Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Arrow - Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2

"Part 2" of the four-part crossover focuses on the fallout of Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris' (Candice Patton) wedding and the explanation of who the villains from Earth-X are and what they want on Earth-One. While our heroes manage to push back the Nazis in "Part One," the second episode offers a counterpunch from the evil dopplegangers (whose identities seemed fairly obvious to everyone except, apparently, our heroes). Heavier on action than the first episode, there are still smaller conversations shoehorned in here and there to give those not in the fray something to do. "Part 2" also offers small cameos to Arrow's B-team who arrive to provide support against the Nazi horde.

One thing that's clear, and helps explain why we see so little of him combined on Legends of Tomorrow, is that the writers have absolutely no idea on how to use Firestorm other than as a special effect. He's pretty much useless here against the bigger threats of our evil threesome of Overgirl (Melissa Benoist), evil Oliver (Stephen Amell), and the Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh). The defeat of our heroes explains one goal of the Nazis, capturing Supergirl to save their own, although a larger second goal (the subjugation of the planet, maybe?) is never spelled out so simply. With action moving to Earth-X for "Part 3" it will be interesting to see what new, and familiar, faces our heroes encounter.

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