In Review: Arrow, Episode 77 “Legends of Yesterday”

Outstanding conclusion to the greatest superhero team up ever on television.

Arrow, Episode 77 “Legends of Yesterday” Broadcast on December 2, 2015

Teleplay by Brian Ford Sullivan & Marc Guggenheim

Story by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim

Directed by Thor Freudenthal

“Previously on Arrow,” Samantha kisses a young boy in Jitters, Vandal Savage is after Kendra Saunders, Hawkman appears before Kendra, it’s revealed that Savage gets his immortality from killing Kendra and Carter Hall, Vandal gets the Staff of Horus and has a smack down with Green Arrow and the Flash, Kendra takes a leap of faith and Vandal knows it.

In the Middle Kingdom in Ancient Egypt, Khufu and Shiera argue over what offerings would please the god Horus. Sky rocks have been falling, Vandal Savage reports to the court of Ramses the Wise. “Dark times are coming, Pharaoh.” Away from this father, Khufu finds Shiera and they kiss passionately, which displeases a spying Vandal. Kendra awakes with a start, sitting in the back of van, next to Carter Hall, as the heroes are on their way to a safehouse. Team Arrow and Team Flash arrive at a farmhouse and everyone breaks into teams to investigate avenues in defeating Savage, though Oliver goes off on his own. Felicity sees this and follows him out the door. “There is something going on,” Oliver tells her, “and I’m going to tell you all about it. I would just like the chance to know what I’m dealing with first.” Meanwhile, Carter accompanies Kendra out to a field where he opens a middle sized steamer trunk which contains her costume. If she can’t remember her warrior past, Carter says they will probably die again. Ollie tracks down Samantha Hawke who sees him. She tells him that her son William isn’t his child. She drops the boy’s baseball cap, allowing him the opportunity to palm a strand of hair from it. His phone goes off as Samantha and William leave — it’s Malcolm who says he’s arranged a meeting with Vandal Savage, because negotiation is the only way out of this situation. That night as the Flash races to the meeting he finds himself running alongside a ghost of himself: he’s going to time travel at some point. At the meeting location, Malcolm tells the heroes that he’s afraid of Savage because no one knows anything about him. “That’s not the only reason to be afraid of me,” says the arriving villain. Cue opening title sequence (with a bolt of lighting now appearing behind Arrow‘s logo) and cue first commercial break.

The scenes between Ollie and Felicity were dynamite stuff and Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards sold the hell out of them. The pain on Ollie’s face was killer, and only improved after “it” happened. The “event” is stunning in every way. The banter from the Flash was more in line with his wise-ass comic personality, and it was nice to see him being cocky in front of Savage. Better were the dramatic moments with Barry out of costume, talking with Cisco and Ollie. Grant Gustin was also outstanding. John Barrowman was excellent as Malcolm, who ends the episode brilliantly. Cisco and Kendra’s scenes were also good, and it good to see that Carter Hall didn’t have the answer for everything — he needs to be taken down a peg. The action scenes were stellar, with the second sequence being particularly strong with all the characters in play. This was a fantastic conclusion to the storyline begun in last night’s The Flash and it moved Oliver and Felicity’s relationship forward, while hinting at trouble on the horizon from something in an upstairs room.

The good: Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, Grant Gustin, Carlos Valdes, John Barrowman, Casper Crump, outstanding flashback settings — impressive sets!, some excellent funny lines, and one heck of an epilogue.

Fun lines: “A bunch of superheroes in a farmhouse? Feel like I’ve seen that in a movie before,” “The first rule of time travel is ‘Don’t talk about it’,” “That’s the key, Kendra,” “What was that?”, “I know, Samantha,” “I don’t know,” “Run, Barry. Run!”, “Let yourself remember,” “My hate will be everlasting,” “Here we go,” “I’m not really a hugger,” and “You owe me one, buddy.”

The bad: Not much with Thea Queen, John Diggle, Laurel Lance, and Caitlin Snow. As with the first part on The Flash, some characters have to be cut to focus on the heroes; still, I want it all from this show! However, that’s my only grouse, and that’s nothing.

The final line: Outstanding conclusion to the greatest superhero team up ever on television. How do they top this? I can’t wait to see! Overall grade: A+

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    3 December 2015 at 2:21 pm -

    It was marvelous! I figure Malcolm wants help from Savage either reconstituting the Lazarus Pit or finding an alternative, so he can join the immortals as Ra’s are supposed to do.

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