I look forward to the CW DC TV show crossover event every year. I’ve been a fan of “Arrow” since my best friend bought me the season one DVD. With each new show’s introduction starting with the Flash being introduced on “Arrow”, then “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” spinning off from that AND “Supergirl” moving to the CW from CBS, I’ve been watching the entire lineup with varying degrees of success and regularity, with “The Flash” being the most constant.
Leading up to the crossover, the trailers had me hooked. Nazis on a parallel Earth?! Evil Oliver Queen and Supergirl?! Yowsa, I’m in! And thanks to the CW app (free on Roku and on mobile devices), I was able to watch the four part event back to back to back (to back). And while it’s not for young kids, it was a heck of a ride for any comic book nerd!
We begin at the long-awaited wedding day of Barry Allen (aka the Flash) and Iris West. Kara Danvers (Supergirl) and her sister Alex are having a rough time on Earth-38 with Kara recently learning that her late-boyfriend Mon-El is alive and also married (it’s complicated) and Alex recently split up with her fiance Maggie. Needless to say, they need a vacation. Oliver Queen (The Green Arrow) and Felicity Smoak (Overwatch) will also be attending, though they have their own relationship issues at the moment, namely he wants to marry her again (another long story) and she’s not ready. Also attending are members of the Legends team Sarah Lance (White Canary), Jefferson Jackson and Martin Stein (Firestorm) and Mick Rory (Heat Wave).
At the wedding, of course, something terrible happens. This time it just so happens to be NAZIS ATTACK and kidnap Supergirl. The baddies from Earth-X are led by the Fuhrer Dark Arrow aka Oliver’s doppelganger, Overgirl aka Kara’s doppelganger, and Prometheus, a former baddie from “Arrow”. Trust me; all of this makes sense in universe. They’ve also breached to our world to steal a sub-light generator called The Prism which they will use to weaken Supergirl enough that they can perform a heart transplant with her and Overgirl. All of this is being masterminded by the Reverse Flash, aka Eobard Thawne, Harrison Wells doppelganger and long-thought dead nemesis of the Flash.
Whew, just writing all this down makes it sounds utterly ridiculous. AND THAT’S WHY I LOVE IT.
So the bad guys steal the Prism, kidnap Supergirl and later transport all the good guys into a concentration camp on Earth-X. They are helped in their escape by some unlikely allies and proceed to bring the fight back to our Earth where good faces off against evil in an epic battle to save the multiverse!
One of the many strengths of the DC TV universe over the cinematic is strong character development. Each star is given their time to learn and grow on their respective shows and I’m going to say it, the writing is just far superior than anything in the movies. So when the Green Arrow is facing off against Nazis, it works. When the Flash comes face to face with the Reverse Flash AGAIN, you want to see what happens. There aren’t any groans or eye-rolls because everything is earned and makes sense. It’s emotional and honest and, strangely, plausible. But even more than that, there’s over 20 superheroes doing really cool superhero stuff for four hours! I mean, come on! The only downsides were that some of my favorite side characters weren’t involved and the effects are pretty “late 90s video game”, but beggars can’t be choosers.
Crossover comics are my favorite (“Brightest Day, Blackest Night”, “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, etc) and I love these shows when all the characters get to do the same. Highly recommend!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Lincoln L. Hayes is an actor and filmmaker living in Vermont. Have you seen him play a dirty cop in the new indie film “Northland”? http://www.facebook.com/Northlandfilm