I thought Part 2 was decent but didn’t love it as much as part 1 I will admit.
I had no problem with the three big guest starring characters. I get why people were disappointed Tom Welling didn’t don the suit. But I thought it was a nice epilogue to Smallville, good since if Crisis goes like we all expect that will be the last chance to put him in. So Clark got his happy ending. And since he was reviving his Smallville role which he never wore the suit in, it made some sense to not have him wear the suit in the crossover.
The Lex Luthor scene with him was good, but wish they could have done a scene with Rosenbaum instead. But I heard rumors he declined returning so might not have even been able to bring him back if they wanted.
Kevin Controy did good. Maybe if I had been younger when Batman TAS came out I would feel differently about him being evil. But while I loved the show I don’t have the nostalgic connection a whole lot of others do, so it worked for me and he gave a great performance. And we got to see Kevin Conroy more or less play a live action Batman which felt right.
Brandon Routh did great as Superman, and I hope this helps cement him as one of the best Superman actors. He deserves it and got a bad rap due to what was a bad movie but not really due to anything he did.
But as a whole the episode kind of came up a bit short. It was good but felt like filler despite the amazing guest stars. I don’t get the point to bringing Oliver back, or trying to. Maybe it will make more sense once this all plays out but the scene felt like just something for those characters to do. Cool to see Jonah Hex appear but other then that it was mostly wasted time.
Speaking of wasted time, what was the point to the whole find the Paragon’s? If he knew Kate Kane was the Paragon why not just tell her? What was the point of sending her and Supergirl to talk to a Batman who was a dead end and might have possibly killed them… two of the actual Paragon’s. And what was with the Lex Luthor thing? He would lead them to the real paragon… HOW… they got to him before Lex did. And how did he know Batman was a dead end but had apparently three Supermen contenders… and if it was one of those three they could have found out by just which it was by visiting them.
And why do all of that anyway? I thought time was off the essence but all he did was waste time with that, and put everyone in danger for no reason… and leave Lex to kill who knows how many Supermen pointlessly. Yeah, the monitor is not heroic but I did not see any argument at all for why those Supermen needed to die.
And on a last note it is probably a nit pick… but what was the point of having them meet a Mick Rory from another earth… who was EXACTLY like the Mick Rory we know (well except he had one failed self published romance vs 1 successful published sci-fi romance… WHOA what a change!). If he was going to be exactly like the earth 1 Mick Rory then why not just write in the earth 1 Mick Rory? Maybe it will also make sense by the end but it doesn’t feel like it is going to anything, feels pointless. And for that matter while I liked the meta joke of Sara saying she promised the team they wouldn’t have to do any more crossovers, from a story standpoint why on earth would the legends not let them use their own Waverider if the multiverses fate was on the line… of course they would… but hey they had to find a way to write in a parallel earth Mick Rory who was exactly like the real Mick Rory… so see it had to happen… for… reasons.
I know I sound like I am hating on it, and a lot of it I was not big on. But do make no mistake, still liked it a lot and loving the crossover. I do think when all is said and done it is possible giving it a year of hype will have built up expectations unreasonably. But we are getting a crossover that not only puts all five of the CW Arrowverse shows together for the first time, but also brings us characters in one form or another from the Tim Burton Batman movie, Smallville, the animated Batman actor in the flesh as Batman, Titans, Barndon Routh’s movie Superman (not sure if that is canonically supposed to be him but felt like it different suit or not, which in some way ties the Christopher Reve version into this), Batman '66 and that is just so far. We know Birds of Prey will tie in and rumor heavily of Stargirl and that is assuming there aren’t more coming, which there might be.
Nothing like this has ever happened on TV and much like the original Crisis is something never before done. I can’t hate on it because the fact they pulled it off at all is history making TV.