The Flash Season 1, Episode 8: Flash Vs. Arrow
Written by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg
Directed by Glen Winter
The CW has been hyping “Flash vs. Arrow” for a couple of weeks now, and for the most part, the first of two episodes that have these series cross over does not disappoint, even if the confrontation is a tad contrived.
Oliver Queen happens to be in town with Felicity and Diggle to follow-up on a weird boomerang that was the murder weapon in Starling City just as a meta-human that can drive people into a rage strikes Central City.
While Barry thinks he has the threat under control, Oliver thinks Barry could use some training and the benefit of his experience. Meanwhile, Felicity teams up with Wells and his team, and is put in the position of protecting the real identity of the Arrow, as Wells and Joe voice their concerns over the vigilante’s methods.
Bringing the Arrow and the Flash together remind me a little of the interaction between Smallville’s Oliver Queen and Clark Kent, who both had the same goals but often came into conflict over methods. In any universe, Oliver is a much more pragmatic hero, while Barry is a lot like Clark with his more idealistic outlook.
And while at first Barry and Oliver are getting along, Barry decides he can take on the meta-human himself, which doesn’t go well – The Flash fails to capture his quarry and has a delayed reaction to the meta-human rage, which leads to a confrontation with Joe and an attempt on Eddie’s life in front of Iris. Ultimately, it provokes the much-anticipated Flash vs. Arrow smack down, although it’s Wells and Joe who diffuse Barry in the end with the help of science.
Despite the contrived showdown, “Flash Vs. Arrow” does a fine job of bringing the characters from both shows together for a solid episode that stands on its own while moving forward story arcs on The Flash. Eddie is convinced The Flash is dangerous, and his efforts to start a task force to take him down at first upset Iris, but after seeing her hero try to kill her boyfriend, she sides with Eddie, despite an apology from The Flash.
“Flash Vs. Arrow” is a fun ride and solid storytelling, setting up conflict between Eddie and Central City’s superhero, and inevitably with Joe, and kicks off an arc for Oliver in its final scenes when he runs into someone from his past. The team-up continues on Arrow.