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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 – The Quest for Peace (4×22)

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Supergirl -- "The Quest for Peace" Review

A great episode concludes a political, divisive and explosive season of Supergirl.

Don’t you love it when storylines come full circle making a questionable season worth watching?

Lex Luthor enacted his maniacal plan on Supergirl Season 4 Episode 22 only to lose to yet another Kryptonian.

Supergirl meant it when she said that truth and justice always prevail.

Though a glossy cape and perfect hair sure do help.

Lex willingly hurt hundreds of people and betrayed a whole country in his efforts for world domination.

Yes, it was fun to watch Jon Cryer in the role and he exceeded expectations, but Lex had it coming.

However, by the end of the episode, we’re all asking, “is Lex really dead?”

Killing Lex Luthor with one bullet seemed a little too easy, even if the trigger was pulled by his sister, Lena.

For a moment, I was shocked that the series would get rid of Lex so quickly and on such a permanent level.

Instead, the final few seconds saw the return of The Monitor, who we saw on the crossover “Crisis on Earth X.”

After Monitor brought forth one of Supergirl Season 5’s newest villains, J’onn J’onzz brother, he paid Lex a visit and it seemed like his intention was to revive him for some unfinished business.

I think Lex needs to be revived solely for a proper Superman duel; it would be a shame if they didn’t utilize Tyler Hoechlin for something so epic.

A piece of advice to the Monitor — aligning with Lex Luthor is a huge mistake. Just ask all those people burned by him on the finale!

Lex only cares about himself and disposes of people when they no longer serve a purpose.

Case and point: Ben Lockwood, Eve, and Red Daughter.

Even President Baker falls into the category.

All of them learned what is what like to be chewed up and spit up by Lex.

I’m surprised that President Baker was even allowed to make Lex the Secretary of Alien Affairs. Wouldn’t someone in the House or the Senate halt the President?

Despite Lex’s one “heroic” deed, he’s still Lex Luthor.

Read the full review on TV Fanatic!

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Supergirl – Red Dawn (4×21)

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Supergirl Red Dawn review

Much like Supergirl, the series sucked up the sunlight and found it’s power on Supergirl Season 4 Episode 21.

The penultimate episode was everything we’ve been wanting from this entire season.

Supergirl has this tendency to deliver a muddled and lackluster season that draws storylines for way to long only to come back swinging in the last few episodes.

The only reason I remained hooked throughout the entirety of the season is because I know they’ll end the season on a high note that makes it all worth it.

Kara’s capture at the hands of President Baker didn’t last long.

She was able to break free from the Red Daughter’s grip just in time to help the DEO track her evil clone down.

Lena also warned the DEO about everything they found in Kaznia, and let’s say, they all had their work cut out for them.

But even with all the newfound information, Supergirl’s team was simply playing catch-up to Lex.

Lex’s plans have been meticulously crafted and already set in motion.

Supergirl’s efforts to foil his operation weren’t successful, especially since he had the President on his side.

Lex found a way to accomplish the one thing he’s always been after — becoming the hero in his narrative.

By the end of the action-packed episode, Lex successfully thwarted Kaznia’s invasion on American soil, killed “Supergirl” and was hailed as a hero by the President.

Yeah, where do they go from here?

How does Supergirl’s team convince the already impressionable public that Lex is a criminal mastermind who created a clone of Supergirl and went through all this trouble just to stroke his own ego?

The one thing Supergirl and friends have going for the fact that Supergirl is still alive.

It’s a surprise element considering the Red Daughter assumed she was victorious in taking her doppelganger down.

That is if Lex actually killed the Red Daughter in the “battle.”

Was she a martyr this whole time? Or is she still alive?

If she is alive, there’s a chance she’ll align with Supergirl and friends to take down Lex once she realizes he lied to her.

There was a part of Red Daughter that craved to be normal.

When she saw Alex and Eliza distraught over Supergirl’s “death,” she felt something. The same something she felt for Mikhail and the feeling she had reading Lex’s books.

She’s been brainwashed by Lex to believe that Supergirl is evil and protects the corrupt, but what she’s been spoon-fed is true about Lex instead.

He’s the one that’s been selling her snake oil!

Read the full review at TV Fanatic!

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Supergirl – Will The Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up? (4×20)

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Supergirl Will The Real Miss Tessmacher Please Stand Up? Review

How long can a girl be kept in the dark?

We’re on the fourth season and Lena still doesn’t know that Kara is Supergirl!

There have been so many close-call situations, several on Supergirl Season 4 Episode 20 alone, yet Supergirl somehow manages to maneuver them without revealing her identity to one of her best friends.

And she finally came so close — Kara took off her glasses and was about to tell Lena the truth.

I kept screaming “turn around Lena,” but alas, the moment was ruined by Lena inadvertently guilt tripping Kara.

Understandably, Lena is in a fragile headspace after being betrayed by Tess and Lex.

Finding out that her only stable friend has also been lying straight to her face day in and day out might have sent her off the deep end.

But she deserves to know!

And think of how much easier everything would be if Lena wasn’t always worrying about Kara!

Since they are working so closely together, Lena being clued into Kara’s alter-ego would allow them to accomplish so much more.

Initially, Lena would be angry, but I think she’d be astute enough to realize the difference between Kara’s lies and Lex and Tess’ lies.

Kara has kept her identity a secret to protect her loved ones.

And in continuing to lie, she’s doing what she thinks is best for Lena. There’s nothing menacing about her actions.

You can read the full review at TV Fanatic!

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