“Supergirl” Episode Review – S05E09 “Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One”

Superman Homepage writer Michael Bailey reviews episodes from the “Supergirl” TV series, airing on The CW.

Check out his review of the 9th episode of Season 5 in which The Monitor (guest star LaMonica Garrett) sends Harbinger (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) to gather the worlds’ greatest heroes – Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin), Green Arrow (guest star Stephen Amell), Batwoman (guest star Ruby Rose), White Canary (guest star Caity Lotz), The Atom (guest star Brandon Routh) and Superman (guest star Tyler Hoechlin) – in preparation for the impending Crisis. With their worlds in imminent danger, the superheroes suit up for battle while J’onn (David Harewood) and Alex (Chyler Leigh) recruit Lena (Katie McGrath) to help them find a way to save the people of Earth-38.

Originally Aired: December 8, 2019
WRITTEN BY: Derek Simon and Jay Faerber
DIRECTED BY: Jesse Warn

REGULAR CAST:
Melissa Benoist (Kara/Supergirl)
Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers)
Jesse Rath (Brainiac 5)
Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor)
Nicole Maines (Nia Nal/Dreamer)

GUEST STARS:
Nicole Maines (Nia Nal/Dreamer)
Azie Tesfai (Kelly Olsen)
LaMonica Garrett (Monitor)
Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow)
Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/Flash)
Tyler Hoechlin (Clark Kent/Superman)
Elizabeth Tulloch (Lois Lane)
Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/Atom)
Caity Lotz (Sarah Lance/White Canary)
Katherine McNamara (Mia Smoak/Green Arrow)
Ruby Rose (Kate Kane/Batwoman)
Erica Durance (Allura)

5Rating – 5 (out of 5): All normal rules of ratings are thrown out of the window for these reviews. Crisis on Infinite Earths is too big for that. I will be honest in my feelings, but I can’t give it anything less than a five. It just feels wrong.

To say (or write) that I have been looking forward to Crisis is an understatement. Ever since they put that tag at the end of last year’s Elseworlds crossover I have been waiting, sometimes even patiently, for this crossover to air. Not only am I a fan of the Supergirl television series and The Flash series and the concept of the Arrowverse, I am a fan of the original Crisis on Infinite Earths event from the comics. I knew they couldn’t do a direct adaptation of that and frankly I wouldn’t want them to. It’s too big of a story to try and adapt it with decades of comic book continuity behind it. I was confident that the producers and showrunners and writers were going to give us the Arrowverse version of Crisis and so far, I am very impressed and satisfied.

There is a lot of ground to cover and frankly I really don’t want to discuss every story beat or fun comic book reference. I will admit that hearing the opening narration having bits from the first issue of the comic book Crisis did my heart good and I was shocked, surprised, delighted, and maybe a little disappointed that we got so many good cameos in the first few minutes (Robert Whul and Burt Ward especially). It was a fun way to bring us in and hearing the strains of the different Batman themes was just amazing.

Superman’s end of this episode was very well done. I loved the scenes on Argo and the placing of Jonathan in a ship as the city died, which not only mirrored Superman’s origin, but could also be seen as a wink to Alexander Luthor being placed into a ship and sent to Earth-1 in the first issue of Crisis on Infinite Earths. The fact that that scene was a Superman riff in and of itself makes it a reference to a reference and I’m surprised it didn’t cause a wormhole. I have not been shy about saying how much I like Tyler Hoechlin’s portrayal of Superman and Elizabeth Tulloch is likewise an amazing Lois Lane and neither actor let me down in this episode. They have great chemistry and seeing them as parents was everything I wanted it to be.

Superman has a moment of crisis (pun intended) about halfway through the episode and Supergirl helps him out of it and as I watched that scene unfold I felt something…something like a million voices crying out on social media and continuing to cry out because this show has a bad track record of making Supergirl look better than Superman. Sometimes that is the case. It wasn’t here. Superman had a lot going on; the death of Argo, his son was missing, the realization that the life he thought he could lead might be impossible…it all fell on him like a ton of bricks and Supergirl was the one to kind of snap him out of it. It was an emotional scene and one of the strongest in the episode.

The Lena scenes were…I guess if I bought into the “blame everyone but Lena” theory I would have liked them more. The fact that both Kara and now Alex have played into them being the ones at fault makes it even more annoying. Having written that, the scenes with Alex and Lena were well done and I liked how everyone in the supporting cast that is still around had a moment in the episode. Not sure how I feel about Kelly having Guardian’s shield, but we’ll see where that goes. Part of me was having issues with the attempt to evacuate the population of Earth-38 being maybe a little too big a concept and talked about so…easily? Like this is the most normal thing? It was weird, but I stepped back and just went with it.

The death of Green Arrow at the end of the episode was a genuine surprise. I mean, I knew he was going to die at some point but doing it in part one was a rather bold move. It also was very emotional. I decided to follow Arrow this season and I’m really glad I did because that scene carried more weight for me as did the passing of the torch earlier in the episode. It also showed that anyone could go at any moment.

So far, this crossover has been fun, sad, funny, and awesome all at the same time. The fact that they are attempting this at all is impressive and so far, they are doing an amazing job of delivering a true superhero event. I am excited to see how things play out and I am REALLY excited for the various Clark Kents we’re going to see in the next episode.

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afriend
December 9, 2019 2:12 am

It’s a good start. I thought that maybe I saw the set up for Superman and Lois (they could have at least squeezed a season from it), but they resolved it earlier than I expected.
Now don’t Geoff Johns it!! (I will make that a thing)

sman1938
December 9, 2019 10:05 am

totally awesome episode. Was surprised to see the titans from DC Universe in the opening minutes. They have been renewed for Season 3 so it makes me wonder if the red skies we saw on all the different earths doesn’t necessarily mean they are destroyed yet.

Superman2878
December 9, 2019 11:23 am
Reply to  sman1938

Is it possible that any earths that are destroyed will somehow be brought back by the end of the crossover event?

MattComics
December 9, 2019 10:28 am

I agree with Michael about the Lena stuff. Can the character not devote a single ounce of brainspace to the concept of the secret identity and why Kara would have one or are the writers on the Bendis train with that one? They seem so pre-occupied with creating the sympathetic antagonist they’re acting like Luthor s**t don’t stink. As for the moment Clark has with Kara I thought it was fine and it’s only because of the shows previous track record that it might come off bad. By itself it works IMO but I admit that the thought did cross… Read more »

Superman2878
December 9, 2019 11:30 am
Reply to  MattComics

Spoiler alert. Don’t read my comment if you have not seen the episode yet. Spoiler alert. Don’t read my comment if you have not seen the episode yet. Spoiler alert. Don’t read my comment if you have not seen the episode yet. Spoiler alert. Don’t read my comment if you have not seen the episode yet. I’m giving Clark a pass with that conversation he had with Kara. He was worried about his son because he didn’t know where he was specifically and he was worried about his wife because he couldn’t be there to help her find their child… Read more »

Superman2878
December 9, 2019 11:46 am
Reply to  Superman2878

I’m so looking forward to seeing Brandon back as Superman! It’s almost time! Just less than 9 hours to go!
Thanks for bringing back Routh’s Superman for this event WB,CW!
This will be the best crossover ever!
😀
And please bring back Routh as Superman after this event for a series of some kind.
😀

Superman2878
December 9, 2019 12:36 pm
Reply to  MattComics

I agree MattComics. It’s always great to see Clark and Kara helping each other and working together.

redcape
December 9, 2019 1:26 pm
Reply to  MattComics

Well,….digesting is a good way of putting. I may have a little indigestion as I thought the baby was ridiculous. However there was certainly a lot going on. Did you watch the “explanation special” afterwards?

Superman2878
December 9, 2019 2:48 pm
Reply to  redcape

Yeah I did. I also wrote this about it last night in a separate comment section, “ I had just finished watching the crossover aftermath show and executive producer Mark Guggenheim had said on the crisis aftermath show which is hosted by Kevin Smith in regards to Kevin’s question on fan predictions,that “Twitter is like crowd sourcing the writer’s room. People are constantly predicting stuff.” You know what that means? They pay attention to social media. They look at what Twitter says. What the fans say. So as I’ve been saying before, I strongly, strongly encourage my fellow Superman fans… Read more »

Iluvsuperman88
December 9, 2019 1:58 pm

I feel a little different then Bailey on this one. I actually didn’t think the Oliver Queen scene was good. Number 1 I can’t believe they killed him off on the supergirl show. I feel as though that he should have died on his show. I’m sorry but I think that was a mistake. Also I get that superman is in emotional turmoil and everything but the one guy who always holds out hope over everyone and who never gives up even when everyone has is Superman. I found it a little disenguenis that Superman lost all hope and Supergirl… Read more »

Superman2878
December 9, 2019 2:53 pm
Reply to  Iluvsuperman88

I seriously doubt that Routh’s Superman we’ll get a pep talk from Supergirl or anyone else since he was the one that said” Hope is the light that lifts us out of darkness”. If anything, I believe he will be giving the pep talk.

Iluvsuperman88
December 9, 2019 4:10 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

You never know not with this show.

Superman2878
December 9, 2019 4:20 pm
Reply to  Iluvsuperman88

What can I say? I’m optimistic. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Only less than 4 hours till part 2.
I better make sure that I have some buttered popcorn. I’m going to give this the movie treatment.
🙂

Iluvsuperman88
December 9, 2019 6:07 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

Nothing wrong with that.

MattComics
December 9, 2019 2:20 pm

The baby was fine. Very much a reminder of what the heroes are fighting for. Life itself. Cute little guy to. I hope we’ll get to see Jon/Superboy in the series. If they take their cues from the Rebirth/Reborn comics they’ll be on good footing.

Superman2878
December 9, 2019 2:55 pm
Reply to  MattComics

I have a feeling that when the Superman and Lois show starts, it will be a time jump like 10 or 11 years into the future. Sort of like how Arrow does from time to time.

Superman2878
December 9, 2019 4:22 pm
Reply to  MattComics

Seeing Clark and Lois with baby Jon made me smile. What a touching moment.Now I’m so looking forward to seeing their show!
Still hoping that they will also make a Brandon Routh Superman series. I’d even settle for a Kingdom Come Superman series on HBO Max! Keep letting them know that we want one my fellow Superman fans!
At the very least I hope that they leave the door open for Kingdom Come Superman’s return after this event.
🙂

Iluvsuperman88
December 9, 2019 6:15 pm

I meant to say what I did like about part 1 of crossover. I really enjoyed the earth 89 scene with the 89 batman music even if it was only for a couple of seconds. It was funny though seeing Burt along with the nananana batman music playing turn around and say that stupid comment like he did in the Adam west series lol. Those were fun. I did love the short scene with Lois and Clark with the baby. That was a adorable. Some are complaining about the baby rocket scene. I thought it was a very nicely done… Read more »

MattComics
December 9, 2019 7:23 pm
Reply to  Iluvsuperman88

Well that’s the thing. There’s always good and bad with these things and it becomes a matter for whether the good out ways the bad or at least balances out. I would say despite some flaws we’re off to a good start so far IMO.

Iluvsuperman88
December 9, 2019 9:37 pm
Reply to  MattComics

Agreed

Superman2878
December 10, 2019 10:24 am
Reply to  Iluvsuperman88

Did anyone else notice that Star Trek actor Will Wheaton was at the beginning of part 1?He was the guy holding the end is nigh sign.