In Review: Arrow – Elseworlds – Part 2

Still trapped in each other's bodies, Oliver and Barry head to Gotham City with Supergirl to find out why their reality changed and cross paths with the mysterious Kate Kane.

Synopsis: Still trapped in each other’s bodies, Oliver and Barry head to Gotham City with Supergirl to find out why their reality changed and cross paths with the mysterious Kate Kane.

Review: Picking things up from where last night left off. The team heads to Gotham City to try and track down The Monitor.

The Story

Having figured out that some of their answers to the body swap are in Gotham. Oliver, Barry, and Kara maker their way to the City, but are not aware that they are being watched.

Meanwhile, Felicity finds out that Diggle and Curtis have been keeping the fact that Oliver and Barry have swapped bodies from her, which creates a bit of a soap opera that the story could well have done without as Felicity questions her marriage with Oliver and takes the fact that she didn’t figure out something was wrong as a sign. Even when Caitlin tries to convince her otherwise. Felicity is still having doubts.

Back in Gotham things thankfully pick up as Kara, Barry and Oliver get themselves arrested, but then bailed out and taken to Wayne Tower where they meet Kate Kane aka Batwoman, but they haven’t figured that out yet. Kate tells them that they can use the roof of Wayne Tower and the Wi-Fi to figure out what they need to figure out, which allows Oliver with his computer skills to find John Degan who was arrested but never convicted for some dodgy scientific stuff.

Eventually, the team goes to Arkham in order to get the Book Of Destiny from John Degan in order to use it to swap Barry and Oliver back into their own bodies. But things don’t turn out to be all that simple because The Monitor has a few more test for our heroes and gives Degan another chance to change things with the book.

The Acting

This was a fantastic episode with a few great performances, but it has to be said, Ruby Rose nailed it as Batwoman and gave the role a lot of intensity. I loved the scene that played out between Batwoman and Supergirl toward the end of the episode and I hope it gets some payoff tomorrow night because I’d love to see them team up.

Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell continue to have fun with the whole body swap storyline and I just love how Barry and Oliver are having a bit of a laugh at each other as they try to adapt. Especially Oliver with the speed stuff. We get a great scene where the two come to realize how tough they both are. A revelation, which they both have after battling hallucinations of Reverse Flash and The Dark Archer. Only Barry fights the Dark Archer while Oliver takes on the Reverse Flash.


This episode did a pretty good job of building on last nights episode but did slow down a bit for the Felicity am having doubts about my marriage soap opera.

I loved the introduction of Batwoman and really hope that we get to see her again once this three-night event wraps up. Maybe a guest appearance on either Arrow or Flash.

I also loved the introduction of John Wesley Shipp as the Earth 9 version of the Flash, who has a key part to play in moving the plot forward.

Additionally, it was awesome to see John Barrowman return as Malcolm Merlyn aka The Dark Archer.

The episode ends with Barry and Oliver in an even worse predicament only minus superpowers. I look forward to seeing how all of this gets resolved.

Arrow - Elseworlds - Part 2
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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