In Review: The Flash – Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 3

Barry Cisco and Killer Frost come up with a plan that could save them. 

Synopsis: Pariah enlists Black Lightning to help stop the Anti-Monitor after Flash-90 Shares what he learned from his battle in Elseworlds. With Black Lightning’s help, Barry Cisco and Killer Frost come up with a plan that could save them.

Review: A couple of cameos from other DCU shows and Black Lightning’s guest stint do much to elevate the story as the crisis reaches boiling point.

The Story

With the amount of Earths left now at just six. The team continues to try and works the problem. Thanks to the Paragon detector Cisco and Ray have found the last surviving Paragon. A human scientist by the name of Ryan Choi who happens to be a leading physicist. Barry sends Iris to talk with Choi in the hopes that she can persuade him to join them.

Elsewhere, Diggle, Constantine, and Mia get a little help from Lucifer Morningstar so they can break Oliver Queen’s soul out of purgatory, but they only have a short amount of time in which to do so.

Meanwhile, Barry and a newly restored Vibe go with Pariah aka Harrison “Nash” Wells to where the Anti-Matter is emanating from. As they get there they find that the Flash of Earth 90 is actually powering the Anti-Matter device that has been destroying the various Earths. They try and free the older Flash from his speed prison, but as they do they learn that the Anti-Monitor has put a failsafe in place. It is at this point that Pariah brings Black Lightning in to help. Understandably Jefferson Peirce is not too happy and somewhat reluctant given that he has just seen his entire world taken away from him.

The episode ends with the team being in a much bigger crisis than they started out with. It is down to The Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman, Ryan Choi and Lex Luthor to save whatever they can and stop the Anti Matter Universe from progressing.

The Acting

Melissa Benoist and Ruby Rose continue to impress as their partnership is put to the test when Supergirl is looking to do something rather rash.

By far the best performance though comes from John Wesley Shipp who finally gets closure on the version of The Flash, which he originated back in the 1990s. The final scenes between Shipp and  Grant Gustin were wonderfully acted and gave us a great follow up scene in which Flash and Black Lightning talk about their fathers and pretty much their reasons for wanting to make a stand against injustice.

We also get some fun cameos at the start of the episode from Dina Meyer and Ashley Scott who get to reprise their ‘Birds of Prey’ roles as Oracle and The Huntress for a few fleeting moments.


This was a really strong episode for The Flash and the addition of Black Lightning really helped.

I loved the final scenes between the Flash of Earth 90 and our Flash and how it all validated the television series of the 1990s with a brief flashback from that show of a conversation between Earth 90s Barry Allen and his wife Dr. Christina McGee right before Flash 90 phases out of existence. From our Barry Allen’s point of view. Losing Barry Allen from Earth 90 cut just as deep as the loss of his father. It really was an emotionally charged scene.

I loved the cameos from ‘Birds of Prey’ as well as the brief appearance from Lucifer Morningstar.

The cliffhanger ending we wind up with is great… but we now have to wait until January 15th when the story will be wrapped up with an episode of Arrow and the premiere episode of Legends of the Galaxy.

Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 3
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  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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