Crossovers are a staple of comic fiction, whether that's in the books themselves, in the movies, or even in the video game adaptations. At their best, they're fannish delights, getting to hint at what it would be like for such disparate characters to really meet. At their worst, they're squandered opportunities.
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If you need a vehicle for moving the family, the minivan is simply the superior tool. But if you think getting a minivan means dooming yourself to three rows of slow, uninspired driving, the current crop of vans could probably dust the sport compact you had as a teenager.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
The CW's four-part DC crossover event is over, as the combined forces of Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow defeated the alien Dominators. But saving the Earth wasn't their only achievement -- they also managed to turn Barry Allen into a hero again, fixing the DC/CW universe's worst problem, while still provided the most fun superhero TV of the year.
If you were disappointed that the CW's big "Heroes v Aliens" crossover technically began with a Supergirl episode that was 98.9 per cent crossover free, the second chapter more than made up for it, resulting in a hell of a watch and what is easily the best episode of The Flash this season.