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I have no idea how to encapsulate the start of Batwoman season one better than â€œnah to ish.â€ It is OK sometimes, derivative mostly, but with Alice and Mouse revenging on estranged sister Kate not Bats v. Madhatter. The Kate Kane vs. her sister the psycho Alice scenes leads us eventually to one more of those Harrison Wells (the Indiana Jones styled version named â€œNashâ€) â€œunlocking the Monitorâ€™s secret room after finally surrendering allegiance to himâ€ scenes. We have seen this scene in four shows now.
Unifying moment that ties the crossover together, acknowledged. Right, moving on.
Last night, CoIE as I will henceforth call it, actually launched with an episode of Supergirl.
On Earth-38, there were earthquakes at all points of the globe caused by an external force. They determined that it was an enormous antimatter wave that would soon destroy the planet. Further, the planet Argo 139, where Superman & Lois Lane had discreetly retired to raise their son John, would be destroyed by the wave momentarily. The antimatter wave soon arrived to destroy that world, and Clark & Lois sent their son in an escape pod like Dad went through so long ago. Let redundancy be redundant.
Harbinger, the newly appointed herald of the Monitor, then fetched the proverbial Fellowship. She snatched Oliver Queen and his time displaced daughter, Batwoman, Flash, and surprise surprise Supes & Lois. So they launched their son who could have been rescued, but nah, hey whatever. The Monitor told his assembled team that they were needed to guard the Quantum Tower he was activating to stop the antimatter wave. The Tower would disrupt the wave, but the Antimonitorâ€™s forces would then show up to try to disable the power of the building.
When Oliver found out that Barry also had committed to die in this CoIE event, he called for a conference with the Monitor. Monitor revealed how many earths were at stake but did not promise Barry would live. The bulk of the team united, including a few Legends of Tomorrow, to secure the Quantum Tower. Brainiac, Lois Lane, & Sarah Lance teamed up to rescue the lost Superman baby from an alt Earth future where a Green Arrow protected him.
On Earth-38, it seemed that time wraiths were the forces of the Antimonitor, as that was who swarmed the heroes. The Tower succeeded in its function only partially: it bounced the wave back but only temporarily. When this timeline was seen to have been lost, the Monitor started pulling his heroes back from Earth-38. Oliver Queen refused and even stopped Monitor for a moment with an arrow, but in the aftermath, Arrow died. This felt fitting. The end of the Arrowverseâ€™s birth â€“ of an extension of itself.
We have come full circle. We are still doing the damn thing!
Finding out that Nash was the one who released the Antimoniter is #predictable in hindsight, but here we are, locked in for an EPIC four more episodes that will change DCU TV forever. No really, I mean it. The first two or three Earths that they showed in the opening of this crossover featured Titans characters and actors. This alludes to a possibility I had pointed out before. CoIE offers a chance to merge the Arrowverse & DCU. #JustSaying.
The crossover continues on tonightâ€™s episode of Batwoman, â€œCrisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two,â€ the group uses Ray’s invention to track new recruits to help save the universe. The Monitor sends Iris, Clark, and Lois in search of a mysterious Kryptonian, while Kate and Kara head out to find Bruce Wayne. In addition, Mia challenges Sara, Rory discovers a hidden talent, and Lex Luthor returns.
Follow along with the CoIE tonight on The CW at 8/7c.
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All Rise really brings a strong female voice to Monday night, and I am thankful for Lola. She is so much fun. Lola is really trying hard to bring justice in her courtroom, even if sometimes she steps over the line a little bit. She has a hard time remembering she needs to be unbiased and that while her job is to judge, she needs to be able to hear both sides of the argument fully. Personally, I love the fact that she can’t help but get involved, because it shows her loving, softer side. Mark is also one of my favorites because of his sarcastic sense of humor and the way he goes from carefree sidekick to kickass attorney in moments. He is starting to be a formidable prosecutor. Going forward, I just want to see more Lola and Mark moments, because they haven’t been as frequent the last couple episodes.
On tonight’s episode, “Dripsy,” Lola exercises a rarely used judicial power when she fires a lawyer for failing to provide a robust defense for his client. Also, Mark’s dad, Vic, is arrested for murder.
To see how Mark handles his father’s arrest, tune in to CBS at 9/8c.
I’ll also be watching The Voice, Batwoman, Beat Shazam, The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, and The Moodys.