Warning: spoilers forward for the “Disaster On Earth-X” superhero crossover on The CW. If you have not watched but, chances are you’ll need to take a look at a few of our non-spoilery articles till you get the prospect to tune in.
The “Disaster On Earth-X” crossover occasion introduced the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl collectively to battle a Nazi menace together with some evil doppelgangers from the world referred to as Earth-X. The 2-night occasion was a wild trip, but it surely got here with a tragic twist when one main Arrow-verse character was killed in his efforts to save lots of his pals from the Nazis. Sure, Martin Stein died within the remaining episode of “Disaster On Earth-X,” and it was extremely heartbreaking.
Martin was among the many group of heroes transported to Earth-X on the finish of the Arrow leg of the crossover final night time, and he was nearly killed early within the episode after he and the remainder of the nice guys had been pressured in entrance of a firing squad. The heroes obtained a reprieve once they encountered the Ray, who additionally occurred to be a captive on the focus camp, imprisoned as a result of he is homosexual. Citizen Chilly — a.ok.a.the Earth-X version of Leonard Snart — confirmed as much as rescue his beloved Ray, and the Arrow-verse heroes had been rescued as nicely. Sadly, Martin would meet his destiny in his subsequent encounter with the Earth-X Nazis.
The Arrow-verse good guys stormed the ability that housed a portal that would transport individuals between Earth-X and Earth-1, and so they needed to battle an entire lot of Nazis with a purpose to even get shut. Firestorm was doing fairly nicely, however there got here a second when Jax and Martin needed to separate to care for totally different jobs. Whereas Jax was in a position to do his half with out damage, Martin wasn’t so fortunate, and he was shot within the again by a Nazi.
That wasn’t but the tip for good outdated Martin, nonetheless. With all people else pinned down by the Nazis and Pink Twister fast-approaching to explode the entire facility with them nonetheless inside, Martin dragged himself up from the bottom and completed the job, thus saving the lives of all of his pals on Earth-X and enabling them to return to Earth-1 to save lots of all people else, though he was shot once more within the course of. He was in a position to survive the journey again to Earth-1 as soon as he joined with Jax to grow to be Firestorm, however the remainder of the heroes would quickly uncover that even Gideon on the Waverider and the mind belief of the varied superhero sequence weren’t going to have the ability to save Martin.
Because it seems, Martin solely survived being shot within the first place because of his reference to Jax as Firestorm. The connection was sufficient to maintain him alive for a time, but it surely was additionally doomed to kill each him and Jax as quickly as Jax’s power wore out. Whereas all people else was attempting to keep away from dropping the horrible information of their impending deaths to the 2 halves of Firestorm, Martin discovered what was occurring, and he took an enormous step to save lots of the lifetime of the younger man who had grow to be like a son to him. He directed Gideon to breed the serum that was designed to separate the 2 halves of Firestorm safely, and he was in a position to persuade Jax to assist him drink in order to save lots of Jax’s life. Thus, Martin died.
The one actual vivid spot of the tragedy is the truth that Martin went out as a very courageous and selfless hero, and “Disaster On Earth-X” did not transfer previous his loss of life within the span of a scene or two. All the opposite characters had been seen reacting to and devastated by his loss of life, and one of many remaining scenes of the crossover was his funeral. As tragic because it was that Martin Stein died simply as he was making ready to retire from the superhero life and spend time with his family, he obtained one of the crucial heartfelt sendoffs of any character to die within the historical past of any of the Arrow-verse sequence.
The loss of life of Martin Stein will change Legends of Tomorrow in an enormous approach. For one factor, Martin will no lengthy have the ability to lend his brilliance to the group, and he saved plenty of lives together with his wits. His loss of life additionally signifies that Firestorm can not be a Legend except they one way or the other work out how one can give Jax again his powers, and Jax did not even appear to be with the Legends on the finish of the episode. Martin was additionally instrumental in serving to Staff Flash on a couple of event. The life and loss of life of Martin Stein will undoubtedly proceed to influence Legends of Tomorrow and the Arrow-verse as an entire transferring ahead.
The presence of time journey within the Arrow-verse does imply that maybe Martin will return in some unspecified time in the future or different, however in all probability not for some time. Victor Garber landed a role on Broadway that can hold him very busy for fairly some time. We’ll have to attend and see if he ever finds his approach again to the Arrow-verse.
The 4 reveals of the Arrow-verse will return to enterprise as normal subsequent week, sadly with out Martin Stein. To see how the Legends fare with out him, tune in to The CW subsequent Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. Remember to swing by our midseason TV premiere guide and our rundown of 2017 TV cancellations.