This is the big one: Flash vs. Arrow for the heart of Felicity Smoak!
Just kidding. The two-night crossover between The CW’s two super hero shows does indeed begin here, and the episode is titled “Flash vs. Arrow,” but as far as we know, the heart of everyone’s favorite blonde computer whiz is not what’s at stake (now Arrow vs. Atom might be a different story …). Instead, it’s going to be a villain who sets the two friends against each other, as they’re going to start out seeking Captain Boomerang but end up facing a new take on one of Flash’s other Rogues.
Not following us? Here’s the official synopsis of “Flash vs. Arrow” to shed some light (slight pun intended) on the situation:
Barry (Grant Gustin) is thrilled when Oliver (guest star Stephen Amell), Felicity (guest star Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (guest star David Ramsey) come to Central City to investigate a case involving a deadly boomerang. Excited about teaming up with his friend, Barry asks Oliver if he’d like to help him stop Ray Bivolo (guest star Paul Anthony), the meta-human Barry is currently tracking. Bivolo causes people to lose control of their emotions and has been using that skill to rob banks.
“Unfortunately, the superhero partnership doesn’t go as smoothly as Barry expected. When Oliver tells Barry he still has a lot to learn, Barry sets out to prove him wrong by attempting to stop Bivolo alone. However, when Bivolo infects Barry and sets him on a rage rampage, everyone is in danger, and the only one who can stop him is the Arrow. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) is furious when Eddie (Rick Cosnett) tries to get a task force to stop The Flash, Joe and Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) agree the Arrow is a bad influence on Barry, and Caitlin and Cisco deal with a new team in S.T.A.R. Labs. Glen Winter directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Ben Sokolowski & Brooke Eikmeier (#108).
It’s nice to see that the heroes’ support teams aren’t being left out of the fun, because they’re crucial to both Flash and Arrow’s effectiveness. Nor will all the series’ regular subplots get shoved to the side since there is the bit with Iris confronting Eddie about starting up an anti-Flash task force.
Speaking of which … Eddie seems like an alright guy so far, but his surname suggests that if Harrison Wells isn’t the Reverse-Flash, he’s the next most logical candidate. Could this episode see the start of a side we haven’t seen of him so far? Just a thought.
That’s really a matter for further down the road anyway, as the focus this week will be on pure fanboy or fangirl fun as the two heroes square off. Be sure to visit us again for the Fastest Recap Alive (patent pending), and drop in on The Flash After Show on theStream.tv. Hosts Dylan Landon, Devon Stewart, Lauren Mayhew, and Jack Hind will discuss the clash of DC titans and even let you get in on the fun by using the hashtag #TheFlashAS.