Invasion! or “Superfriends”
This is the 2nd night of a 4-night crossover event on The CW, which converges Supergirl (Monday), The Flash (Tuesday), Arrow (Wednesday), and Legends of Tomorrow (Thursday) in the unified story line: “Heroes vs Aliens”.
At the end of Monday night’s episode of Supergirl, Barry and Cisco arrive on Kara’s (her secret identity) Earth asking for her assistance. In this episode of the Flash, the crossover builds its true steam. The show starts with a flashforward of Barry and Oliver in the midst of a battle. Against who or why, we don’t yet know.
Next, we see Wally trying out his new speed powers. He’s understandably excited, but Joe and Iris (acting like the overbearing father and overprotective big sister that they are) not so much. Although they love Barry like a son/brother, they can accept him risking life and limb but their dynamic with Wally is understandably different.
Meanwhile, HR wants to reopen S.T.A.R. Labs for tours. As the team discusses this, there’s an alarm that a meteor is about to strike Downtown. Barry suits up and tracks down the meteor, which is actually an alien spaceship. After it lands, the hatch explodes open and a cadre of 9-foot-tall aliens run off into the night after knocking the Flash down.
The next day, a cover up begins as the government says that it was some sort of satellite that crashed, but Barry gets the rundown from Lyla Michaels, Argus leader and Diggle’s wife (see recent episodes of Arrow, Wednesdays on Atlanta’s CW). She tells Barry that the aliens have appeared on Earth before, are extremely strong, and that we don’t know why they’re here on earth.
Barry realizes that this is more than he can handle, so he gets the band back together again for the first time: First, Kara. Then, he shows up in Starling City as Arrow and Diggle are fighting Vigilante. Right as they’re about to get ventilated, Barry whisks them away and lets them know of the alien invasion situation that he’s up against.
Our team-up would not be complete without the Legends of Tomorrow, so the team goes to an abandoned S.T.A.R Laboratories facility – that looks exactly like the Hall of Justice from the old Superfriends cartoon – to await their arrival from the time stream.
Once everyone is together (in what Felicity dubs the “Best. Teamup. Ever!”), it’s time to decide who’s going to lead the group. Cisco, who’s still holding a grudge against Barry because of his brother’s death as a result of Flashpoint, suggests Oliver. Ollie, however, gives his vote of confidence to Barry who got them all together.
The team trains by taking on the only alien in their midst, Kara, in preparation to fight the invading aliens known as the Dominators. And they promptly get their butts kicked. While the heroes fight, Cisco finds a voice recording from future-Barry that only Stein and Jackson had initially heard. We finally hear the whole message when they played it for Barry and Ollie, who decided to keep the contents secret until after they defeated the aliens. The message was that a war was coming and Barry should not be trusted.
When Cisco hears this, he makes Barry tell the whole team how their lives have been changed as a result of Flashpoint. Meanwhile, the President met with members of Argus to figure out what was going on but was kidnapped by the Dominators. The team mounts a rescue mission and end up in a warehouse, where the President was being held. Turns out, it was a trap and the aliens set off a device that ended up brainwashing the portion of the team that was present.
Barry and Ollie, who’d stayed behind, promptly came under attack by the brainwashed heroes. The Flash took on the super-powered folks, while Ollie went hand-to-hand with those without. Both were getting their butts beat until Kid Flash (Wally) finally came off the bench and helped out. He was put down rather hard, leaving Flash and Arrow on their own again.
Cisco was able to track down the alien’s signal that was controlling their friends, so Barry led Kara on a super-powered race to the warehouse where he tricked her into destroying the device, thus freeing the team.
Once everyone is back together and in their right mind, things look like they’re about to settle down. When out of the night sky, a beam transports several members away. Where to, we’ll have to wait until the next Heroes vs. Aliens crossover installment: Wednesday night’s Arrow episode at 8 to find out. Follow me on Twitter: @ATLBlerd and share your thoughts!