Flash and Arrow merge and Crisis begins: All you need to know

Supergirl -- "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One" -- Image Number: CRS_S5__8x12_300dpi.jpg -- Pictured: LaMonica Garrett as The Monitor, Ruby Rose as Batwoman, Audrey Marie Anderson as Harbinger, Brandon Routh as Superman, Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J'onn J'onzz, Stephen Amell as Green Arrow, Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl, Grant Gustin as The Flash, Cress Williams as Black Lightning, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heatwave, Carlos Valdes as Vibe, Candice Patton as Iris West - Allen, John Wesley Shipp as Flash 90, Matt Ryan as Constantine, Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane and Tyler Hoechlin as Superman -- Photo: The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Supergirl -- "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One" -- Image Number: CRS_S5__8x12_300dpi.jpg -- Pictured: LaMonica Garrett as The Monitor, Ruby Rose as Batwoman, Audrey Marie Anderson as Harbinger, Brandon Routh as Superman, Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J'onn J'onzz, Stephen Amell as Green Arrow, Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl, Grant Gustin as The Flash, Cress Williams as Black Lightning, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heatwave, Carlos Valdes as Vibe, Candice Patton as Iris West - Allen, John Wesley Shipp as Flash 90, Matt Ryan as Constantine, Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane and Tyler Hoechlin as Superman -- Photo: The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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The Crisis on Infinite Earths special event begins on Sunday. The Flash and Arrow have converged to a shared point and the Crisis has formally begun. Here’s the situation, and how to watch it!

In case you’re asking yourself if you can or should watch The Crisis on Infinite Earths event, let me help you out. The answer is yes. Whether you have or haven’t watched The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Batwoman, DC Legends of Tomorrow, or any of the other DC Comic character shows involved, the Crisis event will still be worth watching on its own.

Before we go on any more, please consider this your official spoiler warning. From this point forward, I am going to talk about The Flash and Arrow, specifically, but there will also be some context talking about who we can expect to see during the event on The CW that (finally!) starts Sunday. You’ve been warned now, so let’s get going.

I happen to watch The Flash and Arrow, with a sprinkle of Supergirl. I have also had exposure to some of the other characters like Birds of Prey, DC Legends, Superman, Supergirl, Batwoman, and others, through the crossover episodes in both shows.

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For me, it started with Arrow. In those days (I’m not gonna lie, I binged it in a couple of weeks), I had no honest knowledge of the existence of the DC Universe, let alone the Arrowverse. Even now, I don’t know the true scope of it all. But during that show, we were introduced to The Flash.

After I finished those seasons, I was in a show hole. That’s when I realized The Flash had his very own series! Woohoo! I immediately binged those seasons, as well. This is when I started hearing about this Crisis, and as I caught up with The Flash, both shows had begun the current season, and were fully focused on the coming event.

On The Flash, the big deal has been whether or not Barry Allen would survive. The Monitor told him that in order to save the Multiverse, “The Flash must die.” But even a lightly seasoned fan knew that warning was specifically worded.

On Arrow, the focus has been on the fact that Oliver had to sacrifice himself for the same reason. The Monitor said he has seen Oliver’s fate and he will not survive the coming crisis. Again, I have my serious doubts if that actually means what it sounds like.

We’ve known for some time that both lead heroes have been revving up to sacrifice themselves for the Multiverse. And thanks to The Flash, we’ve had a literal countdown to the date because of a newspaper in the secret, time-proof room.

The Flash — “Into The Void” — Image Number: FLA601a_0313b.jpg — Pictured: LaMonica Garrett as The Monitor — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
The Flash — “Into The Void” — Image Number: FLA601a_0313b.jpg — Pictured: LaMonica Garrett as The Monitor — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved /

We also know that Arrow is in its final season on The CW. Our most recent episode gave Oliver the acceptance he’s been lacking, joining Barry (Flash) in the idea that the outcome has to be this way. Regardless, the Crisis is here now and we’re about to get all the answers.

So, if you’re someone who watches even one of these shows on the reg, you are probably already waiting to watch Crisis. If you watch more than one, you’ve got the understanding that it will be a different experience for those who have been watching the other shows, as well.

But no matter where you fall in that spectrum, even for someone who watches none of the shows, the Crisis event will be exciting and filled with action and drama. On The Flash, we finally saw Lyla transition into “Harbinger.” Fans of the comics, and those who seek spoilers knew this was coming.

In this episode of Arrow, we met her. She was the one to tell us all that the Crisis on Infinite Earths has begun. At the end of the episode, we were shown sneaky Nash opening this wall that has been a sort of sidebar through several episodes. And through promo info, we know that the next time we see him, he’s going to be “Pariah.”

The Flash gave us an epic episode, finally bringing the “Bloodwork” storyline to a conclusion. Basically at that moment, the sky went red/purple as it also did in the Arrow episode. We saw then that Nash had uncovered and activated that wall business.

Since these two skies turned and Crisis began at that moment for both Arrowverse stories, one can only assume that Nash Wells might be connected to its beginning, if not the entire reason for it. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time a Wells caused a time- and space-altering event.

Now, as I said, I don’t keep up with the other shows like Supergirl, Batwoman, Black Lightning, and all the rest (yet), but I have to assume they also had this event featured on their endings. If not, it’s still safe to say that the Crisis has now begun for everyone.

It is rumored that, like the comics, the worlds will potentially come together into one timeline for all at the end of this event. But this is merely fan theory so far. With this shared ending to the episodes, it leans in that direction.

There won’t be anymore episodes before the event starts on Sunday. It will be a 5-hour special storyline involving the characters from so many shows and even dating back to the early days of Batman (black and white). We will see many things we’ll recognize even if we had never seen one episode of the shows on The CW.

Don’t take the week off just yet, though. The network is airing one episode on each show and there is a huge break in the middle of it (why don’t you just torture us?), though we’ll probably need to recover by then.

Here’s when to watch:

  • Part One: Sunday, December 8, 8/7c, Supergirl
  • Part Two: Monday, December 9, 8/7c, Batwoman
  • Part Three: Tuesday, December 10, 8/7c, The Flash

BREAK (until next year!)

  • Part Four:  Tuesday, January 14, 8/7c, Arrow
  • Part Five: Tuesday, January 14 (same night!), 9/8c, DC Legends of Tomorrow

So don’t cheat yourself, watch the event on The CW. This has been baking for so long, over many shows, and through many seasons. It’s going to be fun to watch it before I’ve seen some of the others, later going back to see what they worked in, causing it to become foreshadowing in retrospect.

If you’re still on the fence, you have just enough time to peruse the internet for the insane amount of material that will give you the background you need to enjoy it with a different level of understanding. And if you’re invested through character stories already, like I am, then high-five ’cause I am SO EXCITED WITH YOU.

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Are you planning to watch Crisis on Infinite Earths on The CW? What theories do you have about the outcome for Barry and Oliver? Tell us your ideas in the comments below!

Crisis on Infinite Earths begins on Sunday, 12/8 at 8/7c on The CW!