DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Stay on target We knew it would happen. Ever since the Flash showed up during the first season of Supergirl, we knew they were considering something like this. When Supergirl joined her small screen DC brethren on The CW, we knew they were planning something. So how was it? It was pretty much everything we could have hoped for.Supergirl started the week off with a fairly normal episode. It opened with Kara and friends all sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, which is interrupted by an inter-dimensional wormhole that closes up as soon as it opens. Before they can fully investigate, the main plot of the episode pulls their focus. Cyborg Superman (Hank Henshaw) stole a Kryptonian virus that kills aliens. He’s working with Lillian Luther to kill all the aliens living on Earth. Meanwhile, J’onn J’onzz has been injected with M’gann M’orzz’s blood and is turning into a White Martian.The crossover begins. (Melissa Benoist, Grant Gustin, Carlos Valdes) (Photo: Screenshot via CW)If anything, this episode was a reminder that if you aren’t watching Supergirl, you should be. It has fully embraced its comic book origins and does every superhero justice. It’s a much better adaptation of the DC Universe than any of the movies at this point. If Martian Manhunter as a White Martian fighting Cyborg Superman doesn’t convince you to give it a shot, I don’t know what will. All that said, this episode had a very minor part to play in the crossover. In the end, after the threat of the virus has been dealt with, the inter-dimensional wormhole shows up in Kara’s apartment again. This time, the Flash and Vibe step through. Barry Allen tells Kara they need her help and they take her to their universe. On to Tuesday night and The Flash.The Flash opens with a taste of what’s to come: A giant superhero battle. This is as close as we’re going to get to a D.C. Civil War. We flash (ha) back to ten hours earlier when Wally’s training is interrupted by what looks like a giant meteor falling from the sky. The Flash runs to intercept it but finds that it’s not a meteor. It’s a small alien spaceship. He also finds a hoard of vicious, scary-looking aliens. The Department of Defense shows up and tells The Flash and his team that these aliens have attacked before. They’re called The Dominators. Now they’re back, but they claim they’re there on a peaceful mission. You buying it? Neither does the DOD.The Flash decides he can’t handle the alien threat alone and collects a team of superheroes. Cisco puts his anger at Barry aside to help him get to Supergirl. Yes, Supergirl exists in a parallel universe. Earth-38, as it turns out. That’s why they weren’t affected by the Dominator invasion. Keep that information in your back pocket for when it inevitably turns up as a question at your local trivia night. Barry also runs to Star City to grab Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity. Thea hears about the team-up and decides it’s too cool to miss and comes out of retirement to fight the Aliens. Oliver suggests they bring The Legends on board and sends them a message. With all the superheroes in one place, they begin training by fighting Supergirl. She is the only alien they have handy, after all.Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) shows Oliver (Stephen Amell) and The Legends what makes her so super. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)One thing that was great about this episode of The Flash, it didn’t put the show’s overarching story on hold for the aliens. There was meaningful story development for both The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow packed into this one episode. Wally is angry that Iris and Joe won’t let him fight even though he has powers now and eventually convinces H.R. to train him. Jax and Martin show Barry the message he sends them 40 years in the future, and he shares it with the rest of the Legends. We still don’t know exactly what it means, but it’s finally not a secret anymore. And that woman that Martin kept having visions of last week? He visits his home and finds out that she’s his daughter. When he visited his younger self in the 1980s, he changed history and now has a daughter. Oddly enough, his wife doesn’t seem to be around.The team’s training is interrupted by news that the aliens have kidnapped the president. The team rushes to save him, but they leave Barry behind, angry at him for changing history and messing with time. Oliver decides to stay with Barry and cheer him up. The rest of the team finds the president easily, but it turns out to be a trap. The aliens appear to have researched the mind-control tech from XCOM and take control of Supergirl, Diggle, Speedy and the Legends.Green Arrow and The Flash run to them and a giant superhero fight ensues. Green Arrow and The Flash are surrounded, but Wally comes to their rescue. His heroic moment lasts all of five seconds before he’s taken down, alive but unable to move. Cisco and Felicity work together to track the source of the mind control. Barry tricks Supergirl into destroying it and everyone reverts to normal. Their victory doesn’t last long, though, as Green Arrow, Speedy, Diggle, White Canary and Atom are all beamed up into space. And into Wednesday night.As Arrow‘s 100th episode begins, we find out that they’re all being kept in pods, while their brains are being kept occupied by a simulation of a happier life. Oliver is marrying Laurel Lance, who is still alive. Oliver and Thea’s parents are also still alive, and everything is perfect. There’s even someone else out there acting as the Arrow. Oliver later discovers that it’s Diggle. Oliver begins to have memories of his real life and eventually discovers that they aren’t real. As he investigates, he brings everyone else together and convinces them to give up their happier lives where nobody died and find a way to escape.Guess who’s back! (John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn) (Photo: Screenshot via CW)So how does Arrow top The Flash‘s massive superhero battle? It brings back every villain from seasons past. As the group investigates the one building that’s out of place, they are met by their memories of the enemies they’ve faced so far. Deathstroke, Malcolm Merlyn, and Damien Darhk show up, and a stylish, well-choreographed brawl ensues. As they enter the building, they find a way to exit the simulation. Before they do, they have to deal with saying goodbye to pretty much everyone they’ve lost over the last few seasons. Once out of the simulation and awake, they search for a way off the ship. Oliver finds a laser gun on the wall, blasts a couple of Dominators, and the team ends up in one of the alien fighter ships. Thea can launch it, but as nobody knows how to fly the thing, it hurtles towards Earth.Meanwhile, Felicity and Cisco are trying to track the alien ship down so they can mount a rescue. Cisco reveals he grabbed a piece of alien tech from the crashed fighter and Team Arrow starts trying to hack it. They find they need a new experimental power source to even begin hacking and, wouldn’t you know it, the only existing prototype has been stolen by an evil cyborg woman. The Flash and Supergirl team up with Team Arrow to find her. When they do, Supergirl and The Flash take her down in a spectacularly violent fashion. Basically, they both hit her as hard as they can and bounce her across the room to each other like a ping pong ball. It’s probably the most brutal takedown either character has ever done. Not a criticism, it was awesome!With the power source in hand, they’re able to track down the location of the alien tech and send the information to the Legends. As Oliver and Company’s ship falls towards Earth, they are rescued by Nate Heywood in the Waverider. While they get patched up, Gideon analyzes the aliens’ speech and finds out that they’re building a weapon. It’s unclear at this point what kind of weapon, but Gideon points out that the alien mothership has reached Earth. With that, the best episode Arrow has had in a long time comes to an end and we’re on to Legends of Tomorrow.Steel (Nick Zano) Heatwave (Dominic Purcell) and Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) capture a Dominator. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Back in Central City, Martin theorizes that the Dominators kidnapped the non-metahuman heroes to scan their brains to find metahuman weaknesses. Oliver suggests they kidnap a Dominator to find out how to defeat them. Since they seem to be laying low right now, Nate suggests they go back in time to the first invasion in 1951 to get one. It wouldn’t be a Legends episode without time travel. Cisco and Felicity are immediately on board, and it’s fun to see them geek out about going back in time. Unfortunately, when they get there, they’re told to stay on the ship while Heat Wave, Vixen, and Steel kidnap an alien. They almost complete their mission, but some government agents show up and take them, along with the Dominator specimen, prisoner.Cisco and Felicity mount a rescue, while the Legends use the fact that they’re locked up to speak with the alien. They learn that the Dominators are investigating metahumans to determine whether or not they’re a threat. The agents show up and take the Dominator with them to experiment on. Felicity and Cisco aren’t far behind. They rescue the Legends and the Dominator, allowing it to return to the mothership and return to 2016.Arrow and The Flash stay in the present to meet with the new President. Oliver is freaked out by the alien encounter and takes it out on Supergirl by asking her to stay behind. He seems to know he’s being an ass, but he’s still being an ass. They’re met by the same agent who captured the Legends in 1951. They learn that when Barry altered the timeline, he broke a truce with the Dominators. They want Barry to surrender himself, which he considers doing. Cisco vibes onto the alien ship to speak with the alien he saved in the past and finds out that now, they want to wipe out all metahumans. Seeing that trying to make things right in the past made things worse in the future, he realizes what Barry’s been dealing with and forgives him.“You and what army?” (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Martin’s story also moves forward in this episode. He and Caitlin try to figure out a way to defeat the aliens when his daughter shows up at S.T.A.R. Labs. It turns out she has a Ph.D. in nanotechnology and wants to help her dad out. He’s slow to warm up to her, as he plans to go back in time and “fix” his past, so she never existed. As they work together, he sees that she really is her daughter and that he loves her. They finish the weapon, which turns out to be tiny devices that cause the Dominators pain when planted on them.Steel, Vixen, Green Arrow and Freelancer (Diggle) fight a hoard of Dominators in Central City, while Supergirl and Barry run and fly around the world, planting the devices on Dominators in every major city. Meanwhile, the mothership has dropped a bomb that kills metahumans on Earth. Cisco and White Canary use the Waverider’s tractor beam to capture it, and Firestorm transmutes it into water. The entire team is awarded by the new president, and they have a party before going their separate ways. Supergirl takes a wormhole gadget Cisco created with her so the team up can happen again someday.So the first gigantic four-show crossover of the Arrowverse really couldn’t have been any better. Every show rose to the occasion, delivering its best episode all season. Even though Supergirl, being set in another universe, had little to do with the invasion storyline, its episode on Monday night was one of its strongest. Legends even took advantage of her presence to have a nice Superman Returns joke, with Atom, played by Brandon Routh, remarking on how much Kara looks like his cousin. It will probably be a while before they do something like this again, but if the next crossover is half as good as this one, it’ll be worth the wait.
Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ All of the seals that researchers have encountered with eels in their noses were quickly caught by response teams and the eel gently and successfully removed. All the seals were released and haven’t shown any issues from the incidents.“The eels, however, did not make it,” the HMSRP said in their Facebook post.But how did eels get into the seals’ noses in the first place?Hawaiian monk seals forage by shoving their mouth and nose into the crevasses of coral reefs, under rocks, or into the sand, said NOAA Fisheries. “They are looking for prey that likes to hide, like eels. This may be a case of an eel that was cornered trying to defend itself or escape. Alternatively, the seal could have swallowed the eel and regurgitated it so that the eel came out the wrong way. We might not ever know.”More on Geek.com:Bobcat Shows Off Dead Iguana Prey to Tourists at Florida Wildlife RefugeGorgeous Mandarin Ducks Makes a Splash on Social MediaHow Do Spiders Survive the Winter Having a stressful week at work? At least you don’t have an eel stuck up in your nose.This past summer, researchers from the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program (HMSRP), part of NOAA Fisheries, spotted a seal with an eel hanging from its nostril in the French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.They posted the photo of the seal in the slippery situation to their Facebook page on Monday.Apparently, “eels in seals’ noses” is a phenomenon that has been observed before, according to the researchers, albeit only “three or four times.”“In the nearly 40 years that we have been working to monitor and protect endangered Hawaiian monk seals, we have only started seeing ‘eels in noses’ in the last few years,” NOAA Fisheries said in a blog post. “We don’t know if this is just some strange statistical anomaly or something we will see more of in the future.”