Welcome to Geek Girl Authority’s Into the Arrowverse. Each week we recap the weekly episodes of Arrow, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Black Lightning. And preview the next episodes. Since GGA provides full recaps of The Flash, only The Flash preview will be featured in this column. All images and videos courtesy of The CW.
How Queer Everything is Today (S01 E10)
Batwoman/Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) returned to Gotham City to the same situation she was in before the Arrowverse Crisis on Infinite Earths. Alice (Rachel Skarsten) always wreaking havoc. This time she wants to convince Kate to join her merry band of rabbits. First Alice has to convince Kate that she’s not a superhero.
Batwoman becomes the subject of Gotham gossip when she took a misstep and fell into the arms of a cute policeman. Let’s just put this to rest now. Batwoman gave Kara Danvers (Melissa Beniost) at CatCo Magazine an exclusive, coming out as a lesbian.
Kate sees Alice differently after she killed her step-mom Catherine Hamilton (Elizabeth Anweis) and then framed their father Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) for Catherine’s murder. To convince Kate to join her, Alice kidnaps a girl named Parker Torres (Malia Pyles). Alice threatens to kill Parker if Batwoman doesn’t reveal who she really is. Parker has tech that could send text messages to everyone in Gotham City at once. Parker sent a message exposing Batwoman and Alice her go, but Alice is the only person who got Parker’s text. Sophie (Meagan Tandy) and the Crows got a text telling her where Alice was.
Alice always has a backup plan. She hold Parker and Batwoman at the GC high school while a dance is going on. Mouse (Sam Littlefield) was waiting outside and when he saw the Crows, he blew up the high school. No one was hurt, Batwoman’s identity is safe and Alice went to jail.
Kate got a big birthday surprise when she finds Beth Kane waiting for her.
An Un-Birthday Present (S01 E11)
Kate’s first reaction was to hurt Beth, thinking it was Alice in disguise. Then they realized there were two Beths on Earth-Prime. Kate finally got her sister back, but how?
Sophie is holding Alice in an interrogation room. While Mouse is planning her escape. He kidnaps two kids of high society, threatening to kill the kids if the Crows don’t release Alice. Mouse makes a bold move by kidnapping Kate next. He ties her up in an abandoned car with the kids.
Luke and Mary (Nicole Kang) scramble to find a way to save Kate without Batwoman. Sophie can’t do anything because Kate told her not to release Alice. So the only option is to have Beth disguise herself as Alice and hope that Mouse buys it. He doesn’t.
Mouse puts Beth in the trunk of the car with everyone and throws gasoline on the car. Kate finds a way out of her bonds and tries to fight off the rabbits so she can save her sister. Mouse lights the car on fire, Kate released the kids in the car, and then tries to save Beth. She barely gets Beth out before the car blows up.
Alice finds her own way out of captivity. She asked Sophie to give her a book to pass the time. Her copy of Alice in Wonderland was in Alice’s possession when they took her in. Alice tells Sophie the story about the book and how Mouse’s father destroyed it. Mouse and Alice put it back together with fishline. She strategically took the fishline out of the book to aid in her escape.
Kate and Beth return to Kate’s office to celebrate their birthday with Mary (Nicole Kang) and Luke. Beth gets a splitting headache and falls over in pain. At the same, time, Alice gets the same headache.
Batwoman returns February 16.
The Bottle Episode (S05 E010)
As expected, Supergirl (Benoist) is having a hard time accepting Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) as a good guy in this new Arrowverse world. Luckily William (Staz Nair) thinks Lex is bad too. Now she can investigate Lex as Supergirl and as Kara.
Lex makes up with sister Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) by promising to help with her passion project Non Nochere. In return he wants her help in keeping the Earth safe.
Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath) discovered five of his doppelgängers on Earth-Prime. They made it to this Earth through a wormhole. One of the Brainys dies, leaving a mystery for the others to investigate. The real mystery is who killed him and why. An evil version of Brainiac-5 bottle up his world to keep it from being destroyed by the Crisis. Now he wants to open the bottle, but that would make both Earths implode. Supergirl destroyed the saber that could open the bottle so Evil Brainy resorted to magic. The Witches of Argo City…actually, it’s their doppelgängers, cast a spell to open the bottle.
Brainy is also dealing with the fact that he is not linked to the Big Brain like the other Brainys. That’s because his father put inhibitors in his brain to keep him from turning evil. It also made him blue instead of green. Brainy removed those inhibitors to connect to the Big Brain and Evil Brainy. In the end, Evil Brainiac and the witches entered the bottle until Supergirl and Brainy could find a safe way to open it.
The other Brainiac-5s left to join with the Big Brain. The female version of Brainiac-5 (Meaghan Rath) pulled our Brainy aside. She said in order to save his world, he has to work with Lex Luthor to stop Leviathan, giving up everything and everyone he holds dear.
Brainiac-5 breaks up with Nia (Nicole Maines) and links up with Lex Luthor. Lex let Brainy know that in order to stop Leviathan, they need information from the future. He gave Brainy a picture and told him to find this doppelgänger. It’s a picture of Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan).
Back from the Future – Part One (S05 E011)
Winn Schott returns! And this time, he’s got a lot of new toys, (pun intended) including a Legion ship that Lex is very interested in exploring. Let’s back up a bit. Lex sent Brainiac-5 to find Winn Schott’s doppelgänger who followed in his father’s footsteps to become the next Toyman. This was all a ploy to bring the Team Supergirl Winn back to the past and gain access to the Legion ship.
Lex finds information about Gamamnae, aka Gemma Cooper (Cara Buono), Andrea Rojas’ (Julie Gonzalo) mentor and board member of Obsidian North. And the new leader of Leviathan. He takes what he finds and grabs a present for Lena.
Lena’s research hit a bump in the road because Lena cannot find any Q waves on Earth-Prime. Luckily, Lex found some on the Legion ship and gave them to Lena. Lena makes up with Andrea to get information about Leviathan too. This brother-sister thing is very resourceful.
J’onn (David Harewood) provides the team with a new HQ, away from the DEO and away from Lex. Oh and J’onn installs Crisis memories into Winn because he thinks Lex is a good guy.
The doppelgänger attempted to kill another toy maker, thus making Winn a fugitive. Good Winn wants to avoid that future so he doesn’t loose his wife and daughter. Team Supergirl search high and low, using dreamer to find him. They assume he has a lair and he does. When they find the lair, they find Toyman’s next target: Andrea Rojas.
Andrea is giving a talk at the local university when Toyman attacks. Team Supergirl gets to the university pretty quickly to stop him. The fight ends with Winn coming face to face with his doppelgänger. He tries to tell evil Winn to change his life, but the Toyman would rather die. And die he does.
Brainy comes clean to Winn about working with Lex. He says he’s afraid of becoming the bad guy. Winn is sure that won’t happen and forgives Brainy. He tries to talk Brainy into going to game night, but Brainy wants to brood in his regrets. His greatest regret is breaking up with Nia.
Kara invites William to game night and the two can’t stop looking at each other! She and William form an alliance to find dirt on Lex, mainly so William won’t get hurt working on his own.
The new Toyman may be gone, but he’s got more tricks up his sleeve. The Toyman’s things are taken to a government black site. A brief case pops open and plays a video of Evil Winn.
Supergirl returns February 16.
The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn (S03 E10)
Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning (Cress Williams) is new to the Arrowverse, but things back home are still the same. There’s still a resistance against the ASA going on and Blackbird/Anissa (Nafessa Williams) is leading the charge. Black Lightning stepped in to take over and Anissa put him back in his place.
Jennifer (China Anne McClain) was affected by the Crisis differently. A lightning bolt sent Jennifer to a realm between Earths. When she returned to Earth-Prime, her only objective was to kill Agent Odell (Bill Duke). Instead she ran to Brandon (Jahking Guillory) who was causing earthquakes.
One thing that he did discover is Lynn’s (Christina Adams) addiction to Green Light. When Jefferson confronted Lynn, she flipped out on him. Henderson (Damon Gupton) called for backup from Black Lightning, so Jefferson had to leave, giving Lynn an opportunity to flee.
Gambi (James Remar) met one of the green light metas Baron a.k.a. TC (Christopher Ammanuel) who can talk to computers and other tech devices. TC does a search to find out who tried to kill Gambi and a picture of Lady Eve (Jill Scott) popped up. He passes out from overexerting himself.
Jennifer and Brandon are taken by the ASA, but easily escape. They run only to come face to face with Agent Odell. Jennifer lets Odell know that she will no longer work for him and tries to blast him, but Odell is a hologram.
The Book of Markovia: Chapter Two: Lynn’s Addiction (S03 E11)
Jennifer confesses to working with Odell, and possibly killing a bunch of Markovians for him. Jefferson isn’t happy, but they both agree that something needs to be done about Odell. Jefferson also meets Brandon and scares him from touching Jen…they’re just friends yall! Brandon is also let in on the Pierce family secret identities.
Anissa reunites with Grace (Chantal Thuy). Grace says her feelings of abandonment cause her to lose of control her shifting. But Anissa changed all of that. Now Grace wants to return to Freeland.
Gambi asks Lynn for a sample of the meta-stabilization cure to help one of the original pod kids. Lynn agrees but she wants access to the sanctum to check in on the kids at the Pit. He gives the serum to TC who calms down after overloading in the last episode. TC shows him that Lady Eve (Jill Scott) is the one who ordered to have Gambi killed. Good thing she’s dead.
Agent Odell blames everything that has gone wrong with the ASA on his major. She suggests they chip and stabilize the remaining metas using Tobias Whale’s (Marvin Jones III) bone marrow.
Lynn finds footage of an ASA agent, Sergeant Grayle (Boone Platt) picking up her bag that she dropped when she escaped the Pit. He returns it to her, no questions asked. He also informs her that the ASA is trying to replicate her cure and it’s killing kids. Lynn says she has a plan to go in and get Tobias out and Grayle helps her.
Black Lightning and Blackbird find Odell and take him hostage. Gambi makes a holographic Odell to order the ASA out of Freeland. The ASA activates Painkiller (Jordan Calloway) to help Odell.
When Painkiller shows up at the Pierce home, Black Lightning goes on the defense. Jennifer gets scared and stops her father from hurting Painkiller. The ASA agents take Odell away and Painkiller goes after Jennifer. She blasts him hard enough to knock him out. They take Painkiller to Gambi’s and TC reads Khalil’s brain chip. He reveals to everyone that Khalil is in love with Jennifer. As for Odell, he escapes to Gotham and the ASA has orders to eliminate the Pierce family.
While all of this is going on, Lala (William Catlett) returns and sends one of his guys to check on a business that is under his protection. They find a brothel and Lady Eve is in charge. She was resurrected the same way that Lala was. He gives Lady Eve forty-eight hours to submit to him.
Lynn and Grayle get Tobias out of the Pit. Tobias attempts to hit Lynn and she knocks him out. While they put Tobias in a van, someone comes up behind Lynn and Grayle and knocks them out. He gets on a radio and speaks in Markovian that he has the assets and to call for the teleporter.
Next time on Black Lightning
The Book of Markovia: Chapter Three (S03 E12)
Jefferson and Anissa join forces with the ASA to help one of their own. Meanwhile, Lynn is forced to continue battling her demons.
Green Arrow and the Canaries (S08 E09)
After the Arrowverse Crisis, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy Rodgers), from Earth-2 discovered that Star City would face a major downfall in 2041. The cause of that downfall is the death of socialite, Bianca Bertinelli (Raigan Harris). To avoid the downfall, Laurel travels to 2040 to stop Bianca’s kidnapping. She finds Bianca, but the girl is too busy partying to listen to Laurel…SMH.
Laurel finds Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) singing in a bar that Dinah owns. Shortly after Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) funeral, Dinah woke up in the future. There is no news of Dinah after that funeral in the past, so she decided to make a new life for herself. OH and she has her powers back.
Laurel filled Dinah in on the mini-crisis going on. The only other piece of the puzzle that they needed was Mia Smoak (Katherine McNamara), now Queen. Mia’s life is very different from the first time we met her. Star City is not in shambles. Mia grew up somewhat normal with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and William (Ben Lewis). Zoe Ramirez (Andrea Sixtos) is alive and Rene Ramirez (Ricky Gonzalez) is the mayor of Star City.
There is no danger so there is no need for any of the kids to train to fight. Connor Hawke (Joseph David-Jones) is not a super friend, in fact, Mia doesn’t really like him. But she really likes J. J. Diggle (Charlie Barnett). The two are even engaged to be married. Everything is perfect until Laurel restores Mia’s memories.
During their search for Bianca, Mia is resistant to being a superhero. With her merged memories, she prefers to live the good life instead of the vigilante life. So she doesn’t want to wear the Green Arrow suit. Laurel convinces her to do so to carry on Oliver’s legacy.
They find evidence of Bianca’s cousin, quickly moving something out of the city. They stop the shipment, but meet up with Deathstroke. Deathstroke’s appearance leads Laurel to believe J. J. is behind the mask and causes a rift in Mia’s relationship. He calls off the engagement because Mia doesn’t trust him.
When the ladies do find Bianca, they find it’s her ex-boyfriend Trevor (Chad Duell), with multiple Deathstroke fighters who kidnapped Bianca. Trevor says he was ordered to take Bianca by “her.” Mia notices a familiar symbol that Trevor has tattooed on his wrist. He blows himself up before he tells them who “she” is.
Dinah decides to start the Canary network. Laurel reveals the real reason she was insistent that Mia join them. Mia is connected to the fall of Star City. Laurel shows Dinah a newspaper headline with a picture of Mia that says “The Woman Who Failed this City.”
Elsewhere, Mia and William visit Oliver’s memorial statue when William pulls out his pet rock. The Queen family hōzen, the arrowhead stone that Oliver found on Lian Yu. The etching on the arrowhead matches the tattoo on Trevor’s wrist.
Mia and William are attacked. Darts knock them out. Two men rush in and take William away while Mia lies on the ground. At the same time, someone attacks J. J. and restores his pre-Crisis memories.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Meet the Legends (S05 E01)
The Legends return to the Arrowverse and they are famous! So, here’s what the Legends have been up to. Mona (Ramona Young) is Mick Rory’s (Dominic Purcell) agent. Nate (Nick Zano) pretends not being involved in the crossover is a good thing. Ava (Jes Macallan) is doing damage control with Congress (they want to cut funding for the Legends). Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) is just plain bored and takes off on another adventure. Nora (Courtney Ford) is playing fairy godmother. She made Gary Green (Adam Tsekhman) apprentice to John Constantine (Matt Ryan). Behrad (Shayan Sobhian), Zari’s (Tala Ashe) brother visits himself on the day of his birth.
The film crew catches footage of the Legends just being normal people until a time disturbance happens. In 1917, Rasputin (Michael Eklund) doesn’t die and no one knows why. Constantine and Gary discover that Astra sent Rasputin back to Earth. With the film crew in tow, the Legends confront Rasputin, each in their own way, and that only make things worse. Rasputin kidnaps the director forcing Sara to take matters into her own hands.
Sara is really frustrated with everyone because they are only making thing worse…as they always do. She’s also still in mourning about Oliver and upset that none of her friends have asked how she’s doing. They didn’t ask because Ava told them not to. Ava’s not very good with emotions.
Sara fixes the Rasputin problem by having Ray as The Atom enlarge while inside of Rasputin’s body. Gross. They take what’s left of Rasputin and put him in jars. It seems that Rasputin cannot return to Hell while a chip of his soul remains there. What’s really gross is that Constantine drinks a jar of Rasputin so he can get into Hell. Constantine wants to find Astra and stop the ‘encores’ from doing too much damage on Earth.
The documentary is shown to a large audience. When the Legends get on stage for an interview, they reveal that the whole thing was staged. That means no funding from the government, but that’s okay. Mick lifted a feberge egg from 1917.
Mick gives Mona full reign over the Rebecca Silver romance novels after she proves to be an excellent writer. Mona leaves the Waverider to focus on writing.
Nate got pretty close to Rasputin who made him realize that something or someone was missing in Nate’s life. He discovers footage from HeyWorld and sees Zari turn into Behrad. He also finds a message from Zari, saying she loves Nate and asks him to find her. But Nate doesn’t even remember her name.
Next time on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Miss Me, Kiss Me, Love Me (S05 E03)
When a new blip lands the Legends in 1947 Los Angeles, it puts them on the trail of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel; Sara, Ray and Constantine devise a plan to capture him; Ava struggles with being on the sidelines with Rory.
The Flash Preview
Before the Arrowverse Crisis occurred, Iris (Candice Patton) and Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) were investigating a couple of cases. Ralph is still looking for Sue Dearbon. Iris is looking for a secret organization that has something to do with Dearbon’s disappearance. They also have something to do with Ultraviolet and why she exists.
And during the Crisis, the last thing Oliver Queen asked of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) was to take care of his family.
After The Citizen prints an explosive story, Iris’s life is threatened and she sets out to expose a dangerous organization; Barry must face the consequences of the Crisis and fulfill Oliver Queen’s wish for him.
The Flash returns next week, February 4 on The CW.