The CW’s DC Universe Crossover Week
Crossover Recap for (Supergirl) The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow.
Wow, what a mashup! The CW’s epic crossover episodes of Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow aired this week, and boy was there a lot of action (except for on Supergirl-read BGN guest blogger Stephanie’s recap for details). There were aliens, mind-control machines, virtual realities, and Flashpoint ripples to contend with, resulting in some pretty entertaining television. Here’s a summarization of the events that transpired during this week’s long-awaited crossovers!
The Flash, Episode 03 x 08 Invasion! Part II
The crossover begins on The Flash (technically about 2% happened on Supergirl, which was kind of lame) with the crash landing of an extraterrestrial ship filled with creepy looking aliens called the Dominators. Barry investigates the crash, and after encountering its occupants (think space zombies crossed with the creatures from the movie Signs), he puts together the ultimate superhero team to defend Earth 1. Barry recruits Team Arrow, The Legends, and Supergirl for the task, and he’s appointed team leader by Oliver Queen (Green Arrow). Everything starts off well enough; Supergirl (Kara Zor-el) impresses everyone with her powers, training sessions are scheduled, and Felicity Smoak declares the new team the “Best. Team. Up. Ever!” However, the functionality of the team is short-lived. After all, this is The Flash, which means the repercussions of Flashpoint are ever present.
Barry can’t shake Flashpoint, and this fact is highlighted in the episode. It turns out that Stein and Jax (Firestorm) received a message over on Legends of Tomorrow from future Barry hinting at an impending war, all because Barry messed with the timeline. Future Barry warns them that present Barry can’t be trusted (man, even future Barry is pissed at Barry), a fact that Jax and Stein share with Barry and Oliver in private. Oliver convinces Barry, Jax, and Stein to hold off on telling the rest of the team (John Diggle-Spartan, Sara Lance-White Canary, Ray Palmer-The Atom, Kara Zor-el-Supergirl, Thea Queen-Speedy, and Mick Rory-Heat Wave) reminding them that the focus should be on the invading aliens, who by this point have kidnapped the President. Unfortunately, Barry’s Flashpoint secret is revealed to the rest of the team by a rightfully angry Cisco Ramon, who needs to, in my opinion, work through his issues with Barry by either punching Barry in the face or checking into therapy. Of course, the team is furious with Barry, especially Diggle, who finds out that his son was previously a daughter in the pre-Flashpoint timeline. The timing of the reveal proves fatal to the team dynamic, resulting in Oliver and Barry being excluded from the mission.
Oliver is great in this portion of the episode and proves himself to be a great teacher and awesome friend to Barry. He tells Barry that heroes mess up sometimes and are bound to make mistakes. Barry, however, is completely disheartened by the mess he has created and is even more horrified to find out that the newspaper article (which is now a different story) written by his future wife, Iris West-Allen, is no longer written by her.
Meanwhile, Supergirl leads The Legends and Team Arrow on the mission to save the president, only to get whammied by a Dominator mind-control machine. Under the influence of the machine, the team returns to Star Labs to fight Barry and Oliver. Outnumbered by folks with badass powers (Supergirl is dangerous AF when she’s a villain!), Barry and Oliver nearly bite the dust but are fortunately saved by Wally.
Poor Wally West! (I’m thinking about getting that trademarked!) He’s injured early in the fight even with his new speedster powers, and spends the rest of the episode either knocked out or getting scolded by his sister and father (they need to stop raining on his parade).
Once Cisco and Felicity and the rest of the lab nerds inform Barry of the location of the mind-control machine, Barry tricks Supergirl into destroying it, freeing her and their teammates of its influence. However, this victory is short-lived as everyone is transported onto a Dominator ship except for Team Flash, Supergirl, Jax, Professor Stein, Rory, and Felicity Smoak. The episode concludes and the next installment is presented on Arrow.
Arrow, Episode 5 x 08 Invasion! Part III
Arrow was fun and the transition from The Flash to this episode is flawless. It opens with Oliver living in a virtual reality where he never became the Green Arrow, Laurel Lance was never killed, his parents are alive, and he’s a happy dude. In other words, Oliver is living the perfect life, the what could have been version.
Even though he spends much of the episode preparing for his marriage to Laurel, he senses something isn’t right. He gets flashbacks of his real life, which leads him to question everything he is experiencing. He begins to seriously doubt the reality he’s living when he encounters the Hood, who is revealed to be John Diggle (I loved him as the Hood by the way).
Eventually, he meets up with Ray, Thea, and Sara, who are also caught up in the virtual reality. Sara remembers the battle with the Dominators and informs the team that they were kidnapped after recovering from the mind control machine. A few fight scenes later (they battle virtual versions of former enemies), the team escapes after a heartbreaking scene where a scared and confused virtual Laurel Lance (poor lady, can’t catch a break) says goodbye to Oliver and her Sara.
Oliver, Sara, Ray, Diggle, and Thea end up stealing an alien shuttlecraft and are attacked by Dominator fighter pilots. Uncertain how to operate their alien vessel, Oliver and the crew are conveniently rescued by Nate Heywood in the time ship Waverider.
Turns out that the geek squad back on earth (namely Cisco, Curtis, and Felicity) figured out the location of the Dominator mothership and relayed the information to Nate. The episode ends with Ray and the artificial intelligence program, Gideon, figuring out that the Dominators have built a weapon that they intend to use to destroy Earth One.
This was Arrow’s 100th episode, hence the flashbacks and callbacks to previous seasons. Whereas Supergirl minimized the crossover to focus on their midseason finale, Arrow used the crossover to bring back characters they wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. (Though, putting Tommy (Colin Donnell) at a Chicago hospital, was a fantastic meta-reference to why he wasn’t in the episodes. He’s hanging out over at NBC on Chicago Med.) -Ed. Note.
Legends of Tomorrow, 2×08 “Invasion!” Part IV
Nate, Cisco, Mick, Felicity and Amaya go back to 1951 to kidnap a Dominator and find out why they’re attacking Earth, while Oliver, Barry, Ray and Sarah go to a meeting with the President. Kara wants to go too (for back up) but Oliver’s masculinity is threatened so he tells her to stay put. And besides me questioning when Oliver became someone who’s afraid of strong women, I’m also confused as to why flipping SUPERGIRL listened to him at all (it stinks of patriarchy).
Caitlin and Professor Stein are trying to develop a way to stop the aliens neurologically, Caitlin calls Stein’s daughter in for help, but he’s stressed because he later plans to erase her from existence.
Amaya, Mick and Star Spangled Idiot (Nate) go to pick up the Dominator while Felicity (who is suffering from the effects of time travel) and Cisco are benched and must stay on the ship. While procuring a straggler, they are met by the government who shoots the alien and them, taking them back to their base.
Cisco and Felicity are freaking out because they now have to save Mick, Amaya and Nate, who are in their cell trying to communicated with the Dominator. They find out that the Dominators are just trying to figure out if the new metas (the JSA) are a threat. The unknown government agents take the Dominator out for questioning, and Nate, Amaya and Mick are rescued by Cisco and Felicity. Cisco convinces the others to save the Dominator and it leaves, but not before Cisco can steal a transponder.
Meanwhile, in 2016 Sarah, Ray, Barry and Oliver are waiting for the president. It turns out their ‘meeting’ is a trap, by the same people who captured Mick, Amaya and Nate in the past. The four of them take out the agents (except for the old guy of course) and find out that the Dominators are threatened by Barry (does that mean that Barry’s the most powerful hero on Earth 1, or does he just mess up the space time continuum AGAIN?) and want him to surrender himself.
Felicity, Amaya, Mick, Cisco and Nate fly back to 2016 and get a call on the transponder from the Dominator they saved. He lets them know that if Barry doesn’t surrender they will deploy a weapon that will kill all metahumans. Barry is willing to sacrifice himself (which, I mean I LOVE Barry, but Wally is Kid Flash so…).
The Dominators are closing in on Earth as a means of leveraging. Cisco uses the transponder to vibe onto the Dominators ship. The Dominator they saved serves them with the Catch 22 of by becoming a hero you create more villains (which eventually become a danger to the universe). Cisco comes to an understanding of Barry’s actions (because now he too has played with time).
Stein’s daughter is struggling with her project, and Caitlin gives Stein some parenting advice. Stein apologizes to his daughter for being a jerk, and she comes to a realization about the weapon.
Barry decides to turn himself in (bye Barry) but Oliver and all the heroes stop him. The Dominators invade earth as a distraction from the bomb they’re about to release. The team fights a small group of Dominators in Central City and Supergirl saves Oliver’s life (because she’s better than him).
Stein has completed his device that will cause pain to the Dominators Barry and Supergirl fly/run around to place it on all the aliens, while Sarah and Cisco are on the wave rider trying to figure out how to stop this bomb from dropping. With the help of the wave rider’s tractor beam and Firestorm they stop they stop the bomb from dropping (Supergirl could have probably helped, but whatever). The Dominators retreat, the President (who is a BLACK WOMAN) honors the heroes and then they have a goodbye/celebration party.
Oliver apologizes to Kara for being an ass hat and Cisco gives Kara (and the CW) a way to crossover.
Overall, it was a great three episodes and 30 seconds of crossover craziness. Hopefully they find something better for Supergirl to do when her powers would cut down their storyline, and the shows don’t have to juggle mid-season finales and momentous 100th episodes in addition to 10 more characters than normal.
Are you looking forward to the next mini-crossovers? Don’t forget we’ve been teased a musical SuperFlash episode!!
Stephanie Francis is an aspiring journalist with a TV addiction. She has been published in a multitude of small papers including the Gloucester Times, the Salem News and the Boston Globe. You can find a collect of her published work at adventuringsomewhere.wordpress.com. And her live tweets @stephsfrancis. (Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow)
Jahkotta Lewis is a professional archaeologist, an amateur astronomer, and an aspiring writer. When she is not documenting Pacific Island archaeology, she spends her days hiking through native forests, spelunking within the depths of an active volcano, and watching/reading all things fantasy and science fiction. (The Flash and Arrow)