The yearly Arrowverse crossover is here and The Flash, Green Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends have come together for the wedding of Barry and Iris. But as the wedding events unfold, a strange enemy appears and throws a wrench in the nuptials.
The first episode of the crossover was Supergirl and unlike last year, this episode was all crossover. We kick off the episode with our first look at Earth-X and the mysteries it will bring to the crossover. Not much is revealed but there s a great fight scene between Earth-X Arrow and Guardian where James Olsen is killed by the masked Arrow. We then transition to a great montage of all of the heroes on in their respective cities or time periods deciding to attend Barry and Iris’s wedding.
Everyone then makes their way to Central City where we get our annual catch up moments between all the characters. At the rehearsal dinner, Alex and Sara get friendly real fast and sparks begin to fly, this plot point may have seemed like low-hanging fruit but it worked really well. Joe gives an amazing speech as Oliver proposes to Felicity in a nonchalant way only to be rejected. And don’t think that’s the last time we will hear about this proposal.
We then move into the morning of the wedding where Alex realizes she’s woken up in bed with Sara and tries to sneak out. Felicity and Oliver are both contemplating their choices from the prior night and Jax and Martin are at odds because of the decision to split Firestorm. At the church, the whole Arrowverse seems to be in attendance. Barry has an odd conversation with a caterer who seems very interested in the wedding, and if you’ve heard rumors you’ll know who this character is but I won’t spoil that here.
The ceremony begins and Kara sings the song that Barry sang to Iris during the musical crossover last year, a great call back. As the couple is ready to give their vowels, the priest is suddenly vaporized and our friends from Earth-X appear. Led by Arrow, Overgirl and Prometheus, the Nazi’s begin their assault on the heroes. A great fight scene begins with everyone having their moment to shine. They are able to fight off the invaders but Cisco was injured during the attack. They are able to capture Prometheus but are confused about the events that occurred. It is then revealed that the Earth-X villains are actually Oliver and Kara from the Nazi planet and Eobard Thawne from Earth-1 who has come to assist them.
“Crisis on Earth-X Part 1” was nothing short of fantastic, it had every moment you could’ve wanted as an Arrowverse fan. The character moments were perfect and none of the jokes fell flat. The action exceeded expectations with every character having a moment to show off their abilities. This episode couldn’t have kicked off the crossover in a better way. 10/10
Moving into the Arrow episode, we kick off the episode by learning the identity of Earth-X Prometheus. His mask is taken off and it’s Tommy Merlyn! A character we have been waiting to return since his unfortunate death in Season 1. Oliver and Tommy have a fantastic scene in the pipeline that ends with Tommy taking his own life as not to reveal the plans of the Earth-X villains.
Oliver and Felicity have a heart to heart about the proposal in which they can’t reach a compromise, something that was hit heavy in this episode. The team eventually gets a location as their doppelgangers are attempting to steal a sciencey machine that I’m not going to attempt to explain here. Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl arrive on the scene and the Earth-X villains reveal their identities. The heroes are taken aback as Flash has to take on Thawne again and Oliver and Kara have to fight themselves. Oliver fires a kryptonite arrow at Overgirl that takes Supergirl by surprise but what a fantastic comic nod.
The villains escape with the machine but not without a way to track the doppelgangers, they use the kryptonite arrow to find Overgirl’s location and the team gets ready for the impending fight. Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Firestorm, White Canary and Alex head to take out the Nazis and a fight begins. It’s then revealed that Earth-X Arrow was heading to Star Labs and wasn’t at the warehouse where the action was taking place. The fight continues as the heroes are eventually defeated and taken prisoner. At Star Labs, Mick and Killer Frost try to take out evil Oliver but are defeated even with the help of Team Arrow who arrived on the scene.
Earth-X Arrow then reveals that they need Supergirl because Overgirl is dying due to too much solar radiation, not unlike the All-Star Superman run. They need her heart and will do anything to get it. They then transport the Earth-1 heroes to Earth-X where they are put into a concentration camp.
Part 2 was another fantastic episode. It wasn’t a strong as Part 1 but that had a lot to do with the b-plots not working all that well. The Oliver and Felicity proposal scenes were weak and the show went back to it multiple times. The action was again fantastic and was the definite strength of the episode. The humor was also very much on point with great character moments to accompany it.
Also surprisingly, fan service played a huge part in this episode. The Tommy Merlyn reveal was 5 years in the making and hit every cord it could have. And we had a kryptonite arrow! What else can these shows pull off before the crossover is over? 9/10
Crisis on Earth-X continues tonight at 8/7c on the CW
Barry and Iris’s wedding brings the gang together, but things go awry when villains from Earth-X attack the ceremony. All of the superheroes band together with help from their super friends like Citizen Cold, The Ray, Felicity Smoak, Iris West and Alex Danvers to take on their most formidable villains yet. Earth’s mightiest heroes – Green Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and White Canary – lead their teams into battle to save the world.