Watching “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2,” I couldn’t help but think of the recently released Justice League movie and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. There was a lot to dislike about those two movies (and I won’t take the time to explain what here), but at the same time, it’s hard to ignore the visceral excitement of just seeing your favorite heroes on screen together; it reminds of you of playing with action figures when you were younger. That’s how I felt about the second part of this year’s crossover, which, for the record, I liked way more than those aforementioned movies. While “Crisis on Earth-X” isn’t as strong as the first part due to a lot of necessary yet cumbersome exposition, I nevertheless found myself on the edge of my seat (read: office chair) because seeing Green Arrow, Supergirl, and The Flash team up is just so damn fun.
The hour gets off to strong start with a very surprising reveal: Prometheus is none other than Tommy Merlyn from Earth-X, the dark 53rd Earth where the Nazis won the war (according to Harry, who explains this in one of the episode’s many info-dump scenes, no one ever travels there). Honestly, I thought Roy Harper was going to be Prometheus-X, but I’m glad it wasn’t because the Tommy reveal carries a lot more emotional weight, especially for Oliver, whose eyes well up with tears upon seeing his best friend again. Unfortunately, this Tommy isn’t the man Oliver knew. This Tommy is cold and ruthless and has no patience for Oliver’s sentimentality. Oh, and he’s 100 percent loyal to the fatherland, which we find out when he kills himself to avoid more questioning.
You’d think watching your best friend die a second time would mess Oliver up, but he has something else on his mind: Felicity not wanting to get married. So, Oliver — who, unless we’ve forgotten, is comfortable talking about his feelings now — brings up the issue with her once again. She says she loves him so much, but she just doesn’t want get married to anyone, which is news to Oliver, who very much wants to take that step. As Felicity later confides to Iris, she’s also worried that taking this step will cause more problems, like the last time they got engaged. One of the things I appreciated about this episode was that even amidst the exposition, they found time for these emotional moments that dug into the characters’ relationships. Jax and Stein also share a moment: Jax admits that he’s mainly upset with Stein because he hates the thought of losing the only father figure he’s ever had.
But alas, duty calls! Felicity and Iris receive an alert that the Nazis are attacking some corporation, so Flash, Green Arrow, and Supergirl head out for their confrontation with their Earth-X doppelgangers. And that’s not the fight’s only disturbing revelation: It turns out Oliver-X and Kara-X — whose ship landed in Nazi Germany instead of America, a twist on Superman’s origin story in Red Son — are married (I wrote “EWWW” in my notes when they kissed for the first time, which was Kara’s reaction, too). And the Reverse Flash is actually Earth-1 Eobard Thawne, who decided to wear Harrison Wells’ face for shiggles (and probably because Matt Letscher wasn’t available). How is Thawne alive? Time travel! Does that make sense since we saw him die on Legends of Tomorrow last season? No, not really! But who cares? I love watching Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells. Finally, our Oliver surprises everyone, especially Kara, by firing a Kryptonite arrow at Kara-X, reminding us that he’s the Arrowverse’s Batman because he’s always prepared. (Next: Journey to Earth-X)