Not only did the four night crossover event continue with Arrow, but it was also the showâ€™s 100th episode. I think the episode did justice for both the overarching story and to celebrate the show that started it all. It was an emotional night.
**Spoilers to follow**
Arrowâ€™s â€œInvasionâ€ showed a very emotional Oliver. I donâ€™t think weâ€™ve ever seen him like this before. (Of course, he wasnâ€™t blubbering because thatâ€™s not his character, but his eyes were very watery.) He had every right to be so, because several characters came back from the dead. In this alternate reality, provided by the Dominators, both of Oliverâ€™s parents are alive and well (and still married), they all live in the mansion and Oliver is getting married to Laurel. (It was really nice seeing Katie Cassidy again.) Despite Oliver never training on the island, the Hood still exists, but Diggle upholds that secret identity. Of course Felicity is still working with him. It was interesting how they got their memories back in flashes and I was glad it didnâ€™t take them long to realize what was happening. The exit through Smoak Industries really got me, when Oliver saw holograms of the people closest to him (most killed off or no longer on the show. Roy looked very computer animated). It was a nice send off to the original season one cast of Arrow who got them where they are today.
As bittersweet as it was leaving that â€œhappyâ€ alternate reality, there was some epic fighting that went down as they left the mansion. Each character went face to face with an arch-rival, from Malcolm Merlyn, Deathstroke, Damien Darhk, or the ghosts. If only it was that easy to defeat them during the seasons. The most epic moment was probably when Thea stabbed Malcolm, and then shot an arrow to Sara who caught it and killed Darhk.
The sub-plot at the Arrow cave, involving the geek squad of Felicity, Cisco and Curtis was so funny. It brought a lot of laughs to the usual dark Arrow universe. I particularly liked when Cisco called the abducted, Oliver and company, but clarified they werenâ€™t from the beloved Disney film starring Billy Joel. Another laughable moment came from the reference Malcolm Merlyn made about Tommy working a double shift as a doctor in Chicago. Colin Oâ€™Donnell who played Tommy now works on NBCâ€™s Chicago Med.
While it was a short moment of the episode it was great seeing the Flash and Supergirl team up. I like how they are always together and their little high-five tag team moment in the abandoned warehouse. It was also nice how they were able to change Wild Dogâ€™s perspective on metahumans or people with superpowers.
Now weâ€™re suited up for the final night as we enter the world of Legends of Tomorrow. I hope in this episode they kind of clarify who the Dominators are and what their mission is exactly. As much as Iâ€™m loving this super team, Iâ€™m still kind of confused about the villain. I have a feeling the Legends will go back in time to the 1950s to learn more. Arrow: B+