Recap: Arrowverse's Crisis On Earth X


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Part 1: Larry Teng and Part 2: James Bamford

We start off on Earth-X, where the Nazi symbol is prevalent. Apparent rebels guarding something get attacked by an Evil Archer wearing a mask. Then the Guardian comes in! Him and the Evil Archer, whose costume looks strangely like Green Arrow's! Guardian loses, and dies with an arrow to the heart, and the Evil Archer walks towards a glowing red flame.

We next see all of the teams, Flash fighting King Shark, Arrow, fighting some ninjas(not Darhk - big difference *rolls eyes*), the Legends fighting some evil Englishmen from Robin Hood time, and Supergirl, fighting a Dominator! The latter three realize they need to RSVP for lo and behold - the West-Allen wedding!

Everyone heads to Earth-1 Central City, where the females head to the nail salon where Iris is glowing! (This begs the question, could she be pregnant?). Dear old Oliver and Barry head to pick up their tuxedos, and Barry tells Oliver there's never a good time to propose, but that they both deserve their happy ending (AWWW). 

Cisco and Wells give the two parts of Firestorm the cure to split them apart, and I personally like how Martin says they'll take it directly after the ceremony. Like why, do you need to be Firestorm for the wedding or something?

We go back to Earth-X to find Evil Archer and a flying Overgirl, talking about testing the flame-gateway for a trap.

Martin talks about what he wants for his life after being Firestorm with Caitlin, and works on a microscope as everyone else heads to Jitters for the rehearsal dinner! Rory is Rory and we all love him, no one can say otherwise hehe. A romance buds between Sara and Alex, which I love both of their characters but man, this subplot really really irks me, like nooooooo don't try this; it'll never work - just look at Amaya and Nate!

Kara explains what happened with Mon-El and why he isn't there with Barry and Barry tries to get in her head she can have a happy ending and asks for a favor at the same time. Martin tries to give superhero sticky powers back to Jax with the cure.

Time to get teary eyed about Iris and Barry (always down for some romance). Speaking of romance, Oliver proposes to Felicity again, and Felicity says noooooooooo big time. In earshot of everyone. I love Felicity (yes haters, go ahead), but man, I did not like her here. Granted Olly shouldn't have proposed in public but still!

Its wedding day time! Kara finds out Alex and Sara had a one night stand, and Sara is cool about it, but Alex is cringing. Everyone gets in the church, and Rory gets recognized by the head of the police department, but it leads to nowhere. 

A waitress offers Barry some sparkling water and starts babbling. This is a ~30 second encounter, but she seems to know Barry and this is too big of part to just lead to nowhere. Theories lead to a time traveling descendant of Iris and Barry, but goodness knows. I guess we'll see if we ever find out?

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The ceremony begins and I LOVE Kara singing Running Home to You. The good Reverend asks if there are any objectors to the union of Barry and Iris and BOOM Nazis. This action sequence next is awesome, so well choreographed. Did I mention I hate Nazis? Everyone's alter-egos come out and Firestorm combines. It is a good thing they didn't take the cure huh? Supergirl and Overgirl start fighting, Sara and Alex take on evil Prometheus, - that doesn't work, cause they're both evil: they take on Earth-X Prometheus! - Oliver takes on Evil Archer, and everyone else fights the evil cronies. 

Supergirl uses a really awesome hand clap to take out Overgirl and Evil Archer freaks out, ordering a fallback. Our legion of heroes heads back to S.T.A.R. Labs, and they escort Earth-X Prometheus to the containment cells. We see the last of Wally, Joe and Cecil as Wally takes them to safety, and the rest of the team sits down to discuss what they're up against.

The last scene we see is Overgirl, the Evil Archer and Reverse Flash on a rooftop. They reveal their faces finally, so we see Overgirl is a doppelganger of Kara, the Evil Archer is a doppelganger of Oliver, and the Reverse Flash is Wells, or as we come to find out, Earth-1 Eobard Thawne.

Let me talk about Thawne for a second. He has been massively overused. Yes, wibbly wobbly timey wimey, remnants, yada yada yada -  it works out, I get it. But there comes a point where you just can't use a character any longer. Especially in a TV series where the character has been killed not once, but twice. Thawne is quite obnoxious because he keeps returning, and he is probably just used here to avoid fans from saying "Oh great, another speedster". But there could have also been an Earth-X doppelganger used here, they could have said it was an actual Wells doppelganger if they wanted to simply put him back in the Reverse Flash costume. I would have rather had another speedster floating around the Arrowverse than to see Earth-1 Thawne again.

Ok, let us continue on!

We return to S.T.A.R. Labs where it is revealed that Earth-X Prometheus is - TOMMY MERLYN. This was the prediction of everyone with Earth-1 Prometheus last year until he was revealed to be Adrian Chase, so this was quite a gift you might say to Arrow fans.Oliver being Oliver, thinks he can reason with Earth-X Tommy, and asks for everyone to leave them alone.

Sara begins talking about anachronisms, thinking that because there are Nazis and Tommy, something happened to the timeline. Everyone else thinks they're from a different Earth, and not an altered timeline, and Wells reveals a 53rd Earth that is only different from Earth-1 because of the Nazis winning World War II: Earth-X.

We head back to the containment cells with Earth-X Tommy telling Oliver about Earth-X. Oliver tries to get Earth-X Tommy to tell him the plan, telling him how Earth-1 Tommy died saving him, thinking he can save this Tommy. Earth-X Tommy tells him that he is a fool, and that is why Earth-1 will fall. Tommy eats a cyanide pill, and the team is back to square one.

We head to where Overgirl, evil Oliver and Thawne are, where evil Oliver kinda gets sad over the loss of his friend Tommy, causing him and Thawne to get in an argument where Thawne threatens to end evil Oliver's life with the vibrating hands of doom. Overgirl steps in, and they all agree to get back on track to their plan - conquering Earth-1, and obtaining a prism? Thawne walks away to try and find the prism, and Overgirl and evil Oliver give each other a pep talk and KISS. OMG THEY'RE TOGETHER. Power couple goals right there, General and Fuhrer.

Felicity face times Curtis to get them helping looking for the Earth-Xer's vibrations, and Oliver walks in to talk to Felicity about Tommy and the marriage proposal. Felicity tries to get out of the conversation, but eventually she tells Oliver she loved the proposal, but the only reason she doesn't want to marry him is because they are perfect right now, and she doesn't want to change anything.

Oh I forgot, Cisco is in a coma from the Church battle. That might be important to mention. Cause the technological geniuses of Caitlin, and Wells are struggling to find the Earth-X vibrations on the satellite readings.

Martin and Jax argue about the Firestorm cure, and Jax finally reveals that Martin is a father figure and him being upset about the cure is not about losing the Firestorm powers; it means he has to give up Martin.

Alex freaks out about her one-night stand and thinks about going back to Maggie. Kara tells her she made the right decision, and I agree!

Iris gets mega impatient about finding the Nazis, and Felicity rants about the drama with her and Oliver. She confesses that a proposal was the end of the relationship the last time, and doesn't want it to happen again, and then they figure out that the Nazis are raiding a building!

Supergirl, Flash and Oliver head to the building and the Earth-Xers walk out with the prism, and they reveal themselves! Doppelgangers Kara, Oliver and Earth-1 Thawne. Evil Oliver reveals he's married to Overgirl, and the fight begins! Oliver launches a kryptonite arrow at Overgirl, hitting her right above her heart. Oliver reveals he keeps it around for evil Supergirls when Supergirl is shocked. Overgirl takes out a building with workers in it, and the awesome trio of Flash, Arrow and Supergirl get the workers to safety and stabilize the building. This includes some um... some weird CGI for Arrow swinging around.

Back in S.T.A.R. Labs, Wells and Felicity reveal the prism can be converted to a neutron bomb, and Flash brings in the arrow Oliver hit Overgirl with. Alex reveals Overgirl's red blood cells have extreme solar radiation in it, and Felicity says she can track Overgirl via the radiated blood cells.

Overgirl and Thawne fight about the plan, and Overgirl says she won't let evil Oliver pick her over the Reich. That's what good rulers are supposed to do right? Pick the land they rule over everything else.

Meanwhile good Oliver tells Barry and Iris to stay confident, that they will always have each other. Oliver starts ranting about Felicity and then she of course, comes in and tells them that they found the Earth-Xers. Everybody suits up, and heads to the building where the Xers are, coming up with a plan as they get inside. 

Rory, Iris, Felicity, Wells and Caitlin are all left at S.T.A.R. Labs where they are overwhelmed by evil Oliver and the Nazis. Killer Frost and Rory try to kill evil Oliver, but they fail, miserably, even with the entrance of Team Arrow minus Diggle.

Another fairly awesome fight scene is occurring at the Xer building, where they wonder where the evil Oliver is. They start off strong, but then they are overwhelmed by Metallo. 

By the way, the soundtrack for these episodes is perfect.

Our heroes wake up chained together surrounded by Thawne, Overgirl evil Oliver and Nazis. Overgirl stumbles and says she can't bear the pain. The Earth-Xers reveal they have come to Earth-1 for Supergirl. Overgirl is suffering from too much solar radiation, and the only cure - is a new heart. 



Iris and Felicity sneak around S.T.A.R. Labs, where they find the Nazis throwing Team Arrow into the containment cells. 

The final scene has Sara, Arrow, Jax, Martin, Alex and Flash all in a fenced in area... on Earth-X.

We're on Earth-X where most of our heroes, (Martin, Jax, Sara, Alex, Flash and Arrow), are locked in a fenced area, where they meet Ray, a man who loved the wrong person and is locked up for it. The team talks about trying to get out, and they wonder how everyone else is doing, on Earth-1.

Cisco finally wakes up from his coma, locked in a containment cell with Team Arrow, Caitlin and Wells in other cells on the pipeline. Kara, is upstairs, under the red sun mock-up becoming more and more human. Kara argues with, herself, Overgirl, about the lives the Earth-Xers have taken just trying to get her, Supergirl.

We find Iris and Felicity, our last free heroes, in the air ducts listening in. Trying to figure out how to get everyone out and save Kara.

Back on Earth-X, the Nazis round up our heroes, where they are greeted by Earth-X Lance(Lance-X)! He confronts Sara, asking why she would align with the impure.

Lance-X rounds up our heroes (and Ray), and sends them to be the targets, of a firing range. They all try to escape, but our shocked into submission. But wait! The shooters get iced. (hehe). ITS CAPTAIN COLD. Just kidding, it is Citizen Cold. But man, I love Wentworth Miller. He's such an amazing actor, and he makes every character he plays so intriguing!

Citizen Cold or as we come to know him, Leo, saves the team. He's a more fun version of Captain Cold off the bat, and so stinking funny. He introduces us to the hero Ray, by unlocking his collar. (P.S. I love Russell Tovey. He's AMAZING).

Back to S.T.A.R. Labs on Earth-1, Overgirl tries to tell Kara she should have acted like a god to her Earth. (Earth-38 BTW. That's important. Well not really, but I keep messing up which one it is so I think its important!). Overgirl says Kara hasn't been using her heart cause she's all alone, so why can't she (Overgirl), use it?

Felicity and Iris are at the Pipeline, but they can't get in. Stupid low hydraulic pressure, it has really bad timing. Felicity puts in a call to the Legends, but they are on their own for a little bit cause timey wimey.

In the rebel base, our heroes introduce themselves, and they find Ray is from Earth-1 as well. (I still wanna know how he got there, but I guess I'll have to watch Freedom Fighters huh?). Ray shows them the temporal gateway, and he says they can't get there, its defended by Nazis, and the team says they can get there. But lo and behold, Earth-X Winn (hereby known as Winn-X), says no, they are going to blow it up.

The team argues, and Winn says that the Fuhrer must be separated from his army. He hasn't apparently been introduced to doppelgangers... Snart is funny funny, and Alex tries to reason with Winn-X. He tells her they have been fighting for years, and they have run out of time. The doomsday weapon (what weapon?) must be destroyed!

Martin apologizes to Jax, saying that he is technically his first child, and he didn't think about that when getting excited about going back to his wife and daughter. He says that their relationship will always stand, no matter what (AWWW).

Sara and Alex bond, and Sara talks her off of the suicide mission she wants to do to try to save Kara by talking about losing Laurel. She also tells her to trust her instincts in regards to her relationship with Maggie.

Leo convinces Ray to help the Earth-1 heroes get back to their Earth, and using some romantic tactics, and the potential to see his family again, gets him to help the heroes get back to Earth-1. Everyone figures out there are metahuman dampeners in the facility, and Oliver decides its time to play dress up.

Time for operation! Kara's goose is cooked, but Felicity shuts down the power! Good timing on her part, allowing them to rescue Kara Terminator style! But wait, there's always a creepy robot to throw a wrench into everyone's plans.

With one hour on the clock(given by Winn-X), Leo and Oliver head into the facility to get the dampeners off. Oliver runs into Lance-X, where they send off the Wellenreiter (Earth-X Waverider), and Oliver fails the all important test, shooting an innocent (in this case, Earth-X Felicity) with an unloaded gun. It is always a non-lethal weapon, why must they always fall for that one. UGH. He does save her though, the strong protecting the weak aww. And he shuts down the dampener!

Back on Earth-1, Felicity gets pushed to turn the power back on by Thawne, and Kara tells her to, even though it'll mean the surgery can proceed.

Winn-X lied about the hour! Flash and Ray tackle handling the missile Red Tornado, and keeping him away from the gateway, while everyone else works on getting to the gateway! And Leo insults Captain Cold's statement about plans. Which I think is hysterical but hey, maybe it is just me; he's just so goody goody. Both the fight scenes here are fantastic, Ray and Flash versus Tornado, and the team fighting the Nazis; they just look so freaking awesome! Firestorm splits up into Jax and Martin to handle two problems and Jax succeeds with his, and Martin... well Martin gets shot. I won't lie - watching this made me cry, even though I knew he was going to leave the show.

Martin manages to get to the gateway control while bleeding out and he continues to get shot, but he turns on the breech controller. Flash throws up a storm with Ray that Red Tornado can't avoid. Jax combines with Martin to make Firestorm so they can safely move him, and Snart gets his flirt on with Sara.

Kara is about to be cut open, but Thawne can't seem to get the knife down, OH WAIT. It's A.T.O.M. - or Kara's cousin from another lifetime hehe. The rest of the Legends take down the Nazis, and everyone else returns from Earth-X! Felicity and A.T.O.M. work on getting Kara to the roof and the sun, Felicity works on really being awesome, and almost gets killed by evil Oliver, but Oliver to the rescue threatening Overgirl.

Projectiles gets launched from everyone who can launch something but Arrow at Metallo, and his haed comes off! Thawne pulls evil Oliver and Overgirl out of trouble, and Oliver and Felicity make up (AWWWW). And I agree with A.T.O.M., THAWNE SHOULD BE DEAD.

Firestorm splits in the medlab with Gideon, so she can get to work on Martin. Jax starts suffering, because of the Firestorm connection, but they can't separate them, because the connection is the only reason Martin is still alive. Iris and Barry reunite and rant about their wedding. Alex and Kara get together, and they see the silver lining, and Rory, Rory gets his beer.

Caitlin confesses Martin will die, and so will Jax, its only a matter of time. Curtis figures out Overgirl is a ticking supernova waiting to happen, so they need to get a solution and fast. Martin wakes up, in a teary speech tells Jax to live, because a father will sacrifice for his child. Martin takes the Firestorm cure, splitting the connection between Martin and Jax and Martin, Martin dies. Everyone mourns, and Jax goes to Central City to tell Clarissa and Lily.

On the Wellenreiter, Overgirl and evil Oliver convene before the threatening to get Kara or blow up the Earth.

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The whole of the Arrowverse team + Ray + Citizen Cold convene on the Waverider, together. Time to kick some booty! Nazis attack, and Overgirl supervises from the Wellenreiter. Killer Frost looks awesome on the Frozone-like ice ramp.

I know I've said all the previous fight scenes are awesome, but there's just something about a final battle that just beats the rest! Cisco, Felicity and Wells work on defeating the Wellenreiter, and Flash and Reverse Flash battle it out, once again. Oliver and evil Oliver duke it out as well, can't forget about the fuhrer and the king of the Arrowverse.

Supergirl draws Overgirl out of the Wellenreiter, getting Amaya, Zari, and Killer Frost on board to hit the blinking red button to kill the shields.  Overgirl and Supergirl start a laser show in the sky with some great CGI, and Flash may finally defeat Thawne, but oh wait! He doesn't kill *rolls eyes*. Overgirl starts to go supernova, and Supergirl flies her up, up and away, protecting Central City from the explosion, and evil Oliver is destroyed by that, taking an arrow to the heart because Arrow, unlike Flash, will kill enemies thank goodness. Even if he does fall for the unloaded weapon trick.

Ray and Leo say goodbye to Flash, with a handshake and a hug respectively. Leo, is not leaving though (YAY I'm excited), and Ray heads back to Earth-X to finish off the Nazis.

We head next to Martin's funeral. Jax gives a few words that make me wanna sob again. *cries* Everyone says goodbye, and their final thanks to him.

Sara says goodbye to Alex, and Alex says they will both find someone else other than the one that they want to go back to. The Legends take off to go time jumping, and Kara and Alex head back to Earth-38.

Time for elopement! And Diggle, I missed Diggle. Even when he pukes cause of Flash picking him up hehehe. Iris and Barry exchange their so so so sweet vows (AWWW).

BUT WAIT.
THERE'S MORE.

Felicity decides she'll take everything in stride, and she wants to marry Oliver right then and there! That's something Iris will more than likely hold against her for forever. But really, I've been on team Olicity for five-ever, but isn't there possibly an issue with you know... maybe a marriage license or something? But still AWWWWWWW.

All in all this was the best crossover yet. And it was a true crossover, not like last year's, where the Supergirl episode wasn't really involved. The Nazis were a great plotline, and it addressed current events but also didn't overwhelm the episodes with it like they have in the past. The action scenes were intense, well choreographed. There were certain parts that probably could have been done better, like Alex and Sara, or the choice to include Thawne again, but those were my biggest gripes. I am extremely excited to see Wentworth Miller back in the Arrowverse, no matter how limited the time is. And I guess, we'll see where our happily married couples end up!

I would like to see this potentially released as a movie. I think it could do well, and it doesn't require much background I think of the shows to understand it. Like Amell said in a Facebook Live post, the money could go to charity. I'd buy it!

So excited for these shows to continue, and excited to see if the Arrowverse can outdo themselves again next year!

Overall: 4.5/5

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