In Review: Supergirl, Episode 56 “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1”

This was an amazing, budget-blowing episode!

Supergirl, Episode 56 “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1” 

Story by Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim

Teleplay by Robert L. Rovner & Jessica Queller

Directed by Larry Teng

Instead of beginning with the typical “Previously on Supergirl,” this episode begins with red skies, zeppelins, and skyscrapers draped in red Nazi banners, sporting the infamous swastikas. Outside a warehouse at night, several men and a scientist are killed by the planet’s evil answer to Oliver Quinn. A famous Supergirl character is also killed by this villain. Within the building he finds a raised platform where a red pulsating wave of energy hovers. Looking up at this construct, the masked character says, “With this, our reign will last for eternity.” A montage of Supergirl, Flash, and Green Arrow, as well other heroes of the DC Universe appears within the title Crisis on Earth-X.

The episode revolves around Barry Allen finally wedding Iris Allen. He’s sent out invitations and all heroes agree to go, though there is some hesitation. Why Kara doesn’t want to go makes sense, with Alex agreeing with her, and her eventually justification for going is sensible. Barry gives Oliver a little advice, showing the student has surpassed the master, while the ladies get their nails done, though one does have some difficulties. There’s a dinner the night before, which has all the characters in one room, which is awesome, but what happens to four of the individuals is fantastic: one couple has an individual making a loud, surprising declaration, while two characters hook up — WOW! The wedding was nice, with everyone in attendance, and Heat Wave getting the best line. Melissa Benoist gets to do something she hasn’t done since she teamed up with the Flash and she does an exceptional job; even the words she’s saying are great. A great speech comes from Joe West, with Jesse L. Martin giving it perfect delivery. This is the first forty-five minutes of the episode, and it’s some fun character work, but the last fifteen minutes are terrific. It’s an epic fight scene that truly deserves that adjective! Every aspect of it was amazing, with the conclusion being a solid surprise.

The good: The script has the all the heroes being absolutely spot on, Melissa Benoist getting to show off a talent that her character doesn’t often allow her to display, Barry and Oliver’s scenes, the loud couple at dinner, Mick and Caitlin, and the effects department for those last fifteen minutes of the hour with every flipping character getting a major moment!

Fun lines: “…and misery loves company,” “You have one day,” “To making things go away,” “You’re out of milk,” “What did I do?!”, “Peace is overrated,” “I hate Nazis,” “Come and find out,” and “Best wedding ever.”

The bad: The masks on the villains (Who didn’t know?) and Stein’s change in the formula (And he’s supposed to be smart?). And being a die hard fan of a certain team, I was disappointed that the recent Legion of Super-Heroes story was pushed aside for this.

The final line: This was an amazing, budget-blowing episode! If the remaining three parts as good as this start, this will an epic crossover event. Warner Brothers film division, please pay attention to how super hero crossovers should be written and how the fights should look. Overall grade: A


Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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