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“Part 2” of the four-part crossover focuses on the fallout of Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris‘ (Candice Patton) wedding and the explanation of who the villains from Earth-X are and what they want on Earth-One. While our heroes manage to push back the Nazis in “Part One,” the second episode offers a counterpunch from the evil dopplegangers (whose identities seemed fairly obvious to everyone except, apparently, our heroes). Heavier on action than the first episode, there are still smaller conversations shoehorned in here and there to give those not in the fray something to do. “Part 2” also offers small cameos to Arrow‘s B-team who arrive to provide support against the Nazi horde.

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Unlike last year’s crossover, which tailored each episode to that particular cast, “Crisis on Earth-X” begins in earnest with jumping us right into the action and introducing (nearly) all our characters at once. This time around it feels much more like a cohesive crossover (and Supergirl gets to be in the action from the beginning). The focus on “Part 1” is primarily to get all our characters to Central City in time for Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris‘ (Candice Patton) wedding. We get their wedding reception, various drama between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Jackson (Franz Drameh) and Stein (Victor Garber), and wedding crashers in the form of the crossover’s big bad villains – Nazis from Earth-X.

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While taking a driving test through space with Space Cabbie (Patton Oswalt), Stargirl (Natalie Lander) leaps into action to stop the Red Lantern Zilius Zox (Armin Shimerman) from robbing a space ATM in an asteroid field (because where else is a space ATM going to be?). The goofy short doesn’t make a lick of sense (even our heroine questions what she’s doing since her Cosmic Staff allows her to fly through space), but still provides its share of fun including fitting in another oddball Silver Age character.

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“Wake Up” marks the return of Mon-El (Chris Wood) to Earth when he’s found aboard the sunken alien spacecraft we’ve seen glimpses of this season. Initially overjoyed to have him back, Kara (Melissa Benoist) becomes concerned about his troubling behavior (which is never adequately explained), reluctance to talk about what has happened to him, or explain the spaceship or the its other slumbering passengers… including the woman who is later revealed to be his wife (Amy Jackson). The revelation of Mon-El’s time in the future and the introduction of Saturn Girl (Amy Jackson) marks the show’s first steps to introducing an important piece to Supergirl’s comic history as she meets her first member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Could Supergirl be up for some time travel of her own?

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Who is faster, Superman (Jason J. Lewis) or the Flash (Charlie Schlatter)? DC has milked this controversy for decades since the pair’s first race 60 years ago. We’ve seen races in multiple comics as well as on television in Superman: The Animated Series‘ “Speed Demons.” “Race Against Crime” follows the basic format of stories like this as the world gathers to watch the pair race only to see a super-villain interfere and stop from having a true winner ever declared. This time around that villain is Lex Luthor (James Woods) who takes advantage of the tracking technology to bleed speed from both racers and siphon it into his own armor allowing him control of both speed and time.

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A cop, a police cadet, and a former head of the Yakuza walk into a bank. “Kau ka ‘ōnohi ali’i i luna” offers some unusual pairings as circumstances put Junior (Beulah Koale) and the recently-returned Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Dale) as McGarrett‘s (Alex O’Loughlin) back-up after the police cadet notices something suspicious at a local bank. Heading into the bank during a robbery in progress, the threesome are too late to catch the robbers, who blow their way out through the vault, but as McGarrett follows underground the pair provide support topside.

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When his teammates rebel against the traditions of Thanksgiving and attempt to start a new holiday known as Thanksgetting (complete with costumes, bizarre decorations, presents, and not being thankful for anything), it leads to an attack on Titans Tower by the Thanksgiving Turkey. “Thanksgetting” is a bizarre episode that, as usual, focuses on the odd antics of the group, Robin (Scott Menville) taking offense to his team’s opinions and actions, Starfire (Hynden Walch) in a ridiculously-cute cat costume, and one hell of a creepy Frankensteinish Turducken to close out yet another holiday Titans-style. Honestly, I could have done with that last part.

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Here’s what you may have missed on RazorFine Review this weekend. Check out the reviews of Justice League Action, Usagi Yojimbo, The Punisher, and The Blacklist along with a new video from Lindsey Stirling.

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Oliver (Stephen Amell) leaves Star City with Deathstroke (Manu Bennett), traveling halfway around the world to help Slade rescue his son from prison. Things become complicated when the learn the boy has been killed by a powerful crime syndicate and even more complicated after discovering Joe (Liam Hall) is not only alive but the head of the Jackals. Reunited only to discover his son has followed in his murderous footsteps, Slade will have to make some hard choices – especially after Joe’s men capture Oliver and serve him up to Deathstroke.

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The title of the latest episode comes from the B-story as Harry (Tom Cavanagh) reaches out to other versions of himself across the Multiverse in order to aid in the search for the illusive villain DeVoe (Neil Sandilands). While it will eventually bring the Flash (Grant Gustin) face-to-face with the much-discussed character for the first time, neither the quirky versions of Wells nor Cisco‘s (Carlos Valdes) rousing friendship speech can save the groan-worthy sequences (which are given far too much screentime).

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