excellent team-up stories that are just primed for the translation from comic to television, but the idea has to be to tell a great story using the characters presented. Supergirl can’t be sidelined, and the pressing needs of each show have to be put on hold for the needs of the crossover. If the writers can accomplish this, we may just see Crisis on Infinite Earths one of these days.

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