I loved Heroes vs Aliens
Okay I know I was ranting like 20 minutes ago, but also, completely serious:
I freaking loved the 4-part crossover.
I had specific issues (the lack of screentime for Amaya, how Felicity just magically knows how to send a message to the Legends crew?, the fact that the Dominators coming to earth was Barry’s fault), but I also loved so so much of it.
I am genuinely impressed at how well they balanced the time and the narrative for so many characters. I am in awe of how they drew in so many emotional storylines and made them work. I freaking screamed at some of the full-team shots at the end and all the Justice League references (and references in general, like Darmok and Jalad at Tenagra!). I teared up at some of the emotional scenes. The whole thing felt like a whirlwind.
One of my favorite things from the last episode is that I’m glad that Cisco got a slightly different perspective on time travel, and how very very easy it is to screw up with the best of intentions. It doesn’t solve what he and Barry are going through, nor does it alleviate his grief, but it helped pull him out of his frame of mind and I appreciate that. Felicity wasn’t helping, and neither was anyone else. He needed to get there himself, and I respect that the narrative let him.
I loved how the team came together, and their friendships. How Oliver pulled away from Kara and then thanked her later. That we got a group freaking hug omg. That Digg and Barry talked, and Digg didn’t absolve Barry either, but pointed out that ultimately, if Barry wants to move forward at all, he has to forgive himself in order to do that (because wallowing isn’t gonna fix anything. And for all the characters who’ve tried to tell Barry “it’s not his fault”, he feels that it is, and what Digg said to him reached so much deeper than that). I’m just thankful for Digg in general, I miss seeing him on my screen.
I loved seeing different characters paired up that I never would’ve guessed at. To see Cisco and Sara working together, to see Cisco defending his meta-humanness to a bunch of people on Arrow. To see Kara and Mick interact, to meet Stein’s daughter (and to get to watch Martin and Caitlin interact again). To be reminded of the friendship and love between Oliver and Sara. To see Moira D Queen interacting with her daughter again. To see Ray interacting with Arrow characters again after all this time. To see Barry laughing at Mick’s comparison of the team to a crew of criminals. To see Felicity and Mick interact. Even to see Nate teasing Oliver. Even to see Sara and Mick have a happy moment, even if it was about them calling the (amazing??) new president hot.
Just… there were so many positive moments, and I loved that. I love that in the end, everyone felt closer. Supergirl was introduced to this universe and can come back anytime. All the characters across all the shows have been introduced to anyone who watched the full crossover.
It was just… lovely. I genuinely didn’t expect to like it all that much, thinking it was going to just be unwieldy. But it was wonderful. And I know it’s easy to pick apart the negative things to death, so that’s why I wanted to say this. To highlight the good. Because there was a lot of it.