Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Starman Plays Fallout 2 - Part 15

In which, lacking the charisma to do the most utterly evil quest in the game, I instead busy myself with locating a missing child and paint the town brown. You heard me.


Friday, January 17, 2020

Starman Plays Fallout 2 - Part 14

In which we return to The Den and, having planned for some violent random encounters, we don't have any. So instead we take another stab at honest ranching and protecting the herds in Modoc from wild dogs. This turns out to be far less exciting (and profitable) than fighting bandits.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Starman Plays Fallout 2 - Part 13

In which we have a far easier time getting to Modoc from The Den than we did the other way around. We then seek employment as a cattle guard, get killed, and then I decide to forget about doing more quests in Modoc in favor of going back to The Den to tell Karl he can go home.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Black Lightning Episode Guide: Season 3, Episode 9 - The Book of Resistance: Chapter Four: Earth Crisis

For a summary of the episode guide layout & categories, click here



Plot

As strange energy storms turn the skies red, Jennifer finds herself losing control of her powers and winding up somewhere else. As she sees two different versions of herself in two drastically different worlds, her family struggles to save her ever-phasing body, as the ASA move to destroy Freeland's Resistance once and for all.



Influences

Crisis on Infinite Earths


Goofs

The alternate Earths shown in this episode are labeled as Earth-1 or Earth-2, but they are not the Earth-1 or Earth-2 of the Arrowverse. While this is not a goof as such, it is a confusing point for those regular Arrowverse viewers who tuned into this episode thinking it was a direct tie-in to Crisis on Infinite Earths.


Performances

China Anne McClain owns this episode, from her wonderful performance with the opening monologue to all the scenes of her playing three different versions of Jennifer Pierce.


Artistry

The subtle light washes used to denote Earth-1 and Earth-2 are nicely executed.


Trivia

The number 333 is a reference to balance between mind, body and spirit.

A news report from Galaxy Broadcasting System is shown at one point. In the DC Comics Universe, Galaxy Broadcasting System was a major television news station based out of Metropolis. Owned by Morgan Edge, it was part of his Galaxy Communications empire.


Technobabble

Gambi detects massive amounts of anti-matter in the skies over Freeland, because of the strange storms. Since Jennifer's powers convert her cells into pure energy, she's been effected by the strange energy fluctuations. This has somehow allowed her to be in two places at once, letting her see the events in alternate realities.

Gambi determines that the surges in anti-matter correspond to Jennifer phasing away to another universe.

Gambi says the ASA lacks the ability to generate anti-matter, much less fill the sky with it.


Dialogue Triumphs

Jennifer: When both sides are right, and both sides are wrong, what do I do? Like... who do I follow?

Earth-1 Lynn: He always talked about how proud he was of you. About how many lives you'd saved.
Good Jennifer: Except his.
Earth-1 Lynn: No, Jennifer, he was proud because you did something he couldn't. You brought peace to Freeland.
Good Jennifer: Yeah, but, but what kind of peace is it, when Odell can just walk into our house and kill Dad like that? What kind of peace is it?

Earth-2 Jefferson: Jen, how do I get you to see that your powers are a drug? And you are addicted. The more you use them, the more I lose you. The more you lose yourself.
Bad Jennifer: The people of Freeland need me. And you could have stopped this years ago, but your philosophy and your code? It stopped you and now look where we are. So I tell you what, I'm gonna clean up this mess you made, so that I can finally lead a normal life. Something that you could never provide for me or anyone else, for that matter. A life of peace.

Jennifer: You know, I used to wish that my powers would just go away. 'Cause I thought everything would do back to normal if I didn't have 'em, if nobody had 'em. But then I realized, there is no such thing as normal.


Continuity

For three nights in a row, Jennifer has woken up at 3:33 am.

Jennifer is feeling conflicted about working with Odell, while knowing most of her family is with the Freeland Resistance. She decides to tell Anissa about this in person, rather than venting her feelings in a video message she doesn't plan to send.

Rebecca Larsen is a conservative news pundit with a show called The Larsen Line on a news network called GBS (Global Broadcasting System). She reports that the government is lying about a SARS outbreak in Freeland but says the Resistance fighting against them is made up of liberal anti-vaxxers.

It is revealed that the ASA somehow intercepted the broadcast Gambi sent out in 308, with only part of the message regarding what was really going on in Freeland making it to the major news networks.

Agent Odell contacts Jennifer through her TV at the Pierce home and asks her to patrol the perimeter around Freeland and pick off any Markovian soldiers she sees.

Anissa tells Jefferson that she was attacked by Painkiller in 305 and that he's somehow still alive.

The skies turn red as Jennifer is waiting for Anissa at her apartment.

Jennifer passes out as the odd lightning storms start after the skies turn red, as the energy around her goes crazy.

Jennifer winds up in a mindscape with two other Jennifer Pierces. One of them, identified in the closed captioning as Good Jennifer, wears a white uniform and a power control collar identical to the ones worn by the prisoners in The Pit.  The other one, identified as Bad Jennifer, wears a black costume.

Good Jennifer goes by the nickname Gen and her world is labeled as Earth-1.

Bad Jennifer goes by the nickname Jinn and her world is labeled as Earth-2.

Good Jennifer somehow used her powers to alter the water in Freeland so that anyone who had the metagene who drank it would lose their powers. This angered Agent Odell, who had her arrested, collared and locked in The Pit.

Bad Jennifer is loyal to the ASA and Agent Odell.

The Earth-1 versions of Jefferson and Anissa are now regular humans.

The Earth-1 version of Jefferson Pierce is the Secretary of Education. He apparently took the job to distance himself from his "terrorist" daughter, even though he knew what Jennifer was planning to do and supported her actions privately.

The Earth-1 version of Anissa Pierce is still in the closet regarding her sexuality and hasn't come out to anyone but Jennifer yet.

The Earth-1 version of Anissa Pierce is planning to tell her parents that she's a lesbian, as she must met a woman - another medical student named Shaquandalyn and things are getting serious.

The Earth-1 version of Khalil Payne is still alive and never became Painkiller. He just earned a full athletic scholarship to UCLA and is still waiting for Jennifer, despite her being largely locked up in The Pit. Jennifer expects they'll finally break-up when he has to leave for California next August.

Jennifer has been released from The Pit for the holidays, but still has several years left on her sentence.

The government of the USA on Earth-1 is apparently run by some kind of High Council. They required that Jefferson ensure that only the ASA approved version of history was taught in the schools and that all suspected metahumans in the schools were turned over to the ASA.

Earth-1 Jefferson is executed by Agent Odell, after it is revealed that he and Reverend Holt were running an underground railroad for metahuman kids.

Good Jennifer is taken back into custody, as Anissa is left to cry over Jefferson's body.

Earth-1's version of Lynn Stewart never visits Jennifer in The Pit and is usually busy with work. This drove a wedge between her and Jefferson, making their romance even more of an on-again/off-again affair than in the main universe.

Anissa finds Jennifer passed out in her apartment and calls Gambi.

Gambi learns about the new costume the ASA made for Jennifer.

Jennifer is fading in and out of existence, as she sees the events in Good Jennifer and Bad Jennifer's worlds occur.

Gambi tells Anissa about how he broke Lynn out of The Pit and how they tried to lock her in it during the events of 308. 

Lynn is in a make-shift lab, attempting to make more Green Light for herself.

Earth-1 Lynn visits Jennifer in The Pit and tries to comfort her by telling her Jefferson was proud of her and how she did what he couldn't; bring peace to Freeland. Jennifer notes bitterly that it wasn't much of a peace if Jefferson could still be gunned down and she really wondered if it was worth it, even if her actions did stop Freeland from being turned into a breeding ground for super-soldiers.

Chief Henderson calls Blackbird's phone and tells her that the Resistance is going to need her or Black Lightning if they are going to survive the night.

Jefferson agrees to back-up the resistance.

Earth-2 Jefferson Pierce is still teaching classes at Garfield High.

Earth-2 Jefferson Piece tries to tell Jennifer that her powers are a drug and she's become addicted and Odell is exploiting her. Jennifer responds that she and the ASA have done what he never could with his morality and code; bring peace to Freeland.

Black Lightning destroys the ASA HQ in Freeland, leaving The Pit as the only operational base they have. The perimeter is still intact, but this action causes Agent Odell to order that every detainee in the meta camp be given a brain control implant and be put into the field.

Bad Jennifer destroys the metahuman refugee camp in Freeland and kills all the metahumans, saying there's no need for them anymore now that the war with Markovia is over.

Anissa tells Gambi and Lynn that Painkiller is alive.

Lynn admits that she already knew Painkiller was alive and in the employ of the ASA.

Anissa wants to put Painkiller down but Lynn wants to try and save him.

Gambi intercepts an ASA message outlining Agent Odell's plan to weaponize the Green Light Babies. Anissa says she has a plan to stop them.

Bad Jennifer kills Earth-2 Jefferson, Lynn and Anissa after they try to convince her to turn herself in for murdering all the innocent people in the metahuman camp.

Jennifer dissipates into a cloud of particles.

Jefferson vanishes just before the anti-matter wave destroys Freeland.

Gambi, Anissa and Lynn are erased by the wave.


Untelevised Adventures

Black Lightning destroys the ASA HQ in Freeland off-camera.

It is unclear if Anissa did anything to stop the Green Light and mind-control modules from getting to the ASA camp.


The Bottom Line

A bit all over the place. The story on Earth-1 is interesting and far more developed than the Earth-2 subplot. Jennifer's conflict is well-handled, but everything involving the Freeland Resistance is almost an after-thought compared to a forced tie-in to Crisis on Infinite Earths that really has nothing to do with the event.  Hopefully we'll get to see the actual battle between Black Lightning and Thunder and the ASA next time, because it's really anti-climactic to have Jefferson destroy the ASA HQ off-camera and for nothing to come of last week's big cliffhanger, with the truth about Freeland being broadcast to the outside world.


Friday, January 10, 2020

Starman Plays Fallout 2 - Part 12

In which we start racing back towards The Den in search of the missing man who might prevent a war between two towns. Naturally this is far easier said than done...


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Starman Plays Fallout 2 - Part 11

In which, due to a glitch with the video that wasn't noticed until I'd already recorded over that save, we get to pretend we're living in the days of old-time radio as I go to the village of Modoc.

 (Sorry about this, folks. Please feel free to imagine whatever you want visually as you listen to this episode. But keep an eye out for some fun polls as the video plays.)


Friday, January 3, 2020

Starman Plays Fallout 2 - Part 10

In which we try (again) to win a gang war with the slavers and get Lara to turn on her employers. The good news is I figured out what I was doing wrong last time. The bad news is some random civilian gets in the way of my shooting down the slavers this time. (Always the way with your violent insurrections, isn't it?)

The Flash Episode Guide: Season 6, Episode 9 - Crisis On Infinite Earths, Part 3

For a summary of the episode guide layout & categories, click here.



Plot

Pariah enlists Black Lightning after the Flash of Earth-90 shares what he learned from his battle in Elseworlds. With the help of Black Lightning, Barry, Cisco and Frost come up with a plan that could save them all. Meanwhile, Iris has a heart-to-heart with Ryan Choi, as John Constantine and Diggle return to an old familiar stomping ground with Mia Smoak to retrieve Oliver Queen's soul.


Influences

Crisis on Infinite Earths, Day of Judgement, Mike Carey's Lucifer and Green Arrow: Quiver.


Goofs

If the Anti-Monitor had the capacity to destroy all of the positive matter universes at once (as The Flash of Earth-90 claims when he explains the fail-safe that kept him on the treadmill), why didn't he just do that instead of using the anti-matter cannon to erase them all gradually? (Perhaps he didn't have the power to do that.

For that matter, if the Anti-Monitor created Pariah, why give him the power to transport other people from across realities?


Performances


Cress Williams has a nice turn here, managing to balance Black Lightning's anger over his family's death and his shock at all the wonders he is seeing having just found himself among other superheroes for the first time in his life. Yet despite all the strangeness and stress, Jefferson's inner nobility shines through.

It's an all-too-brief moment, but Brandon Routh's speech about hope needs to be sent to every Warner Bros. executive who keeps wondering how Superman should be handled in the movies.

Another brief but wonderful moment?  Grant Gustin's Barry Allen getting ready to sacrifice himself and his quick farewell to Caitlin and Cisco - the two friends who have been with him since the beginning.

Matt Ryan and Tom Ellis play off of each other brilliantly and you can count me among the many who would love to see a Lucifer/Constantine spin-off.


Artistry


The writing in general is fantastic, balancing most of the major players and giving everyone a little moment to shine.


Flash Facts


The opening scene depicts New Gotham on Earth-203 just before it and its version of Huntress and Oracle are destroyed. Ashley Scott and Dina Meyer reprised their roles from the Birds of Prey show for this scene. Their Earth is designated 203 after the year in which the show aired - 2003.

When Ralph Dibny first sees all the other heroes on the Waverider, he exclaims "Holy All-Star Squadron!" This is a nod to All-Star Squadron - a collective of all the superhero teams who fought against the Axis Powers in DC Comics past, including the Justice Society of America, The Seven Soldiers of Victory and the Freedom Fighters.

This episode introduced the character of Dr. Ryan Choi. In the comics, Dr. Choi was the protege of Dr. Ray Palmer and the fourth superhero to use the name of The Atom. In the Arrowverse, he is a scientist and expert on miniaturization who is a great fan of Dr. Ray Palmer's work.

In the comics, Ryan Choi is a single man. In the Arrowverse, he is married to a woman named Amanda and they have a newborn daughter named Simone. Amanda seems to be a nod to Amanda Turner - a student of Ryan Choi's from The All-New Atom, who had a crush on Ryan which he was totally oblivious towards. Simone seems to be named in honor of writer Gail Simone, who co-created Ryan Choi.

While imprisoned in the Waverider's brig, Lex Luthor is seen to be reading The Count of Monte Cristo. This was the same book Oliver Queen read in prison during Arrow Season 7. The book is about a man whose quest for revenge causes him to destroy everything he values - an apt summation of Lex Luthor's actions during Supergirl Season 4.

Tom Ellis reprises his role as Lucifer from the Fox/Netflix series of the same name. His Earth is designated as Earth-666 after the so-called Number of the Beast.

Lucifer and John Constantine never encountered one another in the comics before this episode aired, so there is no baseline for guessing what the favor John did for Mazikeen that Lucifer refers to might be. The show-runners of Lucifer have teased, however, that they might address this in Season 5. While nothing official has been said yet, Constantine's actor Matt Ryan has said he's game for a cameo.

There's a bit of comedy where Lucifer intentionally misprounces John Constantine's name as "Cons-Tin-Tyne" rather than the usual "Cons-Tin-Teen." The irony is that, according the the comics, the first pronunciation is the correct one, though the movies and TV shows have said it "Cons-Tin-Teen"

The journey into Purgatory to retrieve Oliver Queen's soul resembles a scene from Green Arrow: Quiver - a 2001 storyline which brought Oliver Queen back from the dead, revealing his still-living body to be a Hollow - a body without a soul. Part of the plot involved convincing Oliver Queen's spirit, which was at peace, to return to Earth and inhabit a cloned body that possessed only part of Oliver Queen's memories.

The Flash of Earth-90 refers to a wife named Tina. This is a nod to Dr. Tina McGee, who was Barry Allen's fastest companion (no pun intendend) in the 1990 The Flash show. This confirms that the will-they/won't they romance between the two ended in a "will."

The practice of stealing energy from another person or moving objects and using it to fuel your own velocity was a common trick of the Wally West incarnation of The Flash. In this episode, The Flash of Earth-90 steals the speed of The-Flash of Earth-1 to give himself the power needed to destroy the anti-Matter cannon.

As in Crisis on Infinite Earths #8, The Flash sacrifices himself to destroy the Anti-Monitor's anti-matter cannon. The computer animation during this scene almost perfectly replicates the scene from the comic.

Danny Elfman's Flash theme can be heard during this sequence.

Curiously, Black Lightning's Earth is never given an official designation or number in this episode.

The journey to Purgatory also draws upon the storyline of Day of Judgement; a mini-series based around the search for a new host for The Spectre among those dead heroes who sought a way of achieving redemption for their past misdeeds. In the end, the fallen Green Lantern Hal Jordan became the new Spectre.

Black Lighting recognizes the two Supermen, saying they are fictional characters on his Earth. This was a frequent occurrence in the classic DC Comics multiverse, with Barry Allen having been a fan of The Flash comics starring Jay Garrick and taking the inspiration for his name from him. He would discover later that Jay Garrick was real on another Earth. The theory put forth was that certain writers had a subconscious attachment to other Earths and they would "imagine" real events while writing their stories.

The Monitor addressed the Anti-Monitor, through the possessed Harbinger, as Mobius. This was a name given to the being that became the Anti-Monitor in the New 52 Justice League comics. This background is being rewritten even now by the current Justice League series, which revealed that the Monitor Mar Novu and Mobius were brothers and they had a third brother who became known as The World-Forger. 

In the new mythology of the DC Comics omniverse, the mother of the Monitor, Anti-Monitor and World Forger was a Sixth Dimensional goddess named Perpetua, who had been charged with constructing the Multiverse and set her sons to watch over her creation. The World-Forger made new universes, the Monitor oversaw their development and Mobius made sure the light of creation did not breach the Omniverse made up of these multiverses. The three brothers were forced to turn upon their mother and built a vast wall to imprison her - The Source Wall. This wall also wound up taking up Mobius' function, causing him to swear revenge on The Monitor, who had first proposed their rebellion. He would later discover the power of the Anti-Life Equation and become corrupted by it, now calling himself the Anti-Monitor and plotting to destroy all life in the multiverse.

The Death of the Monitor in the penultimate scene is taken directly from the comics, except that in that scene only Pariah was there to witness Harbinger being possessed by the Anti-Monitor and dealing a deadly blow to the Monitor. Here, most of the heroes are assembled to try and stop Harbinger from assassinating The Monitor.


Technobabble

Cisco locates the Anti-Monitor's lair on Earth-1 by triangulating anti-matter wave particles on the Earths that are left to find the source of the anti-matter wave. This leads them to the bunker that Nash Wells was trying to break into, thinking it was the hideout of The Monitor.

According to John Constantine souls choose their own prisons when sent to Hell or Purgatory. In Oliver Queen's case, his soul is trapped on the island of Lian Yu - presumably because it's the first place he envisioned when asked to think of a place to be trapped forever.

Constantine says that souls in Purgatory start losing their memories and slowly forget who they are. This makes it necessary for someone to remind them who they are before they can be restored to life.

Vibe says that the Anti-Monitor's lair has a crazy vibrational frequency, due to it being a Nexus between Earth-1 and the anti-matter universe.

The Anti-Monitor's lair houses an anti-matter cannon which is generating the waves unmaking reality. It is powered by a treadmill, which is being run on by The Flash of Earth-90, who appears to be nothing but a red blur in one place to non-speedsters.

An anti-matter force-field keeps The Flash from leaving until Vibe sets up a portal that lets him leave. He is also required to keep running because of a fail-safe that will destroy all the Earths at once if he leaves the treadmill for too long.

The Netherverse is a space between worlds, where The Flash of Earth-90 was sent after being banished by The Monitor in Elseworlds. It was from this place that the Anti-Monitor retrieved The Flash and put him to work powering his anti-matter cannon.

Ray Palmer's second paper on subatomic density manipulation was the foundation for Ryan Choi's work on miniaturization.

Cisco says that reversing the treadmill's directional velocity could make the anti-matter wave recede and funnel back into the cannon, destroying the machine and the wave. This would also, Pariah hopes, free him from Anti-Monitor's control.


Dialogue Triumphs


Pariah: I am no longer Nash, I am Pariah. And I'm here to bear witness.
Cisco: To what?
Pariah: Tragedy.
Cisco: Mm-hmm, new name, new suit guess no one's consulting me anymore, huh? Wait, what exactly happened?
Pariah: I searched these tunnels as Nash for Mar Novu to kill him, expose him as a false god, and now I'm being controlled by another god.
Cisco: And that's the... Anti-Monitor?
Pariah: He laid a perfect trail for me to follow, but all along, he was manipulating me so that he could gain a foothold in this universe.
Frost: Why didn't you resist him?
Pariah: His will was too strong and now I am forced to bear witness as he destroys world after world.

Diggle: So why did we take a detour to another parallel Earth?
Constantine: So many Earths are already gone. The pillars of magic are crumbling, leaving me the worse for wear, so I can't get us into Purgatory. But don't worry, squire. Luckily, I know a guy.
(Constantine knocks on the back door of the club. By happy coincidence, it's already opening. Lucifer Morningstar stands there with a woman on each arm.) 
Lucifer: ...Oh, you're gonna love her. She's pretty much up for everything.
(The two women laugh but fall quiet as they realize they have company. Lucifer's smile fades as well.) 
Constantine: Always a pleasure to see you, Lucy. It's time.
Lucifer: Excuse me, ladies. Seems like you're not the only ones who want a piece of me. I'll see you later.
(The two ladies walk off, leaving Lucifer to look at Constantine with barely repressed disdain.)
Lucifer: Johnny. I'd like to say it's a pleasure to see you on my Earth outside my club. It's not. (turning to Mia, smile widening) Hello. Don't believe we've met. Lucifer Morningstar.
Mia: Lucifer Morningstar? As in The Devil?
Lucifer: Yes, exactly. So tell me. What is it you desire?
(Lucifer fixes Mia with a look. THE look, in fact.) 
Mia: (stammering) I I, uh I desire to get my father back.
Lucifer: Daddy issues! Why didn't you say so?
Constantine: Look, I don't know if you have an Oliver Queen on your world, but ours has, uh, shuffled off this mortal coil.
Lucifer: A soul retrieval, blah, blah, blah, the worlds are ending. It's all very Biblical, John. Okay, okay. I'm only doing this 'cause I owe you for Maze.
Constantine: (smirks) Yeah, you do.
Lucifer: (points to Diggle, who is clearly fed up with all this) You remind me of my brother, by the way - tall, dark, annoyed by me.
Diggle: You gonna help us or not?
Lucifer: (sexily) Oh, flirt. The Devil always sees through on a deal.
(Lucifer pulls out a Devil Tarot card out of thin air, which he passes to Constantine.)
Lucifer: Take this card. You'll have a limited time once inside Purgatory, and once the picture completely fades-
Constantine: Our souls will be decimated, blah, blah, blah.
Lucifer: And trapped in eternity forever, so I don't recommend it. Consider us even, John Cons-Tin-Tyne
Constantine: Cons-Tin-Teen!
Lucifer: Is it? I don't care.

Lois Lane:
It's ironic. I'm watching the biggest event in history, the destruction of every Earth, and no one will ever read the story.

(The Superman of Earth-96 suddenly appears from a breach.)
Lois: Clark?
Superman-96: I couldn't save them.
Lois: You wanna take a minute? Looks like you could use a breather.
Superman-96: (shaking his head as he gasps for breath, touching his emblem) Put this on... this crest... I made a promise to keep fighting. No matter what.
Lois: Hey, why'd you add black to it?
Superman-96: (smiling faintly) Because, Lois... even in the darkest times... Hope cuts through. Hope is the light that lifts us out of darkness.

(The Flashes have just explained the anti-matter cannon to Black Lightning.)
The Flash-1:
Can you contain that much energy?
Black Lightning: Let's find out.

The Flash-1: I know how to stop the cannon. This is what The Monitor meant that day in the Time Vault. This is what I've been running towards all these years. It's time for Flash to vanish in Crisis.

The-Flash-90: Sorry, kid, but this has to happen.
(The older Flash touches the younger, and a jolt of lightning passes between them. Suddenly, the younger Flash slumps over, unable to stand.)
The-Flash-1: Barry, what are you doing?
The-Flash-90: I'm momentarily stealing your speed. You play the speedster game long enough, you learn some neat tricks.
Caitlin: Wait, why are you doing this?
The-Flash-90: Novu said the Flash must die in Crisis. He never said which one.

The Flash-1: I appreciate you helping us, Jefferson. I know what you've lost.
Black Lightning: (quietly) My world I lost the love of my life, my two daughters. Nothing will ever be okay again.
The Flash-1: I know. That Flash, the Flash from Earth-90... he looked just like my dad, Henry Allen. He was a resilient man. He spent years in prison for the murder of my mom, a crime one of my enemies committed and framed him for. Through all that, he never lost his light. Times like this... I try and do the same.
Black Lightning: My father, uh, Alvin Pierce...he was a good man, too. Reporter. Spent his life giving a voice to the voiceless. He was murdered when I was 12. But I still carry the lessons he taught me to this day. I passed them along to my girls. (takes a deep breath, still in shock) My girls... Anyway, I get it.
(Black Lightning pauses and snorts, clearing his nose, steeling himself.)
Black Lightning: Look. I don't think Henry or Alvin raised any quitters. So... we should honor their memory and rage against the dying of the light.
The Flash-1: Dylan Thomas.
Black Lightning: (smiling softly) Well, all right then, Flash.
The Flash-1: (returning the smile) It's Barry. Barry Allen.
(Barry offers Black Lightning his hand.) 
Black Lightning: Jefferson Pierce.
(The two shake hands.)

Batwoman: Hey, Kara. Listen, I... I get you wanted to bring those people back. You have the biggest heart of anyone that I've ever met. I just don't want to see you get hurt.
Supergirl: You know, I gotta say. For someone who was unsure that they were the Paragon of Courage, took a lot of guts to do what you did.
Batwoman: Maybe. But I have hope that there's a better way. Which is why which is why I wanted to give you this.
(Batwoman holds out the Kryptonite device she was given by Bruce Wayne of Earth-99)
Supergirl: Kryptonite?! Why do you have that?
Batwoman: It was Bruce Wayne's. He lost hope and I never will.
(Supergirl regards the device then looks up at Batwoman.) 
Supergirl: Keep it. I have the courage that you'll never have to use it.
(Batwoman smiles softly in response.) 

(The Paragons are teleported into a space station in a bad state of repair.)
Batwoman: What the hell just happened?
Supergirl: Where are we?
White Canary: (looking around, stunned) This is the Vanishing Point.
Batwoman: What does that mean?
White Canary: It's a point outside of time and space.
Martian Manhunter: What happened to the Waverider and the others?
Superman-96: The Anti-Monitor. He used Harbinger to attack us. Pariah must have sent us here knowing that the Anti-Monitor couldn't follow.
The Flash: Well, we have to go back. We have to go back right now!
Martian Manhunter: Barry, we can't. They're gone.
(There is a long pause. Suddenly a red light seems to come from within Superman as he clutches his stomach, looking pained.)
Superman-96: Something's wrong.
Supegirl: (terrified) Kal? Kal?
Superman-96: Something's wrong.
(Superman collapses as Supergirl comes to hold him. The light grows more intense as more "wounds" seem to open on his body.)
Supergirl:  Hey, hey, hey!
Superman-96: I can't
Supergirl: Come on. Please.
Superman-96:  Fix it. Fix it.
Supergirl: What do I do?
(Supergirl looks to the other heroes but they have no answers. The light grows brighter, enveloping Superman completely. Suddenly it starts to fade, revealing Lex Luthor and his copy of The Count of Monte Cristo. Lex opens his eyes and looks around, surprised and then smiles.)
Lex Luthor: Oh, I am so happy that worked.
Supergirl: Lex, what did you do?!
Lex Luthor: Well, I held the Book of Destiny and I saw you seven Paragons due to be stranded at the Vanishing Point. And I thought destiny could use a little rewrite.
(Lex reaches into his jacket pocket and pulls out a folded page. On the page, he wrote LEX LUTHOR in sharpie over the symbol meant to represent Superman. If looks could kill, Supergirl would kill Lex ten times over and it's a wonder her heat-vision hasn't kicked in. The other heroes aren't much happier, except for Ryan Choi, who merely looks confused.)
Lex Luthor: So. What do we do now?


Continuity

Earth-203 is destroyed.

Barry retrieves Cisco, Frost and Ralph to help deal with the Crisis.

This is, as Frost notes, Ralph's first time taking part in a crossover event.

Cisco helps Ray to repair his Paragon detector.

J'onn and the Superman of Earth-96 agree to lead the evacuation of the Earths that are still alive to Earth-1.

Lois says that she'll run coms and coordinate the teams.

Mick Rory-74 is babysitting Jonathan Kent.

Sara is keeping an eye on the soulless but now-living Oliver Queen.

J'onn is revealed as the Paragon of Honor.

Barry is revealed as the Paragon of Love.

A man named Dr. Ryan Choi is revealed as the Paragon of Humanity.

John Diggle arrives on the Waverider, having just been informed that Harbinger had disappeared and that Oliver Queen died and is now alive again as a soulless savage.

It is explained once again that they need to retrieve Oliver Queen's soul from the afterlife to restore his body, as John Constantine did with Sara Lance in A405.

The Monitor restores Cisco's vibe powers, saying they are needed to save the universe.

Iris, Ralph and Ray go off to search for Dr. Ryan Choi in Ivy Town, where he teaches at Ivy University.

Barry, Frost and Vibe return to Earth-1 to investigate the Anti-Monitor's lair. They are joined by Pariah.

Pariah does not remember his life as Nash Wells, beyond once having been Nash Wells.

Vibe uses his powers to see what Nash Wells did to open the portal to the Anti-Monitor's lair.

Lex was able to use the Book of Destiny by focusing on his hatred of Superman.

John Diggle, John Constantine and Mia Smoak travel to Los Angeles on Earth-666 so that John can call in a favor to get them to Purgatory since his magic isn't working. The favor turns out to belong to Lucifer Morningstar, who agrees to help John because he did something for his employee Maze once.

The Flash of Earth-90, last seen in Elseworlds, is found in the Anti-Monitor's lair, trapped on a treadmill that is powering the anti-matter cannon unmaking reality.

The Flash of Earth-90 confirms that the first test run for the anti-matter cannon destroyed Earth 2. This occurred in A801. As Cisco and Caitlin note, this means that Jesse Quick and Harry Wells are probably dead.

Ryan Choi is reluctant to help the heroes, saying he has a wife and kid he needs to be with if the world is ending.

Earth-73 is one of the last Earths wiped out. According to Lois Lane, once it passes, only 7 worlds including Earth-1 remain.

The Monitor reveals that he lost his family and admits to being more concerned about his work than spending time with them.

Pariah summons Black Lightning to contain the power in the cannon.

Kara wants to try to use the Book of Destiny to remake the vanquished Earths. Kate says she'll stop her by any means necessary because she's afraid of what will happen if Kara dies trying.

Both Flashes enter Flashtime in order to discuss a solution in relative comfort. This trick was first seen in 415.

The Flash of Earth-90 refers to having a wife named Tina.

Iris convinces Ryan Choi to come with her, Ralph and Ray.

The Barry Allen of Earth-90 steals the speed of his Earth-1 counterpart and uses the excess energy to overload the anti-matter cannon, dying in the process.

Jim Corrigan confronts the group in Purgatory as they are about to leave with Oliver.

John Constantine says he knows Jim Corrigan - the two met in C105. This Jim Corrigan, however, is a different version than the one John met there. (The first was played by Emmett Scanlan. This one is played by Stephen Lobo.)

Jim Corrigan says that Oliver can't go back to life because it is his destiny to become the new host of the Spectre.

Oliver reluctantly agrees not to leave the afterlife and Diggle, Constantine and Mia are forced to go back without him.

Kate reveals that she has Kryptonite to Kara.  Kara tells her to keep it, as she trusts Kate not to use it.

Black Lightning recognizes the two Supermen, but says that Superman is a fictional character on his Earth.

Harbinger is revealed to be possessed by the Anti-Monitor.

The Monitor addresses the Anti-Monitor as Mobius and says that allowing his creation was a mistake.

The Monitor is killed by Harbinger.

Pariah sends the Paragons to Vanishing Point - the former headquarters of the Time Masters, which was destroyed by the Legends in L115.

Superman-96 is replaced by Lex Luthor, who wrote over page of Book of Destiny detailing who the Paragons and who will still be in Vanishing Point after being sent away by Pariah.


Location


Earth-203: New Gotham
Earth-1: Waverider
Earth-1: Ivy Town: Ivy University.
Earth-1: Central City: The Anti-Monitor's Lair
Earth-666: Los Angeles: An alley behind the nightclub Lux.
Purgatory


Untelevised Adventures

John Constantine did some favor for Lucifer involving Mazikeen at some point in the past.

The Barry Allen of Earth-90 married the Tina McGee of his world.



The Bottom Line

The event gets better with every passing episode.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Batwoman Episode Guide: Season 1, Episode 9 - Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part 2

For a summary of the episode guide layout & categories, click here.




Plot


As the heroes start using Ray Palmer's invention to track new recruits to help save the universe. The Monitor sends Iris, Clark and Lois in search of a mysterious Kryptonian from another world, while Kate and Kara seek out another version of Bruce Wayne. In addition, Mia challenges Sara, Rory discovers a hidden talent and Lex Luthor returns.


Influences

Superman, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV, Superman Returns, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Kingdom Come, the Smallville TV series, The Death of Superman, The Kingdom and The Dark Knight Returns.


Goofs

Mia tells Sara, rather tensely, that Nyssa Al Ghul told her everything she needed to know about Sara. It's unclear why Mia would have a negative opinion of Sara then, as Nyssa was the one who dumped Sara and begged her to forget about her after she was imprisoned by the League of Assassins just before the Legends of Tomorrow were formed. (Perhaps Mia saw how the end of the relationship pained Nyssa and just assumed Sara had been responsible for hurting her favorite teacher.)


Performances


The entire scene in which baby Jonathan keeps interrupting The Monitor's dramatic speech and is passed down the line of heroes until eventually winding up with the Mick Rory of Earth-74 is a masterstroke of silent acting that tells you everything you need to know about all the heroes assembled by how they react. (Kate shrugging away from the baby, Kara's mortification that Jonathan doesn't seem to like her, etc.)

It's a delight to hear Wentworth Miller again as Leonard the snarky AI.

Brandon Routh stepped back into the role of Superman so naturally you'd think he'd been playing it for the past decade.


Artistry


The set design for the dilapidated Wayne Manor on Earth-99 is amazing.

The scene in which Lois runs into the Clark Kent of Earth-96 is perfectly directed, acted and shot. The John Williams music is the icing on the cake.


Bat Trivia


While the idea of seven Paragons is unique to the Arrowverse Crisis, the number seven holds great significance in the DC Comics cosmology. There are seven forces making up the emotional spectrum that empowers the Lantern Corps, forming the white light of Life. There are seven members of the Endless.  There are seven great enemies of Man whom Shazam battles. And there were seven founding members of the Justice League.

The Monitor makes reference to a book called the Tome of the Guardians, which gave him prophecies regarding the Paragons. This could be a nod to The Book of Oa - a book created by the Guardians of the Universe which records the history of the Green Lantern Corps as well as prophecies relating to them.

The exoskeleton which Kevin Conroy wears as the Bruce Wayne of Earth-99 is modeled on a similar device worn by Bruce Wayne in the 1996 graphic novel Kingdom Come.

Earth-99 seems to have been designated such as it is almost a total reversal of Earth-66. (i.e. The Adam West Batman reality). In that world, Batman is a recognized agent of the law who operates publicly and is well-respected and honorable. The Batman of Earth-99 is a vigilante feared by the police, who has no issue with killing his enemies.

Lex Luthor's plot to travel between realities with the Book of Destiny and kill as many Supermen as possible is similar to the plan enacted by Gog, the chief villain of The Kingdom - a follow-up to the original Kingdom Come. Angered after Superman rejected his attempts to establish a religion based around worshiping the Man of Steel, Gog went back in time and began killing Superman over and over, one day at a time.

As Mia is searching the remaining Earths for a Lazarus Pit, we see her flip past entries for Earth-33, Earth-92, Earth-67 And Earth-3 on the Waverider's computers. Nothing is known about any of these Earths except Earth-3, which is the home of the Arrowverse's Jay Garrick.

The Batman of Earth-99 is played by Kevin Conroy, who is famous for voiding Batman in many video games, animated movies and cartoons, including Batman: The Animated Series and the Arkham Trilogy. This is his first time playing Batman or Bruce Wayne in a live-action production.

When he first encounters Kate, the Bruce Wayne of Earth-99 presumes she must be a shapeshifter. He makes reference to the Clayface of his Earth being dead and says he knows for a fact Jane Doe is still in Arkham. First appearing in Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1, Jane Doe is a serial killer with amazing impersonation skills who replaces her victims and lives their lives, hoping to find one that satisfies her.

The scene on Earth-75 in which we see Lois Lane hovering over the dead body of a fallen Superman, whose cape was torn and is flapping like a flag on a piece of rebar, is taken directly from The Death of Superman comics.

The reality of the TV show Smallville is designated as Earth-167. It was given this number because both of the show's executive producers - Alfred Gough and Miles Millar - were both born in 1967.

It is revealed that the Clark Kent and Lois Lane of Earth-167 have two daughters. This could be a nod to the story Superman: Secret Identity, where Lois and Clark had two daughters named Carol and Jane and Clark Kent also lost his powers to have a family.

Erica Durance and Tom Welling, who played Lois Lane and Clark Kent on Smallville, reprise their roles as the Lois and Clark of Earth-167.

Earth-96 is modeled on the first five Superman films (Superman 1-4 and Superman Returns) as well as the graphic novel Kingdom Come. Its designation comes from the year in which Kingdom Come was first published - 1996.

The Superman of Earth-96 is played by Brandon Routh, reprising his role from Superman Returns. Routh also appears as Dr. Raymond Palmer, whom he has portrayed on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow for five years.

Kara's X-Ray vision confirms a secret passage to the Batcave his hidden behind the clock in Wayne Manor's library. This is a combination of the two most usual triggers for the Batcave's location in the comics and other media. Typically it is hidden behind a clock, whose hands are set to the time of Thomas and Martha Wayne's murders to open the hidden entrance. It is usually also located in the library, but sometimes the trigger is a book, a hidden switch on a chessboard or a button hidden inside a bust of Shakespeare.

The trophy case in Bruce Wayne's library on Earth-99 contains a number of familiar items; one of Joker's playing cards, The Riddler's cane, one of The Penguin's umbrellas, a snow globe that appears to be modeled on the one that Mr. Freeze had which depicted his ballerina wife in the Batman: The Animated Series episode Heart of Ice.

The Superman of Earth-96 describes how the Daily Planet staff were all killed by "a reject from Gotham... played what he called a practical joke and gassed the building." This is precisely how everyone in The Daily Planet was killed in Kingdom Come, when The Joker attacked the building.

There are a series of memorial plaques in Clark Kent's office listing those who died in the gas attack years earlier. They include a number of names of supporting characters from past Superman comics and movies.

John Williams' Superman score is used to undercut several scenes in The Daily Planet building.

The Earth-96 Superman jokingly notes, after being freed from Lex Luthor's mind-control, that "this is the second time I've gone nuts and fought myself." This is a reference to the events of Superman 3.

The Earth with an active Lazarus Pit discovered by John Constantine is Earth-18. In all of DC Comics' various cosmologies, Earth-18 has always been home to DC Comics' old west heroes like Jonah Hex and Bat Lash. It is presumably named after the 1800s.

Several of the lines said by the Bruce Wayne of Earth-99 after he learns that Kara is Supergirl are taken directly from The Dark Knight Returns. His exoskeleton is also revealed to have concealed Kryptonite, making it similar to the special armor Batman used to fight Superman in that story.

The Superman of Earth-96 says that Jonathan looks just like his son, Jason, at that age. Jason was the name of Superman and Lois Lane's son in Superman Returns.


Technobabble

John Constantine works a spell that allows him to search multiple Earths for a functioning Lazarus Pit.


Dialogue Triumphs

(Kara is looking at a screen showing a model of how Earth-38 was erased from existence. Lex Luthor enters behind her. Kara is son enraptured she doesn't hear him until he speaks.)
Lex Luthor: An entire universe wiped from existence distilled down to a computer graphic. Got to say missing that wow factor.
Kara: Lena killed you.
Lex: (smugly) Yeah. Only for a little while.
(Kara pulls off her glasses and her eyes begin to low blue. Suddenly, The Monitor is there.)
The Monitor: Everyone has a part to play, even Lex Luthor.
Kara: You did this? You brought that poisonous snake back?
The Monitor: His destiny was unfulfilled. Lex Luthor still has an important role to play.
(Kate walks into the room in the middle of this conversation.) 
Kara: So you can revive him, but you can't bring back Oliver? !
The Monitor: I restored Luthor long before the crisis caused my power to wane.
Kara: And what about those innocent lives on Earth-38? Did they not have destinies to fulfill? I'm sorry, but I can't trust a man who thinks Lex Luthor is an ally.
(Kara storms out of the room. Kate walks up to Lex and gets right in his face. 
Kate: All I got from that is that if you die again that dude can't bring you back.
Lex (haughtily) And you are?
Kate: (menacingly) New. And unfriendly.

Sara: So I miss one group chat, and now there's Paragons, and I'm supposed to be one of them.
Mia: Yep, and Barry and I are gonna use a Lazarus Pit to bring my dad back.
Sara: Mia, it's not that simple. The Lazarus Pit isn't some magical mud bath where you get your soul and a cup of cucumber water at the end. You lose your humanity.
Mia: Nyssa told me everything I need to know about Lazarus Pits, and she told me everything I need to know about you.
Sara: Why don't you share your opinion when it's about your life?
Mia: Why don't you share your opinion when it's about your dad?

Kate: The Bruce I knew wore a different kind of suit.
Bruce Wayne-99: Lifetime of injuries, but you've aged well for a dead girl.
Kate: I died?
Bruce Wayne-99:  5 years ago.
Kate: Huh. Never been a ghost before.
Bruce Wayne-99:Hmm. Plenty of ghosts in this place, but you're not one of them. Clayface is a puddle of mud. And last I checked, Jane Doe was locked in Arkham. So who the hell are you?
Kate: (looking over Bruce's armor) Can you, uh can you sit in that thing? Because you're gonna need to for this.

(Sara pulls Constantine aside as Barry and Mia leave the room.)
Sara: We can't screw this up, okay? When we bring Oliver back, I need you to promise me you can bring back his soul.
Constantine: Yeah. One thing at a time, right, love?
Sara: I need to hear you say it.
Constantine: I'll do it.
Sara: Thank you.
Constantine: - to the best of my abilities.
(Sara sighs in annoyance.)

Clark Kent-167: Whoever you are, I'm just a guy working on his farm.
Lex Luthor: You will always be my greatest enemy on any Earth. It's written in the stars. And in this book, or I wouldn't know that on this Earth Clark Kent (chuckles to himself) is Superman. Where I come from, that would be ridiculous. He can't see past his glasses.
Clark Kent-167: Hmm. So what do you want?
Lex Luthor: Why, to kill you of course! And every version of you across the multiverse so that if the, uh, super friends somehow find a way to save existence there won't be a single Superman to stand in my way.
(Lex dramatically pulls out a sliver of green rock. Clark looks at it unimpressed and unpained.)
Clark Kent-167: That's Kryptonite. Which has no effect on me ever since I gave up my powers.
Lex Luthor: (incredulous) You gave up your powers?
Clark Kent-167: Can't say I've missed these chats.
Lex Luthor: You were basically a God! You could fly! You could see through walls! You had superstrength!
(Lex feels something crunch under his foot as he steps forward. He moves his foot, looks down and sees a toy car. Suddenly it clicks - this Superman gave up his powers to have a family.)
Lex Luthor: You're kidding me.
Clark Kent-167: That is worth more than any superpower.

Bruce Wayne-99: Clark always said yes to anyone with a badge or a flag. He gave them too much power. My parents taught me a very different lesson; life only makes sense if you force it to.

Kara: How much you care, how hard you try - those are the things that make you a hero; not powers or time travel. And you may not feel like you have the experience now, but you have the heart. You're one of the bravest people I know.
Kate: That Bruce was brave once, too, and he had heart. What if I end up like him?
Kara: You won't. You'll make your own destiny. I found this in his library.
(Kara hands the photo to Kate. It shows two teenage girls.)
Kate: That's Beth and me. From Earth-99. I wish I knew her like this.
Kara: Maybe you still can.
Kate: Sounds like the Paragon of Hope just got her hope back.
Kara: Ohh. Hope, help, and compassion for all. That's what I'm gonna do for Earth-38.
Kate: But Earth-38 is gone.
Kara: I know, but maybe I can use the Book of Destiny to bring it back.
Kate: The Monitor said that would be really dangerous, Kara.
Kara: I know what he said But what good is being the Paragon of Hope if I don't have any?


Continuity

Harbinger says that John Diggle is at home with their son and that she is still finding the words to tell him that Oliver Queen died.

Sara apparently promised the rest of the Legends that they didn't have to do any more crossovers.

Harbinger recruits the Mick Rory of Earth-74 and that universe's version of The Waverider to act as a mobile base for the heroes fighting the Anti-Monitor.

It is said that the Legends of Tomorrow on Earth-74 retired after the death of one of their members. They abandoned the Waverider, except for Mick Rory, who turned it into a man-cave of sorts where he could work on his novels.

Like his Earth-1 counterpart, the Mick Rory of Earth-74 is a writer. He is not as successful, however, having completed only one novel which was self-published.

The Waverider of Earth-74 has an artificial intelligence named Leonard rather than Gideon, which bares the voice of Leonard Snart. It is unclear if this is a cosmic coincidence or if the AI was based on the personality of Earth-74's Len Snart after he died.

Leonard and the Mick Rory of Earth-74 do not get along at all.

Leonard's line to Harbinger about how he's "always pleased to meet a fan" is a nod to Captain Cold's reaction to being recognized by the metahuman criminals he helps escape custody in F122.

The Monitor went back in time and retrieved The Book of Destiny from a point before it was destroyed in Elseworlds. It told him of 7 Paragons - being of purest will who would prove to be the key to defeating the Anti-Monitor.

The Monitor identifies White Canary as the Paragon of Destiny and Supergirl as the Paragon of Hope.

The Monitor was only able to get vague descriptions of two of the other Paragons. The Paragon of Truth is a Kryptonian, who is said to have suffered a greater loss than most mortal men could endure. The Paragon of Courage is described only as "the Bat of the Future." and the path to them lies on Earth-99.

The Monitor says he has also been drawing information from a book called The Tome of the Guardians, which came into the care of Felicity Smoak.

The assembled heroes now know that Bruce Wayne is Batman on Earth-1.

Lex Luthor joins the heroes on the Waverider. Supergirl is less than happy about this and declares that she can't trust The Monitor if he thinks Luthor can be trusted to help them.

Kate asks Kara to come with her to Earth-99 to seek out that world's version of Bruce Wayne.

Apparently there is no Lex Luthor on Earth-1 as Kate Kane doesn't recognize the name.

Iris joins the team on The Waverider and tells Barry she will be helping Lois and Clark to locate the Paragon of Truth.

Barry says that he, Sara and Mia are working on finding a Lazarus Pit so they can resurrect Oliver.

Barry says that Oliver told him about how they Lazarus Pits were used to resurrect Sara and Thea Queen.

Mia tells Sara that she was told about the Lazarus Pits by Nyssa Al Ghul, who trained her to fight.

The Luke Fox of Earth-99 apparently lives in Wayne Manor and works for Bruce Wayne in an unspecified capacity. He is comfortable enough to answer the door without a shirt on.

The Bruce Wayne of Earth-99 has been retired from crimefighting for years and is only able to walk with the aid of a special exoskeleton.

The Kate Kane of Earth-99 died five years earlier. Apparently she also tried to step in and replace Batman after Bruce became too severely injured to fight properly.

Bruce makes reference to Clayface and Jane Doe when trying to confirm Kate's identity.

Constantine works a spell to find a working Lazarus Pit on Earth-18.

Constantine helped to work the spell that restored Sara Lance's soul in A405.

Iris, Clark and Lois travel to Smallville, Kansas on Earth-167 and warn that world's Clark Kent that Lex Luthor will try to kill him. Lex shows up at that moment and uses the Book of Destiny to send them away.

The Lex Luthor of Earth-167 became President of the United States.

The Clark Kent and Lois Lane of Earth-167 retired from writing to run the Kent farm together. They have two daughters.

The Clark Kent of Earth-167 lost his powers to start a family. This also made him immune to Kryptonite. He is still physically stronger than the Lex Luthor of Earth-38 and has no trouble fighting him when threatened.

Despite encountering several Supermen who were Clark Kent, Lex still cannot believe that the Clark Kent of his world is Superman.

The Bruce Wayne of Earth-99 confesses to killing many people as Batman - so many he lost count.

Kara discovers that the Bruce Wayne of Earth-99 went beyond killing his enemies and also killed Superman, who was sent in to stop him. According to Earth-99's Luke Fox, that was the fight which left Bruce confined to his exoskeleton.

The Clark Kent of Earth-96 is now Editor-In-Chief of The Daily Planet. All the rest of the staff were killed years earlier after someone (presumably The Joker) gassed the building. It is revealed that he and Lois Lane finally did get married sometime after the events of Superman Returns.

Lex attempts to mind-control the Superman of Earth-96 into fighting the Superman of Earth-38. His plan is foiled after Lois gets through to the other Superman, telling him to remember the friends and family that loved him and how they would want their memory to inspire him to great things - not cold-blooded murder.

The Lazarus Pit John Constantine located is on Earth-18 in a seemingly abandoned mine in North Dakota. It turns out the mine is claimed by this world's version of Jonah Hex, who doesn't have the famous scars of Earth-1's Jonah Hex... at least until a fight with White Canary and Mia Smoak results in him getting cut up.

Kate accidentally kills the Batman of Earth-99 while trying to keep him away from a weakened Supergirl. She takes one of the Kryponite discs from his exoskeleton, however, having become fearful of Kara turning upon The Monitor.

Ray Palmer has a gulten allergy. The Superman of Earth-96 does not.

Kate is revealed as the Paragon of Courage. It is further revealed that facing a version of Bruce Wayne that went bad was her test to prove her resolve and moral courage.

The Lazarus Pit restores Oliver Queen's body, but he's now a virtually mindless killing machine. And because of the magical turbulence between worlds, John Constantine can't do the ritual he used on Sara Lance to restore Oliver's soul.

Kara gives Kate a photo she saw in the library of Wayne Manor - it shows the Kate and Beth Kane of that world, apparently happy together at some point after Beth Kane was abducted on Earth-1.

Kara tells Kate that she plans to use the Book of Destiny to restore her Earth, no matter what The Monitor says.

Harbinger is summoned by the Anti-Monitor, who meets her in STAR Labs on Earth-1.


Location

Earth-74: An empty field.
Earth-99: Gotham City: Wayne Manor and the Bat Cave.
Earth-75: Metropolis
Earth-167: Smallville, Kansas.
Earth-96: Metropolis: The Daily Planet Building: Clark Kent's office.
Earth-18: North Dakota: Abandoned Mine with Lazarus Pit


Untelevised Adventures

Everything in the past 10 years that took place on Earth-167. (Sorry, Smallville fans!)


The Bottom Line

Like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.