CRISIS ON EARTH-X, or, 2 weddings and a funeral!
The four-way cross-over CRISIS ON EARTH-X, featuring Supergirl, the Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, was an outstanding two-night romp through the DC comic-verse. A four-part storyline in which we saw our beloved heroes pitted against a surprising foe: Nazis from Earth X. An entrenched Nazis war-machine at that, headed by a general and a Fuhrer, who, as it turns out, are doppelgängers of two of our heroes. A neat twist that allowed at least two members to play the bad-guy versions of themselves, and get downright nasty.
Episode one saw Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and her sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) opening a portal and skipping out and playing hooky, heading off to join Barry (Grant Gustin), Iris (Candice Patton) and the rest of the S.T.A.R. Labs team members, at the wedding rehearsal dinner. But of course, as we all know, nothing ever goes to plan.
Cue the bad guys, cue the action, cue the mayhem! Cue … Overgirl, Dark Flash, and Dark Arrow.
What made this all work, for me at least, was not just all the great action (CGI notwithstanding), was the fact each character got their own moment in the spotlight. Like Alex inadvertently hooking up for a one-night stand with Sara (Caity Lotz)—White Canary from the Legends Team. And Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Iris battling Nazi invaders in S.T.A.R. Labs while the rest of the crew— HarrisonWells (Tom Cavanagh), Caitlin/Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) Black Canary (Julianna Harkavy), Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum) and Heatwave (Dominic Purcell)—are locked up in Cisco’s meta-human prison!
Green Arrow coming face to face with himself, as the Fuhrer, or guest appearances from Citizen Cold/Leo Snart (Wentworth Miller), The Ray (Russell Tovey), and their relationship, offering glimpses of future episodes to come? We can but hope.
I was also left wondering, who is the mysterious waitress at the rehearsal dinner? And what’s the significance of Supergirl fighting the Dominator, if any?
Fun, serious, heartwarming, and yes, in places silly, it was, of course, heartbreaking, and a wonder that Barry and Iris managed to get married at all, at the end of episode four. An episode in which we also saw the loss of a key member of the Legends team. Martin Stein (Victor Gerber)—one half of Firestorm—sacrificing his life for the greater good and going down in a blaze of glory fighting Nazis.
The most poignant moment, however, came later watching Jefferson Jackson (Franz Drameh) holding Stein’s hand while he took his last breath. Not a dry eye in the house!