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Leading into CoIE’s debut last night, The Flash had a pretty eventful episode last week, with the conclusive defeat of Russo the Bloodzombie ½ Big Bad and the restoration of Barry Allen to his heroic self. Killer Frost and Kaitlin came closer to making peace as a single being, and they finally wrapped up the first half of the season just in time for that scene with Nash in the sewer unlocking the Monitor’s secret chamber. Supposedly Nash only survived the attack of the zombies by the grace of the Monitor, so he finally surrendered allegiance to this multidimensional God.
Then Supergirl’s installation in CoIE featured the assembly of the mulitverse’s heroes by Harbinger, the harbinger of The Monitor. (Think Herald of Galactus but it’s Diggle’s wife.) Oh, also the destruction of the planet Superman & Lois lived on & the destruction of Earth-38. I’m gonna abbreviate to E-1, E-2, etc moving forward. At the end of the opening chapter, Oliver Queen sacrificed himself to allow an extra billion denizens of E-38 to make it to the evacuation ships, which took people to E-1 as the antimatter wave obliterated their planet.
So last night on Batwoman, we opened with Sarah Lance, Kate Kane, & Kara Danver toasting to the memory of their recently martyred friend Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow. Mia Smoak, Oliver’s time-displaced daughter, refused to accept her father’s death, especially considering she knew a Lazurus Pit could be used to restore him to life. In the face of their recent defeat on E-38, The Monitor revealed to his heroes that there may be seven heroes known as The Paragons who could stop the Anti-Monitor from destroying all of time space. He identified several were already in their ranks, but one would be found in E-99’s future, where a “Bat” Paragon of Confidence will be found and another will be a Superman who had lost everything but persisted, a Paragon of Truth on some unknown Earth. How did Monitor figure this out? He re-acquired the Book of Destiny that was destroyed in last year’s crossover, being a time-altering God and all that.
Barry supported Mia in her push to resurrect Oliver in a Lazarus Pit, but they needed to find an Earth where they hadn’t all been destroyed. Enter John Constantine to remind us just how huge the Arrowverse is when you unpack all of it. He used his magical powers to divine that E-19 had a working Lazarus Pit. Kara & Kate together went to E-99 where they confronted a morbid Batman in an exoskeleton. This Bruce Wayne turned out to be a horrible person who turned to murder, certainly not the hero they sought. Meanwhile, to the horror of Kara who was considering using the Book of Destiny to try to restore E-38, The Monitor resurrected Lex Luthor. Lex immediately stole the book and went on a tear, murdering Supermen from different Earths. When he stopped in on the retired Smallville version of Superman, he showed pity to the defanged father of two version of his nemesis. Super weak nipple look, Lex, #justsaying.
Eventually, Lex’s rampage led Iris Allen & Lois Lane right to the actual Paragon of Truth, who was apparently Brandon Routh’s Superman from 2006’s critical meh-sterpiece Superman Returns. Lex then used the Book of Destiny to make this Superman battle E-38’s Superman. Titanic destructionnnnnnnnnn ensues. Then Lois boinked Luthor in the back of the head and uses the Book herself to coax back the loving nature in that ol gray-haired Superman. Over on E-19 Jonah Hex guarded the Lazarus Pit as I kept predicting to the screen as I watched. On E-99, Kate and Kara had to beat up old nasty Batman, cause dude’s a miser.
All was not lost in the final scenes though. Oliver was restored, but we are not sure where his soul is just yet. We have the Paragon of Truth, and turns out the E-99 thing was just a test to show us: Kate is the Paragon of Courage. So we only need a few more. One is almost certainly Black Lightning, if you followed what happened there tonight. [Whole Earth except Black Lightning was destroyed by the Antimatter Wave that is destroying EVERYTHING EVERYWHEN.] Another is likely to be Stargirl which is an upcoming CW launch, but we’ll have to wait and see.
On tonight’s final installment on The Flash’s episode, “Crisis on Infinite Earth, Pt 3,” Pariah enlists Black Lightning to help stop the Anti-Monitor after Flash-90 shares what he learned from his battle in “Elseworlds.” With the help of Black Lightning, Barry, Cisco, and Killer Frost come up with a plan that could save them all. Meanwhile, Iris has a heart-to-heart with Ryan Choi, while Oliver and Diggle return to an old familiar stomping ground.
Wrap up the “Crisis” tonight on The CW at 8/7c.
I’ll also be watching Treadstone.