Crisis On Infinite Earths – Pt2 – Batwoman Review

Writers: Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson

Director: Laura Belsey

Starring: Ruby Rose, Melissa Benoist, Camrus Johnson, Grant Gustin, Tyler Hoechlin, Bitsie Tulloch, Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Tyler Hoechlin, Dominic Purcell, Matt Ryan, Katherine McNamara, Candice Patton, Kevin Conroy, Jon Cryer, Tom Welling, Erica Durance and Wentworth Miller

“Crisis On Infinite Earths” – Part Two: This article contains HUGE SPOILERS after the main review. This is for fans in the U.K who do not have access to this chapter. Also, you MUST see Supergirl Season 5 episode 9 before reading further.

You have been warned

This episode feels a lot more like an episode of DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow than Batwoman… but, this is “Crisis On Infinite Earths” after all. If the list of names in the cast list above doesn’t knock you for six, then nothing will. The good news is that it feels that you can skip this episode if you don’t watch all the other Arrowverse shows. If you are watching the whole crossover, though, please think of fans in the U.K. who won’t see this chapter, or any other episode of Batwoman, as no British network has the rights. Yep, you heard that correctly, fans in my home country will only get episodes 1, then 3-5 of this mega event.

Kate Kane’s future is key in this chapter, so, while this isn’t a Batwoman episode proper, it’s a vital part of her story. Her relationship with Supergirl/Kara Danvers is also expanded upon (after last year’s brilliant “Elseworlds”), so much so that I really want to see more of this pair as the Arrowverse’s World’s Finest Team. Ruby gives her best performance to date this week, as she meets her cousin Bruce, The Batman, for the first time on-screen.

Well… sort of.

Yes, we finally see (a) Bruce Wayne in the Arrowverse, and it’s none other than the legendary Kevin Conroy! This is an all-new version of the character and is almost a mix of the Batman Beyond and Kingdom Come iterations. The big spoilers are coming at the very bottom of this review, so all I’m saying here is that this is the darkest Batman we’ve ever seen on-screen… in fact, I’d go as far as to say that he’s second only to the Batman Who Laughs.

I know that many Kevin Conroy fans may well be up in arms at this portrayal, but I think it was brave, shocking and totally unexpected. I loved it because it shows us just how great a hero the “true” Batman really is.

Superman (Supermen?) Vs Lex Luthor

This episode also sees the return of Jon Cryer’s Lex Luthor. Many scoffed when Cryer was cast, but he silenced all his critics and has rapidly become one of the greatest Luthors of them all. Of course, what is Lex Luthor without Superman? This episode features not one, not two, but three Men of Steel! It’s no secret that I’m a huge Batman fan, but I absolutely adore the amount of Superman love in this episode.

Tyler Hoechlin and Brandon Roth are both incredible, and seeing Tom Welling return as Clark Kent made my heart jump for joy. Seeing my personal two favorite Lois Lanes – played by Bitsie Tulloch and Erica Durance – was the icing on the Kryptonian cake.

Conclusion

This wasn’t high art, or deep, dark psychology… no. Batwoman episode 9, “Crisis On Infinite Earths” part two was pure, adrenaline pumping, action-packed comic-book craziness, and I loved every second. From the buff, mean and moody Luke Fox to the hilarious antics with Mick Rory and baby Jon Kent, and the super sarcastic alternate Waverider Gideon, this story had me grinning like a loon, from start to finish.

The episode also contained some of the best CGI and flying action ever seen on TV. Brandon Routh in particular looked great in the Super suit, and his battle with Tyler Hoechlin’s Man of Steel was phenomenal. Add in Lazarus Pits, John Constantine, magic and cosmic carnage and this was some fine entertainment indeed.

SPOILER ALERT – Online episode breakdown:

Harbinger recruits Earth-74’s Mick Rory and his Waverider. In the wake of Oliver Queen’s death, the Monitor consults the Book of Destiny and learns of seven Paragons. Two have already been found, Sara Lance and Kara Danvers, but to find two more, Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Iris West-Allen must locate a Superman, while Kate and Kara locate a Batman.

Complicating matters, Lex Luthor steals the Book and traverses the multiverse to kill Supermen; though he changes tack after encountering Earth-167’s Clark Kent. When he finds Earth-96’s Superman at the same time as Clark’s team, he forces the Kryptonians to fight until Lois stops him.

Meanwhile, Kate and Kara locate Earth-99’s Bruce Wayne. Kate tries to convince him to join them, but Kara learns he’s a killer; leading to a confrontation wherein Bruce is accidentally killed.

Elsewhere, Sara, Barry Allen, Mia Smoak, and John Constantine take Oliver’s body to a Lazarus Pit on Earth-18 to resurrect him; but the soul-restoration doesn’t work.

Back on the Waverider, Ray Palmer builds a “Paragon detector”, which identifies Kate as one of the Paragons. Meanwhile, Unbeknownst to everyone, Harbinger is approached by the Anti-Monitor.

This episode continues the “Crisis On Infinite Earths” crossover event that began in Supergirl season 5 episode 9, continues on to The Flash season 6 episode 9 and Arrow season 8 episode 8, and which will conclude in a DC’s Legends of Tomorrow‘s special.

Crisis On Infinite Earths – Pt1 – Supergirl Review

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!

Stay tuned to Earth-9 for more Crisis recaps & reviews!

Arrow – S8 Ep7 – Purgatory Review Review

Roy Harper utters the wise words “Heroes make sacrifices” this week, just as our heroes embark on what could be the biggest sacrifice any of them ever make.

We’re back on Lian Yu where the whole team regroup once Dinah, Rene and Roy arrive with the plutonium to complete the weapon they’ve all been building. Heartbreak is the theme of the week, beginning with Oliver telling William and Mia the truth about his fate – and they both react exactly how you’d expect.

The plane Dinah, Rene and Roy arrive in is shot down just before reaching the island which leads to an island wide hunt. Oliver and Laurel go to find the plutonium, whilst Diggle, Lyla and Connor go in search of their friends. This was a great scene for the Diggles as they do some family bonding while John and Lyla argue about her new direction. When they find the others Rene is badly injured but there are life changing consequences for poor old Roy. This does however show us that the timeline will change which means that maybe things won’t play out during crisis as we’re expecting?

Oliver and Laurel find the plutonium but he’s met by some old faces along the way. He’s caught in battle with Fyers and does some soul searching with Yao Fei. However, let’s not forget both are meant to be dead!!! There were some great moments between Oliver and Yao Fei who still clearly has much to teach him. There were also brilliant action scenes as the whole current Team Arrow suit up and begin to battle Fyers and his merry men to regain the island. It felt good to have the whole cast brought together, probably for the last time.

William completes their weapon and while they all believe Oliver to be the one who holds the DNA to release its power, it’s infact Lyla who does. Once she switches the device on she walks through a portal, leaving her old life behind. I have loved Lyla playing such a huge part in Crisis and this season of Arrow. She’s so great!

With everything back as it should be, the team prepare to travel back home. Oliver goes round to each of his pals and whether it revolves around a thank you, an apology or passing on some wise words, it’s as if he says his goodbyes. Just as he and Mia get ready to leave Lyla returns. Only she’s not Lyla anymore. She’s a Harbinger. And along with red skies she’s brings the news that crisis has begun.

Get ready people … a crisis is coming, and it’s going to blow our minds!

Arrow – S8 Ep6 – Reset Review

Emotions run high this week as Oliver is subject to an incredibly bittersweet time loop. As a result of being shot with tranquilliser darts by Lyla he comes face to face with Quentin Lance and watches him die over and over again before learning a lesson taught by The Monitor. What can we say about Quentin Lance? He’s as big a part of the show’s history as anyone else and his death was one of Arrow’s most poignant moments. I was a bit concerned over how they could bring Quentin back, but his appearance in ‘Reset’ fitted perfectly.

So – stuck in a time loop, Oliver wakes no less than 8 times, living out the same events over and over again. Eventually joined by Laurel, who is also suffering the same lesson from The Monitor, they soon realise the whole point of this is to accept that they can’t change the past and instead, need to make peace with Quentin’s death. Katie Cassidy was fantastic this week, giving us some brilliant emotional moments. However, it was her one liner during a confrontation with Lyla “I pull off the short hair way better than you do” which impressed me the most. Actual lols! This was an important episode for Laurel though as she got to thank Quentin, dedicated her fight to become a hero to him and to tell him how much he meant to her.

It’s Oliver that refuses to let go and it takes one or two more journeys through his Groundhog Day to accept that he can’t save Quentin. There were also some lovely scenes between Stephen and Paul who naturally fell back into their father/ son roles. The emotion in Oliver’s face and the tears in his eyes when Quentin first turns around telling him he looks like he’s seen a ghost get you in the feels straight away. That just set up the feel of the whole episode which turned out to continue to pull at your heart strings.

Lyla undergoes a degree of redemption at the end of the episode. She confirms that she’s been working with The Monitor for a while but it’s all to save her family from the evil they’re all about to face.. He learns that everything he’s experienced since leaving Felicity and baby Mia has been a test to see if he’s ready and that he’s been rewarded by spending time with his kids. Lyla too believes that Oliver is the only one who can save the world and sends him off on his final mission. Oliver wakes up once again, met by Diggle and the kids in an all too familiar place.

Arrow – S8 Ep5 – Prochnost Review

We’re onto another era of Oliver Queen’s history this week as we have Anatoly return, bringing memories of Oliver’s time with Bratva.
The team split in two for their mission to collect items which they believe will stop The Monitor.

Thanks to William, Diggle tracks down none other than Roy Harper and coaxes him into helping, even though he says it’s just for one last time. He’s happy making a fresh start as Jason working in a car garage. I say it everytime Colton Haynes returns, but Roy is probably my favourite character (apart from Oliver) so I’m always so excited to see him back. Roy helps Diggle obtain the plutonium they need. Diggle fills Roy in about his future and how his fear of his blood lust leads him to living alone on Lian Yu, until Felicity sends William to bring him home. Diggle manages to convince Roy that being part of a team is what helps with controlling his anger and feeling all nostalgic in the bunker, Roy decides to stay on for a while longer. YAY!

Oliver chooses to use his mission to continue bonding with his kids as he takes them along with him and Laurel to Russia. The beginning of the episode shows him training Mia and showing off the uses of his different arrows. Considering this is only the second full episode we’ve seen them together, Stephen and Katherine have fantastic on screen chemistry which really make them a believable Father/ Daughter duo. There’s elements to their relationship which really reminds me of Barry and Nora from last season’s The Flash. We can’t leave William out either who slots in perfectly well and seems to have adopted the role of Felicity and Curtis combined. Oliver and Mia are forced into some tough situations but with Laurel and Anatoly’s help set off home with the plans they needed for a pulse wave generator created by General Burov. We needed to have Anatoly back one last time, he’s a huge part of the shows journey and despite their ups and downs, the way he and Oliver part ways at the end of the episode is great to see. Closure indeed.

Lyla tries to convince Laurel to work with The Monitor but there’s a lovely scene between her and Mia and also some approval from Anatoly which cements her decision to stand by Oliver. This also leads her to expose Lyla’s secret!

The promo shots for next week’s episode look great, bringing back another fan favourite and I cannot wait.