Tonight at 8/7c on the CW network, The Flash Episode 8, “Legends of Today,” initiates a 2-part crossover with CW stalwart, Arrow. The Flash Episode 8 focuses on the arrival of Hawkman and Hawkgirl (or woman), the revelation of their storied, perpetually resuscitated history and their need to excise the instigating element leading to their constant cycle of death and reincarnation: Vandal Savage. That’s right, according to the Hawk-person currently lashed securely to a pillar in the “Arrow-cave,” the immortal Vandal Savage, in an effort to attain the life-perpetuating energies of the Hawks, has killed both he and his ‘soul-mate’ 206 times over an expanse of several hundred years. Thankfully, Prince Khufu and Chay-Ara (the Hawks’ original names before the cycle of reincarnation began) have significantly potent life-forces drawing them back together soon after said reincarnation. To Kendra Saunders, an attractive, capable woman starting life in a new city – and recently braving a date with the Flash’s scientifically inclined sidekick, Cisco – this revelation seems to be the stuff of science fiction, or pure, unadulterated lunacy.
Check out the video above excerpting a scene or three from The Flash Episode 8, “Legends of Today.” Oh! And check out the official CW press release that pretty much says what I already said but with a noticeable air of…official-ness. Yes, I know that’s not a real word.
“In its second major crossover event with ‘Arrow’, Vandal Savage (guest star Casper Crump) arrives in Central City and sets his sights on Kendra Saunders (guest star Ciara Renée). After Vandal attacks Kendra and Cisco, they turn to Barry for help. Realizing how dangerous Vandal is, Barry takes Kendra to Star City and asks Oliver and team to hide her until he can figure out how to stop Vandal. However, things quickly go from bad to worse when a man with wings AKA Hawkman (guest star Falk Hentschel) shows up and flies off with Kendra. Meanwhile, Harrison develops a serum to make Barry run faster and asks Jay (guest star Teddy Sears) to test it out.”
Ready for tonight’s episode of The Flash? Hoping the Hawk’s history is the pleasantly condensed version masterfully introduced by Geoff Johns in the pages of Justice Society (that’s going back a few years)? Yeah, I’m raising a glass and toasting to simplicity. Honestly, if you give the casual viewer a taste of the Hawks’ more convoluted history, viewership may suffer a tad. Maybe. I’m also prepared to accept a fistful of rocks thrown in my general direction after making such a statement.