Two-Night Crossover Event
This week, two of the CW’s DC Comics characters collide in the first two-night crossover between The Flash and Arrow. Our favorite rich boy badass, Oliver Queen, visits Central City and brings his techie and former second-in-command. This episode focuses on one basic idea: Barry Allen (as the Flash) isn’t using his brain to catch bad guys as much as he is relying on his super speed. Ollie spends this episode traning Barry how to case locations, gain intel, and generally spend more time overcoming future challenges.
The two baddies of the crossover event are Roy Bivolo (Central City’s metahuman) as “Prism” and the man Cisco calls “Captain Boomerang” (Starling City’s newest problem). This review is part one of a two-part review. Part two will be released after Arrow’s “The Brave and the Bold” has aired.
Friendship, Jealousy, and Superhero Drama
Thus far, Barry Allen/ the Flash has been the hero that Central City needs. He helps innocent people, puts evil metahumans away, and helps the Central City Police Department (namely Joe and Eddie) solve cases that otherwise wouldn’t make sense.
But when Oliver, Felicity, and Diggle ask STAR Labs for help examining a boomerang, Barry gets more than old friends visiting.
The episode opens with Barry rushing to a bank where a robbery is taking place. Bivolo has the ability to make people go into raging fits by exposing his red eyes. The Flash tracks down Bivolo and tries to corner him. He gets a healthy dose of “whammy” before Bivolo gets away.
The Flash’s ability to heal and regenerate cells quickly allows him to fight off the “whammy” for a period of time. However, Felicity and Dr. Wells conclude that the longer his anger is suppressed, the bigger the explosion.
Barry starts to believe that his closest confidants don’t believe he can be a successful superhero.
He boils with jealousy after seeing Iris with Eddie at the police station. He even gets into a fight with Oliver; he doesn’t believe that the training sessions are about self-preservation.
Meanwhile, both crews from STAR Labs and Starling City are hidden away betting on the victor. It was meant as comedic relief but fell flat.
The fight between Arrow and the Flash is well-matched (for TV standards). It comes to an abrupt end when Dr. Wells and Joe show up with a machine reverse the “whammy” effects.
The next stop: putting Prism into metahuman prison at STAR Labs and teasing Firestorm at the end of the episode.
Overall, the first episode of the crossover did a great job of reintroducing the audience to the fact that the Flash and Arrow live in the same universe and both struggle with their secret identities. It gives the audience some perspective that although we know both as Good Guy Superhero, they’re (mostly) human and go through the same kinds of things that everyone else does.
In the next review, we’ll cover the second half of the two-night event. Hopefully we’ll get more Firestorm coverage and take down Captain Boomerang.