Recap: Crisis on Infinite Earths 3 – The Flash
Do you remember the old Birds of Prey TV show? Because I do and Crisis Part 3 starts off with Huntress running towards the tower on Earth 203 in New Gotham before taking us back to the ship of heroes on Earth 1. There we see a pretty exasperated team licking its wounds and trying to figure out what’s coming next. Monitor is not really good at pep talks but, he is really good at leaving out huge pieces of the puzzle for his version of the greater good.
Oliver’s bodyguard and friend John, is in a meeting with Sara to determine how to best bring back Oliver and rescue his wife Lila from the Anti-Monitor. He lets the assembled team of heroes in on the Anti-Monitor’s plan to replace all of the universes with one that he can control. He sends Cisco off to serve his higher purpose with his powers returned and Barry sets off with him and Killer Frost to find Choi but, they end up meeting Pariah aka Not Nash who is there to bear witness, which is never a good thing.
Pariah tries to help his former friends but, he laments that he is now Anti-Monitor’s puppet but, Cisco is able to vibe with him to find a way in. Kara and Kate give Lex a beat down to get the instructions on using the Book of Destiny. On Earth 666 in LA, Mia, Constantine, and John go meet an old friend and we get treated to another kick-ass cameo from Lucifer himself as Lucifer to get a ticket to Purgatory to grab Oliver’s soul and with a flick of the wrist, away they go. While Mia, John, and Constantine try and work their way through Purgatory to find Oliver’s soul, Pariah, Frost, and Cisco gain access to the source of the wave and discover that the source of the wave is the Flash from Earth 90 (aka the OG OG pre-CW Flash) who is being kept on a treadmill and being used to power the anti-matter canon.
Cisco uses his powers to get Earth 90 Flash off of the treadmill but, that is a huge mistake because Anti-Monitor built in a fail-safe where if he gets off the treadmill it’ll destroy all remaining Earths at once. While they try and find a way out of this universe ending catch 22, Pariah shows up with Black Lightning and informs him that his family is gone because his earth has been destroyed. He agrees to help by trying to contain the cannon’s energy to save the remaining Earths. After a heart to heart with Earth 90’s Flash, he realizes what the Monitor meant about him vanishing in Crisis. The two Flashes agree to run for their lives and reverse the cannons pull.
On Earth 1 in Ivy Town Elongated Man, Atom, Iris and meet another paragon, of humanity, played by Ryan Choi (Kevin Tran from Supernatural). Back on the ship Monitor has a heart to heart with Lois that is makes him more human but, that moment is short-lived as Atom/Clark shows up distraught after a failed mission, before heading back out to try again. Kara and Batwoman almost come to blows when Kara won’t give up on trying to use the Book to fix things and Kara agrees to stand down, for now, not knowing that Batwoman is holding a kryptonite trump card in case she gets out of line.
Back in purgatory Oliver is running around like a feral assassin and attacks Constantine until John talks him down and they bro-hug it out. In Ivy Town, Iris gets through to Ryan by talking it out parent to parent (relaying the message her Flash gave to her before he went to the alternate Earth) and he agrees to come along. With six Earths gone and only one in the present time remaining things are looking even more grim than when the Crisis began. Meanwhile, as our Barry says goodbye to his friends, prepared for the end Flash 90 steals his speed and tells him that Monitor said Flash had to die but, he never said which one. Despite Barry’s objections, Cisco lets Flash 90 do what he needs to do in order to save the world.
In Earth 666 Corrigan shows up and tells Oliver he needs to come with him to save all worlds, much to Mia and John’s heartbreak and they return to the ship on Earth 1 and share their war stories of lost worlds, lost loves and almost all hope. Black Lightning and the Flash have a heart to heart about losing a father and having to do better for their children while quoting Dylan Thomas and telling each other their non-superhero monikers. Batwoman tracks down Kara and decides to give the Kryptonite back to Kara but, she tells her to keep it because she has the courage to believe she won’t need to use it. Iris and Flash are reunited when they bring Choi back to the ship and they somehow bring Harbinger back to the ship but, she has no memory of what happened.
We all know how this kind of thing goes, Barry and Atom Superman put together that if Pariah was allowed to return to the ship with them then something bad is going to happen and of course it does, Harbinger proceeds to give John a beat down during their tender embrace and with glowy white eyes she announces in Anti-Monitor’s voice that it is time for the Age of Heroes to end. Monitor goes to battle with Anti-Monitor in Harbinger’s body and steals his soul giving him the power to take Earth 1 with the ship being all that remains of humanity. With 29 seconds before the anti-matter wave hits the ship Pariah sends the paragons away from the ship to the Vanishing Point and everyone else accepts their fate with a boom, knowing their fate is in good hands. Superman goes down in a fiery blast being replaced with Lex Luthor who wrote himself into the Book of Destiny.