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‘The Flash’ & ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ – Crisis on Earth-X (Part 3 &4)

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The battle between Earth-1 heroes and Earth-X Nazis continued on night two of the four series crossover and things went BOOM.

And first, things for the heroes were not looking well. They were stuck in concentration camps on Earth-X with no powers thanks to the shock collars (imagine if the Nazis really had that kind of technology) while the others were locked up at Star Labs where Kara was frying under a red light that would basically cook her like a turkey to allow for open heart surgery for the doppelganger version Overgirl. You guys, I am so over this girl.

Props to both Melissa Benoit and Stephen Amell for brilliantly portraying the evil versions of themselves. As good Kara put it, coming face to face with your evil doppelganger really puts those National City loverboy problems in perspective.

Inside the concentration camps, the heroes quickly learned that in addition to despising Jews, they also hated gays, which obviously didn’t bode well for Alex and Sara, even if she was the ideal Aryan; blonde hair and blue eyes are still the Reich’s ish.

I’ve never been filled with so much anxiety as I had been when the heroes were taken during the round-up. You know that they are somehow going to get out of it because obviously all of the heroes cannot die at the hand of Nazis but your still a bit worried. And even though most of the time the crossover inserted random character doppelgangers at the exact moment to save the day, it didn’t seem too contrived nor did it take away from the storyline.

Leo Snart, aka Citizen Cold, arrived just in time to save prisoner and his love, The Ray, who led them back to his bunker, where they met Erde-X’s version of Winn, who was the resistance general! Hey, at least on one planet he gets to be a general. National City Winn is going to LOVE that story. Whaddap!

This Winn who went by General Schott was not like the helpful and kind Winn of Earth. He didn’t even bend when Alex begged him to allow some time for them to get to the gateway because he was so set on ending this war and preventing the Fuhrer and his team from ever returning to the planet. It’s noble for a leader but not helpful to those who actually need to get back to their planet.

Even after Snart and Ray convinced him to delay his mission a bit so that they could get back to Earth-1 to save Supergirl, he still unleashed robotic hell in the form of Red Tornado, which forced the Flash and Ray to join supersonic forces to slow down the impending explosion coming for the Nazi facility.

Arrow pretending to be his evil doppelganger and sneaking inside only to be made was one of the most nerve-wracking moments in the episode. But the battle scene that followed after was engrossing because everything was on the line. Everyone was putting up a fight to get home to their loved ones while taking down swarms of armed Nazis.

And with bullets flying left and right, they didn’t leave without a casualty. Stein was shot and even though playing dead would have probably saved him, he risked his life to crawl and activate the breach, thus allowing everyone to actually get home. They became Firestorm so that they could transport Stein home but if he hadn’t been linked to Jax, who was serving as his life support, he would have been dead.

Jax went from coming to terms with separating from Stein in the beginning of the crossover to having to let him go completely in order to save himself. Their father-son goodbye was emotionally crushing but one that needed to be made; it showed just how much love and support Stein really had for his partner in crime.

While all of this is going down, Supergirl is heating up on the table so that Overgirl can get her heart and free herself from all that radiation. Except what the villains didn’t know is that there were two more heroes hiding out at STARS Labs. Felicity and Iris may not have superpowers but they are ride or die and thus they found a way to kick out the power, which bought them some time. Even though Supergirl wasn’t able to regain her strength back immediately, Tiny ATOM came to the rescue after getting Felicity’s distress call.

Shortly after, the rest of the heroes arrived back home and believe it or not, that’s when the real battle began. Seriously, how many orchestrated fight scenes did they need for these four episodes?

Seeing all these heroes in one, motivated by the loss of their fellow brother, was inspiring. Dark Arrow promised to retract his troops in exchange for Supergirl but good Arrow was like “nah, I put on for my friends.”

And that’s what he did. As the Nazis began storming Earth-1, Arrow put an arrow through Dark Arrow, Supergirl took on Overgirl, eventually flying her out into space before she supernovaed all over the world and caused a radiation spill and Barry let Thawne go because heroes don’t kill. In other words, we’ll see him cause trouble again very soon.

But for now, peace has been restored to Earth-1 and hopefully, the Nazis were taken down on Earth-X. The wedding weekend didn’t go according to the itinerary but honestly, what else could you expect when marrying a superhero?

Everyone was in town for the wedding and it was fitting because they were all able to attend Stein’s funeral.

Then, as everyone returned to their respective planets, Iris and Barry decided to just tie the knot right then and there. Diggle officiated not one but two weddings as Felicity realized that she actually did want to marry Oliver because her biggest fear in life was losing him. A double wedding was like the cherry on top of the bad few days, it’s just disappointing that they didn’t actually let everyone who was there for it originally stick around. After all that they’ve been through, a little happiness would have been uplifting, right?

Still, I’ll take these kinds of crossovers any day CW. Like I mentioned yesterday, it almost felt like I was watching a superhero movie, not a blend of four stellar CW shows.

Really, I’ll tune in for anything with Snart and Mick Rory together. These two are just great together.

 

 

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Supergirl – Shelter From the Storm (3×18)

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Reign’s end isn’t near on Supergirl. 

After sucking up the powers of her sisters, Purity and Pestilence, Reign had no qualms about cashing in on James and Lena’s romantic morning to demand Ruby’s location.

After all, if she stands any chance of destroying the last smidge of humanity within her that is Sam, she has to destroy the one thing she’s holding onto which is her daughter.

Lena uses kryptonite to subdue Reign which obviously is frowned upon by Supergirl, but James tries to convince Lena that she has to tell Supergirl the truth. Yes, kryptonite is her poison but he also thinks she’d be really happy to have a tool that could defend Regin.

James wasn’t wrong, but Supergirl’s initial reaction to being told someone is mass producing her murder weapon isn’t exactly pleasant. Look, considering the Luthors’ past history with kryptonite, I’m not surprised she’s so skeptical, even if it is Lean. Friends can turn their back on your in a heartbeat.

Lena eventually tells Alex where Ruby secret location, one where no one will find her — Lex’s invisible mansion.

Alex pays Ruby a little visit but refuses to tell her anything about her mother which really only makes the 12-year-old more curious. Kids know when you’re lying to them.

Ruby steals Alex’s phone and sneaks out to phone her mom. She leaves her a voicemail beginning her to come back which Regin picks up.

Within minutes, she’s uncovered the location and infiltrated it. Despite all the fancy technology that would take down mostly anyone, Reign walks through bullets, fire and more without even being phased; it looked like she was going through a car wash in all honesty.

Even though Sam is still in there somewhere, Reign has a strong hold on her as we witnessed when she stabbed her mother, Patricia. Granted, her mother was never all that loving but still, she was trying to make amends with her daughter and be there for her this time.

Sadly, it was too late. Before she died, she made Supergirl promised to tell Sam she was sorry and tell Ruby, the granddaughter she never met, that she always loved her.

Most of the scenes with Reign were crafted to show just how powerful she is in comparison to everyone else. Like Brainy said, without a Legionnaire, Kara only stood a 50% at defeating the all-powerful Reign. With one of them back, her chances bumped up to an 80%.

It was obvious that Mon-El was so torn about leaving Kara, they would find a way to bring him back. Even Brainy said it in a condescending tone.

Eventually, Imra told him that he had to go back and help Supergirl with her fight while she and Brainy went back to the future. She could tell that Mon-El was trying to be an honorable husband but deep down inside, his heart wasn’t completely hers and she couldn’t have that.

Imra is definitely getting the short-end-of-the-stick here, not to mention, she was vastly underrated during her time on Earth. She’s likely better off without Mon-El anyways because like she said, she deserves to be loved unconditionally.

I also love that she put his return in the hands of destiny. If he comes back, it was meant to be and if he doesn’t, that’s alright too.

And something tells me, he won’t be coming back after he acts on whatever chemistry there still is between the two of them.

You know, unfinished business and all.

Mon-El should also receive credit for stopping and trapping Reign when she was close to getting her hands on Ruby. The poor girl was terrified to see what had become of her mother.

If he wasn’t assisting Supergirl, there would have been no one to wield the kryptonite. But since he was, they were able to put her down and bring her back to Lena’s lab to study again.

And even after Supergirl apologized to Lena about overreacting, Lena told Kara that she could never trust the hero again because she knew that she asked James Olsen to break into her place and dig up any remainder of kryptonite.

She also revealed that James didn’t do it because they’d been dating.

To make matters worse, she compared Supergirl to her mother — someone who manipulates her relationships to get what she wants.

Yikes. This is going to be a hard one to bounce back from and that sucks because I loved how pure Lena and Supergirl’s friendship was.

It seems like she’s no closer to finding out the truth about Kara, although, how has she not picked up on it? She figured out Sam was Reign but a pair of glasses has fooled her when it comes to Supergirl. Or maybe she just doesn’t want to admit it.

Watching J’onn’s father battle dementia is so heartbreaking. Props to Supergirl for tackling this illness with a dose of realism. There’s no sugarcoating how terrible memory loss is.

Hopefully, they can weave in his story on occasion the same way they did this week with his father recommending that they use Reign’s ethical code against her. Her purpose on Earth is to rid it of sin so why would she kill an innocent girl like Ruby?

I guess even nefarious villains have their weaknesses.

Thoughts on this week’s Supergirl? Should Mon-El have told Kara why he really came back? Will Alex adopt Ruby? Will Lena and Supergirl make up?

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Supergirl – Trinity (3×17)

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Supergirl Trinity

Supergirl finally defeated the Worldkillers, two of them, anyway.

Together with Lena, who finally turned over all of her findings on Reign and Sam sharing the same body, the DEO conjured up a plan to take down Purity, Reign and Pestilence, or in other words, Krypton’s witches who were planning to kill planet Earth.

When their plan was set into motion, a “magical” eclipse took over National City which would ensure that within two-hours, the city would be left without sun. And as Alex warned, “even Supergirl needs sunlight.”

Can I just say, a world without sun is my biggest fear.

Since Supergirl’s dreams have taken her to the “alternate dimension” that Sam explored in previous episodes while being locked up at L-Corp, she asked Brainy if it would be possible to use 31st dimension tools to theoretically beam them into the alternate dimension the same way he visited her when she was trapped in her own mind.

Most people would chuckle at the idea of something so outrageous but not Brainy.

Since Supergirl’s powers were being weakened by the eclipse, and it also wasn’t known if she’d even have any powers in this dimension valley, Alex and Lena both volunteered to assist her. Lena mainly because she knew Sam better than the other two and Alex because she didn’t trust Lena.

Long story short, Lena kept Reign/Sam contained in her lab using kryptonite, the only thing that can severely hurt Supergirl.

Given how trusting she’s always been of Lena and their friendship —  and I use that loosely because she’s never trusted her with her real identity — Supergirl felt betrayed. To make sure Lena wasn’t a typical Luthor, she asked Jimmy Olsen to break into her vault and make sure she was telling the truth about using the last bit of kryptonite left over by her maniacal brother, Lex.

Against his will, Guardian broke in but when he came face-to-face with the steel door, he lied to Winn and told him that there was no more kryptonite and Lena was clean.

Eventually, he comes clean to Lena revealing that he did it on Supergirl’s orders which will likely only infuriate her. In return for his honest, she tells him the truth about the kryptonite — it wasn’t Lex’s, she found out a way to develop more.

And just like that, Lena showed her Luthor DNA which is something she’d been so desperately trying to avoid.

I don’t think she’d ever use it against Supergirl, but you can’t blame the girl wanting to be safe.

Lena also revealed that she’s known Alex was part of the DEO this whole time but that it wasn’t her secret to reveal. If Lena was cunning enough to figure it out, I’m assuming she has also put two-and-two together that Kara is Supergirl. I hope.

Now, back to their mission.

Before they venture in, Kara places an unbelievable amount of pressure on an already conflicted Mon-El. Since she’ll be weakened not only by the eclipse but also trying to carry Alex and Lena with her, she wanted to make sure that he wouldn’t pull her out before she completed her mission.

It was tough watching Mon-El stand by idly and go against every bone in his body to put the woman he cares about in danger.

They successfully braved the Valley of Juru which is where the “human” parts of Grace, Julie and Sam were sent once their Worldkiller alter-egos took over.

For them to become their strongest selves, their human parts had to die. And man, it was a painful death. The hallucinations started creeping in and the longer you listened to the voices of those you (the Worldkiller) killed, the more you lost your identity until you finally died.

Grace was the first one to go but she wanted to become a full-blown Worldkiller from the beginning so that wasn’t surprising.

Both Julie and Sam did their best to fight it, with Sam forcing them to write down who they were so that they’d remember.

Eventually, Alex, Lena and Supergirl are able to convince her to “wake up” and ping them the location of the Worldkillers.

Sam does so successfully, and just as Reign returns to the valley and threatens to kill Lena.

When the three of them wake up, Mon-El, Imra, and Jonn are already geared up and ready to go kick some Worldkiller butt.

The fight isn’t fair by any means. Sure, Supergirl’s team is fuller but the Worldkillers are powerful; its quantity vs. quality.

Reign assures Supergirl that the only way to beat her is by someone equally as strong which she isn’t.

And sure enough, once the total eclipse happens, Supergirl’s powers diminish. Not even Alex’s new magnet suit, courtesy of Winn, can help them.

Their only hope is Julia who is still fighting deep down inside. She turns on her “sisters” but as Purity and Pestilence die, Reign sucks up all their powers.

I’m not sure if none of the “good guys” actually saw that happen because following the battle, Imra is pleased that they finally beat Pestilence and stopped the Blight. She’s even happier that they can finally go home, well, when Brainy figures it out.

However, Mon-El is not as excited. And that’s because he has unfinished business. He’s found himself at quite the crossroads; he loves Kara and cannot let go of her, but he also doesn’t want to hurt his wife.

I felt bad for him when he turned to J’onn for comfort but all he could tell him was that there was nothing that could be done.

I don’t believe that, obviously. It’s evident that Imra needs to go back to her time and Mon-El needs to stay and rekindle whatever he had with Supergirl. But how does one go on living in the 21st century after seeing what happens in the 31st?

Before we can even contemplate traveling back to the future, they’ll have to deal with Reign whose next target is Ruby Arias. In order to kill that pesky human side, she has to kill the one thing keeping Sam alive — her daughter.

Will Mon-El stay behind? Where is Reign hiding out? Will they be able to take her down considering Supergirl wasn’t a match for her when she just had the powers of one?

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Supergirl – Of Two Minds (3×16)

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Supergirl Of Two Minds

Supergirl is finally back on track with the introduction of the third Worldkiller, Pestilence, and our first look at how powerful all three of them are when they are finally united.

The hunt for Pestilence moved up to the top of the priority list after Mon-El revealed that she was the reason he and the other Legionaries, Brainy and Imra, time traveled from the past.

Imra is set on stopping Pestilence, who will later form into the deadly Blight, at all costs which doesn’t sit well with Kara who takes a more moral approach. In Kara’s eyes, everyone can be saved.

There’s a lot of compelling material here since both women have a valid point. Supergirl has proven that the Worldkillers have empathy and can be reached with logical. But Imra is also right that gambling with the lives of millions to save one person isn’t a sound decision. She’s also personally driven to stop Pestilence since she’s responsible for killing her sister but unfortunately, that wasn’t effectively worked into the story and comes as more of an afterthought.

At first, I agreed with Supergirl considering we’ve seen her get through to Julia and we see just how much Sam is struggling with her “split personalities.”

However, Imra is from the future. Logically, Supergirl would realize that Imra has seen the outcome of her efforts in the present and knows they aren’t going to be successful. TLC just isn’t going to cut it this time especially because Pestilence’s alter-ego, Grace, doesn’t even want to be saved. She was enjoying being a sort of “god” and having the power to choose who lives and who dies. My mother always told me you cannot save those who don’t want to be saved.

Mon-El could have been the determining factor and he should have honestly back up Imra because her choice would have saved them a lot of trouble. But his love for Supergirl and the need to keep the Legion running on the same morals that Supergirl always followed got the best of him. True, heroes shouldn’t just kill the bad guys without trying to reform them first, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Both Brainy and Imra defied Supergirl at every turn and you cannot even be upset with them because they too believed they were doing the right thing. Imra even got close to succeeding, unfortunately, Purity came to her aide and restored her strength.

One good thing comes from Imra taking that shot — they get Pestilence’s DNA which allows Brainy to revise the extracted cure from Imra and Mon-El and switch it with the strand she’s been infecting people with.

The cure healed not only Alex and Winn but also Supergirl who was scratched during battle. For a second there, I really thought it was the end for Schott especially as he started being completely morbid and James Olsen even shed tears for his dying friends. That was really dramatic for someone who was back to work the next day!

I was sure that Addy was going to be the third Worldkiller, however, when they revealed she was just a victim it was evident that the doctor who came in contact with both Winn and Alex was to blame.

Even if the Wordkillers story isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, at least The CW got it right by casting three diverse women in the role as “sisters.”

And if you think two Worldkillers are strong, just wait till you see what all three are capable of when they join forces.

Lena was way in over her head as she tried to figure out how to stop Reign from taking control of Sam’s body. Her confidence that only she could do this because the others like her friend Supergirl would only look at her as a government experiment seemed a bit selfish. Did Lena want all the credit for herself? That’s widely out of character.

Simply put, when Sam changes into her villainous persona, there’s a change in enzymes. So the idea is to isolate and remove. That’s the science aspect but the other side of it is that Sam reverts to a parallel dimension, one that Reign called home for most of her life.

Seeing the duo come face-to-face was exciting and it was awesome to watch Sam fight and stand up to herself essentially.

While Lena is running her research, Reign tries to coax Sam into surrendering and eventually threatens to kill the only thing that matters to her, that makes her hold onto the humanity — her daughter Ruby.

Hopefully, now that Supergirl and the rest of the team have figured out what Lena’s been up to, they can all put their brainy brains together to find a way to stop the Worldkillers trinity once and for all!

But what if she can’t stop them? What if no matter how hard they try to change the course of history, Blight is supposed to exist and wreak havoc?

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