In Review: The Flash, Episode 31 “Legends of Today”

This is the best superhero team up in the history of television.

The Flash, Episode 31 “Legends of Today” Broadcast on December 1, 2015

Teleplay by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing

Story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg

Directed by Ralph Hemecker

“Previously on The Flash,” Earth-2’s Harrison Wells steals from Mercury Labs, Jim Garrick warns the gang that this Harrison Wells has just as many secrets as the one from their world, Cisco gets “vibes” about future events, Kendra appears as a Hawkgirl in one of Cisco’s vibes, the Flash and Arrow team up, and a young woman is told she will receive a million dollars if she tells Oliver Queen she’s miscarried their baby.

Barry’s practicing running so he can beat Zoom, but he knows he’s still not fast enough. Harrison and Caitlin confirm Barry’s suspicions he’s not improving. Wells has some theories why this may be happening, but a buzz on his phone has Barry leaving to meet with Patty. Wells states there’s one thing they haven’t tried with Barry yet. At a shipyard, the U.S.S. Tithohus has docked with its crew disembarking with a stowaway. The man was carrying thirty-two blades within his jacket. “I’ve waited a long time for this hunt,” the strange man says. The captain tells the stowaway he can’t do anything with him in handcuffs. “Oh but captain, you’re wearing the cuffs,” and the man raises his frees hands, while captain sees he is indeed shackled. The man knocks the captain down and kills the crew with his precise deadly blades. “I feel you, Hawkgirl,” he proclaims to the night as he leaves the scene. Cue opening title sequence, which now features a green arrow shot through the title of the show.

At Central City Police Department the next day, Joe, Barry, and Patty are looking at photos of the scene of the crime. Barry shows a piece of flint that broke off one of the blades that killed a man. At Jitters that night, Kendra and Cisco enter, thanks to Kendra’s trusting manager. Kendra has prepared a dinner for the two of them. Just as they are about to kiss, the strange man appears, calling Kendra Priestess Shayera. Cisco tells him to leave, but the man pulls a blade and makes to throw it until the Flash arrives in time, altered by Cisco’s distress call on his phone, and the man is punched down. The man throws a blade, which the Flash stops, but it allows the killer to disappear. “Thank God, Barry!” Cisco says to his friend, accidentally revealing the Flash’s identity in front of Kendra. At S.T.A.R. Labs, Kendra has joined the group, since she’s now in the know, and Barry reveals the knife thrown at Cisco is match for the flint piece found at the crime scene. The gang learns that the killer called Kendra Shayera, which Harrison recognizes as Coptic — Egyptian. Barry wants to protect Kendra and suggests taking her to Star City; Team Arrow has more experience with magic, so she should be safer there. Meanwhile in Star City, Damien Darhk and his ghosts are robbing a chemical bomb from an A.R.G.U.S. facility until an arrow spears the ground. Green Arrow cleverly disarms the ghosts, who go after him, Speedy, and Diggle. The battle goes well until Green Arrow is face to face with Darhk. Someone arrives, changing the situation, and then it’s the first commercial break.

What didn’t happen in this episode and who didn’t appear! This episode featured several moments where it was awash in it’s comic book origins and it was magnificent! Highpoints included Wells and Snow working together, Wells appearing to get more like his Earth-1 counterpart, the welcome return of Jay Garrick (with Teddy Sears continuing to make him a solemn hero), Cisco and Kendra being terrific together, the rapid fire barrage of Cisco’s wisecracks, Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin having fantastic chemistry together — in and out of their hero togs, Amell getting to show a more calm side of Oliver, Felicity and Cisco’s nerd tech talk, Cisco and Thea’s banter, Thea getting the first scream out loud moment of the show, the introduction of Carter Hall, with Falk Hentschel getting more relaxed as the episode progressed, terrific fight sequences for Team Arrow in the opening, sensational effects, and Shantel VanSanten stealing her scream inducing scene.

The good: The script and teleplay, the chemistry between all the actors who all brought their A-game, Tom Cavanagh, Teddy Sears, Shantel VanSanten, Carlos Valdes, Casper Crump being an outstanding Vandal Savage, the effects, and the unabashed joy with which this felt like the beginning of the Justice League.

Fun lines: “So cute. You two are trying not to be affectionate in front of me,” “Not without her, dude,” “Aww…That was actually pretty clever,” “This is completely wrong!”, “Please, no more surprises,” “I was wrong,” “I ended it,” “That’s my dad,” “Whoa, whoa, whoa! This is my house!”, “That’s new,” and “Since when did our lives become an Indiana Jones movie?”

The bad: No Candice Patton in this episode, which is a shame because the writers have really improved her, and not enough Jesse L. Martin, though Joe does make an important appearance. With the entire cast of Arrow making an appearance, it’s not surprising that some of the regular cast would get cut. Is it too much to want it all from this show? Viewers have to wait until tomorrow for the conclusion — BOO!

The final line: This is the best superhero team up in the history of television. I’ll be running to check in with the conclusion on tomorrow’s Arrow! 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.
    2 Comments on this post.
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    2 December 2015 at 3:08 pm -

    And that was only Part 1! It rocked! <3

  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    2 December 2015 at 4:02 pm -

    Forgot to mention I also loved the U.S.S. Tithonus reference. Tithonus was a young man that the goddess Aurora (Dawn) fell in love with. They get together, and she bears him two children. There’s one not so minor snag, however. When Aurora asks Zeus to make Tithonus immortal, she forgets to ask for eternal youth as well. As a result, Tithonus lives forever, but he ages forever into decrepitude.

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