Now don't get me wrong: I am looking forward to the show. And I get that Arrow and The Flash have to set up plot points for the upcoming show. It is better than sitting through one really over-packed premiere or episodes of set up, which we will have to anyway. But those subplots are easily the weakest parts of both shows.
This year, The Flash devoted an entire episode to finding Dr. Stein's other half. And it was a weak episode. It was an one-off episode that ended with Firestorm flying off. I wish that the show stretched this plot over a few episodes. Instead, all we got leading up to the episode was that Stein needed a partner or he would die. Jax Jackson, Dr. Stein's new friend, showed up in one episode, was a stereotype, and left.
Wouldn't it have been better to have Jax be in two episodes, even if it was just for a minute or two, so we would have a chance to know him? The Flash writers knew he had to show up. Couldn't they have set it up a little better?
Then there is the Hawks
Kendra Saunders is Hawkgirl. And she has been on The Flash twice. Once as a split second shot in the season one finale, in a blink and you'll miss it moment, and this season being asked out by Cisco. Now, I am glad that they are not just throwing her in a huge role. I am glad that they are letting us a chance to know her. But she will be a focus in the upcoming crossover. So, will Hawkman a.k.a Carter Hall. And this has gotten me worried.
Will they just disappear, too? Will they only show up in time for Legends?
Arrow is handling it a bit better
And I believe this is true. And I think it is because Sara and Ray were already apart of the show. We already knew them. Yes, I've had issues with their stories. Sara had to be brought back, but the way show dealt with it was a bit clunky. And having her leave at the end of Wednesday's episode. The jury is still out on whether or not I actually liked the way they handled Ray. It was equal parts crazy and ridicules, but it was fun. And both story lines lead to some good developments for other characters on Arrow.
However, these stories have felt a bit out of place on Arrow. Especially when Constantine showed up.
Which leads to the crossover
The synopses for both the The Flash episode and the Arrow episode of the crossover have come out.
Here's the one for The Flash:
“In its second major crossover event with ‘Arrow,’ Vandal Savage (guest star Casper Crump) arrives in Central City and sets his sights on Kendra Saunders (guest star Ciara Renée). After Vandal attacks Kendra and Cisco, they turn to Barry for help. Realizing how dangerous Vandal is, Barry takes Kendra to Star City and asks Oliver and team to hide her until he can figure out how to stop Vandal. However, things quickly go from bad to worse when a man with wings AKA Hawkman (guest star Falk Hentschel) shows up and flies off with Kendra. Meanwhile, Harrison develops a serum to make Barry run faster and asks Jay (guest star Teddy Sears) to test it out.”
“Oliver and Barry Allen take Kendra Saunders and Carter Hall to a remote location to keep them hidden from Vandal Savage while they figure out how to defeat him. Malcolm arranges a meeting between Vandal, Green Arrow and The Flash that doesn’t go as planned. Meanwhile, Felicity, Thea, Diggle and Laurel work with Team Flash to come up with a weapon powerful enough to destroy Vandal Savage.”
This sounds great and fun. But it also means you will have to watch both shows to understand it. I watch both shows anyway. Yet, some people don't. Yeah, they are the minority, but I don't like the idea about forcing people to watch something they might not like just to understand something they do like. It just doesn't feel right. And it just feels like a lot of set up for Legends.
I guarantee that I will watch Legends of Tomorrow. I also guarantee that not all Flash and Arrow fans will. And I worry about the day when it will be impossible to watch just one of these three shows.
I guess it would be worse if the shows connected to Supergirl and the movies.