The way they dropped her feels like it was done for reasons of actor availability rather than the writers' wishes. Given the option, they'd probably have kept her around. I agree that in an ideal world, I'd be happy to have her on Team Flash regularly.
Yeah... the Arrow episode felt more like The Flash (set wholly in Central City and STAR Labs) and the Flash segment felt more like Arrow. It's odd that they didn't just flip them, and let those shows' production teams handle the parts that were more in their respective comfort zones. But I guess they figured it was simpler to move just one show from its regular time slot than two, and it hardly mattered which was which from the audience's perspective.
I wasn't entirely satisfied with how it ended. I would've liked Supergirl to try harder to save Overgirl, and conversely it doesn't seem to make sense for the Flash to just let Thawne go rather than at least trying to capture and imprison him. I would've rather seen Thawne flee when the tide turned against him.
The Legends part came closest. It featured the Stein/Jax resolution and was set mostly on the Waverider, as well as being the only part to include Ray, Nate, Amaya, or Zari.
Yup. There have been times when I've felt Garber was phoning it in, but he was in top form here. And I wasn't too impressed with Drameh's acting back in season 1, but he's certainly changed my mind by now.
It was interesting to see them play up how much Jax saw Stein as a father figure. It's certainly been a better father-figure role for Garber than the one I first knew him from, Jack Bristow on Alias. I was impressed by Garber's acting there, but I came to loathe his character.
Yeah, they needed to end on something positive and life-affirming. Martin's loss was tragic, but he willingly gave his life for the greater good, to ensure a world where love and happiness and human kindness could still exist. So ending with the wedding helped reinforce that hopeful outcome.
Well, the real-world reason is that it was probably too expensive and too much of a scheduling nightmare to do two big wedding scenes. But there's also a story logic to it. You don't want to repeat yourself, and expectations are set up to be subverted. So you start by giving everyone all the big pageantry and ceremony and gathering of friends, then interrupt it with the big struggle, and then bring it down to the most intimate level, strip away all the rest and focus on just the couple(s) and what they feel for each other. People tend to assume that the climax of an epic story needs to be the biggest, most spectacular part, but it's often better to put the spectacle earlier and focus the climax on a smaller, more intensely personal scale.
Note that they did the same thing with Martin's death. They could've had all the Legends and Team Flash gathering to witness the final moments of their friend, but instead they kept it intimate, just Martin and Jax with no distractions. Sometimes the most important moments are small and personal.
Yeah. As fun as this was, it also suffered from being so cluttered that many characters and story points were given short shrift. They should go smaller next time.
So, let's see. What happened here that will or might have ramifications for the individual shows going forward?
- Barry and Iris are married.
- Oliver and Felicity are married.
- Stein is dead.
- Thawne is not dead, again.
- A version of Snart is back.
As for what didn't happen to have a lasting impact, I'd say the biggest disappointment is that Barry didn't help Kara get out of her "I don't want to be human or have feelings anymore" funk. Also, it isn't yet clear whether Team Arrow's participation in fighting off the Nazi invasion will have any effect on Oliver's current legal woes back in Star City, but it seems unlikely. (Damn, if only that anti-vigilante vote had been a week later.)
Edited by Christopher, 29 November 2017 - 06:56 PM.