The Most Delightful Moments From Crisis on Earth-X Part 1 and 2

The first half of the CW’s massive crossover event Crisis on Earth-X aired last night, and it was pretty much 80 minutes of superpowered delight. There was so much to love, that honestly, all we wanted to do was breathlessly recount our favorite moments. So here they are, in all their glory.

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The action

Asking any big superhero mashup production to corral oodles of stars to run around in a major fight scene is enough of a nightmare—even more so on a TV schedule and budget. But Crisis on Earth-X went all the way out to give us some of the most fun and satisfying action the CW/DC universe has ever seen. From the fabulous wedding fight to the wholesale Nazi murder that went on in episode two (so good they literally had to get Ollie concussed just so you could see it in slo-mo too!), this crossover has so far managed to excellently use its cavalcade of superhero superstars to excellent effect.

Killer Frost gave herself an ice sword! Wally threw bullets back into their guns! Supergirl does a Hulk clap! Firestorm blasts about a million Nazis! Sara Lance and Alex Danvers team up and take down Earth-X Prometheus hard! Vibe teleports Green Arrow to stop the Earth-X archer! Seriously, the many action scenes in the first half of Crisis were huge and great and everyone got a chance to be extra-awesome.

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Kara singing at Barry and Iris’ wedding

Crisis had some fun with its references to the past crossovers—Dominators, so last year!—but its most touching was Barry asking Kara to sing at his wedding, after learning about her vocal talents during the delightful musical Flash/Supergirl teamup. Her song choice being “Running Home to You,” the ballad Barry sang to Iris when he proposed in that crossover, was perfect, as was the whole wonderful moment of Barry and Iris’ wedding finally getting under way.

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If the song didn’t have you teary eyed, Barry’s big puppydog eyes welling up when he turned around to see Iris in her dress absolutely should have. It’s almost a shame the Nazis showed up. Only almost though, because the bit where they got beat the hell up was delightful, too.

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Alex Danvers meets Sara Lance

...and has her first one-night stand. While this could have been included just for its prurience, Crisis made it much more than that. One of the event’s best aspects is how all its myriad characters are still going through the journeys seen in their normal shows. So Alex is still recovering from breaking up with her fiancée Maggie, still hurting, and still prone to drinking a bit too much to avoid thinking about it. Of course she’s going to pound some scotch at the wedding reception she’s been dragged to by Kara. And of course Sara, a woman who had no compunction about sleeping with King Arthur’s wife Guinevere, has no hang-ups about hook-ups.

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But when Alex wakes up the next morning, she’s sort of horrified to realize she’s had her first one-night stand. Kara finds it adorable, but Alex has only had one sexual relationship since she realized she was a lesbian, and that was an uber-committed relationship that nearly resulted in marriage. Of course she’s freaking out! Of course she feels guilty for having a casual hook-up! It’s just wonderful, and actress Chyler Leigh continues to knock it out of the park, which is why I’m super-invested in Alex Danvers’ personal life.

Also, I think Sara’s chill attitude is going to help Alex heal a bit, which will be wonderful. But even if she doesn’t, Sara casually asking Alex “How’s your bottom?” after she fell out of bed that morning is divine.

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The return of Tommy Merlyn

I’m always happy for actor Colin Donnell to stop by Arrow; Tommy Merlyn’s brotherly relationship with Oliver Queen was one of the strongest in the series, continuing even after Tommy died saving Laurel Lance in the season one finale. It was very cool to see the Earth-X Prometheus pull off his mask to reveal Evil Nazi Tommy, to Oliver, who is completely stunned.

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At the very least, it seems like its an unspoken acknowledgement that Tommy Merlyn should have absolutely been the real Prometheus in the last season of Arrow, which would have made that storyline infinitely better. (Presumably Donnell didn’t have the time or the inclination to pay the role, but still, it’s a shame.)

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Reminder: Ollie doesn’t have superspeed

A simple gag, done brilliantly—the team responds to the Earth-Xers attempting to break into a research facility, so Kara zooms away in the sky to get there, Barry dashes after her... and then they have to wait. Because Oliver, on his bike, does not have superspeed like his friends. Ollie sternly lecturing the two of them about this fact was delightful, but it was made even better by the totally unnecessary wheelie he pulled during his eventual arrival. Poor Ollie, always feeling like he’s compensating for something.

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Arrow pulls a Batman and Supergirl is not amused

From the very beginning, The DC/CW’s Green Arrow was positioned as basically a bow-wielding Batman equivalent. The series has softened that a great deal over the years, but there was a classic Batman/Superman moment that played out to perfection in Crisis. When Supergirl’s doppelgänger scoffs that Ollie’s arrows can’t pierce her skin he, of course, pulls a kryptonite arrow from his quiver (though its tip was covered with, presumably, lead before it was shot). Our Supergirl’s reaction was pitch perfect and an obvious call-back to the many times Superman has yelled at Batman for keeping bits of kryptonite around. It was wonderful.

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Jax and Stein address their real problem

We knew Jax was upset about the prospect of breaking up Firestorm, so much so that Stein tries to come up with a scientific fix to give him new, albeit boring, superpowers. But Jax finally told Stein the real reason he’s angry over them splitting up Firestorm and it’s FEELINGS. Dad feelings to be exact. It was so fantastic to see them share that.

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Oh, those new, albeit boring, superpowers? They were basically low-quality Spider-Man powers to the extent that Jax actually asks Stein, “Are you trying to make me Spider-Man?” Jax evens asks if Stein’s potion would give him “spidey-sense.” There have been a few allusions to Marvel heroes in the DC/CW shows—a couple of episodes ago I think Cisco mentioned something about someone “hulking out” but this is concrete, undeniable proof that Marvel Comics are doing just fine in the DC/CW-verse—and that some of our heroes are fans.

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Basically, everything Mick did

Mick “Heat Wave” Rory has met Caitlin Snow before—tried to kidnap her, in fact—but it’s only when Earth-X Nazis invade the wedding that he gets to meet Killer Frost. As might befit a man who perennially wields a flamethrower and used to partner with a man who carried a cold gun, Mick is super into the woman shooting ice daggers from her fingertips. So into her, in fact, that when Caitlin tells him Frost shows up when she’s angry or afraid, Mick literally yells “boo” at her.

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Also great? Formerly well-known Central City criminal Mick sitting next to Central City police captain Singh at the wedding made for a great “Don’t I know you?” gag. Mick has no shame whatsoever and we love it.

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The Greatest American Officiant

The DC/CW shows are always managing to bring in TV superheroes of yesteryear, but last night’s cameo was still a bit of a surprise. The man officiating Barry and Iris’ wedding was played by William Katt, star of The Greatest American Hero in the early ‘80s. It wasn’t based on a comic book, so there’s no DC (or Marvel) easter egg there, but it was a nice cameo. Well, until the Nazis disintegrated him.

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The line of the night

“Punching Nazis was definitely as satisfying as I thought it would be.” -Alex Danvers

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DISCUSSION

It was amazing and wonderful and had everything we could dream of.

It had all the heroes and everyone was awesome - from Arrow Team to Alex Danvers to Heatwave and Killer Frost team-up. Even James was there even if all he did was die (as someone pointed out it was still more than DCEU gave the character). And everyone else are coming today (and those not coming have perfect in continuity excuse).

Kara started with the fight with the last crossover villain. So last year.

Colin Donnell got some time to actually be in this one (that scene with Ollie was sorely missing from the Invasion crossover).

Sara and Alex got it on basically from the moment they laid eyes on each other. This was hoped for by basically everyone in the fandom but was more than merely a fanservice and made sense for both characters so it was even more wonderfully played than my already high expectations. And they are great fighting together too. Makes one feel sad they live in different universes.

Stein got help from some less historical geniuses and got to say goodbye to people on The Flash (that moment with Caitlin was beautiful). And I was glad he got to bring his family to the wedding. He is so excited to stay with them.

Jax finally admitted how much Martin means to him that he will miss his mentor even more than superpowers.

Mick got met with both captain Singh and Caitlin again and it happened without any death treats.

I’m glad Keiynan Lonsdale could come for the crossover from whatever he was filming as his speed catching scenes were awesome.

We got shot outs to Spider-Man (they really love their Marvel references on DC TV) and The Man in the High Castle (it was my pet name for Earth-X but show just outright called Nazi Oliver one).

And punching Nazis. There was so much glorious punching Nazis and everyone enjoyed it so much. Even if they won for now you know it’s just they can be punched some more. And I love that the two people left free to turn the tide are two women without superpowers - one is black and the other one Jewish.

Also that waitress - totally Iris and Barry’s kid, right? Time travelling like her old man. She even has Barry rambling, totally not suspicious talking style.

On the less awesome side:

Olicity but I hope it gets somewhere this time. Still it’s was nice how they keep with the continuity and where the characters are right now.

Eobard Thawne still isn’t dead. And wearing Harry’s face again. How many time do they have to kill him. Why the bad guys don’t stay dead? Can we get Eddie resurrected instead?

But mostly it was awesome and they even fit singing into it. I can’t wait for the conclusion tonight.