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Warning: spoilers ahead for the Season 4 finale of Legends of Tomorrow on The CW, called "Hey, World!"
The Season 4 finale of Legends of Tomorrow was tasked with finding a way to get rid of Neron, bring Ray back from Hell, convince humanity that monsters aren't necessarily to be feared, and end on a note that will keep fans invested until Legends returns for Season 5 in 2020. "Hey, World!" saw the Legends decide that the best course of action would be to open Heyworld as a way to show the world that monsters aren't all vicious and deadly.
Of course, being controlled by Tabitha and Neron (in Ray's body) guaranteed that some creatures would get a bad rap for actions against their will, but the Legends were on the case. Sara, Nate, and Gary even dressed up as Supergirl, Green Arrow, and The Flash to film a commercial hyping Heyworld.
Meanwhile, Constantine and Nora found a way to yank Ray out of Hell, where he was bonding with Vandal Savage, who was supposed to be torturing him but wound up playing Jenga with him. Unfortunately, the only way to get Neron out of Ray's body was for Neron to break the deal he'd made to take over Ray's body: killing Nate.
Following Nate's wishes, Constantine tricked Neron into killing Nate, which got rid of the demon but left Nate dead. Panicking, Zari left the temporal zone, where she was staying to protect her memories while the changes to the timeline were altering her history. Thanks to a timely musical number that harnessed the power of goodness, Nate was brought back after a confab with his dad in the afterlife.
Sadly, Zari disappeared due to the timeline and memory changes. The Legends lost Zari, but none of them know it.
There was also more going on in the episode than any of them had time to realize. While the Legends were busy trying to stop everything from falling apart, The Monitor showed up and frowned at the turn of events. He had less of a role in the Legends finale than he did in the finales of Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, but he was there to keep viewers' minds on the coming "Crisis on Infinite Earths."
Legends of Tomorrow showrunner Phil Klemmer chatted with CinemaBlend about the Season 4 finale, and he weighed in on "Crisis on Infinite Earths," what's coming in Season 5, and more. Read on to learn what he had to say!
Crisis On Infinite Earths
The Arrow-verse crossover of the 2019-2020 TV season will be of unprecedented size and scale. For the first time, it will involve five shows, run for five episodes, and be broken up by a hiatus between the first three episodes and the last two. Since Legends of Tomorrow isn't returning for Season 5 until midseason in 2020, I asked showrunner Phil Klemmer if the Legends episode of "Crisis" would be the show's season premiere. This was his response:
Legends of Tomorrow may be one of the shows contributing an episode to the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover, but it won't feel like a normal episode of Legends. This likely means that the tone will be more serious than Legends usual goes for, as it will have to blend with the other four shows of the Arrow-verse and deal with some heavy subject matter.
As fans undoubtedly remember, Legends of Tomorrow missed the "Elseworlds" crossover that actually set up the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover, which at least made for a great gag in "Hey, World!" when Nate noted that Kara, Oliver, and Barry probably declined to help them promote Heyworld because the Legends skipped helping them out in "Elseworlds."
Phil Klemmer addressed Legends' absence from "Elseworlds," saying this:
Considering the size and scale of "Crisis on Infinite Earths," the crossover is likely going to be an all-hands-on-deck situation. The Legends are more than capable of rising to the occasion and fighting the good fight, even if they do get up to some zanier shenanigans than generally go down in Star City or Gotham.
Since the season finales of Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl all ended with significant teases about "Crisis on Infinite Earths," Arrow-verse fans began to wonder if the Legends finale would also finish its latest season with The Monitor up to something. Phil Klemmer explained that wasn't the case for Legends:
Legends went all-out in delivering a twisty cliffhanger at the end of Season 4, and I think it's safe to say that it didn't need a big "Crisis" tease in the finale moments to keep fans hooked until midseason. At least fans don't have to worry if Legends will go the way of Veronica Mars (prior to the movie and revival, anyway) for a while. Season 5 is happening!
What's Coming In Season 5
Season 4 came to a much more bittersweet conclusion than Season 3, when the giant Beebo saved the day, Amaya willingly chose her fate, and an Aruba beach outing went well until Constantine showed up to crash it. "Hey, World!" erased Zari the Legend from the other Legends' memories as well as her own, although her family did get a happier ending in the rewritten timeline than the original. Phil Klemmer teased some of what to expect when Legends of Tomorrow returns for Season 5:
The showrunner of course wasn't going to spoil all the big details about Season 5, but my money is on Zari as the character who turns up in a very different way. Maisie Richardson-Sellers was playing an entirely different person in Season 4; I could see Tala Ashe still playing Zari in Season 5, just not the Zari fans came to know and love.
Season 5 will also take the action back to Hell, explore more of Constantine's past, and get back to some of its time travel roots. The ending revealed Astra up to some bad behavior, so she could well have a part to play. Let it not be said that Legends of Tomorrow is ever boring! Phil Klemmer elaborated on the need for Legends to change:
Who knows indeed? Fans won't find out for quite a while yet, but it's only right that the show continues to grow and change. Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 has evolved a great from Season 1, and not just because Sara and Mick are the only two original Legends left. The show that was once dark and packed with gloom and doom is now arguably the lightest and more adaptable series in the Arrow-verse, and fans have responded well to it.
How Legends Picked The New Trinity
The biggest and best-known superheroes of the Arrow-verse are Oliver Queen as Green Arrow, Barry Allen as The Flash, and Kara Danvers over on Earth-38 as Supergirl. As altruistic as the big three generally are in fighting the good fight, all three apparently refused to film a commercial for Heyworld for the Legends. Not to be stopped by something as minor as missing superheroes, the Legends finally switched up their costumes, and viewers got Supergirl Sara, Green Arrow Nate, and The Flash Gary.
The Legends switching superhero costumes was teased long ago with trailers and promo photos. Phil Klemmer said this when I asked how he chose which Legends to dress up as the Arrow-verse trinity:
As funny as it would have been to see Mick's reaction if somebody tried to get him to dress up as The Flash, Gary was the perfect choice to pretend to be the Scarlet Speedster, and not just because Gary and Barry both have somewhat lanky builds. Mick Rory dressed as The Flash would have looked like... well, he might have looked like Oliver Queen did when he switched lives with Barry in the "Elseworlds" crossover.
Sadly, the Arrow-verse is done for the 2018-2019 TV season, but there's a lot to look forward to in the 2019-2020 season, even if Arrow is ending after a shortened eighth season. Batwoman will premiere to expand the Arrow-verse on The CW temporarily to five shows, and Legends of Tomorrow will kick off midseason on an undoubtedly thrilling note in 2020.