Prepare Yourselves for Crisis on Infinite Earths…

Not much happened yesterday, except for the finale of the Elseworlds crossover event.

Surprisingly, we started the episode off with the realization that Superman is really John Deegan. No surprise there. This is a man who loves his new found power, so why not allow yourself to think that you can be a Superhero, even if it is due to circumstance…and that is the book. As you can tell he is a little off his rocker.

But he continues to hold the mantle of Superman and that is trying to save the meek of Central City. In this new Earth, Kara is jailed and her powers are dampened and Barry and Oliver continue to be the famed Trigger Twins. Even if they have no powers, they are still a threat to John Deegan and that gives them a little leg up on Deegan because he can’t read them.

In order to be the hero he wants to be, Deegan creates a team of familiar faces to help him in his quest. But he had to scrambled reality in order to do so.

That’s when the Monitor pops up to talk to Barry and Oliver, aka Boliver, about their destinies. This is all a trial, but due to their inherent desire to help humanity even if it means losing their lives while doing so…The Monitor thinks they have a chance. So, their first stop is finding Mr. Ramon the Kingpin. Boliver teaches Mr. Ramon to use his vibing so they can find Clark and Lois.

While this is happening, Kara is trying to crack the nut that is this Earth’s version of her Sister. She does it and just as she is ready to escape with her sister, Our Clark, with Mr. Ramon and Boliver show up. Now, it is Superman vs. Superman and like the DCEU movies, they are tearing up the city.

However, Kara gets her hands on the unlocked book and she gets it to Clark. He manages to fix Boliver and they are in their respective costumes and have their powers. Is that enough to stop Deegan…no. Of course not. He gets his hands back on the book and as he tries to rewrite reality to the nth degree, Oliver confronts the Monitor and he challenges him, why? To ensure that Kara and Barry live, but something has to change.

Is that Oliver…we shall see.

We did get is a resolution to this storyline. Barry and Kara slowed time enough to give Oliver, with a special arrow in tow, the time he needed to burn that book and take out John Deegan.

Everything is as it should be, but we got more…

Lois and Clark are leaving for Argo for an extended amount of time due to Lois being pregnant. Clark leaves Earth 38 in the capable hands of his cousin and then pops the question to Lois.

Boliver have reached a new level of understanding and appreciation for one another.

And Kate tells Oliver that something is amiss with John Deegan and his new bestie…

Then we get this…

All in all, it was a great crossover event that should be it’s own series. These characters are at their best when they work together to save humanity. Now, the countdown begins for next fall.

FYI, here is a little info on the comic book series that the next crossover event is based on:

At the start of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Anti-Monitor (the Monitor’s evil counterpart) is unleashed on the DC Multiverse and begins to destroy the various Earths that it comprises. The Monitor tries to recruit heroes from around the Multiverse but is murdered, while Brainiac collaborates with the villains to conquer the remaining Earths. However, both the heroes and villains are eventually united by the Spectre; the series concludes with Kal-L, Superboy-Prime, and Alexander Luthor Jr. defeating the Anti-Monitor and the creation of a single Earth in place of the Multiverse. Crisis on Infinite Earths is infamous for its high death count; hundreds of characters died, including DC icons such as Supergirl and Barry Allen. Wikipedia

Does this mean we will see a shift in the Arrowverse in the foreseeable future? Only time will tell…

What You Missed…

While the World is waiting for the Mueller Report to be released and the vote to happen for Brexit, the latest trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters dropped. Yes, yes…not as important. However, all I could say was, “Is that Rodan?!?!? Was that Mothra?!?!? Is this Japan?!?!?!? As you can tell, it is a must watch:

While Netflix is purging all of their competitor’s content on their streaming platform,  they are getting all of their ducks in a row. First, they announced that their animated series for Carmen Sandiego, which will focus on new criminals and how Carmen became Carmen. Mark your calendars, if you are a globetrotting crime-fighter at heart.

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Netflix also dropped the trailer for the final season of A Series of Unfortunate Events:

Bits and Bobs:

With notice that Constance Wu will be in a romantic comedy for Screen Gems, Jennifer Lopez’ Second Act coming up (and it is a fun and sweet little movie), everyone still wowed by Widows, and talk of Tiffany Haddish possibly being the host of Academy Awards…it looks like we are in the time of  Being a Woman of Color is the best thing to be.

NASA offered assistance in saving Tony Stark after the Avengers: Endgame trailer came out last week.

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Recap: Elseworlds: Part 2

Well…Barry is still Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow and Star City is falling apart due to the red skies. Diggle is right, whenever Supergirl, Green Arrow, and The Flash are together…there is a problem. What’s funny is that Oliver thinks Batman is an Urban Legend and he is facing speed force issues. We saw the Wayne Enterprises building!

Soooooooooo…Oliver’s reputation proceed’s him when they make it to Gotham…which is a city where people travel by armored car. Apparently, Wayne left Gotham three year’s ago and Kate Kane has bailed them out. While this is happening, Cait is consoling Felicity about why Oliver did not tell her about the body swapping?

Kara finds out from Kate that Deegan is a doctor at Arkham and that is where the trip heads to next. We then cut to Kate going into the bowels of the Wayne Enterprise building to go get her Batgirl outfit.

Ruby Rose is not bad as a superhero.

The Brainiac team tells the supes that they have to get “the book.” They find Deegan and he knows Oliver is Oliver and then sets off the alarm that buys him time to escape. The alarm just opened every door to all the cells.

Wow…Reverse Flash and Malcolm Merlyn show up. Basically, all hell is breaking loose in Gotham. However, they are not really there. Basically, Oliver and Barry are fighting each other. Kate stops them from killing each other due to inhaling a powerful hallucinogenic. This moment allows the two friends to learn of the burdens that both of them carry and thus a greater appreciation grows for one another.

And…Kara and Kate have a moment. Will this mean that possibly they may cross paths again? I think everyone wants that.

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With the book in tow, team Freaky Friday head back to Star City.

Oliver has a moment with Felicity and tells her that no matter what, she is the love of his life. Very sweet moment where she knows that this man in front of her is her Oliver. Apparently, all they needed was a much needed heart-to-heart. I hope this carries over to their own normal timeline.

Barry from Earth 90 shows up and explains the devious plan of the Monitor that revolves around a “Crisis.” He wants to save the multiverse from someone. Who?

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Now, they are in a new world where Oliver and Barry are in robbers in Central City (snazzy outfits). They have no powers and dark Superman is the hero of this world. How are they going to get themselves out of this mess?

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Next: Supergirl, The Flash, Green Arrow and Superman face the battle of their lives.

 

 

 

Recap: The Flash – Nora

So, in the season opener, we met Nora West-allen…the daughter of Barry and Iris…who is from the future and seeing her impact on Team Flash is both adorable and heartbreaking.

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While Iris is in awe and elated at the opportunity to meet her daughter, Barry is at first hesitant,  a little wary, and a bit overwhelmed. Why, he wanted life to allow him to have the normalcy of being a parent go chronologically the right way…and the appearance of Nora is not letting that happen. The little talk between Iris and Barry is the reason I think that they are the best couple in the Arrowverse. As they are supportive of one another and hopeful about their future together, as all newlyweds that have gone through hell and back are.

But, Nora is a chip off of her Parent’s block. That wonderment that Barry had in year one is there, but it is more wonderment of meeting her father. But, like any kid, she causes more harm than good. We learn that Nora needs to get back to her timeline, but she can’t…and Wally gives the bad news that Nora has negative tachyons.

What was heartbreaking is to see that Iris and Nora do not really connect, but she is definitely Daddy’s little girl. And that is because we learn that the reason she is so attached to Barry is that in the future, Barry…disappears. She lied about not being able to go back, but she wanted to meet her Dad. How can you fault her for that. But, Barry is heartbroken that he misses all of her firsts.

There is a Meta in the episode, Gridlock, but he really did not matter. Well, except for allowing the group to figure out a way to get their groove back. Especially after all that they lost after Devoe. We also saw Barry channel Harry as he taught his daughter to phase a plane until it safely landed in the river. She he had a “first” with his daughter and it was sweet. This moment also makes Barry change his mind and then allows Nora to stick around…which will help her figure out a way of stopping her Dad from disappearing in the future. Another nice moment was when we see Nora give Barry the Ryan Choi’s suit, since apparently he no longer fits any of his old suits.

The best part of the episode is Ralph, who is the nice comedic break the episode needed and who gives Caitlin the info she needs. Also, Joe needing an escape from Cecilia and her power…and the baby. Very cute.

We did say goodbye to one character, Kid Flash goes off into the sunset with his Father’s blessing. Will this be the last time we see Wally? I hope not, as he has grown as a character and he has become an integral part of this universe.

Throughout the episode, we got hints of what’s to come in the season. Nora mentioned Grodd and King Shark, we learned (via Ralph) that Caitlin’s Dad is actually not dead, and in the last minute or so of the episode, we met the big bad of Season 5. He’s a Meta killer with the Flash lightning bolt as his weapon of choice. Dun, dun…..duuuuun.

Overall, a great opener that will hopefully be mirrored throughout the rest of the season.

Next week: Blocked – Barry and Team Flash track down a meta that is stealing high-tech weapons, only to cross paths with a new foe named Cicada, who is hunting the very same meta, with nefarious intent.