Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Supergirl - Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1

Unlike last year's crossover, which tailored each episode to that particular cast, "Crisis on Earth-X" begins in earnest with jumping us right into the action and introducing (nearly) all our characters at once. This time around it feels much more like a cohesive crossover (and Supergirl gets to be in the action from the beginning). The focus on "Part 1" is primarily to get all our characters to Central City in time for Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris' (Candice Patton) wedding. We get their wedding reception, various drama between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Jackson (Franz Drameh) and Stein (Victor Garber), and wedding crashers in the form of the crossover's big bad villains - Nazis from Earth-X.

The characters not invited to the wedding (or these first two episodes) are of interest. While Mick (Dominic Purcell) somehow manages an invite, half the Legends, Ray, and Diggle are left our of the first two parts of the crossover. As with the second episode, the slower moments of the episode involving character interactions, apparently designed to get everyone screentime, drag in places but the action at the end works well as does the design of Earth-X and the sequences surrounding Barry's wedding day. As for Alex (Chyler Leigh), she gets to have a little fun of her own which she will no doubt fret about for weeks to come. One final note: Jessica Parker Kennedy has a small cameo as a caterer who, I suspect, has larger ties to Barry's future than is revealed here.

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