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November 27, 2017 AT 10:00 PM EST

Arrow

type
TV Show
genre
ActionAdventure, Crime
run date
10/10/12
performer
Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey
broadcaster
The CW
seasons
6
Current Status
In Season
tvpgr
TV-14

We gave it a B

Unfortunately, this initial fight is probably the episode’s weakest one. The Earth-Xers use a classic villain move — something called the prism — to escape the fight with their stolen property: They place nearby civilians in jeopardy in order to distract our heroes. This leads some unfortunate and unconvincing CGI, especially when it comes to Green Arrow grapple-arrowing around a falling structure.

While Caitlin, Harry, and Stein try to track down the Earth-Xers using Kara-X’s blood and Mick drinks and questions Caitlin about her icy alter ego, Barry and Iris retreat to the Time Vault to talk about Thawne’s return. Obviously, Barry is shaken since he thought he finally got closure on Thawne, but alas that’s not the case. Then Oliver enters and opens up to them about how he’s worried that Felicity may not love him as much or in the same way as he loves her because she doesn’t want to get married. Felicity overhears this when she comes to tell them that they found Kara, but Oliver says they’ll talk about it later because he needs to get his head the game.

So the Superfriends, with White Canary, Alex, and Firestorm in tow this time, fly out to fight the Earth-Xers, leading to the episode’s best fight sequence. Director James Bamford loves an extended fight scene, and that’s what we get here: The camera fluidly moves among our heroes fending off the Nazis as Supergirl, Flash, Reverse Flash, and Kara-X whiz by in flashes of CGI in the background. Meanwhile, Oliver-X attacks S.T.A.R. Labs and makes easy work of Rory — who didn’t join the other Superfriends because he was too busy looking for mustard (#classicRory) — Caitlin, and Team Arrow.

With the help of Earth-X Metallo, the bad guys are able to overpower and capture the Superfriends, but they don’t kill them, because they need them. Oliver-X reveals that they traveled to this Earth not only to conquer it but to capture Supergirl; they want to transplant her heart into Kara-X’s body, which is slowly dying from having absorbed too much solar radiation (I loved this very All-Star Superman twist). Furthermore, they’re going to use the prism to create an artificial red sun that will weaken Kara and allow them to remove her heart. Basically, the Earth-Xers reveal that they’re not as coldhearted as they initially presented themselves because they literally came here to save Kara-X’s life.

With all of that information shared, the Earth-Xers place Oliver, Barry, Stein, Jax, Alex, and Sara in a scary internment camp on Earth-X. How’s it going for these Superfriends at the end of the hour? Not great, Bob!

As I mentioned at the top of the recap, this episode was an exposition-heavy hour. While that was necessary, it was frustrating to watch. Thankfully, writers Wendy Mericle and Ben Sokolowski made the exposition more palatable by including several scenes that were focused on the characters. Because this was technically an Arrow outing, most of those involved Oliver and Felicity; however, I appreciated Alex opening up to Kara about why she’s so upset after her one-night stand (she’s worried she’s going to regret breaking things off with Maggie) and the aforementioned moment between Jax and Stein. Plus, this episode was just funny! See you tomorrow for part 3.

Wall of Weird:

  • “This is sick” — Oliver, when he finally comes face to face with the Earth-X doppelgangers.
  • Reverse Flash telling Oliver-X he needed to be 10 percent less brooding was great!
  • “Just a reminder: superspeed. I don’t have it” — Oliver to Barry and Kara after they fly ahead of him before the first fight
  • “He’s an idiot” — Harry, after learning that Reverse Flash, a.k.a. his doppelganger, is working with the Earth-Xers.
  • “This is somewhat disconcerting” — Stein, looking around the Earth-X internment camp.
  • Oliver’s surprise Kryptonite arrow has convinced me that the Arrow-verse needs to do its version of the “Tower of Babel” story line next year.
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