“Invasion!” or Superfriends part 3
This episode was the conclusion of The CW’s Crossover event “Heroes vs. Aliens” which began with Supergirl, really picked up steam with The Flash, and carried over to Arrow and, of course, concluded with Legends.
Long story short:
*There was an alien invasion which began on The Flash by the Dominators, who landed in Barry’s hometown. Knowing he couldn’t fight them alone, he grabs Kara (Supergirl) from her universe, Arrow, and The Legends to help him combat them. There was some brief mind-control of a bulk of the heroes, but they were freed. After, the aliens kidnapped the non-powered members of the collective team (Ray, Sarah, Diggle, Oliver, and Thea).
*On Arrow, we saw the captured heroes put in a mind-control device where they lived somewhat different lives: both of Ollie’s parents were alive and he was engaged to Laurel Lance (Sarah’s sister and the former Black Canary) who was dead in the real world; Ray Palmer was dating Felicity; and Diggle was The Arrow. The team escaped from the mind-control device and the alien mothership on a smaller craft. They were pursued by a host of alien ships, but before they could be recaptured or destroyed, Dr. Haywood swoops in with the time sled and tractor beams their craft to safety. All caught up? Ok, good.
Legends began with the collective teams and Supergirl at a STAR lab facility that looks remarkably like the Hall of Justice from the 80s cartoon and comic books. In trying to decide how best to fight the aliens, or at least figure out what they want, the team decides to kidnap one by going back in time to the 50s when they were first observed on earth.
There was some awkwardness when trying to decide which members were going to go on the mission because Cisco was trying to get far away from Barry. Reason being, in recent episodes of The Flash, Barry had gone back in time to save his mother which altered the real timeline creating something he calls “Flashpoint”. When Barry tried to fix it and came back to the present, several things had changed: Diggle has a son instead of a daughter and Cisco’s brother was now dead (and he holds Barry responsible).
Speaking of changes, during this season of Legends, the team went back to the 1980s and ran into a younger version of Dr. Stein. Stein talked with his younger self, which convinced him to have a child where he didn’t before. When Stein returned to 2016 on The Flash, he discovered an adult daughter he had no knowledge of. Turns out that she’s also a brilliant scientist and, on Legends, the two work hand-in-hand to find a way to combat the aliens.
Mick, Vixen and Steel, along with Felicity and Cisco as support, went back in time to kidnap an alien. In the 1950s, the Dominators were in a pitched battle with some of America’s military and won. Mick and Steele caught a straggler that was left behind and immediately after they knocked it out, a group of Men in Black show up and render our heroes unconscious with tranquilizer darts. The head MIB guy, let’s call him “Glasses”, has our heroes confined and the alien that the Legends captured tortured.
Back in the present, Flash, Arrow, Sarah and Ray are supposed to meet with the new President (who was killed in The Flash by the Dominators) at an airfield to discuss the alien threat. Instead of the president, however, a group of shadowy, government types show up. Turns out they’re the modern Men in Black and still lead by the now septuagenarian Glasses.
Glasses tells the heroes that back in the 50s they’d reached a truce with the Dominators to leave Earth alone, but Barry unknowingly broke it when he created Flashpoint so that’s why they’re back on Earth. They’re just trying to protect themselves from future aggression by humans, so they’re threatening to detonate a bomb to destroy superhumans (aka metahumans or “metas”) unless the Flash (who Glasses knows is really Barry Allen) turns himself over to the Dominators.
In the past, Felicity and Cisco who remained on the Waverunner realized their team had been captured, so they find some weapons on the ship and go to the Legends’ rescue, much to Mick’s chagrin (he didn’t like being saved by “the tech squad”). Before they make their escape, Cisco convinces them to free the captured Dominator and allow him to return to his people. Reunited back in the present Cisco learns that the head Dominator is the one they saved in the 50s. This teaches him that changing the past can have unintended consequences, so he’s no longer mad at his best pal Barry. Speaking of whom, Barry plans to turn himself over to the aliens to save the planet, but the rest of the squad say “nope”.
Meanwhile, the Men in Black show up and kidnap Stein, who’s working with the daughter that he doesn’t know. Stein and his daughter develop a device that will incapacitate the aliens and, in a short period of time, they somehow mass produce enough for the invading force.
The final showdown between our heroes versus the aliens is epic. They face-off on a rooftop and charge at each other HARD! While the heroes battle the aliens on a rooftop, the Flash uses his speed to implant the device on the aliens while they’re distracted. Then he and Supergirl run around the entire U.S. doing the same thing.
As that’s going on, the aliens drop the bomb but Sarah in the Waverunner intercepts it and captures it with a tractor beam. Because the bomb is so big, she merely slows it down but doesn’t stop it completely, so she has Firestorm try to transmute it to something else. He struggles with it mightily but Stein, the voice in Firestorm’s head, tells him that he has to try harder because he doesn’t want his daughter to die. In a mighty effort, Firestorm changes the bomb to harmless water and crisis averted.
Meanwhile, Flash and Supergirl have placed the device on all the aliens, and Felicity flips a switch which immediately causes them all to fall, writhing in pain. With their bomb destroyed and in pain, the Dominators flee the earth. Hopefully, for good.
As the show concludes, the President with the collective heroes behind her during a press conference, hails them all as the saviors of our planet. At the world-saving after-party, the teams go their separate ways but not before some parting gifts: Cisco gives Kara (who Ray thinks looks like his cousin … Inside joke: Brandon Routh who plays Ray Palmer also played Superman – Supergirl’s cousin – in the 2006 movie “Superman Returns”) a device that allows her to traverse between their Universes at will. Stein comes to grips that he now has a brilliant and beautiful daughter, and Cisco finally forgives Barry for Flashpoint.
This was a PHENOMENAL event, and I daresay Heroes vs Aliens may be better than the upcoming Justice League movie. What did you think? Let us know on Twitter @ATLCW, and be sure to follow me @ATLBlerd and tune in next week to Atlanta CW’s for more super action!