Tonight’s episode of Arrow was an enormous one for The CW collection. Not solely was it the premiere of the present’s eighth and last season, however it additionally noticed some main developments for the Arrowverse in an episode that was in a really possible way the starting of Crisis on Infinite Earths. But simply because the occasions of tonight’s “Starling City” have been very a lot an Arrow story, there was a serious twist that would have impression on different exhibits inside the shared universe and it seems, Arrow needed to get The Flash‘s blessing with the intention to carry it out.
Before we get too deep, there shall be spoilers for tonight’s Season Eight premiere of Arrow, “Starling City”, beneath.
Tonight’s episode of Arrow noticed Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) go to Earth-2 and relive his return from the “dead” that followers of the present obtained to see in the collection premiere again on 2012. Oliver was reunited together with his household — Earth-2 model — whereas additionally attempting to hold out a mission for The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett). That mission was to gather dwarf star particles that have been solely obtainable on Earth-2 and it in the end grew to become very private as he interacted with variations of his family members, particularly Tommy Merlin (Collin Donnell) who had turn into the Dark Archer on this Earth.
While Oliver was in the end profitable in getting the particles in addition to having some shifting moments together with his household, any peace he discovered on Earth-2 was brief lived. In the last moments of the episode, Laurel (Katie Cassidy Rodgers) got here for Oliver’s assist as the metropolis was beneath assault. Turns out, although, the metropolis wasn’t beneath assault. The complete planet was, and a wave of red-white vitality started to devour every thing round them, together with Oliver’s household proper earlier than his sure. Oliver, Laurel, and Diggle (David Ramsey) obtained out of there simply in time however Earth-2 isn’t any extra. Welcome to the first on-screen casualty of Crisis.
With Earth-2 being a big a part of The Flash — it is the Earth that Harrison “Harry” Wells and Jesse Quick are from — destroying it has main impression on that present. It’s for that cause that, in line with Arrow showrunner Beth Schwartz, they needed to get The Flash‘s blessing.
“When we started breaking the season as a whole, because we don’t have that many episodes, we knew that we wanted to start big, and we wanted to introduce the coming Crisis immediately,” Schwartz informed TV Line. “Crisis is starting earlier than we thought.”
With The Flash discovering the presence of anti-matter tonight because of Barry’s (Grant Gustin) try to see what’s past the date of his loss of life in Crisis, it will likely be fascinating to see when or how that collection addresses the destruction of Earth-2, however it feels like the complete strategy of incorporating Earth-2’s demise was a reasonably seamless one.
“We were like, ‘Is this OK? Does this ruin things?'” Schwartz mentioned of asking for The Flash‘s blessing. “And you know, they were very gracious.”
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c, adopted by Arrow at 9/8c, on The CW.