HOLY CRIMSON SKIES OF DEATH! – DICK GRAYSON, EARTH 66
Crisis On Infinite Earths is here and the Arrowverse will never be the same. The Supergirl chapter of this epic event was nothing short of thrilling, action packed, and deeply emotional. This exciting hour of television featured surprising cameos, incredible action scenes featuring multiple heroes, and the heartbreaking death of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow. Let’s breakdown this incredible first chapter!
The voice of The Monitor (guest star LaMonica Garrett) explains the birth of the Multiverse. The explanation turns dark as he begins to tell of the anti-matter wave taking out universes. We get brief cameos from various other Earths including: Robert Wuhl as Alexander Knox (from Batman 1989) (Earth-89), Alan Ritchson and Curran Walters as Hawk and Jason Todd/Robin (from Titans) in San Francisco on Earth-9, Russell Tovey as The Ray on Earth-X, and last but not least Burt Ward (from Earth-66) as Dick Grayson. Each of the Earths are obliterated by the anti-matter wave.
Meanwhile, the heroes of Earth-38 gather to discuss the world wide earthquakes. J’onn (David Harewood) arrives and warns them of the coming Crisis. Realizing their world as well as Argo is in danger, they ban together to save as many people as possible.
On Argo City, Clark (guest star Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois (guest star Elizabeth Tulloch) gush over their baby son Jonathan. Kara (Melissa Benoist) appears via hologram to warn them of the planet’s imminent destruction. The red skies appear and the planet begins to quake. The people of Argo run in terror as Alura Zor-El (guest star Erica Durance) tries to calm them, She helps Clark and Lois send the baby off world in their only pod. In a beautiful homage to the Superman films, the pod blasts away before Argo is destroyed.
Meanwhile on Earth 1, Harbinger (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) gathers various heroes including Oliver Queen (guest star Stephen Amell), Mia Smoak (guest star Kat McNamara), Barry Allen/Flash (guest star Grant Gustin), Kate Kane/Batwoman (guest star Ruby Rose), Sara Lance (guest star Caity Lotz), and Ray Palmer/Atom (guest star Brandon Routh).Clark and Lois are revealed to be alive, with Harbinger saving them at the last minute. She brings them all to Earth-38 to inform them of the pressing threat. They quickly formulate a plan to save the people of this Earth and locate the baby Kryptonian whose pod went off course in the aftermath of Argo’s destruction. Brainy (Jesse Wrath) and Sara accompany Lois on a mission to retrieve the baby while the rest of them defend the people as they evacuate the planet. Team Supergirl including Nia (Nicole Maines) and Kelly Olsen (Azie Tesfai) help guide people into rescue ships. They also require Lena Luthor’s (Katie McGrath) help in creating a Transmatter Portal that will help get more people off world. Though she still harbors resentment for Alex and Kara, she still aids them in this life or death endeavor.
Meanwhile, Clark and Kara mourn the loss of Alura and Argo. Superman questions whether he deserved a life without the cape. Kara encourages him that they both deserve happiness. She also reminds him that Krypton is a spirit not place. Oliver and Mia share another heartfelt moment in which he gifts her with her own Green Arrow suit and officially passes on the mantle. Following this, Oliver meets up with Barry. Barry tells him that he is fated to die in this Crisis. Oliver is furious and confronts the Monitor, who tells him that their deal does not apply to this Crisis.
Brainy locates baby Jonathan in Star City on Earth-16, but in the year 2046. If that rings a bell, that’s because it is the same Star City 2046 that was visited by the Legends in the first season of DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow. Once there the trio encounters and older Oliver Queen and finds the baby safe and sound. Sara and this alternate universe Ollie share a beautiful reunion that reflects the reality of Earth-1.
Back on Earth-38, Oliver, Mia, Barry, Ray, Batwoman, Supergirl, and Superman engage with the Anti-Monitor’s army: an overwhelming amount of Shadow Demons. A Quantum Tower arises which holds off the coming anti-matter wave, but not for long. The heroes are successful in getting three billion people to safety, but The Monitor appears saying the battle is lost. He teleports the heroes to Earth-1, but Oliver refuses to leave until everyone is safe. He fights to his last breath and makes a noble sacrifice. The Monitor brings him back to Earth-1 where he dies surrounded by his friends and family. Nash Wells appears, now Pariah, as he unknowingly unleashed the Anti-Monitor from his cage. He now is serving his penance as he fated to watch the villain’s actions unfold. He announces that things have changed and they are all doomed.
Thus concludes part one! I am absolutely blown away by this first chapter. I was not expecting the death of Oliver to happen so soon. However, it was a beautifully heartbreaking moment. It still hasn’t fully registered for me though. The rest of the episode was simply magical in every way. I really enjoyed the cameos at the beginning and the epic shots of the heroes working together I also appreciated that it also still felt like and episode of Supergirl at points. I also liked that each main character from Supergirl (minus Eve, Andrea Rojas, and Dey) appeared and had a part to play.
Overall, this lived up to hype so far. Can’t wait to see what happens next!
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