Elseworlds: The Prelude To Crisis Edition

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Original Release Date:
2018
Original Running Time:
126
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
114
Time Cut:
14
Time Added:
4
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Brief Synopsis:
Oliver and Barry awaken to discover they have been body swapped! To solve this mystery, they will need the help of Supergirl and travel the lengths of the DCU, from Gotham City to the cosmic beyond. All the while, a mysterious entity known as the Monitor, watches and evaluates their every move.
Intention:
I love the Arrowverse and the epic DC Comics crossovers of my yesterdays days. The greatest of these stories was 1985's CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS and seeing this saga come to life on the television screen was both a joy and frustration. My intent is to fan edit the chapters leading into the that 2019 crossover and ELSEWORDS in the first page in that larger story.

The general intent of this fan edit is keep the story focused on the core Prequel elements and trim back some of the distracting relationship soap opera moments.
Special Thanks:
Dwight Fry, MusicEd, Fran Gracia, Nic, drvrjon
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
Coming Attractions before Main Feature
Cuts and Additions:
--all commercial breaks, recaps, series intros gone
--series title cards for parts two and three zoomed and cropped out
--Elseworlds font used for city and Earth designations for visual continuity

Part one....
--cut Earth-90 prologue
--cut "I am the Flash/Ollie" teaser
--created new Elseworlds title card
--rearranged order of Barry Argus scene
--cut to hard black when Barry is punched out by Ralph
--minor trim to Smallville scene to remove title card and audio rebuild
--cut Barry asking if Ollie is puffing out his chest
--move up earlier Oliver training Barry scene
--ADDED deleted scene of Clark and Ollie
--cut concerned Iris reaction shot
--cut Sherlock Wells alimony cheque
--cut Barry and Iris scene

Part two...
--cut "I am the Green Arrow/Barry" teaser
--cut the Son of Deathstroke scene
--trimmed the Trinity's Argus scene to remove repeat of plot
--trimmed Barry's reaction shot to Felicity
--cut Argus scene about Felicity and body swap
--cut Felicity and Caitlin scene
--cut Mr. Terrific "cool" line
--rearranged Deegan releasing Arkham inmates
--ADDED Supergirl and Deegan scene
--rearranged Fear Toxin scene
--ADDED Earth-90 flashback
--cut Ollie's line about the Monitor giving Deegan the Book back

Part three...
--cut "I am Superman/Deegan" teaser
--trimmed/rearranged evil Superman arrival transition
--trimmed Kara and Evil Superman conversation
--cut Monitor's line about Ollie's 'hubris'
--cut Alex and Frost scene
--combined 3 separate scenes of Barry, Ollie & Mr. Ramone into one, complete audio rebuild
--moved/trimmed 1st Kara & Alex scene
--trimmed "nice suit" scene
--rearranged Lois slo-mo falling scene
--cut Batwoman phone call and Psycho Pirate scene
--ADDED new Elseworld title card

--added new end credits
--added mid-credit scene
Trailer

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I love the arrowverse shows. Some moments really get a comic book fan excited. This crossover was one of those moments for me. I told my wife through the entire thing when we watched as it aired, I kept saying, 'they're going for it. they're going to do it.' Elseworlds was a great lead in with some pacing problems and to much focus given to parts of the story that could/should be overlooked. Bob's fanedit fixes all those issues. I couldn't think of a single scene that was needed to be kept. Once again the pacing is great, everything flows so well and it was an absolute pleasure to watch.

Now to patiently wait for COIE Bob style and the return of my Flash. (I literally jumped out of my chair the first time it aired when Flash-90 shows up in this)

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Let me start by saying that no matter what Earth you are on, this edit is always going to be a solid 10. These crossover edits of Bob’s are what we were hoping for in a theatrical release of DC’s Trinity, but the CW Trinity is the perfect stand in for them. When you take a step back from all of the melodrama and filler that pads out the shows, you really get something special.

I know what comes next for our heroes and this movie gives us one last fun hurrah before the Crisis changes everything. The flow from episode to episode works very well as a three act adventure and the special appearances by other heroes works very fluidly and never feels like “oh this must be the Supergirl portion” or “we must be clearly watching an Arrow episode”. The addition of The Boys are Back in Town for the bar was great and connected the whole scene wonderfully.

So, if I HAD to give any sort of criticism (besides a hurry up on giving me the next crossover adventure to watch), it would be the most minor nitpick of cutting the very last portion of The Monitor telling Oliver there needs to be a balance if Kara and Barry are to live. I think we all knew when we saw it on its initial airing that Oliver was going to cut a deal with The Monitor. If we were left to believe Oliver’s plea to The Monitor was enough, it would’ve brought a big shock later when we see the rest of the conversation and saw Oliver gave himself as the sacrifice for them. Mind you, this does not take away anything from this edit, it was only a suggestion.

These crossover edits are downloaded and on an external hard drive connect to my tv for repeat viewings and you better believe these will be repeated viewings in the future.

Now, we wait for the red skies to appear as the Crisis is inevitable…..
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Bob does it again! Always love his distilled take on the Arrowverse & this was no different. No creeping "Special Guest Star" credits this time, & the deleted scenes added really help seed the idea of the third act twist this special brings (especially since the recaps are cut). The only bits that felt off to me were the removal of Frost & Alex's banter (Frost now refers to a conversation that doesn't exist) & the lack of an overt teasing of the upcoming crisis before the credits roll.

I think the latter could've been mitigated if, after Oliver & Barry toast, we fade into the time vault, replay the v.o. of the Monitor saying the universe is a complex machine, & then see Crisis pushed up by a few years. That sets up the need to prepare for the crisis, & plays into Oliver's line about savoring time because you never know how much of it you'll have.

Besides that, great edit. I am waiting on baited breath for Bob's COIE Trilogy, especially since one part is being made essentially out of whole cloth. Can't wait!

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Leave the soap opera at home. it is time to get serious and find out if our heroes are worthy. Bionic Bob has once again knocked it out of the park with this one. DC should hire Bob to run all their tv shows because he could save them all by making them closer resemble the comic story arcs. Now to wait with baited breath to see if our heros stop the coming crisis in crisis

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Okay, I'll say it: Bionic Bob should be hired as the showrunner for the Arrowverse. Or an advisor for the showrunners, at least. As someone who grew up on a steady diet of comic books in the 80s these shows have quite a bit to offer me and there's a lot they get right about most of the characters, but as I frequently say, the continuous emphasis on soap opera stuff keeps putting me off and I tend to lose interest. So I'm eternally grateful to Bob for distilling these event arcs into versions centered on the parts that do hold my attention, so I can finally watch without any fears of ending up yawning every ten minutes, and concentrate on all the excitement and all the references to the most diverse eras of DC history that long time comic book fans appreciate so much. It's often said that movies are life minus the boring parts. And that's exactly what these edits are.

Sure, Elseworlds is in itself not as interesting or engaging as Crisis on Earth-X, lacking an evil world as fascinating as that one and coming across as a bit too episodic, but there's still a lot of fun to be had here. The road towards Crisis on Infinite Earths is set, and the references start here. It's always great for an old-timer like me to see 90s Flash show up, here playing basically the role that Pariah had in the original COIE (and even teasing John Stewart - come on, it's about time they give us a worthwhile live action Green Lantern!), and the fact that the story even plays around with the possible death of the two major casualties of COIE is a welcome wink. And complete with a Superman the Movie nod, at that.

Technically-wise it's perfectly achieved, and the pacing is kept consistent all through. Even some bits that I thought could have been cut end up having a payoff. Initially I thought the Clark and Lois conversation about the Argo City stuff could have been lost and that the Clark/Kara conversation that follows it inmediately was enough to set up Barry and Oliver's arrival, which it would have been... but then there's something towards the end that justifies keeping it. Everything ends up being connected.

Now, I'm absolutely ready for the Bionic COIE. Worlds will live, worlds will die... and Arrowverse fanedits will never be the same!
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