SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1," the first episode of this year's Arrowverse crossover.
"Crisis on Earth-X," this year's Arrowverse crossover, has claimed its first victim: James Olsen, aka Guardian. The multiversal event set out to prove its dire stakes with an opening shot on Earth-X itself, where Oliver Queen's evil doppelganger fought and killed the Guardian of his world.
The crossover opened with a shot that panned over a city decked out with red banners and swastikas, before zooming in a heavily guarded warehouse. A man then stepped out of the warehouse and greeted a guard, who said, "Hey, doc. Do you really think you can make that thing work?"
"We need to make it work if we're ever going to bring hope to this darkened world," the other man responded. Then, an arrow flew out of the darkness, striking the man in the chest. The guard he had been speaking too fell soon after, with another fatal blow. The off-screen archer swiftly took care of all the men outside the warehouse before the camera showed who it was: Earth-X's own Oliver Queen, known as the Dark Archer.
As the Dark Archer surveyed the damage he had caused, Guardian approached him from behind. "You're the best they could send?" Oliver asked without turning around.
"Funny," Guardian responded. "I was going to stay the same thing."
Dark Archer fired off an arrow, which Guardian deflected with his shield, which was repainted with an American flag on it. The two subsequently came to blows, with Dark Archer ultimately overpowering Guardian and stabbing him in the chest. Injured, Guardian was then thrown down to the pavement. Dark Archer stepped on Guardian's chest, pinning him to the ground.
"There are more like me, and one day, they will free this world," Guardian promised.
"That day may come, but you won't be here to see it," Dark Archer responded. "That flag died a long time ago."
"But it seem means something," Guardian choked out. Dark Archer then fired an arrow into his heart, killing him, and left his body behind.
This year’s four-part crossover “Crisis on Earth-X” will air across two nights, beginning Monday, Nov. 27 with Supergirl and Arrow (on a special night for one week only) and concluding Tuesday, Nov. 28 with The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.