The Flash: Flash vs. Arrow Review

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By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

Well, that episode was just downright fun. If you didn’t like that episode, I’m going to go ahead and judge you now. The CW has been promoting the heck out of the two-day crossover event and for fans of both Arrow and The Flash, the episode didn’t disappoint.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

For some reason, I was expecting the crossover episode play out like a two-hour movie, with the two series connecting to face one villain over the two hours. Surprisingly, this episode was quite the stand alone. If someone were a viewer of The Flash with no prior knowledge of the series Arrow, there would have been no trouble understanding what was happening. Instead, it was more like Team Arrow stopped in to help out Team Flash with their crisis of the week. (A quick note: The title card was so sweet with the arrows taking the place of the lightning bolt, and the subsequent flash being green. It was such a cool touch.)  

They did a solid job using the villain solely as a plot device. Without Barry getting “whammied,” there’s no way there would’ve been that epic battle at the end between the two heroes, because let’s be real, there’s no way Barry would ever turn on Oliver. He looks up to him too much and fanboys whenever he’s around him. Besides that, the villain played little to no role in the episode. They didn’t even show him getting captured or the fight between him and the two heroes.

The special effects in the climactic fight were done quite well. The episode’s director, Glen Winter, has directed both series in the past so ideally he was the best person the bridge the two.

Arrow has much less special effects so it was kind of weird seeing The Arrow involved in a non-practical and effect-heavy fight. The slow motion was really cool to see. However, the only aspect that looked a little funny was the part where Barry was rapidly punching Oliver. I don’t know how they could’ve made that look any better, but still it looked weird. I’m glad that it ended up being a tie. If either of them lost, there would’ve been some major bruised egos and we can’t have that; I like them both too much for one of them to lose.

It’s easy to think that with a crossover, the characters entering into another series would suffer from mischaracterization and out-of-character behavior, but The Flash didn’t suffer this fate. The writers perfectly blended Team Arrow into the Flash universe.

Let’s be honest, even though there were tons of things to nerd out on in the episode, Diggle stole the show. Usually David Ramsey’s Diggle is the straight man, but he was absolutely fantastic in a quirkier and funnier role. The fry flip alone was the best thing in the episode.

Stephen Amell did a great job playing the curmudgeonly old man while Grant Gustin played his foil as the overeager speedster. You could tell they had a ton of fun shooting the episode. We knew Felicity fit in well, but as a whole, Team Arrow fit in nicely with The Flash’s somewhat goofy, light-hearted universe.

Oliver’s baby momma was a little random, but at least this way you know where Conner is and there’s a possibility he and his mom will show up on Arrow in the future.

I can’t end this review without a quick nod to Firestorm’s inaugural appearance. I don’t know what’s going on with that hair, but besides that, it looked pretty legit.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


    One Comment

  1. TonyDecember 5th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    One of the best parts is that they kept the tone correct for both characters. Ollie was still Ollie and Barry was still Barry. I thought the did an excellent job with both episodes and I look forward to seeing a few more.

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