The Flash: 308 Review – “Invasion” is a Fast-Paced, Convenient, Fun Crossover

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It’s that wonderful time of year again – Crossover Time! This week’s episode featured the coming-together of many heroes from the DC universe, leading to a hefty juggling act of superstars. How did they all fare against the invading aliens? Well, there were mixed results. Let’s get into the gritty details with . . .

Madcap Recap

  1. ALIENS!
  2. Hurry up and summon all the heroes SUPER FAST, GO!
  3. Flashpoint angst all over the place with a few zippy one-liners thrown in to balance things.
  4. Barry is having a pretty terrible day all around between dealing with aliens, being at odds with his team, and discovering a terrifyingly cryptic message from his future self.
  5. Wally and his issues are standing on the outskirts of the plot going, “Hey! Don’t forget about me!”
  6. ALIENS! WITH MIND CONTROL POWERS!
  7. As usual, Barry and Oliver are delightful to watch in every scene they share.
  8. Cue the mega, awesome, superhero battle!
  9. Things are starting to look up until . . . alien abduction. Who’d have guessed?
  10. Let’s hope Oliver and Company don’t get probed too badly . . .

 

Flash 308 Review

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen [Source: The CW Network, LLC]

A Gathering of Heroes

This episode brought everyone together extremely fast (to the point that I almost got whiplash) with a sprinkle of science mumbo jumbo to explain how Team Flash was able to contact people across time and space. I get it, this is The Flash, but even so, the summoning of heroes was super convenient and easy.

Though necessary, the introduction of everyone’s name and codename felt pretty forced. The saving grace there was how these vibrant personalities interacted in entertaining ways (prime examples: Mick calling Supergirl “Skirt” and Sara referring to Supergirl as hot). As expected, Oliver, Barry, and Kara are adorable together (especially Barry and Kara) and that helped downplay the fact that a lot of other characters were giving one or two lines so that the titular characters could have more screen time. I was a little surprised to see Speedy suit up because, well, don’t they have enough heroes to juggle already?

Flash 308 Review

Caity Lotz as Sara Lance and Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl [Source: The CW Network, LLC]

Flashpoint

This may have been Part 2 of the 4-Part Crossover, but it was the episode that truly kicked off the main conflict and converging of heroes. But since the Dominators’ role in this episode was little more than your basic “aliens are invading the city” plot, a lot of the drama was dependent on Flashpoint.

Up until now, the changes Barry caused by going back in time to save his mother have been pretty minimal. We were teased with the changes, but the people that were affected by them didn’t really know about them. Well, now they get to know about Flashpoint and be pissed about it. Cisco was the first one to really get upset, and now we have Diggle and Sara also being pissed at Barry. Toss in that message from Future Barry and now things are truly a mess. Current Barry isn’t looking like much of a leader, but that role is pushed upon him anyway.

Flash 308 Review

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash [Source: The CW Network, LLC]

Heroes Vs Heroes

Aliens having mind-control technology is pretty cliché, but it did provide an easy opportunity to pit the heroes against each other. Barry and Oliver conveniently staying behind while the others went to face the Dominators was convenient to both the Flashpoint drama and the crossover’s mind-control subplot. What is arguably the best part? When Oliver was griping at Barry about their team-ups while being attacked by their allies. It was such a fitting moment for the two of them.

In fact, this whole episode really showcased the dynamic between Barry and Oliver. They have such a history together (good and bad) and it was fun to see that explored a little more. Oliver put his faith in Barry when no one else would because he’s been where Barry is now. Oliver has made so many mistakes and paid for them dearly. He empathizes with Barry, so it’s hard for him to be mad at the kid for trying and failing when his intentions were good. Well, actually his intentions were selfish, but Oliver’s been there, too.

Flash 308 Review

Candice Patton as Iris West, Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow [Source: The CW Network, LLC]

Final Thoughts and Quotes

This was a very fun episode that did a decent job juggling a lot of characters together. The big fight between all the heroes was entertaining, the Flashpoint drama fit in pretty well, and it managed to feel like both a crossover episode and a standalone The Flash episode. It’s hard to rank it in terms of the entire crossover event because we haven’t seen it all yet, but overall I enjoyed it for it was: fan service to those who love DC heroes and big team-ups. What did you think? Share your thoughts in the comments and enjoy some quotes from the episode.

Felicity: “Best team up, EVER!”

Barry: “Lyla, what is this? I saw the weird ship that crashed…”
Lyla: “You saw a ship? What else did you see?”
Barry: “Enough to give Ridley Scott nightmares.”

Wally: “I know what you’re gonna say, but I had to do something.”
Iris: *hits Wally* “Don’t EVER do that again! Sorry–not sorry!”

Lyla: “When we discovered four ships heading towards Earth, we were concerned that it was happening all over again. One of them, obviously, landed here.”
Joe: “Right, ’cause we ain’t got enough crazy going on here in Central City.”

Diggle: “I swear to God, Barry. My life was somewhat normal before I met you.”

Flash 308 Review

Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl [Source: The CW Network, LLC]

Iris: “Barry, so, Oliver Queen is the Green Arrow?”
Barry: “Yeah.”
Iris: “Oh my God. He just got so much hotter.”

Oliver to Jax: “We’re going up against a bunch of aliens, and you want to tell people that their lives might have been affected by time travel? One sci-fi problem at a time.”

Kara: “How did you get the name Heat Wave?”
Mick: “I burned my family alive, and I like to light things on fire.”
Kara: “Ah. Well, that’s a colorful backstory.”
Mick: “Well, my shrink thinks so.”

Diggle: “You know why I’ve never done drugs? It’s ’cause I was always afraid I’d see weird stuff.”

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Alisha Bjorklund