In the first of a two-part crossover, the Arrow comes to Central City.
Title: “Flash vs Arrow”
Directed by Glen Winter
Written by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Ben Sokolowski, Brooke Eikmeier
Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen / Arrow
Candice Patton as Iris West
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
David Ramsay as John “Dig” Diggle
Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West
Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne
Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells
Patrick Sabongui as Captain David Singh
Anna Hopkins as Sandra
Paul Anthony as Roy G. Bivolo / Prism aka Chroma aka Rainbow Raider
Full cast and crew information may be found at the imdb
Arrow and his associates arrive in Central City (coincidentally, while Oliver Queen wanders around in plain sight with the same associates) on the trail of Captain Boomerang, and team up with the Flash and his associates against an emotionally-manipulative metahuman. The heroes’ distinct styles clash when Ollie tries to train Barry—and Barry sees red.
While it is not new to the show, this episode really highlighted the difference between a trained person and one who possesses good weaponry. Barry has’’t really learned to think like a fighter yet.
We also have a fun introduction where the Flash pays it fast-forward.
I know we handwave a good many problems away when we watch superheroes, but this episode requires the viewers have a case of obsessive-compulsive waving disorder. Apart from calling attention to the ridiculously implausible and entirely illegal prison being run by a handful of people, we have Ollie standing up to multiple high-speed punches without being significantly injured, Ollie practically trumpeting his secret identity but being surprised when Wells reveals it, Thawne experiencing few significant injuries when he’s thrown from a speeding car, and Felicity experiencing no worse damage than a fiery top after Barry runs high-speed with her.
Originality: 2/6 Heroes meet, fight, and unite against a common foe.
Acting: 5/6 The combined casts interacted effectively.
Story: 4/6 The story was predictable, but fun. It cheated us of a key moment; I’m not certain how effective that was, narratively speaking.
Emotional Response: 5/6 It was good seeing these distinct heroes together.
Overall: 4/6 Does it still annoy anyone how easily everyone overlooks the Arrow’s early career as a serial killer?
In total, “Flash v Arrow” receives 30/42