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Legends of Yesterday 

Oliver and Barry hide Kendra and Carter in a remote location while they try to figure out how to defeat Vandal Savage; Felicity, Thea, Diggle and Laurel work to come up with a weapon to destroy Vandal.


Thor Freudenthal


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance / Black Canary
David Ramsey ... John Diggle / Spartan
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen / Speedy
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
John Barrowman ... Malcolm Merlyn
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance (credit only)
Grant Gustin ... Barry Allen / The Flash
Danielle Panabaker ... Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes ... Cisco Ramon
Ciara Renée ... Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl
Casper Crump ... Hath-Set / Vandal Savage
Falk Hentschel ... Carter Hall / Hawkman
Anna Hopkins ... Samantha Clayton
Peter Francis James ... Dr. Aldus Boardman


In this cross-over from "The Flash", Oliver and Barry Allen hide Kendra and Carter in a remote location while they try to figure out how to defeat Vandal Savage, while Felicity, Thea, Diggle and Laurel work to come up with a weapon to destroy Vandal. Meanwhile, Oliver tries to re-connect with his old girlfriend Samantha and her son. Written by Larry B.

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Release Date:

2 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This is a crossover episode with The Flash (2014-) The Flash: Legends of Today (2015). See more »


The oldest Pharaoh named Ramses was in Egypt less than 3400 years ago, hence the tale the immortals have about a "4000-year-old struggle" cannot be true. See more »


Vandal Savage: [to Barry] The only way for you and yours to live through this is to render onto me what is mine. Turn over Prince Khufu and Princess Chay-ara within 24 hours or I will lay waste to this city, killing everyone that you hold dear.
[to Oliver]
Vandal Savage: And after that, I will travel to your home and do the same thing there.
Barry Allen: All right, I'm just curious: did you rehearse that speech in a mirror this morning, or is this all just off the cuff?
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References Fight Club (1999) See more »


Arrow End Theme
Written by Blake Neely
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2 December 2015 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

When I first started watching Arrow back in 2012, I never really pictured we would see Ra's Al Ghul, let alone frickin Ancient Egypt, but the show actually handled that strange appearance well. I've said it in the past and I'll say it again, both of these shows do a great job of using their little budget very effectively. The effects on Ancient Egypt were as good as anything in Victor Frankenstein, which I just saw this afternoon. The flashbacks itself from Kendra were nothing special, but they served a purpose.

Although not as fun as lasts nights Flash episode, 'Legends of Yesterday' was a packed episode full of fantastic character moments and plenty of superhero team up action. I honestly didn't think I would like Hawkgirl and Hawkman in this universe. For one, there costumes are ridiculous and I'm glad Vandal Savage thought so too, but I also just didn't see a fit for them among everyone else. I was wrong. I ended up really enjoying both of the performances and potentially where the story could go on Legends of Tomorrow.

Both teams spent most of the episode figuring out a plan for Savage at a farmhouse in or right outside Central City. Thea's line "Superheroes in a farmhouse, feel like I've seen that in a movie somewhere" was a nice touch and the first of many funny moments on the episode, a good change up for the always grim Arrow. As per usual with the crossovers, when everyone is in the same room together it makes for some great dialogue and unusual interactions. Tonight was no different, although Caitlin once again got sidelined a bit. But it was great seeing her geek out with Felicity and Cisco as a part of their Geek Squad.

Malcom made his presence felt tonight as he so often does when you least expect it. And of course he would be the one to pick up and keep Savage's leftover...sand? But Malcom also had a few unexpected threats to Oliver which to me, indicates that Malcom will be the big bad of the second half this season. That's just a prediction.

Oliver had his own side story this week as he went to go find out about his possible son. I think we all knew the kid was his, but watching Amell's acting during that scene was heartbreaking. It's always nice to see Stephen Amell show a different side to the often stiff Oliver Queen. It was interesting hearing Sandra Hawke pretty much quote Moira word for word by saying "I will do whatever it takes to protect my son." It was also sad to see Olicity come to an end for a short period. Although it was wiped away by Barry traveling back in time, I don't think that will be the end of that particular conflict between Oliver and Felicity. Just tell her. We have had WAY too many secrets on this show. Stop making it a plot device Arrow writers.

In all, this episode was great. If we're comparing the crossover from last year, I think Arrow was better in 2014 but Flash definitely took it for me this year. But all of them are very re- watchable. Watching all the characters from each show interact with each other is something to look forward to even if it's merely just a bro-hug between Barry and Oliver, which was funny by the way. But really props to the writers and show-runners who for the most part created a well structured and incredibly fun few nights of TV.

+Amell's performance


+Barry time jumps...what will be impacted?

+Gets me excited for Legends

+No Arrow flashbacks

+Funny character moments

-No more secrets


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