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For episodes of the same name, see Invasion!
"There's Flash and—and Supergirl and—and people with actual powers now. Whatever needs to be done, they can handle it. We—we finally have a chance to be happy. I mean, why—why can't you just for a second accept that maybe this is your reward for all of the sacrifices you have made?"
Thea Queen to Oliver Queen

"Invasion!" is the eighth episode of the fifth season of Arrow, and the one-hundredth episode overall. The episode is the third of a four-part crossover with the eight episode of the second season of Supergirl, eighth episode of the third season of The Flash and seventh episode of the second season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow. It aired on November 30, 2016.

Synopsis

Oliver wakes up to a life where he never got on The Queen's Gambit. Robert and Moira are alive and well. Laurel is his loving fiancée and their wedding is imminent. Everything seems perfect, but Oliver starts to notice small imperfections that make him question this new reality. Meanwhile, Felicity and the recruits take on a new threat with help from The Flash and Supergirl.[1]


Trivia

  • When mentioning how they have to find "Oliver and company", Cisco makes it clear that he is not referring to the 1988 Disney film Oliver & Company.
  • This is the first episode of Season 5 that doesn't include the Flashback storyline.
  • The beginning of the episode, when Oliver is running, is a reference to the first scene of the very first episode of Arrow (and the Arrowverse), Pilot.
  • This is the first appearance of Sara on Arrow since Lost Souls, and the first appearance of Ray on Arrow since Brotherhood.
  • This episode marks Deathstroke's first appearance since The Return. However, he wasn't shown without his mask, as well as not saying a word, due to Manu Bennett not reprising the role.
  • Cisco refers to the stasis that the heroes are being kept in as "a little alien, a little Star Trek - J. J. Abrams style", referring to the 2009 film, Star Trek, and its 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, both of which were directed by J. J. Abrams.
  • From an unknown reason, Evelyn Sharp doesn't appear or even mentioned in this episode.
    • Marc Guggenheim explained in an interview that this was done on purpose, due to the previous episode's revelation that Artemis had joined Prometheus. Thus, the directors removed Artemis from this episode to prevent a distraction to the fans.[2]
  • This episode marks Susanna Thompson first appearance as Moira Queen since Season 2's Seeing Red, 57 episodes ago.
  • The bow Cisco used to track down Oliver is the bow Oliver used in the first season.
  • This is the only Arrow part of an Arrow Flash crossover that doesn't include Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow.
  • The Hozen Thea gave to Oliver as a gift is the same Hozen Oliver gave Thea after he returned from Lian Yu in Pilot.
  • This is the second episode that Barry appears only as The Flash. The first one is My Name Is Oliver Queen.
  • Curtis refers to his "3PO processor", before imitating C-3PO from the Star Wars franchise.
  • Ra's al Ghul and Prometheus are the only main antagonists of Arrow (from the Present storyline) that didn't appear in the dream world. However, Ra's al Ghul made a cameo in a flashback from Left Behind.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of the original Arrowcave since Sacrifice.
  • Firestorm makes a cameo at Sara's flashback from the previous part of the crossover. This marks the first time since "Rogue Air" that Firestorm appears without Martin Stein/Jefferson Jackson/Ronnie Raymond.
  • Curtis claims to feel like "Elliott from E.T.", exclaiming "It's working, it's working!", quoting the protagonist from the 1982 film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
  • As the 100th episode of Arrow, This episode including clips from different episodes throught the series.
  • In the dream world, Tommy was stated to be a doctor in Chicago. This is a reference to Colin Donnell's role in Chicago Med where he plays the role of a doctor. Furthermore, this was the reason that he could not return for a full appearance. However, his image was digitally inserted during the scene where Oliver returns to the real world, much to Colin Donnell's surprise.[3]
    • Donnell posted on Twitter stating that although he did not appear, he had seen the episode weeks ago, and praised the scene between Oliver and Thea, and gave kudos to his Chicago Med reference.[4]
  • Felicity and Ray are revealed to be engaged in the dream world.
  • This episode title card goes trough several arrowhead designs from past seasons, from the first to the newest, as a reference of being an anniversary episode.
  • Oliver waking up in a world where he isn't Green Arrow is similar to Batman: The Animated Series episode "Perchance To Dream" where Bruce Wayne wakes up in a world where he is not Batman.

Videos

Production

Preparation ran from September 14 until September 22, 2016. Shooting ran from September 23 until October 7, 2016.[5]

References

  1. Arrow Episode 100 “Invasion!” Description: Katie Cassidy’s Role Confirmed - GreenArrowTV
  2. http://www.ew.com/article/2016/11/30/arrow-artemis-evelyn-betrayal-mole
  3. Colin Donnell (@colindonnell) - Twitter
  4. Colin Donnell (@colindonnell) - Twitter
  5. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter

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