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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

“Celebrating the Fourth of July early?”

The conclusion of the four-part crossover event came to a conclusion with the latest episode of Legends of Tomorrow.  With this week bringing an emotional roller coaster to each individual show it was nice to see that with the final installment there was still a lot of humor in this episode.  The theme and focus of Legends have definitely shifted a lot of the past two seasons but recently in the past four weeks it has hit its stride being an overall fun show and not taking itself too seriously.  The final installment saw the collective whole of heroes battling against the alien race known as the Dominators.  In the first time in television history we saw a group of shows carry over the same story arc and see a united team front.  With everything in mind from all the episodes these were the three main areas that I focused on.

1. Flashpoint has now come full circle.  While the initial outcome of Flashpoint seemed like a failure with the way it was all presented to us.  The effects of Flashpoint have slowly been exposed to all of the people most affected.  I will be the first to admit I was wrong judging the Flashpoint story early on and not seeing the big picture.  It was finally revealed in this episode that the purpose of the Dominators appearing on Earth was a defensive strike against Barry Allen for altering the timeline in Flashpoint.  While the event of Flashpoint may have only been a single episode the effects of that one event continues to ripple throughout the season which has made for some great stories.  Using Flashpoint as the cause for the alien invasion and the crossover event was really smart because it did not waste time introducing a new plot line.  The question is now that everyone seems to be at peace with the outcome of Flashpoint will this be the last time we hear or talk about it?

2. While the previous three episodes focused on the main cast, this episode didn’t really focus on the Legends except for Professor Stein.  The cast of Legends didn’t really shine to me this episode which was a little disappointing.  Seeing how this team has grown into its own over the past season I wish that there would have been more time dedicated to the team instead of Oliver and Barry.  Although each cast member of Legends had a small role in this episode it would have been nice to see the entire Legends team working together like we have seen previously before the crossover event.  Anytime you can have more screen time of Heatwave the better.  

3. The final battle scene between the heroes and the Dominators is everything that I hoped it would be.  Reminiscent to the first time I saw the Avengers, to me this was something special.  I can’t ever recall seeing a final battle scene on a television show like what we witnessed last night.  Although it was kind of a stretch to see some of the characters taking on the alien race (Spartan) it was still special to see all the characters come together.  

Overall this was AMAZING!  While the story line may have suffered in some spots the simplicity of it made it easy to watch.  This wasn’t about a great story, this was about a great cast of characters that share something amazing.  It is so hard to imagine that this all started with a show staring Stephen Amell and exploding into 4 great nights of television every Fall and Spring.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.