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The four-part crossover concludes with the death of one of the Legends (helping the show write off the character of Firestorm which it never learned to use properly), the arrival of the other Legends (better late than never), and our heroes’ return to Earth-One for a final confrontation with the Earth-X invaders. Keeping half the Legends in reserve until the final episode does help boost our heroes numbers in the final episode, but is a disservice to Ray (Brandon Routh) who, given his tenure in the Arrowverse, certainly draws the shortest straw this time around. The death of Stein (Victor Garber) is hardly surprising, but how he is kept alive from his critical wounds at the beginning of the episode, and his sacrifice, both work well.

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Things are looking pretty bleak for our heroes at the beginning of “Part 3” (and aren’t a whole hell of a lot better by the end). Most of our leads are captured and imprisoned on Earth-X, the Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh) is preparing to carve out Supergirl‘s (Melissa Benoist) heart, and Cisco (Carlos Valdes), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), and the Arrow B-team are trapped in the particle accelerator. Enter Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller). Well, a new version at least (complete with his comic book trademark glasses the previous Earth-One Cold was too cool to wear). We also get a new hero in the Ray (Russell Tovey), a grizzled General Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan), and a last-ditch plan for our heroes to make it back to their Earth before it is too late.

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“Part 2” of the four-part crossover focuses on the fallout of Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris‘ (Candice Patton) wedding and the explanation of who the villains from Earth-X are and what they want on Earth-One. While our heroes manage to push back the Nazis in “Part One,” the second episode offers a counterpunch from the evil dopplegangers (whose identities seemed fairly obvious to everyone except, apparently, our heroes). Heavier on action than the first episode, there are still smaller conversations shoehorned in here and there to give those not in the fray something to do. “Part 2” also offers small cameos to Arrow‘s B-team who arrive to provide support against the Nazi horde.

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Unlike last year’s crossover, which tailored each episode to that particular cast, “Crisis on Earth-X” begins in earnest with jumping us right into the action and introducing (nearly) all our characters at once. This time around it feels much more like a cohesive crossover (and Supergirl gets to be in the action from the beginning). The focus on “Part 1” is primarily to get all our characters to Central City in time for Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris‘ (Candice Patton) wedding. We get their wedding reception, various drama between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Jackson (Franz Drameh) and Stein (Victor Garber), and wedding crashers in the form of the crossover’s big bad villains – Nazis from Earth-X.

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There’s a moment when it’s revealed that Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) has kept a stake on-hand for years just on the off-chance that he runs into a a vampire that is nearly perfect. Sadly, the rest of the episode isn’t nearly as entertaining. It’s hard not to look at an episode like “Return of the Mack” and not see the series going two-steps backwards. Traveling to late 19th Century London to investigate an odd aberration which at first glance appears to be an a time-traveling vampire, the team encounters Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) on his own quest for a dangerous enemy known as Mallus. While initially choosing to work together, Hunter and the Legends part ways when Sara (Caity Lotz) refuses to allow a witch (Courtney Ford) to resurrect Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), under the Arrow logic of since it worked once let’s do the same thing again… and again… and again, while Rip wants to allow the ceremony to take place in order to draw out his real prey.

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Trying to prove their worth, and using a list of time anachronisms stolen from Rip Hunter‘s (Arthur Darvill) new organization, the Legends head back to a circus in 1870 where they turn a low-level disturbance into something far more dangerous before eventually saving time once more. Given that the threat involves a sabertooth tiger out of its natural element, the group also decides to call on the help of Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) whose reasons for returning to the past are finally explained. Most of the humor is at the expense of our main characters, as they make a situation ten times worse before making things better, but that seems to be the theme of the show’s Third Season which I’m happy enough to see continue (and I still think Booster Gold would fit in perfectly as a Legend).

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After breaking all of time, the Legends find themselves replaced from their roles as time police by Rip Hunter‘s (Arthur Darvill) new Time Bureau. Struggling to fit back into everyday lives, the group is given the chance to jump back into action when Mick (Dominic Purcell) discovers Julius Caesar (Simon Merrells) on a beach in Aruba. While the Legends first attempt to right history, after stealing the Waverider from the Time Bureau, goes horribly wrong, eventually the group does prove their value and grudgingly earn their roles back in helping clean up the mess they caused.

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The season finale of Legends of Tomorrow is a solid wrap-up to the events of the show’s Second Season involving the Spear of Destiny and the time-travelers battles with the Legion of Doom. For the first time the characters get a bit more cavalier with their time-traveling lifestyle as the return back to the events of a previous episode, where they will be faced to deal with their younger selves creating a time quake that the Legends will still be feeling the effects of next season. For the finale, however, this becomes rather entertaining as the group first attempts to alter events without their younger selves knowledge before being forced to bring them all into the fold.

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Having gotten their hands on the Spear of Destiny and reshaped reality to their liking, the Legion of Doom are enjoying the spoils of their victory, some more than others. Recasting the various Legends in roles as subordinates in various demeaning positions, the villains have everything they could want, although internal bickering soon leads to turmoil among the group. The catalyst for change comes in the form of the team’s turncoat who realizes the return of his former partner and the resumption of the criminal enterprises isn’t the same the second time around.

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Here’s what you may have missed on RazorFine Review this weekend. Check out the reviews of Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Hawaii Five-0, and the first issue of Darth Maul.

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