We no longer cover Supergirl with written weekly reviews, but I still cover The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow; and Alison still covers Arrow. Of these four shows, we only cover The Flash with a weekly podcast. Listeners asked how we’d cover this crossover event on the show. Since they’ve done a stellar job (so far) combining the shows with the “Crisis on Earth-X” event, it seems only fair that we talk about all four episodes on the podcast. And that means providing you guys an opportunity to leave feedback for us to read on the show. Below is my overall breakdown on the first two parts of the crossover as they appeared on last night’s Supergirl and Arrow. I’ll do another combined review for The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow on Tuesday night in place of my usual The Flash review. You can leave additional feedback on that post, and we’ll read it all on the podcast when we record Wednesday night.
Members of Team Arrow and Team Legends, plus Kara (Supergirl; Melissa Benoist) and Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) travel to Earth-1’s Central City to attend Barry and Iris’ wedding. The ceremony is crashed by Nazis from a 53rd Earth, Earth-X. It’s a world in which the Nazis won and everything is terrible because Nazis are the fucking worst. They’re led by Earth-X’s Kara and Oliver (Overgirl and Dark Arrow, but we ain’t calling them that), who are married and evil, because Nazis… and Eobard Thawne (who still looks like Wells; Tom Cavanagh) a.k.a. Reverse-Flash from Earth-1.
Lots of ass kicking and witty quips ensue, and when the smoke clears part of the Earth-Xer’s plan is revealed: They’ll hold the heroes’ loved ones hostage until they can extract Kara’s heart and put it in Evil Kara, who is dying of solar radiation poisoning. Barry, Oliver (Stephen Amell), Alex, Jax (Franz Drameh), Stein (Victor Garber), and Sara (Caity Lotz) are imprisoned on Earth-X as Kara is, presumably, about to go under the knife (made possible thanks to tech stolen from Earth-1), and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Iris (Candice Patton) are trapped by Nazis inside S.T.A.R. Labs back on Earth-1 with members of Team Arrow, Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), and an unconscious Cisco (Carlos Valdes).
The first hour (technically an episode of Supergirl) was, by far, the strongest of the first two offerings. It didn’t feel like a Supergirl episode (no shade), which is refreshing considering last seasons’ Supergirl crossover was anything but. You should be able to watch all four hours and have it feel like one cohesive universe. Even if you don’t watch Supergirl (or casually watch it like I do), you’re able to easily follow along with the bits of plot that are unique to the series: Kara is avoiding talking about her returned lost love who is now married to someone else and her sister Alex is still mourning the end of her engagement.
With a few exceptions, the cast has great chemistry. Alex’s one-night-stand with Sara was a highlight, especially Alex’s awkward walk-of-shame and small talk the next day. Chyler Leigh has great comedic chops.
We all knew the wedding wouldn’t happen (at least not in the first episode), but what we got was amazing: Barry’s tears in his eyes when Iris walked down the aisle; Iris looked radiant; everyone cleaned up nicely; and the battle once the Nazis crashed was cinema-levels of good. They made great use of everyone’s individual strengths: Cisco breaching Oliver to the balcony; Wally Motherfucking West (Keiynan Lonsdale) being a badass and tossing a Nazi’s bullet back into his gun; Alex and Sara ripping their skirts to kick ass; the double-take Mick gave Caitlin when she turned into Killer Frost; Killer Frost bitchslapping Nazis with her ice arm; and Supergirl’s sonic handclap. Just greatness.
Evil Oliver and Evil Kara have better chemistry than Oliver and Felicity. Yeah, I said it.
I don’t care what anyone says: Mick Rory is the best wedding guest and houseguest. Fight me.
Fun seeing Tommy Merlin (Colin Donnell) as Earth-X’s Prometheus, but sucks that he died so soon… again.
Legends of Tomorrow has done such a fantastic job building up to Victor Garber’s departure. They’ve really taken their time and allowed the characters of Jax and Stein to navigate their conflicting feelings about breaking up their partnership.
The enthusiastic caterer who was just a bit too giddy to witness Barry and Iris get married is played by Jessica Parker Kennedy. I absolutely adore her and I have a strong theory about who her character really is, but I’ll save it for the podcast.
Oliver proposed to Felicity at Barry and Iris’ rehearsal dinner because he has no damn home training. Glad she said no. Loudly.
The team suiting up at the end was cool… except Kara’s part because that was stiff and lame. Don’t do it again, show.
Why were Oliver, Felicity, and Kara talking about not attending the wedding/failing to RSVP when they were actually in the wedding party?
At which point in the Earth-1 timeline is Eobard from; I’m guessing we’ll find out Tuesday night.
Earth-X’s Hitler died in 1994? What kind of The Strain shit is that?
Leave your SUPER brief thoughts — like, tell us one thing you liked and one thing you didn’t like — on the first two episodes below and we’ll read them on the podcast tomorrow night.
Crisis on Earth-X Parts 1 & 2 Review Score
Crisis on Earth-X Parts 1 and 2
Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Stephen Amell, Melissa Benoist, Emily Bett Rickards, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L Martin, Keiynan Lonsdale, Tom Cavanagh, Chyler Leigh, Caity Lotz, Victor Garber, Franz Drameh, Dominic Purcell, Danielle Panabaker