“You look like the attractive yet non-threatening racially diverse cast of a CW show.”
–Cat Grant

Somewhere between the grim chaos of Batman v Superman and the Silver Age simplicity of this very special crossover ep, there’s an excellent DC adaptation, and I hope we get to see it some day.

Meanwhile, this team up of inspirational super-doers is fun.

Not terribly related: Watch Calgary body artist/model Kay Pike transform herself into Superman.

Director: Nick Gomez
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Michael Grassi, and Greg Berlanti

Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers / Supergirl
Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen
Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant
Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott
Jenna Dewan Tatum as Lucy Lane
Italia Ricci as Siobhan Smythe / Silver Banshee
Brit Morgan as Leslie Willis / Livewire
Harriet Sansom Harris as Sinead
Sarah Robson as Dr. Amelia Hamilton
Dan Warner as Fire Chief

Premise

A world-hopping Barry Allen helps Supergirl defeat a pair of villains and restore her name.

High Points

The leads prove super-charming as ever, and Cat gets some amusing lines.

Low Point

The villains should have posed little threat to two heroes who can literally outrun their specific powers. Both Barry and Kara have to learn not to stand still in plain sight when confronting their foes.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6 At least the heroes don’t fight first, before taking on the common foe.

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 5/6 Benoist and Gustin look like they enjoy playing super-friends.

Emotional Response: 5/6 It was great seeing these heroes work together.

Story: 4/6 I understand the significance of the firefighter ex machina, but it only underscores how easily these villains should have been defeated. The writers, to their credit, made the episode a part of the ongoing story arc, rather than just a stand-alone team-up, and they did so without alienating or confusing anyone who was not following the show.

Production: 5/6

Overall: 5/6

In total, “World’s Finest” receives 32/42