Legends of Tomorrow Invasion! Review
The CW‘s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 3, Episode 7: Invasion! brings the alien invasion of Earth to a head.
Despite being the last installment of the four-part crossover between the major key players of the Monday-Thursday, Legends of Tomorrow’s Invasion mainly acts as a space to tie up the loose ends of the Arrow and The Flash.
It’s a little disappointing that despite the title of the show very little time in the show is actually devoted to the main characters, who get a bit of a shaft in the overall story.
Super Girl (Melissa Benoist) doesn’t get much love either after getting benched by the Arrow (Stephen Amell) . Due to his weird personal hangups after getting a look into what his life may have been like if he weren’t the Arrow puts Oliver in a mood and shuns Super Girls help. Seriously, who in their right mind tells Super Girls to “stay here”. Seriously Oliver?
There is only one real development within the show. In an earlier episode, Martin Stein (Victor Garber) discovered he had a daughter he didn’t know existed. He eventually overcomes his issues with altering the timeline. He decides he will do anything to keep his daughter safe. This will be a sticking point since the Legends gave Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) flack for altering the timeline.
That’s about the extent of any advancement in the Legends of Tomorrow cast for this episode. Mick (Dominic Purcell) , Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), and Nate (Nick Zano) find themselves imprisoned by the sketchy government. Y’know, Men in Black looking. There, we learn some important new things. The Dominators share that they worried about the rise in Meta-humans. The Dominators demand they hand over Barry Allen. If they don’t, the Dominators will release a weapon that will kill all the Meta-humans on Earth.
The episode continues to focus on the events of The Flash. Cisco (Carlos Valdes) has a stunning personal revelation. He realizes that freeing the Dominator in the 50’s ultimately set up a showdown in the present. His actions are no better than Barry’s during Flash Point. With any luck, this is an indication that Cisco and Barry will be O.K. as The Flash season progresses.
In an act of unselfishness, Barry decides to offer himself up to the Dominators in exchange for not bombing the Meta-humans. But the team decide to rally around Barry. Because what are superhero friends for?
The big fight scene was pretty epic. It was pretty nice to see everyone contribute. It sort of makes sense why they would make Supergirl’s role so minor throughout this crossover since she could have probably done the work for most of the people on the multi-team.
But it was pretty irksome that despite this being a Legends of Tomorrow episode the ending “victory party” focused mainly on Super Girl, Arrow, and Flash. Invasion! was meant to be a crossover episode featuring all sides it seemed more like a spillover episode to tout the more popular CW series. It does make sense. Green Arrow and The Flash have been around much longer. Because Legends of Tomorrow has been trying to find its footing this episode felt like there was a little bit of thunder being stolen.
With any luck, the series will have gained some traction and make its own name for itself and no longer live in the shadows of its fellow series.
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