'Crisis on Infinite Earths' Part 4 Review: Oliver as the Spectre made an otherwise lackluster story worthwhile
Warning: Spoilers ahead for 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' Part 4
‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ brings together the heroes of the shows ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Supergirl’, ‘Batwoman’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ (plus Black Lightning) to help the Monitor / Mar Novu (LaMonica Garrett) defeat his evil twin, the Anti-Monitor / Mobius (also LaMonica Garrett, but with better makeup). Over Parts 1, 2, and 3, we saw the Anti-Monitor successfully destroy the multiverse, with the assistance of a possessed Harbinger / Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson).
However, the Paragons, a group of six heroes (and Jon Cryer’s Lex Luthor) managed to survive, though they were left stranded at the Vanishing Point. Things look hopeless for the Arrowverse going into Part 4 and even though he’s dead, Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) is the only one who can save the day. But to do that he’ll have to become someone else. Or something else.
The Spectre. If you don't know what that is, you can get all the information you need on the character right here.
Part 4 was one of the more enjoyable episodes within the massive crossover, taking a lap through Oliver's memories and paying tribute to the iconic character. Was it everything we hoped it would be? No, but we have to give The CW props for effort.
The final battle, in particular, was quite a disappointment but the episode's saving grace was its focus on Oliver and his history. Stephen Amell really carries the weight of the multiverse here and just about manages to get it to a satisfactory destination.
Perhaps the best part of the episode was the scene where Oliver rebirths the multiverse. It's quite a poetic turn of events, the hero who started the Arrowverse being the one to bring it all again. As stories go, Part 4 (and the crossover as a whole) could have been done better but we're still happy to have had the experience.
'Batwoman' and 'Supergirl' will return to The CW on January 19. 'Black Lightning' will be back a day later, on January 20. 'Arrow' Season 8 will return on January 21 with the backdoor pilot for the spinoff show 'Green Arrow and the Canaries' and 'Legends of Tomorrow' Season 5 will also begin airing on the same day.
'The Flash' Season 6 will be back on February 4.