Tuesday’s installment of Arrow wrapped up the first three parts of the DC Comics “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover, with two more parts coming to finish the story in January 2020.
If you didn’t pick up on it from all the times the superheroes reiterated the word, the multiverses were in a crisis.
By the end of the third installment, all of the multiverses had been obliterated including everyone Supergirl, Superman, Black Lightning, Kate Kane, and more love. Poof, gone.
However, there was no sense of loss when Supergirl continued to remain hopeful and the episode hitched on the idea that there has to be a way to undo the damage that’s been done.
Maybe not with the book as Kate shut Kara down on that real quick even threatening to use Kryptonite, but odds are, it’s possible.
Otherwise, how are any of these shows going to continue forward?
Without the threat of permanency, there is no sense of urgency about the crossover.
Sure, we can be sad about those we lost, but in the back of our minds, we know that they’re coming back. Death is never permanent on shows like this.
By the end of the hour, though, all the universes and parallel Earth’s are wiped out and Paraih spared a handful of the heroes, the Paragons, and transported them to the vanishing point, a point outside of space and time that cannot be reached by the Anti-Monitor.
This is the real test for our heroes. Can their virtues of hope, courage, and more lead them out of this darkness?
And can they figure out a way to work alongside Lex Luthor, who rewrote his destiny using the book and hitched a ride as Superman? Isn’t it ironic he’s become the Paragon of Truth. Not to mention he replaced the most powerful hero on the super squad. No biggie.
The question posed at the end – so what do we do now? – will be the heroes’ and Lex’s ultimate mission.
How do they restore the planets? How do they bring everyone back? And how do they stop the Anti-Monitor?
Compared to last year’s crossover, Crisis is undoubtedly bigger and there is a role for every single superhero.
They were able to cross into planets and explore Earth’s we didn’t know existed, which was a lot of fun.
There was an alternate version of Gotham where an elderly and jaded Bruce Wayne killed Superman and evoked an anti-heroic mentality. Also, Luke walked around with his shirt off.
The Smallville Earth that allowed us to visit Tom Wellington’s Clark Kent, who had given up his powers to have a family, much to Lex’s disgust. It was a nice little addition, but admittedly, I wish Wellington played a bigger role. I guess he really did hang up the cape.
Diggle, Mia, and Constantine even paid a little visit to Earth-666 to visit Lucifer Morningstar played by Tom Ellis. The trio was desperate to get Oliver’s soul back into his body and needed a little help from the devil himself, you know, pre-detective days. Again, the inclusion of Lucifer was awesome, but the moment was dull and anti-climactic. They made their way to purgatory and found Oliver, but he chose to stay behind thus thwarting their rescue mission.
Separately, these scenes wouldn’t have made much of an impact, but together, they were fun little moments of hope and nostalgia in a time of death and chaos.
90’s Barry Allen even made the ultimate sacrifice in an attempt to reverse the anti-matter and prevent the destruction of the last remaining Earth, Earth-1. As his body and soul disintegrated, fans were treated to a memory of a younger Jay Garrick and his beloved, Tina, flashing right before his eyes. It also paralleled a recent deep moment between present-day The Flash and Iris. True love, y’all. Sadly, Barry’s efforts, while successful, were for naught because the Anti-Monitor still prevailed and destroyed Earth-1.
Which again, brings us to this final moment where all the heroes and paragons are tasked with their biggest challenge yet. They’ll have to rely solely on themselves to figure this out as the D.E.O, Star Labs, etc. is no longer around for guidance. How do you think it’ll play out?
Other Stand-Out Moments
- Even baby Jonathan got to play a part in the crossover. As Argo was the first planet to get hit by the anti-matter, Clark and Lois put their son in a pod and set the course to Earth, much like Kara and Clark’s parents did when Krypton was being destroyed. The Monitor saved Clark and Lois as their services were needed for the Crisis, but Alura perished. Meanwhile, baby Jonathan bounced to 2046 where we met a broken version of Oliver, who saved the child.
- Heat Wave being the only person to calm baby Jonathan is hilarious. As is his desire to read him romance novels… his own!
- Poor Lyla forced to become the enemy.
- We finally got more intel on Nash’s transition into Pariah. Even though he’s responsible for freeing Anti-Monitor are is now forced to sit back and watch the destruction of Earths, he still managed to help his friends!
- I couldn’t help but get reminded of Harry Potter throughout the crossover. The paragons are like the Horcruxes that Harry needs to find in order to defeat Voldemort (the Anti-Monitor) in this case. And those Shadow Monsters, you guys, those were straight up Dementors!
- Are we supposed to believe that they were able to evacuate billions of people in a speedy manner in the Legion’s ship? I’ll let it go for the sake of storytelling, but come on.
- Oliver passing the Arrow torch to Mia before sacrificing himself to save his friends and the people of Earth is the start of that female-led spinoff the CW has been teasing.
- Cisco is Vibe again.
- Kate’s strong-arm tactics are really cringe-worthy at times. Loosen up, girl.
- The Spectre, the divine spirit of vengeance, made an appearance as Oliver embraced the new role.
The cameos have been great, the crossover is doing the comics justice, and it’s entertaining, but now, we have to wait a month to see what happens and how they manage to undo all the damage, which you know they will.
Could the “Dawn of Time” mention in the below trailer mean that they will all have to go back in time to kill the Anti-Monitor thus rewriting history so that none of this ever happened?
What are your thoughts?
Check out the promo for part 4 and 5 returning on January 14th with The Flash entering the Speed Force.
Supergirl Midseason Premiere Review – Brainy Takes on His Comic Book Form (5×10)
Batwoman may have experienced some post-Crisis chaos, but it wasn’t nearly at the same level as National City was experiencing.
Those who didn’t watch the Arrowverse 5-night crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths” either thought they were tapping into a re-run or found themselves wildly confused at the events unfolding on Supergirl‘s midseason premiere.
The biggest Crisis fallout was Lex Luthor’s return. On Earth-Prime, the only remaining one, Lex is now a hero. Or, as Alex called him in the crossover “a really good guy.” Barf.
Luthor struck a deal that brought him back from the dead as a good guy, but his intentions are, as always, nefarious. The narrative of a philanthropic billionaire is the perfect cover-up for their morally questionable side hustles, he admitted at one point to Lena.
While mostly everyone in National City, aside from the Paragons and the people whose memories were restored by J’onn, have absolutely no recollection of a different Earth, Lena woke up disoriented because she did remember everything from the past including killing her own brother.
Kara immediately flew over to tell fill her in, but she said Lex clued her in and wasn’t in a forgiving mood. However, it didn’t take long for her mother to convince her to align with her villainous Lex for old time’s sake. They agreed to work on Non Necere, the project Lena started in an attempt to make people inherently good, and Lena even used a truth serum to make sure Lex wasn’t lying to her (though, she’s aware she still cannot trust him).
Oh, just wait till she finds out Lex and Lillian are planning their own world domination without her.
Lena’s partnership with Lex and thus, her mother, further pushes her into villain territory, but as far as villains go, this trio might be the strongest offering in all of the seasons. (Well, next to Reign, who got a quick little shout-out this week!)
Lex also proposed a truce between him and Supergirl and said they could “keep tabs on each other,” but Kara hasn’t agreed.
It’s unlikely she will as she and Alex were both disgusted to be under the employment of Lex, now the DEO’s head honcho, but admittedly, his return is enjoyable for the audience. Jon Cryer makes a good enemy, especially when enemy lines are blurred by the situation that’s presented itself.
Luthor’s storyline and upcoming battle with Leviathan is set up with the arrival of several Brainiac 5’s including a female version played by Jesse Rath’s real-life sister, Meaghan Rath.
A wormhole (which likely brought Beth to Gotham on Batwoman) brings Al’s Bars (plural because it was Al’s Bar from multiple Earth’s) to Earth Prime.
Soon enough, one of the Brainy’s is revealed to be Evil Brainy who bottled up his world before the anti-matter wave hit on Crisis and needed to open it.
Fearing that unleashing another Earth would destroy everything, Supergirl and Brainy did everything to stop it including do a fight-sequence to NSYNC’s “It’s Gonna Be Me.” This new Earth is weird, but I love it. And also, it has Justin Timberlake in it so that’s a good thing.
Brainy blamed himself for not seeing Evil Brainy’s motivations and removed his personality inhibitors, the three glowing dots that he claimed kept his inner darkness at bay, so that he could stand a chance. The moment allowed him to become his true self for the first time (just like Batwoman!), which meant he underwent a huge transformation to resemble the Brainy from the comic books. His skin turned from blue to green, he adopted the purple and black suit. Even his pattern of speech changed. While we’ll miss Brainy, Rath proved that he’s capable of more than just comedic relief. He delivered three wildly different and engaging versions of the same character and served as the star of the show in an episode that set things up for weeks to come.
His other two doppelgangers also sacrificed themselves to join the Big Brain (the main cloud), but not before the female Brainiac told him to align with Lex if he wants to save his world and avoid catastrophe. But not only does Brainy have to work with the villain, but he also has to do it alone, which forced Brainy to end things with Nia in a heartbreaking way,
Before Brainy and Lex can tap into taking Leviathan (which has very much planted its roots with Andrea at Obsidian), their first order of business centers around a pretty familiar face, though, from the looks of it (and the foreshadowing we had in this episode with the toy monkey), Jeremy Jordan won’t be back as the beloved Winn, but a doppelganger known as the “toymaker,” which you might recognize is a nod to Winn’s father, the “Toy man,” whom he helped destroy in earlier seasons.
While I much prefer a reunion with Winn, having Jordan back is a joy in whatever form he returns.
Other National City Musings
- William may not have his memories restored but his investigative journalism instincts are tingling as he becomes suspicious of Luthor’s involvement in Russell’s death. With Supergirl wanting to expose Lex for the villain that he is, she’ll work with William, which will only bring them closer together.
- At this point, Alex and Supergirl should break away from the DEO and start their own team.
- “Crisis” gives the writers a playground to do the impossible and get a do-over at some story choices that were necessary but shouldn’t have been permanent.
- Has Nia stopped getting dreams as Dreamer?
There have been plenty of crossovers in the past, albeit, not at the massive scale as this one, yet they never permanently altered the realities in the way Crisis has. Crisis put the wheels in motion allowing character progression and plots to propel forward at rapid speeds. Nothing will ever be the same, and it’s an exciting aspect of the series going into 2020.
Where do you think the Leviathan storyline is headed? Is Lex meant to be a hero alongside Brainy?
Will Supergirl become aware that other Earth’s still exist?
Supergirl Fall Finale Review – Q Waves and Pompeii 2.0 (5×08)
People can change with a little help from their friends.
Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for Lena Luthor who refused to listen to Supergirl’s pleas and attempted to unleash Myriad, the Q Wave powered mind control onto the world.
She failed, thanks to Malefic’s sacrifice, but it’s something she said towards the end that was worrisome: “sometimes the good guys don’t win.”
Supergirl/Kara refused to give up on Lena as she believes she can still change (that’s the guilt talking), but that statement alone underlines her dangerous Luthor genes. She’s tried so hard not to paint herself as the villain, but it’s coming naturally now. Is she this delusional?
The parallel happens almost immediately when The Monitor visits Lex Luthor (yes, still alive and wow, did I squeal or what?) and presents him with the opportunity of finally becoming that hero he always wanted to be. Lex’s response, “I’ve always been the hero.”
Both of the Luthor’s have a God complex that doesn’t allow them to see the nature of their ways, which leaves me worried about Lena fully encroaching into villain territory.
There’s also Lex telling The Monitor that they have to “discuss my sister.” Could she play a bigger role in the crossover than I originally believed?
The Lex Luthor twist is exciting because of how great Jon Cryer is in the role. The villain must die in the end, but his time was short-lived… even though the aftershock of his death is still felt on the series.
What does The Monitor mean by Lex being the hero?
How is it that the universe’s biggest villain has become their only hope?
Supergirl wasn’t a fan of giving up on her friend because she understood the impact of her betrayal (also: she’s not killing people, so that should be a relief), but Alex was looking at the bigger picture: Lena’s dangerous.
I appreciated Alex pointing out all the times Lena has kept secrets for her own benefit and lied straight to their faces about it because she thought it was safer because it proved just how big of a hypocrite she’s been this whole time.
This wasn’t the first time Lena kept secrets about her experiments or projects and yet, Kara never held it against her.
Alex’s views may have been influenced by her fear of being betrayed by both Lena and Malefic, but at least she was thinking about everyone in National City not just how to mend a fractured friendship, which is where Kara’s mind was at.
Supergirl and Alex found a way to balance each other out even if Alex used Supergirl to plant a virus into Lena’s system and was willing to give the ok to blow her up.
Hope proved to become a very valuable asset to Lena (but just to be clear, she’s not her friend. Oh, how she really wants a friend!) when she took the fall for Lena as Eve Tessmacher.
Lena might not have changed, but Malefic proved his worth by stopping Myriad. His reward a chance to make peace on Mars amidst a war he helped start. And J’onn even said he’d introduce him to M’ghann! What a great season 1 callback!
Upon Malefic’s departure in the car-turned-spaceship, another season 1 callback, J’onn received a visit from The Monitor, who admitted to releasing Malefic from the Phantom Zone so that he would face the demons of his past and be ready for a crisis, duh!
Acrata aka Andrea Rojas also changed by doing the right thing, standing up to Rama Khan, and freeing herself from Leviathan.
Here’s where things got a bit messy — Supergirl tried to tackle on too much at once and while the DEO was fighting Lena on Myriad, Kara and J’onn were stopping Rama Khan from “Pompeii 2.0,” which loosely translated to wiping out the human race for a clean slate with a massive volcano. Where was Dreamer and why wasn’t she there to stop it with her mind again?
Look, I’m not really sure why, but the important thing is that Rama Khan didn’t succeed, it drove home the people can change point (“that’s the beauty of this world, people can change”), and gave Stranger Things’ Karen aka Gamemnae the power. Although, who does she work for? It’s unclear. How will she differ from the comics? Again, unclear.
But considering there was all this talk about the world’s aligning and whatnot, maybe it has a deeper tie to the “Crisis” crossover?
The backdoor teaser (the same one that aired at the end of Batwoman) cut to cut to Central City, as Nash Wells, presumably as another DC Comics character Pariah, was seen in the sewers standing in front of a door as he uncovers a secret passageway.
He reveals he traveled multiverses to kill the Monitor, but now that he was here, he couldn’t bring himself to do it since The Monitor saved his life.
Nash then submitted to The Monitor, punched in some old symbols, and a golden light illuminated the screen.
Where did he go? Who will he meet? What will he become?
All those answers are coming for you when the crossover kicks off with Supergirl on December 8, Batwoman on December 9, The Flash on December 10, and Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow on January 14, 2020.
Supergirl Review – Confidence of Women (5×06)
Supergirl took us on a trip to the past to give us the origin story of Lena and Andrea Rojas’ friendship.
Maybe this came as a shock to you, but the two of them used to be friends before their friendship took a nasty turn much like Lena and Kara’s, which explains why Lena has a no-tolerate approach for betrayal.
But now, Andrea, who has been revealed to have ties to Leviathan, needs help that only Lena can give her.
Did this patch up their fractured friendship?
Here’s what we learned in “Confidence of Women”
- On Supergirl Season 5 Episode 5 we learned Andrea worked for Leviathan. Now, we know that her superpower is “The Shadow,” which allows her to move around in the darkness. She turns to Lena for help breaking into the DEO to save her boyfriend, Russ aka Rip Roar.
- Yes, I said boyfriend. In flashbacks, we see that in order to save Russ’ life, Andrea was forced to turn him over to Leviathan. And they created the villain, Rip Roar. The scene where he laid on the operating table as she stood by his side helpless was heart-wrenching.
- Lena and Andrea met in boarding school and bonded over Titanic. “If you jump, I jump” never sounded like sound advice and now, we know why.
- It all started with a story called the Medallion of Acrata, which Lena’s mother was obsessed with. Lena told the story to Andrea and expressed how badly she wanted to find the medallion one day. Well, fast-forward a few years to when Lex Luthor is manically laughing over his brilliant plan to kill Superman. Lena tells Andrea the medallion is the only thing to stop Lex and they embark on their Lena and Andrea the Explora trip to find it.
- When they arrive at their destination, Andrea falls into the pit and unearths the symbol. A man appears and doesn’t give her much of a choice. If she wants her suicidal father to live and her company to become successful again, she must take the Medallion and promise to answer Leviathan’s calls one day when they need her. Andrea reluctantly agrees and then lies to Lena that the medallion was always missing.
- Like most magic, the medallion comes with a price. It may have made things better at home but Andrea also became a prisoner to Leviathan, who forced her to become the Shadow and kill people. Obviously, they later hurt her boyfriend and, in the present day, were responsible for that tidal wave.
- Lena shows Andrea absolutely no mercy or sympathy, which is the same that she did when Kara finally came clean about her secret identity. Betrayal is betrayal in her book. But, she’s willing to help Andrea selfishly because she wants her hands on the medallion.
- Lena intercepts the DEO and blocks communication with Supergirl allowing Andrea to break in and escape with her boyfriend. Alex and J’onn put up a good fight. Rip Roar may be gone, but before he left, Supergirl got through to him and pulled “Leviathan” from him.
- Andrea reluctantly gives Lena the medallion and tries to flee with Russell but Leviathan shoots him down and tells her that she can never escape her fate or the darkness that lives inside of her. RIP Russell, you’ll be missed. Anyone else feeling heartbroken for William who spent so much of his life trying to find his best friend?
- Honestly, who is running CatCo at this point?
- The DEO isn’t the only one looking into Leviathan as Lena pulls the name from the now-defunct medallion and tries to access Eve’s memories with it.
- Does this mean Andrea will be more likely to work with Kara and William if they ever realize they’re all on the same team?
- When will Lena realize that sometimes, people are forced to do things they don’t want to do and hurt those they love because there’s no other option?
Aside from Leviathan, which we still don’t know too much about, Lena is shaping up to be the villain that needs to be stopped this season.
Will she get on-board before it’s too late?
What did you think of the episode?
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