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  • Title: The Flash – Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three
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The Flash - Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three television review

Since the creation of The Flash the writers have foreshadowed the character’s death in a Crisis set in the not-too-distant future. “Part Three” sees those events come to pass. Again, pulling from the original source material, we get the Anti-Monitor’s canon and the one hero whose speed can stop it and save the Earth. Knowing that The Flash wasn’t looking to kill off Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and permanently leave a hole in the show left the writers looking for an out, and they found one that might even work better than Gustin’s Flash giving his life as it plays on well-developed themes of Barry seeing those he loves die and hits just the right nostalgic notes for fans of the original Flash television series. While one Flash does dramatically sacrifice his life to stop the anti-matter wave, it’s actually the Flash of Earth-90 played by John Wesley Shipp reprising his role from the 90s television show (complete with a flashback and use of The Flash‘s opening score).

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  • Title: Batwoman – Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two
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Batwoman - Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two television review

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).

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  • Title: Supergirl – Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One
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Supergirl - Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One television review

Supergirl kicks off the crossover The CW has been building towards for years as an anti-matter wave is approaching all Earths, threatening to wipe out all of existence. The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) pulls heroes from various locations, bringing them to Supergirl‘s Earth-38 to make a stand. While the show’s current storyline’s are mentioned, most notably Lena (Katie McGrath) villain turn, the focus is on Crisis as all hands are on deck (even Lena) to find a way to evacuate the Earth should Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), White Canary (Caity Lotz), the Atom (Brandon Routh), Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), Mia (Katherine McNamara), Batwoman (Ruby Rose), and the Flash (Grant Gustin) fail.

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  • Title: The Flash – The Last Temptation of Barry Allen (Part 1 & 2)
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The Flash - The Last Temptation of Barry Allen TV review

The two-part mid-season finale of The Flash wraps up the Bloodwork (Sendhil Ramamurthy) storyline whose infection of the Flash (Grant Gustin) leads Barry down a darker path and puts everyone in Central City at danger. While “Part 1” primarily deals with Barry’s inner turmoil fighting against the infection, “Part 2” is more a straightforward monster episode feature the regulars on the run from Bloodwork’s zombies. The plot allows for Allegra (Kayla Compton) to step-up and play a crucial role in helping to stop Ramsey, and elsewhere “Nash” Wells (Tom Cavanagh) continues his hunt for the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett).

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The Flash – License to Elongate

by Alan Rapp on November 21, 2019

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  • Title: The Flash – License to Elongate
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The Flash - License to Elongate  TV review

“License to Elongate” is one of the better stops so far on the “Barry Farewell Tour” as Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) continues to prepare both his friends and Central City for life after the Flash should he meet his end in the Crisis. It’s also a really good Elongated Man (Hartley Sawyer) story that puts the focus on what Ralph does well, rather than include him as comic relief. Tagging along with Ralph on his latest case, Barry sees his friend in action (and causes a bit of an issue by trying a bit too hard to wrap things up quickly to get them back home in time to deliver a surprise for his friend). There’s much to enjoy here as the episode runs with the Bond-theme, even offering us Carlo Rota as the ridiculously-named Remington Meister who is planning on selling a diabolical space weapon to the highest bidder in a secret underground auction. After surviving a death trap, the pair are able to complete their mission and make it home it time for a ceremony that offers a surprise for more than just one member of the team.

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