Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Batwoman - Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two

Hey, an episode of Batwoman that is actually good!? The Crisis crossover continues with the heroes searching for a very specific Superman before Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) can kill them all. Sorry Smallville fans it isn't that one (although we do get a cameo by Tom Welling on the Kent family farm). The Superman (Brandon Routh) they are looking for turns out to look an awful lot like the Atom (also Routh) living on Earth-96 (based on Kingdom Come and also the various Superman films starring Routh and Christopher Reeve). That Superman is one of seven paragons necessary to fight the Anti-Monitor. That leaves Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Batwoman (Ruby Rose) in search of another paragon in Gotham of Earth-99 where the pair run into that world's Batman (Kevin Conroy). I don't mind the episode making Conroy a red herring, as it was unlikely Crisis would suit him up and throw him into the big battle scenes to come. Instead he offers a cautionary tale for Kate Kane to take another step forward as a hero (now if she could just find a show worthy of her). The introduction of the paragon idea is a bit clumsily handled, but the Superman on Superman fight is fun, and offers a reason for Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) to be included in the recruitment. Much of the rest of the episode deals with a small faction of heroes attempting to bring Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) back to life through the use of a Lazarus Pit, but to complete the plan White Canary (Caity Lotz) and Mia (Katherine McNamara) will need the help of John Constantine (Matt Ryan). As with the first episode of the Crisis, more Earths fall as the anti-matter wave continues to destroy everything in its path heading into the cliffhanger of "Part Three."

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