This episode could have also been titled, ‘Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.’
Everyone does everything wrong and it results in the team failing miserable when they go up against Vandal Savage:
Kendra listens to Carter when he advises her to tap into her inner warrior to unleash her powers. Apparently the wings at the end of The Flash’s episode was a one-time thing. There’s no rage to be found when it counts and Vandal kills her and Carter.
Because Cisco is butthurt that Kendra is connecting with Carter, he doesn’t put his best effort into creating gloves that can enable someone other than Vandal to wield the Staff of Horus.
And Oliver sneaks off to confront Samantha about her son, William. She doesn’t tell him the truth, and he swipes a strand of the boy’s hair in order to have Barry run a paternity test. William is indeed Oliver’s son. When he confronts his ex again, she agrees to let him get to know William, but she doesn’t want anyone in Oliver’s life knowing about his son – and that includes Felicity.
Despite agreeing to not tell Felicity about the paternity test, Barry does. She questions Oliver, again, about his weird behavior and disappearances and he lies. She calls him on it and the two have a relationship ending argument. As a result, he’s not on his game either at the Vandal showdown, and he dies when Vandal activates the staff. Actually, everyone in Central City dies.
Barry leaves Oliver to die and runs back in time. Armed with knowledge they didn’t have before, Barry tells Oliver about the test and the fallout with Felicity and Oliver coaxes Cisco into being the one who helps Kendra.
This time, everything goes as it should, with assists from Black Canary, Speedy, and Diggle.
Yay! Day saved! All is right with the world.
Not so fast.
Cisco and Kendra have a bittersweet goodbye as she’s headed off with Carter to use their powers to help others. Oliver does – once again- agree to Samantha’s terms in the new timeline, and even gets to spend time with his son. But when he gets home to Star City, he lies to Felicity about it because Oliver gonna Oliver.
Oh, and Malcolm scoops up Vandal’s ashy remains, murmuring that Vandal (his friend) now owes him a favor. Because Malcolm gonna Malcolm.
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Of the two crossover episodes, this one worked the best. The main cast were not on their turf, everyone behaved in character. It still felt like an Arrow episode with a dash of The Flash. Even though we know these episodes need to happen at a quick pace to set-up Legends of Tomorrow’s January premiere, the Arrow storyline never felt like it was just making things happen to hurry it along. The decisions made by the characters on The Flash were not as strong, so it felt like things were happening only because they need get the Hawks off the show.
Oliver’s son was a nice side plotline that I wasn’t sure they were going to address this season. And seeing Barry once again turn back time (while super convenient) was great.