In Review: The Flash, Episode 8 “Flash vs. Arrow”

An amazingly successful crossover which I hope paves the way for other characters.

The Flash, Episode 8 “Flash vs. Arrow” Broadcast December 2, 2014

Teleplay by Ben Sokolowski & Brooke Eikmeier

Story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg

Directed by Glen Winter

Previously, the Flash is shown when he first meets the Arrow, discussing Iris’s blog about him, and Felicity Smoak speaking with Barry. After a montage of Flash helping people as Barry waxes on feelings, the scene shifts to a bank where a man who looks like Crispin Glover is asked by a guard if he needs help. The strange man removes his sunglasses to reveal glowing red pupils. “Thanks. I’ll be just fine on my own.” The guard’s eyes now glow similarly. The metahuman looks at all the patrons as he makes his way to the vault, everyone stepping out of his way with their eyes now red. He’s stopped by a supervisor who says, “Sir, you’re not allowed to be back here.” He smiles, eyes aglow, “It’s nothing to get upset about.” As he fills a bag full of cash, everyone in the bank is fighting each other–seriously fighting each other. Notified by Cisco, the Flash speeds there just in time to save a patron. The criminal has left, and everyone reverts to normal. Iris and Eddie are waking up for work, though the detective would rather stay in bed with her. At the bank, Barry arrives on the scene and he and Joe overhear one of the patrons feel like they couldn’t control themselves. At police headquarters, Eddie is trying to convince Captain Singh to create a special unit to find out about the Flash–Eddie doesn’t trust him. Barry and Iris see what’s going on and she can’t believe Eddie wants the Flash arrested. It doesn’t matter, because Singh has shot him down. He leaves in a huff and Iris thinks he’s jealous of the Scarlet Speedster. Barry goes to S.T.A.R. Labs to learn that the scientists there have learned that the metahuman bank robber can stimulate emotions in the brain. A text from Iris send Barry into Flash mode and off to Jitters. Once there, she warns him of Eddie’s desire, which makes him smile: she’s trying to protect him. Cisco interrupts this warm and fuzzy moment to tell the Flash that the police have picked up on a ping from the stolen cash and a SWAT team is moving in. He runs to a warehouse where the villain puts the whammy on a police officer with a shotgun, who turns it on his peers. The Flash arrives to save the officers while the officer under the influence is taken down with two green arrows. The Flash and Joe turn to see the Arrow. “Nice mask,” he says before going through a spotlight. Joe is confused while the Flash beams. Cue first commercial break.

This was fun. I haven’t watched Arrow (I gave the first three episodes a shot, and grew frustrated. Yes, I know, it’s improved, so I’ll get to it eventually), but I didn’t feel like I was missing out on any part of him or his posse in this episode. Stephen Amell is a pretty somber hero, as I’m used to the sarcastic comic book version of Oliver Queen. His training scene with Barry was funny, and I expected him to be better at the heroics than Barry because he’s been a hero longer and has had much more experience. David Ramsey as John Diggle had some fun lines, but served only to be a counterpoint for Cisco. Emily Bett Richards as Felicity Smoak has been on The Flash before, so it was nice to have her used as a middleman to get both groups together. This episode was the best for Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne now that he has something to do with the lead character, even if it’s to act like J. Jonah Jameson. The villain, Roy G. Bivolo, aka Prism, aka Rainbow Raider, was a good villain to get the pair of heroes to go at each other’s throats, but he’s not the worst menace either man has faced. Cisco’s closing farewell to the baddie was perfect! This episode also saw Iris and the Flash’s relationship make a change, and the hero that appeared in the last two minutes had me screaming Hooray!

The good: Palmer technologies, Felicity’s entrance to S.T.A.R. Labs–Thank you!, the weapon that Felicity brings with her, the training sequence, Flash and Eddie’s conflict, Flash and Arrow’s conflict, and all the talk about relationships. Barry called Oliver “Ollie!” Oliver’s line at the end was brutal!

Fun lines: “I will…after I eat,” “Man, that’s not freaking you out?”, “We don’t trust him,” “I heard you heal fast,” “I heard you’ve been looking for me!”, and “Run!”

The bad: Cisco did the joke in the voice. Cue fanboys wincing everywhere. Roy G. Bivolo looking like Crispin Glover. I swear I was waiting for the Flash to put him in a neck hold and say, “Hello, McBivolo.” Too similar for my tastes. These are minor quibbles.

The final line: An amazingly successful crossover which I hope paves the way for other characters. Too much fun! Overall grade: A 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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