This week’s episode of The Flash was an epic crossover event with Arrow. Oliver, Felicity, and Diggle (Team Arrow) come to Central City to investigate their murder case involving a boomerang (from a previous Arrow episode), and they meet up with Team Flash!
But Barry and Co. have a case of their own, too. A metahuman named Roy Bivolo (whose codename is apparently Rainbow Raider, but for this review I’m going to call him Angry Eyes) is using his abilities to rob banks and send everyone he makes eye contact with into a ragefest. Or as Barry says, “I think they got whammied.”
It’s not long before Arrow shows up to help The Flash, who’s trying to help the police catch Angry Eyes. Their reunion is fun and made me just grin from ear to ear, but Oliver is at first hesitant to team up with Barry. He wants to help, but he also knows Barry doesn’t really want his help. It’s a bit convoluted, but kind of sums up their relationship well. They’re both so stubborn, and even though Barry looks up to Oliver, he’s already got a bit of superiority complex going because of his super-powered advantage over Starling’s vigilante.
Soon enough, though, Oliver goes into teacher mode with Barry, insisting that super speed isn’t everything. He wants Barry to be more prepared and plan better for his missions, and even though Oliver has extreme methods (downright draconian, some would say), he does get results.
Barry, on the other hand, isn’t so thrilled about Oliver’s training (poor guy gets stabbed with arrows multiple times) and decides to rush in to face Angry Eyes again. That’s when, you guessed it, he gets infected with the Rage Fever.
Barry doesn’t start exhibiting anger until later, so he seems fine at first, but the longer he suppresses with rage, the stronger it bursts forth once he’s provoked. Eventually, Barry gets into shouting matches with Oliver, Joe, and even Captain Singh. Then he gets physical with Eddie by pulling him right out of a moving car. Let’s just say everything that has ever bothered Barry since the start of this show is rearing it’s ugly head courtesy of Angry Eyes’s eyes.
The whole point of this episode seems to boil down to “Teamwork!” and how important it is. Whenever Barry goes off alone without help, something bad happens. But by the end of the episode, good stuff comes all too easily (they glossed over how Arrow and The Flash so easily capturing “Angry Eyes” Bivolo after Barry is cured of his anger issues, but that’s a small flaw, really). The episode was full of gem-like scenes and dialogue, and all boiled down to an epic fight scene between Oliver and Barry. And when I say epic, I mean cinema-style epic. That fight was amazing!
Stepping away from our dynamic superhero duo for a moment, let’s talk a bit about those who support Team Flarrow. Felicity was “smoaking” in this episode, both metaphorically and physically (My shirt’s on fire!” – Felicity). She had some great lines and great opportunities to help her superheroes out (she’s a self-confessed hawker). Cisco and Caitlin were fantastic too, Cisco with his geeky lines and Caitilin bonding with Felicity. Dr. Wells and Joe were looking out for Barry like the father figures they are, and Digg was Digg (and by that, I mean awesome).
We also see the return of a couple characters, including Oliver’s baby mama! He meets her randomly at the coffee shop, and even though she doesn’t reveal that Oliver has a kid, she does talk to said kid on the phone. This will certainly show up in future episodes of Arrow. Also, we’re introduced to Firestorm! The geek out moment at episode’s end shows Ronnie Raymond (Caitlin’s Ronnie) lighting himself on fire and going after some street punks.
Verdict: I give this episode 10 out of 10. It was a delightful crossover and had a lot of great things happening. It was so good, I didn’t want it to end! Arrow and The Flash may have slightly different tones (that is, Arrow tends to take a darker overall feel than The Flash), but they balanced out nicely in this episode. There were moments that genuinely fit for both, and that helped make the crossover even more of a success. Plus, everyone complemented each other well. The episode wrapped itself up nicely, and yet left many things open with promises of good things yet to come. A stellar episode!
Some memorable lines to highlight:
“There’s something off about that guy.” – Oliver Queen on Dr. Wells
“Guys like us don’t get the girl.” – Oliver Queen to Barry Allen
“Felicity, this is me noticing you staring.” – Oliver Queen
“It is practically impossible to tell when Oliver is making a joke.” – Felicity Smoak to Barry Allen
“Who’s that?” – Felicity Smoak
“Someone that I used to know.” – Oliver Queen
“You’re such a lovable dummy.” – Felicity Smoak to Barry Allen
“…You’re fast.” – John Diggle
What did you think of Flash Vs Arrow? Do you agree with my assessment? Share your thoughts in the comments!