Two-Night Crossover Event, Continued
Previously, two of the CW’s DC Comics lead heroes from The Flash and Arrow worked together on a case to take down Roy Bivolo (or “Prism”), a metahuman in Central City, during The Flash episode “Flash vs. Arrow.”
On the second episode of the two-part crossover event, Barry Allen and his sidekicks (Cisco and Caitlin) head over to Starling City to help the Arrow. This is part two of the two-part review. Part one can be found here.
Different Strokes for Different Heroes
Oliver’s methods for interrogation have come from his time in Hong Kong and on the island. His ideal technique is forceful interaction. While The Flash’s episode focused on Oliver’s objection to Barry’s lack of self-preservation, the Arrow episode focuses on Barry’s own objections to torture.
Lyla, Diggle’s former (and future) wife, is the intended target for Mr. Digger Harkness, the baddie of the week. Harkness has escaped A.R.G.U.S.’ grasps as a former Suicide Squad member and therefore wants to punish Lyla. Cisco names him “Captain Boomerang.”
He is both cunning and technologically inclined enough to require the Arrow and Flash’s diverse set of skills.
Captain Boomerang is the best-rounded villain introduced so far aside from Deathstroke; in fact, it’s awfully satisfying throwing them onto the same island together.
It becomes clear how great a villain Captain Boomerang is when the Arrow is faced with Harkness at the train station. Harkness reveals his master plan: the Arrow can diffuse the five bombs planted around Starling City or he can take Harkness down. Luckily, Team Flash is around to help diffuse all five bombs simultaneously and put Harkness on the island prison.
Their teamwork in this episode was better integrated, smoother. Barry played to Oliver’s strengths and preferred methods of enemy-takedowns. It was a give-and-take that felt seamless after having worked together on a recent case.
This episode tied up loose ends nicely. We got to see Oliver and Barry grow as superheroes and friends. Oliver now knows that he can maintain his humanity while interrogating criminals. And Barry now takes the time to work through his cases. Together, unstoppable.
Additionally, having Caitlin and Cisco analyze DNA for Felicity means that we will see another morsel of story line interaction between the two series. It bodes well for The Flash to have such a strong backing of Arrow viewers.
Part one garnered 4.34 million viewers, which is its second-highest rated episode this season (with the highest being the pilot episode). The viewership has hovered at an average of 3.84 million since the premiere. It declined slightly just before “The Flash is Born” aired then jumped again.
Arrow, meanwhile, has been struggling with its viewership with an average of 2.59 million since the season began. The “Brave and the Bold” held a solid 3.92 million viewers.
As an avid Arrow viewer, and an equally excited Flash fan, I’m very happy with the results of the crossover. It takes the audience on an adventure that has been necessary to lighten the mood (for both shows and their lead characters).
I would gladly accept another crossover event, but only if it is near the end of season one for The Flash (as a “hope your first year as a superhero was fun” note from Mr. Queen). Otherwise, it would be very difficult to justify another crossover. While it was fun and informative for both characters, neither would benefit much from another crossover event in the near future.