DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 8 Review: Crisis On Earth-X, Part 4

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It's always refreshing to see Nazis die, isn't it?

DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 8 concludes the crossover with several deaths, but only one of substance that is going to vastly affect the Legends of Tomorrow team going forward: Martin Stein.

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Really? You’re gonna lecture me on astrophysics right now?

Jax

Stein's death, however sad, was expected to say the least. Victor Garber's exit from the series, announced weeks ago, loomed over his character, and it figured his death would be the end result of his character's journey.

Joining Ronnie, the OG Firestorm, in heaven (if you believe in that), Stein is gone. For good, at least for now.

Going forward, this should be an interesting plot for Jax as he attempts to learn how to be a hero without his Firestorm powers, but what exactly can he bring to the team now? He's the only engineer who can fix the Waverider, yes, but his powers were barely utilized to begin with, so he's basically pointless now.

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What was your favorite scene of the crossover? One of mine definitely had to be Killer Frost using her powers to bring Amaya and Zari up to the Nazi Waverider, where the three women kicked ass and stopped much of the destruction upon Central City.

This crossover did a lot better at showcasing the female heroes than the previous have, but there's still work to be done.

Scenes like this are great, but we could have had a full fight with Supergirl, Killer Frost, White Canary, Black Canary, Black Siren, Vixen, and Zari (forgive me if I missed anyone), rather than repeated fight scenes between Oliver and his evil counterpart, another fight between Barry and Eobard, and Melissa Benoist fighting herself in the air.

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I've noticed that the final scenes of the episode are driving the fandom crazy. Diggle marrying Barry and Iris, AND Oliver and Felicity was (not) unexpected (due to released set photos of the couples together).

How rude are Oliver and Felicity, though?

First, Oliver proposes at Barry and Iris' rehearsal dinner, resulting in a fight and an enormous amount of attention drawn to them as Felicity screamed, "I don't want to marry you, Oliver!"

Dinah: This guy’s like the Terminator. Why are you laughing?
Cisco: I just love a good pop culture reference on a moment of crisis.

So, not only did they try to see WestAllen's thunder before their wedding even happened, but then Felicity proposes as Diggle is conducting their wedding ceremony, so now the couples share the same anniversary.

Iris and Barry have looked forward to this day for so long, it's not fair that Felicity and Oliver were so selfish and made it all about them, too. Sure, they "asked" for permission for Diggle to marry them, too, but it doesn't matter.

If Barry or Iris had said no, their friendship with these two would have suffered as a result, and the fandom would have torn them to shreds.

Who needs an army when you've got Legends?

Nate

Focusing on the Legends now, it was sad to see how little focus was given to characters other than Sara, Mick, Jax, and Stein, and the only reason Firestorm received attention was for the upcoming death, while Mick's attention was mostly for the introduction of Citizen Cold.

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It's kind of hard to believe that while their friends are off fighting Nazi invaders from another Earth, the others were doing nothing to help.

Nate, Ray, Amaya, and Zari were doing nothing when they could have been contributing to the fight and helping their friends, because they aren't useless.

From the fight scenes, it looks like the writers have finally figured out what to do to make Ray a great fighter and make him useful in battles, which was pleasant to see. Without Firestorm and their abilities, the other men are going to have to step up and actually fight on Legends of Tomorrow.

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Meanwhile, Sara continues to be the shining star of Legends of Tomorrow. She received arguably more focus than even Iris West, and it was her wedding day (twice).

The friendship between Sara and Alex is something that should be continued whenever possible, because it is refreshing to see a friendship between these two. Neither has superpowers, but they know and work with people who do, so they understand each other better than anyone else.

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Not only that, but their sexualities have driven them toward one another, and even though they slept together, a friendship would be relieving to see flourish between two non-straight women on any show.

It's hard to grasp that these LGBT+ characters on every DCTV series (Mr. Terrific, Alex, Sara, etc.) are so isolated from the rest of the LGBT community at all, because that's not how it works.

I know I’m late to the party, but why have Nazi doppelgängers taken over Star Labs?

Ray

And it's disappointing to see their sexualities only used as a plot device most of the time, rather than as stories to be pursued without an "overarching" meaning, like Alex and Sara's one-night stand.

It didn't really drive the story anywhere; it was just something that happened that both learned something from.

Any way, hopefully in the next Arrow-verse crossover we're able to see more from the members of the Legends of Tomorrow team. It was disappointing to see how little they actually had to do with any of the story.

What did you think of the crossover? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Legends of Tomorrow's mid-season finale is next Tuesday, December 5 at 9/8c! Tune in!

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Crisis On Earth-X, Part 4 Review

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