When final we noticed our heroes, actuality had been rewritten and Barry Allen and Oliver Queen had swapped lives. Enlisting Supergirl and Superman from Earth-38 for help, the workforce—with Barry as Inexperienced Arrow and Oliver as The Flash—took down Amazo and, following a Vibe-assisted imaginative and prescient of The Monitor and John Deegan, aka Dr. Future, set off for Gotham Metropolis to seek out these chargeable for meddling with actuality, and to place issues proper, it doesn’t matter what bat-costumed figures stand of their approach…
For a full recap of “Elseworlds, Half 1”, click on right here.
This yr’s Arrowverse crossover continued apace with final night time’s episode of Arrow. The second a part of “Elseworlds” picked up proper the place The Flash left off, with Oliver (Stephen Amell Grant Gustin), Barry (Grant Gustin Stephen Amell), and Kara (Melissa Benoist) on their method to Gotham to attempt to discover The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) and John Deegan (Jeremy Davies). This installment sees a part of the Arrow supporting forged (David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, and Echo Kellum) be a part of the fray to attempt to resolve the bizarre purple skies and lightning that’ve been occurring in Central and Star Cities. Add the introduction of Batwoman (Ruby Rose) and the return of The Flash of Earth-90 (John Wesley Shipp) into the combination and also you’ve obtained an episode that’s definitely full of stuff, however that finally feels prefer it’s spinning its wheels.
The episode begins in Star Metropolis, with Oliver, Barry, and Kara making a pitstop at ARGUS on their approach to Gotham. They clarify the body-swap state of affairs to Diggle and Curtis, and ask them for assist in determining what’s happening with the pink skies and in any other case bizarre climate (which we noticed throughout Half 1, however which has gotten a lot worse on this episode). When Felicity arrives, Oliver decides to not point out the body-swap to her, considering that including that wrinkle of their present ongoing drama will simply be an excessive amount of. After which, in fact, the trio instantly leaves for Gotham. It seems, although, that maintaining secrets and techniques out of your spouse is just not one of the simplest ways to make your already-strained relationship higher, and when Felicity does ultimately discover out—Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) didn’t get the memo about what’s secret and what’s not, and it slips out once they arrive to assist their Group Arrow buddies—it simply provides gasoline to the hearth of Felicity doubting her relationship with Oliver. Caitlin is finally capable of assist assuage Felicity’s discomfort with the state of affairs, and she or he provides a pleasant pep speak about love and never giving up, and it’s all very good, if no more than a bit sappy. Regardless of the emotional obstacles, Felicity continues to be capable of analyze the climate phenomena and determines that the lightning shares an analogous power signature to an interdimensional breach, as if one thing is making an attempt to interrupt by way of the dimensional barrier. The staff builds a quantum flux anchor—principally a flowery lightning rod—and upon activating it, in a scene very harking back to Disaster on Infinite Earths, they see a partial imaginative and prescient of the Earth-90 Flash, who tells them that in the event that they “get the ebook,” they will repair the whole lot.
In the meantime, Oliver, Barry, and Kara arrive in a Gotham Metropolis that’s seemingly suffering from easter eggs for followers. The rooftop the trio meets up on simply occurs to be residence to the Batsignal. Oliver refuses to consider that Batman is actual, adhering to the concept he’s an city legends created by the Gotham Metropolis Police Division to scare criminals. There’s a bust of Shakespeare at one level in Kate Kane’s workplace (sadly not related to any sliding bookcases that we will see). Even Oliver’s contact in Gotham, a radio character named Vesper Fairchild, is a throwaway reference to an previous comedian guide girlfriend of Bruce Wayne’s and the sufferer within the “Bruce Wayne: Assassin?” storyline.
After the staff will get arrested by the GCPD for getting right into a battle with a road gang who tries to carry them up, their bail is posted by a mysterious benefactor, and a ready automotive takes them to Wayne Tower, which is now deserted. We study that Bruce Wayne left Gotham three years in the past, shortly after Batman himself disappeared (what a coincidence), and that the present tenant of Wayne Tower is Kate Kane, who bailed out our heroes so she could possibly be launched into the Arrowverse control no matter Oliver ‘Inexperienced Arrow’ Queen is doing in Gotham. Kate rolls with it fairly simply when the staff exhibits her their Jim Lee drawing, and she or he lets them arrange store on the roof of the constructing. Whereas they’re there Oliver is ready to hack into the GCPD’s database (which he stole at superspeed after they have been launched on bail), and identifies Deegan based mostly on his previous felony report of experimenting on his sufferers’ brains. Whereas chatting with Kate about relationships with well-known cousins (Kate, in any case, is Bruce Wayne’s cousin), Kate tells Kara that Deegan works at Arkham Asylum (this man continues to be a physician?!), and she or he runs off to inform the boys. Kate is aware of one thing’s up, although, and decides it’s time to go well with up herself as Batwoman.
Our plot threads converge on the gates of Arkham, with Cisco, Caitlin, and Diggle breaching in to satisfy Oliver, Barry, and Kara and cross alongside the alternate Flash’s message. The workforce determines that “the ebook” Earth-90’s Flash was referring to was the guide Deegan was holding in Oliver’s drawing, they usually set out sneaking into Arkham to seek out each Deegan and the ebook. Kara and Caitlin enter underneath the guise of physician and affected person, whereas Diggle and Oliver (who’s Barry) flash their regulation enforcement credentials to get in. They stroll down a hallway for what seems like eternally because the digital camera focuses on the names on all the cell doorways—Cobblepot, Isley, Karlo, Nygma, and Guggenheim, an easter egg for one individual—earlier than discovering Deegan’s workplace and confronting him. Jeremy Davies performs an unimaginable insane individual, gleefully refusing to place issues again the best way they have been earlier than urgent an enormous purple button and unlocking all the cells in Arkham. We’ve been in Gotham for fifteen minutes and already there’s a riot at Arkham.
What follows is an prolonged struggle sequence as our heroes try and reign within the chaos at Arkham. These inside do their greatest to maintain the inmates indoors, whereas Barry (who’s Inexperienced Arrow) and Cisco are parked outdoors to seize anybody who may get away. Diggle beats the crap out of everybody in sight, Kara goes looking for Deegan and the ebook, and Caitlin, as Killer Frost, faces down an escaped Nora Fries (Cassandra Jean Amell), armed together with her husband’s freeze gun. Outdoors the Asylum, Inexperienced Arrow and Cisco are shortly overwhelmed by Roger Hayden, aka The Psycho-Pirate, and a gaggle of different escapees. As Hayden and his crew load right into a van, although, Batwoman crashes down on the roof and takes them out, grappling one other escapee and utilizing a batarang to subdue one other. Inexperienced Arrow (Barry) rushes into the Asylum and meets up with Flash (Oliver), in time to see Nora Fries get the upper-hand towards Caitlin. Oliver throws a lightning bolt at her, however it goes poorly as a result of he doesn’t actually understand how to try this, and as an alternative he finally ends up exposing he and Barry to a cache of Scarecrow’s worry toxin. Fairly quickly they’re each hallucinating that the opposite is their worst enemy—Barry sees Malcolm Merlyn, whereas Oliver sees Eobard Thawne—they usually proceed to kick the crap out of one another. Batwoman arrives in time to interrupt up the struggle and snap each of them out of the grip of Crane’s worry toxin, whereas elsewhere Kara confronts Deegan, who has retrieved the guide from its hiding place. She simply takes him out with a blast of her super-breath and takes the e-book away. With the chaos in Arkham contained, Batwoman tells everybody to go away Gotham now, however not earlier than she and Supergirl have a second to themselves the place they reveal they know every others’ true identities and admit they might make a reasonably good workforce.
Again in Star Metropolis, the group tries to determine the right way to open the e-book. Barry and Oliver privately talk about what they noticed in every others’ worry visions, and acknowledge the quantity of hardship that every of them has gone via through the years (I informed you final time there can be a new-found respect between them when this was throughout). Barry (who’s Oliver) additionally advises Oliver (who’s Barry) to not postpone working issues out with Felicity. Oliver (who, once more, is Barry) does simply that, giving Felicity a pleasant speech about how she’s the love of his life and that, regardless of how a lot they each change, she all the time might be. It’s sufficient to make Felicity understand that that is truly Oliver, and it’s a touching second for those who’re in any respect invested of their relationship. And for those who’re not, the second is promptly interrupted by the Earth-90 Flash, who lastly manages to make all of it the best way to Earth-1. After making his introductions with everybody, and initially complicated John Diggle for a ring-wielding John from his world (that’s proper—Diggle is John Stewart on Earth-90), we lastly get some very important details about Mar Novu, aka The Monitor, and what he’s after. Earth-90 Flash explains that The Monitor has been travelling throughout totally different Earths within the multiverse and wrecking havoc as a approach to check them forward of an impending disaster (there’s that phrase). Apparently The Monitor thinks that meddling with the timelines—creating these Elseworlds—will assist strengthen the timelines in preparation for the menace that’s coming. As they’re speaking, The Monitor simply up and seems in the midst of the road in Star Metropolis.
Our heroes (Supergirl, Flash, Earth-90 Flash, and Inexperienced Arrow) head out to confront The Monitor. Earth-90 Flash races at Novu, who waves his hand and teleports the speedster away, presumably again to his personal Earth. The Monitor provides some extra cryptic warnings about somebody extra highly effective than he’s who’s on his method, and the way he’s making an attempt to organize the Multiverse to face this being. He admits that that is the primary Earth the place the heroes have managed to retrieve the Guide of Future, although he waves his hand once more and the guide immediately returns to him. Supergirl makes an attempt to cost at him, however one other hand wave teleports her again to Inexperienced Arrow and Flash. The Monitor himself then teleports away, discovering John Deegan once more and telling him to attempt once more. Deegan opens the guide…
…and actuality is rewritten but once more. Barry and Oliver get up clad in biker gear and uncover that now they’re a powerless felony duo referred to as the Set off Twins. The police (within the type of Malcolm Merlin, Grant Wilson, and Ricardo Diaz) shortly confront them, and Barry and Oliver escape, however they’re shortly stopped by a determine from the sky. It’s a black-clad Superman, who growls at them that there’s no the place they will escape from him.
Clearly there’s lots that occurs on this episode. We get some extra details about what The Monitor’s final objective is, which raises a whole lot of questions itself (What’s the menace that’s coming? Why is mucking with the timeline the easiest way to organize these totally different Earths?). That really jogged my memory greater than numerous the 1996 miniseries Justice League: A Midsummer’s Nightmare, during which a personality referred to as Know Man makes use of Physician Future to rewrite actuality as a method to put together Earth for an oncoming menace. That menace would grow to be Mageddon, the last word huge dangerous of Grant Morrison’s run on JLA. Might Mageddon be the menace The Monitor warns of right here? Or is there an Anti-Monitor or a Darkseid on his approach?
The opposite huge occasion of this episode is the introduction of Kate Kane as Batwoman. As ostensibly a backdoor pilot for the in-development Batwoman solo collection, the episode does a reasonably respectable job establishing the established order for Kate and for Gotham as an entire. We additionally get a strong sense of how Kate interacts with these round her. She’s gruff, however not unkind. She and Kara have some good moments each out and in of costume. Nonetheless, there’s an elephant within the room: Ruby Rose just isn’t an excellent actress. She’s okay as Kate, however she’s stiff as soon as she places on the Batwoman costume, and her line deliveries are stilted if not downright painful. Nonetheless, I’m reminded that Stephen Amell was additionally not an excellent actor when Arrow began (and arguably he’s nonetheless not an excellent actor), however surrounding him with a gifted, fascinating supporting forged helped. Hopefully, ought to Batwoman get off the bottom, it’s capable of do the identical factor.
The most important query I’ve on the finish of Half 2 of “Elseworlds” is that this: of how a lot consequence are any of this episode’s occasions, nevertheless entertaining they could have been, if it ends with actuality being rewritten but once more? Are we going to need to undergo the identical sequence of occasions the place Barry and Oliver monitor down their buddies once more and attempt to persuade them of what’s happening? And in addition, with solely on episode left within the crossover, how nicely will any of the questions raised right here by The Monitor be answered? Tonight’s episode of Supergirl will conclude the story, and it has plenty of floor to cowl in forty-odd minutes. My fingers are crossed for a satisfying ending.
Joe Grunenwald is a author and editor dwelling within the Pacific Northwest. He’s taller than lots of people however not as tall as some individuals.