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.
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