The Flash 1×08 ‘Flash vs. Arrow’: Part 1

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The biggest event in DC television history has finally arrived! Team Arrow comes to Central City and Barry convinces Oliver to team up with him to catch a metahuman. Eddie and Iris discover they’ve both been keeping secrets about each other, leading to a severe change in stance for Iris on The Flash. Diggle has trouble adjusting to Barry’s superpowers. Did this episode live up to the hype?

SPOILERS BELOW

Since Marvel’s The Avengers the landscape of the superhero genre has changed. Inter-connectivity isn’t just appreciated, it’s almost necessary to build a successful superhero franchise. What’s more important is that you need likable characters with fun personalities that bounce off each other. By god, if the DC Cinematic Universe fails, we’ll still have Flash and Arrow. I don’t know if this was the best episode of Flash but it was definitely the most entertaining.

Sure there were still the traditional issues that the show has been suffering from with weak villains (I can’t even remember the name of the villain this week) but it was such a blast watching these two heroes actually butt heads and fight.

The traditional setup for crossovers is a dispute before the inevitable team up. Barry looks up to Oliver, even though he’s made mistakes in his past. Oliver wants to help Barry avoid the mistakes he made (killing people, losing friends, etc). So the training bits were good fun but we knew a fight was coming. I had read the reason of the conflict earlier but that didn’t stop it from having an awesome impact.

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Props to the writers for coming up with a valid versus episode and not having the reason be contrived. It was building anguish that Barry was suffering from but also the villain of the week helped to set it in motion. The fight itself was, how you say, totally kick ass. Barry’s superspeed was put to jaw-dropping effects. Ollie’s trick arrows were as fun as they’ve ever been. Sad to say there was no boxing glove this time. And the team’s debating about which hero would end up winning the fight was a funny stand-in for the audience. Cisco is the fanboy side of us. Diggle is the skeptical side of us (I love how they never told him about Barry’s superspeed and the reactions that came with it).

One has to wonder how well Ollie would hold up against Barry if they both had spent time in their own personal hell. The fight basically comes down to a draw and I appreciated that. It’s not about who wins, it’s about why they fight and how that can change the balance of a story.

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Olliver’s identity is revealed at the end of this particular story to Team Flash thanks to a nosy Harrison Wells. Did he use some sneaky detective work to figure that out? Or is there something relating to the time-travel aspect of his life that gave him that information? Perhaps Olliver’s secret is revealed at some point down the line? Who knows. I still don’t fully trust Harrison Wells.

Just as Barry was off to a great start at being a hero Central City deserved and needed, looks like it’s all about to turn on him. He beat the crap out of Eddie. Eddie and Iris come to terms with holding back secrets of The Flash. Iris will probably stop her blog. Eddie is leading a task force to stop him. Barry only has his team now.

On less impressive notes: The peak at Firestorm was a nice way to tie Caitlin into the main conflict for next week (although I hear another character will be making himself known as well). The only problem with this tease at the end ties into a minor gripe/nitpick I had for the episode as a whole. It was a crossover but the events of this episode probably won’t directly tie into events in Arrow beyond Caitlin assisting in the hunt for Canary’s killer and the mention of Boomerang.

I’m disappointed this isn’t a true two-parter with fans of both shows needing to watch both to get one full story. Maybe they’ll save one of those stories for down the line. I mean by this point I don’t even care about the seasonal stories anymore. Just give me crossover after crossover. This episode was a blast from start to finish.

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Diego Crespo

Diego champions fallen TV shows that never had a chance to shine. LOST ruined his life for the better. Diego spends his days trying to convince strangers that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the best shows ever made.

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