The Flash “Duet” Review

Posted April 1, 2017 by John Patterson in Nerdy Bits

When I heard they were doing a Supergirl/Flash musical crossover I expected something way different. I expected them to have a legitimate episode of Flash with musical numbers spread through out the episode. Like, Barry is fighting Music Meister or on his way to a battle with Music Meister and he’s singing while he’s running or something. We got something a bit different and I’m kind of glad for it.

At the end of Supergirl’s episode we saw Darren Criss as Music Meister come in, whammy Kara, and then say he’s off to find the fastest man alive, aka Barry. He finds Barry and, after a quick bout with Kid Flash, whammies him and sends him to a 1940s esque club where Kara is singing a rendition of Moon River. The 1940s aesthetic of the episode added a fun twist to all the characters. I loved seeing Joe, Stein, and Malcolm as mob bosses at war with each other. And stein and Joe being the Dads to Iris provided for a comedic moment as well as, probably, my favorite moment in the episode. I did not know I wanted a musical with Jesse L Martin, Victor Garber, and John Barrowman until I got one. I was expecting more original songs though. The two that we got were wonderful. I loved how “Super Friend” did not take itself to seriously and the jokes sprinkled throughout were really funny. The song was co-written by Rachel Bloom, the co-creator and star of the show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, who has a lot of experience writing comedic but good songs. And “Runnin’ home to you” was beautifully written and performed and resulted in a beautiful and sincere proposal scene where Barry proposed to Iris again. As a lover of musicals, I think the music worked very well in this episode. There was just enough to satisfy those of us who like musicals but also they had enough action to satisfy those who watch the Flash for the characters and action.

Speaking of Action, WE FINALLY GOT MARTIAN MANHUNTER TO TEAM UP WITH TEAM FLASH!! I’ve been waiting for this for so long! It wasn’t a long action sequence but it was short and sweet. They took a bit of liberty with Music Meister’s powers, allowing him to absorb the powers of the people he had whammied. I enjoyed this new development, it made him seem more menacing than just a dude who can make others sing and do what he wants. His motivation was a bit weird and it made the resolution of the situation seem a bit random. He apparently is not a villain and whammied Kara and Barry to teach them the importance of love. But if that was the case, then why was he trying to rob the bank? Why did he fight Cisco, Wally, and J’onn. There seemed to be no motivation to a lot of the things he did in the episode. His character was interesting enough and Darren Criss did a fantastic job portraying him, I just unclear on a lot of the things he did.

The lesson itself also felt a bit forced. Kara and Barry see the musical counterparts of Iris and Mon-El, Kara’s love interest, in love with each other and comment on how it hurt them both. The resolution of Kara and Mon-El’s conflict felt more realistic and believable. Kara was angry at Mon-El for lying to her but then she comes to the realization that it wasn’t a selfish thing, but that he was afraid of hurting her. This allows her to forgive him and move on. Barry’s resolution with Iris felt a bit more wishy washy. He made the decision that they needed time apart but then he changed his mind so they’re back together. I’m just glad that storyline is over and we can get back to trying to defeat Savitar.

The episode was a lot of fun and I would, honestly, love to have more musical episodes. I do wish the story had a larger impact on the overall story, it definitely felt like a filler, but still and enjoyable episode overall.

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