Helping Crisis on Infinite Earths live up to its promise of being ‘the biggest Arrowverse event yet’, UK broadcasters cleverly waited until there was an actual crisis on Earth to air it. Talk about a crossover.
After going out in the US late last year, the five-part special finally arrived in the UK this spring, but with a catch. As E4 and not Sky picked up the rights to Batwoman, and only started airing the show at the end of March, the crossover went out in the UK missing an episode. ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Two’ (aka Batwoman episode nine) did not air as part of the event.
Nor did it air in between Batwoman episodes eight and ten, as expected. Here in the UK, episode 10 ‘How Queer Everything is Today!‘ aired on May 24th, listed as episode nine.
Apparently the decision was made to avoid confusing fans who aren’t also up-to-date with the other Arrowverse shows with an interruption to the ongoing Batwoman story arc. Speaking to SFX Magazine, Channel 4 explained its thinking:
The missing Crisis episode then, won’t arrive in the UK until the end of the run of 20 episodes, which – by our back-of-an-envelope calculations – puts it at Sunday the 9th of August, other interruptions notwithstanding.
Any fans who’ve steadfastly waited for the legitimate arrival of the complete set to watch the crossover still have months to go. Unless, that is, they want to buy the DVD including all five episode, available now from Amazon at £6.99.
The other four parts aired sequentially on Sky One and NOW TV, starting with Supergirl’s part one on Monday March 30th, followed by The Flash’s part three on Tuesday March 31st, then Arrow’s part four on Wednesday April 1st, and finally Legends of Tomorrow’s part five on Thursday April 2nd .
Black Lightning season three is also now available on Netflix UK, though doesn’t have an official instalment in the Crisis crossover.
See the full episode synopses and UK schedule details below:
Supergirl: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part One
UK air date: Monday 30th March, 8pm, Sky One
The Monitor sends Harbinger to gather the worlds’ greatest heroes – Supergirl, The Flash, Green Arrow, Batwoman, White Canary, The Atom and Superman – in preparation for the impending Crisis. With their worlds in imminent danger, the superheroes suit up for battle while J’onn and Alex recruit Lena to help them find a way to save the people of Earth-38.
The Flash: Crisis On Infinite Earths Part Three
UK air date: Tuesday 31st March, 8pm, Sky One
Pariah enlists Black Lightning to help stop the Anti-Monitor after the Flash of Earth-90 shares what he learned from his battle in ‘Elseworlds’. With the help of Black Lightning, Barry, Cisco and Killer Frost come up with a plan that could save them all. Meanwhile, Iris has a heart-to-heart with Ryan Choi while Oliver and Diggle return to an old familiar stomping ground.
Arrow: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Four
UK air date: Wednesday 1st April, 8pm, Sky One
Stuck in the Vanishing Point, the Paragons search for a way to escape. The futility of the situation is compounded by The Flash’s disappearance. However, hope appears in the form of Oliver who reveals that he has become something else. Meanwhile, the origin stories for The Monitor and Anti-Monitor are revealed.
Legends of Tomorrow: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Five
UK air date: Thursday 2nd April, 8pm, Sky One
Worlds lived, worlds died. Nothing will ever be the same.
And finally, for completion’s sake, here’s the synopsis for the missing Batwoman episode, which should air (according to our back-of-an-envelope calculations) on Sunday May 24th at 9pm on E4.
The group uses Ray’s invention to track new recruits to help save the universe. The Monitor sends Iris, Clark and Lois in search of a mysterious Kryptonian, while Kate and Kara head out to find Bruce Wayne. In addition, Mia challenges Sara, Rory discovers a hidden talent, and Lex Luthor returns.
Here’s a spoilery cheat sheet of everything you need to know ahead of the crossover, in case you missed the odd episode of say, The Flash and need to get up to er… speed.