So we have an announcement this week on the podcast and it affects the website as a whole, don’t worry we’re not going anywhere we’re just changing things up a bit! We also talk the new Batwoman casting, Stargirl and Doom Patrol, so its still business as usual too! Also Robs back yay!
We all knew from the outset that the Monitor had foreseen Oliver’s death and in a bargain Oliver had agreed to sacrifice his life to restore the balance and to save Kara and Barry. This bargain set up the most anticipated crossover in years and the finale did not disappoint. It answered a number of questions besides opening up possibilities. Saving the multiverse meant creating a new beginning and this new beginning has seen earths merge, bad guys become good guys and changes to the team’s families. The team may need time to discover what has changed but what hasn’t is the celebration of friends and family and the continued sacrifice that Oliver made.
The team didn’t have long to grieve before having to deal with a giant Beebo and jewellery robbery. Personally I would have just removed its batteries. However it isn’t long before the Anti-Monitor and his Shadow Hunters are back. Oliver’s sacrifice restored the universe but did not kill the Anti-Monitor. The team split up to tackle the Shadow Hunters. We have a team of substance between Mick, Killer Frost and the newly named Sparkles. This earth isn’t going to be lacking in terms of heroes. This was the team’s challenge to face. To defeat the Anti-Monitor the geek team devise a shrink bomb which cuts the Anti-Monitor down to size and victory is finally achieved. The Paragons working together to protect Oliver’s legacy.
Although the team won the loss of Oliver is felt widely and the world acknowledges the role that Oliver Queen played and the sacrifice that he made. The dedication to Oliver and the feeling of loss is clear throughout the episode. The round table was a really clever touch with the green arrow seat remaining vacant but still with a seat at the table. The table being round to me has significance and almost an Arthuresque quality – the circle has no beginning and no end which fits with the infinite universes that they saved. There is no head of the table because the circle means that they are all equal. A truly remarkable symbol of equality.
I really hoped that somehow fate could be changed and Ollie would make it through somehow. But Ollie did succeed in saving his family, his friends and the multiverse. I am intrigued with how this single / new merged world of heroes will play out and what other changes to the world they knew? I guess when they go back to their cities we will see whether everything is as it appears. Has Lex really changed his colours? The teams will now have a new variety of dangers and this opens the possibilities for the evil that they could face going forward. Although this episode is moving Arrow towards its ultimate conclusion I really enjoyed the celebration of family, friendship and the duty that the team feels it has to each other and the multiverse. The circular table of paragons is a symbol of bringing together the best that the world has to offer. Seeing Diggle get his daughter back was a nice touch. Will this change mean that JJ will take a different path to the one we have witnessed? Also seeing Brandon in his super suit again didn’t hurt either as the multiple earths came back. As they defeated what seemed like the impossible all that’s left to say is…..Crisis averted.
Its here, Part 3 of our Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover podcast! We are joined by Neil and Martin from Get Your Comic On, Nicola from We Have a Hulk and Ben from XGeeks, so have a listen as we discuss Episode 3 of the Crossover, The Flash. Be sure you’ve listened to the first two parts from GYCO.co.uk and WeHaveAHulk.co.uk and we’ll be back in the new year with part 4!
Even in the darkest times, hope cuts through
Erm ….. WOW!
Part 3 of the crossover was INSANE – starting with a cameo from Ashley Scott as Huntress from the 2002 Birds of Prey series. As the red skies take over New Gotham, she’s trying to contact Oracle and then we see their Earth is the latest to be obliterated.
Seeing as it’s The Flash’s episode of the crossover, Cisco, Ralph, Iris and Frost arrive on the Waverider, as well as Diggle who reacts badly to news that Oliver has been dunked in a Lazarus pit. Ralph is well excited to be included in this crossover and gives us his best classic Robin impression. Thanks to Cisco we discover the remaining paragons – The Flash (Love), Martian Manhunter (Honour) and Ryan Choi (Hunanity). This leads the group of heroes to break off again on separate missions.
Kate and Kara have made a firm friendship during the week and it’s quite nice to see some female solidarity. We saw that Kate kept the kryptonite she found at Bruce’s mansion and we learn that this wasn’t for any sinister reason. Phew. They have done a great job with Kate Kane during the crossover and I feel like we’re seeing a very different Batwoman to the one portrayed in her own series. I’ve seen people compare the beginnings of their relationship to Batman and Superman and actually, yes! It’s looking like that’s how it will evolve.
Lian Yu need to come home
Constantine, Mia and Diggle continue the mission to bring back Oliver’s soul. Their journey leads them to an old acquaintance of Constantine and gives us another fun cameo from Tom Ellis as Lucifer. This was a brilliant scene where Lucifer repays a favour and gives them a way to rescue Oliver. They are sent to Purgatory (Lian Yu) and after Oliver has an initial bad reaction to them, he ends up refusing to go home as he knows what he has to do. He’s met by The Spectre who seems to transfer energy to him which takes him to the next stage of his mission. I was left a little bit numb when Oliver died in the first episode and still didn’t know what to do with myself until this moment of hope that his journey isn’t finished yet. I’m excited to see what happens with him now.
Atoms and flashes of lightning
Iris, Ray and Ralph head off in search of Ryan Choi. I think we know where this is heading with Brandon Routh leaving Legends soon and I for one approve as Osric Chau makes a really good first impression. The rest of team Flash meet Pariah and find their way beyond the wall Nash Wells was trying to access. Vibe has his powers forced upon him by The Monitor but they came in very handy. The Flash from Earth-90 has been trapped for the past year in a forcefield, running on a treadmill used to power up the Anti Monitor’s cannon. It’s always great to see John Wesley-Shipp but this time is a much sadder occasion. Black Lightning makes his first appearance in the Arrowverse after being transported and therefore saved from his Earth’s destruction. We’ve waited a long time to see this and I’d say this won’t be the only time we see Black Lightning in this universe as he and The Flash seem to hit it off really well.
Barry’s fate is revealed to be all a panic over nothing. Earth-90 Flash momentarily steals Barry’s speed and gives his life to save everyone. This was a lovely moment as we were given a flashback to his series and a scene of him with Tina.
With everyone back on the waverider, they begin to decide what needs to be done next. Harbinger returns infected by The Anti Monitor and takes the seven paragons to the vanishing point, before the rest of our friends are met by the red skies. Lex makes one last dastardly move as he replaces Routh’s Superman as a paragon. Gasp!
With only the seven of them left (and Oliver) the remainder of Crisis is sure to be shocking. It’s just a shame we have a whole month to wait for it.
See you in 2020 people!
Crisis On Infinite Earths officially hits Freeland while Jennifer has an otherworldly encounter that helps her find herself.
Black Lightning has officially joined the Arrowverse in the most explosive way possible. This episode not only set up Jefferson’s involvement in the larger crossover, but it also let China McClain take center stage. McClain shows off her acting ability in portraying three different versions of Jennifer as she struggles to pick a side in the conflict between the ASA and the Resistance. Let’s recap this crazy episode!
Jennifer films a video for Anissa explaining her struggle thus revealing her partnership with Agent Odell, who is alive and well. Speaking of Odell, he appears on her TV screen to give her another mission: take out another Markovian stronghold. Jennifer initially refuses, but Odell once again manipulates her. He tells her that her father’s code is outdated and that by helping them, she has already saved more people than he has in his entire career.
Meanwhile, the Resistance meets following a news broadcast that twists their truth. They deduce that the ASA intercepted their broadcast and altered the information. They then plan to attack the ASA head on. Following their meeting, Jefferson and Anissa discuss the possible need to kill. Jefferson remains firm in his belief in no killing. Anissa reveals that she encountered Khalil, who is now a brainwashed killer. She uses him (and the fact he killed Tavon) as an example of why they must be willing to kill.
Meanwhile, Jennifer waits for Anissa at the latter’s apartment. The skies turn red and she becomes curious. She tries to contact Anissa, but gets no response. Odell, however, gets through to her and warns her not to go outside. However, it is too late as she is already on the veranda. She is affected by the anti-matter infused thunderstorm and collapses. She awakens to find herself in a void space with two other versions of herself from parallel universes. One from Gen: Earth-1 and the other from Jinn: Earth-2. The Gen: Earth-1 version reveals that she is a prisoner of Odell and held at the Pit for wiping out the meta-gene via the water supply. She sided with her family against the ASA and now suffers because of it. Her Earth-2 counterpart sided with the ASA and became Odell’s personally weapon. She became a megalomaniacal killer responsible for ending the Markovian War. Jennifer, watches as both of her dopplegangers experience transformative events. Gen:Earth-1 Jennifer is forced to watch her father be murdered by Odell, who uncovered the secret underground railroad that Jefferson helped set up. Meanwhile, the Jinn: Earth-2 version embraces the dark side further and after killing all metas, she proceeds to kill her entire family after they attempted to reason with her. Jennifer confronts them and, in doing so, realizes her true self and what side she must choose. They both are then eliminated by the antimatter wave.
In our reality, Jennifer has been in a state of phase with Gambi and her family unable to help her. Gambi quickly determines that the phasing is connected to antimatter. He also deduces that Jennifer is meeting her multiversal counterparts thus the Pierce family officially learns of parallel universes. However, it is too late as the antimatter wave takes their universe. However, Jefferson is spared presumably by the Monitor.
First of all, I did not expect that ending! I knew this episode would tie in to the greater Arrowverse crossover, but wow! I have no idea what this means for the continuing story of Black Lightning as it now appears that their Earth is gone. I look forward to seeing Jefferson interact with the rest of the Arrowverse characters in the next part of Crisis though. Now, as for the rest of the episode, I felt this was yet another fantastic episode. China McClain delivered an incredible performance as all three versions of Jennifer. It was clever to visualize her inner struggle using the greater Crisis as a backdrop. It will be interesting to see how this development is continued post-crisis.
All in all, this was another highly enjoyable episode that continues the upward trend of the series!
Stay tune for more Crisis coverage here on Earth-9 and come back for more Black Lightning recaps & reviews when it resumes its season soon.