Crisis On Earth-X: Hopes And Themes

Since the Nazis won the war on Earth-X, the Jewish, Muslim, and Black humans from Earth-1 shouldn’t be the only characters coming to grips with the Holocaust.

I’ve decided not to call this piece a wish list because I’ll be discussing multiple aspects of a single theme that I hope to see explored in the crossover. In the process, I’ll be refining a couple of points from an earlier article

First World Problems — With the addition of Supergirl to the CW DCU, I’ve felt dissatisfied with Arrow and The Flash. Has Earth-1 been destroyed? No. Are Oliver and Barry the last of their species? No. Then, they have first world problems. Hopefully, Team Arrow, Team Flash, Team Supergirl, and Team Legends could have a crossover conversation that allows the Emerald Archer and The Scarlet Speedster some much needed perspective.

Holocaust Remembrance — It will be taxing for David Harewood and Sharon Leal. Given the Martian story line on Supergirl, however, It’s vitally important that the last Green and the reconciling White take part in an episode centered around Terran holocaust remembrance. Hopefully, the story could feature actual holocaust survivors. We’re losing them to old age now, and the CW’s demo would greatly benefit from more visceral reminders of history they might not otherwise connect with.

Since the Nazis won the war on Earth-X, the Jewish, Muslim, Black, Latino, and LGBTQ characters from Earth-1 shouldn’t be the only characters coming to grips with the Holocaust. Kara Danvers is a remnant of an extinction event. J’onn J’onzz is a remnant of genocide. The crossover’s narrative should go beyond the abstract conversations and teachable moments I envisioned above.

Arrow — “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2” Stephen Amell as Dark Arrow, Tom Cavanagh as Dark Flash, and Melissa Benoist as Overgirl — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Supergirl should confront Overgirl about the irony of her supporting a genocidal regime when she is the last daughter of her Krypton. J’onn should have a scene where he telepathically conveys his memories of immolation and loss to a Nazi character. Additionally, the Allied humans of Earth-1 need to learn their alien friends’ backstories so that they come to understand the different scopes of shared pain.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want the crossover to become Schindler’s List with super powers. However, I feel the writers would be remiss if they skirted this opportunity to explore and connect these darker aspects of DCU mythology.


Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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