In Review: The Flash – Elseworlds – Part 1

Barry and Oliver wake up to find they've swapped bodies, but Team Flash doesn't believe them, so the two heroes travel to Smallville on Earth-38 to get help from Supergirl.

Synopsis: Barry and Oliver wake up to find they’ve swapped bodies, but Team Flash doesn’t believe them, so the two heroes travel to Smallville on Earth-38 to get help from Supergirl.

Review: The Elseworlds Cross Over event got off to a hell of a start earlier and introduced us all to The Monitor, who at the moment we know very little about.

The Story

Things get underway at a pretty rapid pace. The episode begins with professor John Deegan giving a lecture at the University, but as he is leaving the campus he is approached by The Monitor who hands over a book, which is capable of re-writing reality. For some unknown reason, The Monitor thinks that Deegan has the ideal vision to reshape Earth 1.

Things then relocate to the house of Barry and Iris Allen and we see Oliver Queen in Barry’s bed and Iris greets him with breakfast and does not seem to notice that it is not her husband. We then see some photographs to learn that Oliver is in every photo with Iris because he is Barry Allen.

Things then move to Star City where Diggle is Sparring with Oliver at ARGUS only he is sparring with Barry Allen. Barry know has all of Oliver’s abilities while Oliver has gotten all of Barry’s super speed.

When Oliver and Barry go to Star Labs and try to tell Team Flash about what has happened. The team is not particularly helpful and they lock both Barry and Oliver up.

Eventually, events move on and The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Superman go back to Earth 1 with Cisco in order to take down a piece of ARGUS technology codenamed A.M.A.Z.O that has gone wild. It’s a big robot that has the ability to mimic Meta-Human Powers by scanning its targets.

The Acting

Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell are fantastic fun to watch in this episode as both Barry and Oliver get used to newfound abilities. The awkwardness of Oliver when Iris is kissing and hugging him was very believable, but it was also the difficulty he has in adjusting to having Barry Allen’s speed and the way he looks at himself when wearing the flash Suit.

Also, fun to watch was Elizabeth Tulloch who was pretty convincing as Lois Lane and in a pretty short time as well. This is both because of solid writing and a pretty good performance from Tulloch. I think she’d make for a pretty good Lois Lane if ever CW or the DC streaming service considered making a Superman TV show. But they’d have to use Tyler Hoechlin as Superman or no deal.


The visuals in this episode are a lot of fun. The design for AMAZO was visually stunning and I loved how the chest plate on the robot changed when it copied the superpowers of Flash, Supergirl and Superman. The chase in which Oliver lures AMAZO into the trap, which Barry and Team Flash come up with is amazing viewing as Amazo using Super Speed, Heat Rays from his eyes and Super Breath to try and stop Oliver.


This opening episode sets things up well for what we will see over the next two nights. We don’t really know a lot about The Monitor yet because much of this episode was set up as we got to see Barry and Oliver adjust to their new circumstances.

We got some great comedy moments and fun in-jokes. One of which is Ralph Dibney referring to the fact that so much has happened and it’s not even Tuesday, which is referencing the chance of day that Flash is being shown. But the real fun is Barry and Oliver bickering with each other and criticizing how they are using each other’s gifts.

The episode ends with Cisco vibing and showing Oliver and Barry his vision of The Monitor, which helps them determine his whereabouts. The next stop is Gotham City where the team will meet Batwoman.

Overall. This is a pretty solid start.

The Flash - Elseworlds
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  • Acting
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  • Incidental Music

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: [email protected]
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