The Flash 3x16 "Duet" | Review

By Christopher Ross (@boss_ross92)

The CW (via @CW_TheFlash Twitter)

What’s better than The Flash and Supergirl singing together in a musical number? Nothing. Nothing is better and we'll challenge you to a sing-off if you say differently. Let us begin!

The musical crossover episode of The Flash began with J’onn (David Harewood) and Mon-El (Chris Wood) carrying Kara through a breach to Earth-1, where Team Flash was waiting on the other end. However, Music Meister (Darren Criss) has made his way into Star Labs at the same time. Barry (Grant Gustin) goes to confront the mystery character but is quickly knocked out exactly like Supergirl (Melissa Benoist). Turns out, the two heroes are within a dream world created by their own subconscious and love of musicals. Music Meister warns the two that the only way to get out is to finish the script. Essentially, Barry and Kara have to play along and sing their way out of this 1940s musical.

Our two heroes find out that certain characters in this dreamland are people they know in the real world. Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) is the club owner/mobster, Winn (Jeremy Jordan) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) are employees of the club, and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Dr. Stein (Victor Garber) play rival gangsters who also happen to be a couple. The pair happen to be the fathers (or as Iris adorably says, "Dads") of a character that looks like Iris (Candice Patton) and to make matters even more complicated, the Iris character is in love with Merlyn’s son, who looks like Mon-El. It’s all one, big, happy mess of a story that resembles a mix between The Fantasticks and West Side Story as Kara so perfectly mentioned. The audience is treated some great musical numbers from all our familiar characters and we even get an original song between Kara and Barry.

Back in the real world, Kid Flash (Keiyan Lonsdale), Vibe, and J’onn team up to capture Music Miester. The three are successful and manage to put the unknown character into one of Star Lab’s holding cells. Iris and Mon-El confront Music Meister and he tells them the only way to save their significant others is to go into this dream world and save them. Back in the musical world, Kara and Barry are trying to stop the rival gangs from killing each other, but are shot in the process. The two are dying on the street when Mon-El and Iris show up after being vibed by Cisco. The two declare their love for our dying heroes and true loves kiss wakes Kara and Barry up. Turns out that Music Meister is not really a villain, but rather a love counselor who uses his powers to help mend Kara and Barry’s hearts with their significant others. It was so cheesy but I’d be damned if it wasn’t entertaining.

The "performance of the week" award goes to everyone this week! Every character involved and all the hard work by the writers, choreographers, and director deserve special attention because this episode surpassed all of my expectations. When I heard the announcement of a crossover musical episode I was excited and hesitant at the same time. It was exciting to hear of another crossover between Supergirl and The Flash and the prospects of a musical episode really made this musical theatre enthusiast extremely hopeful. However, having been let down by huge announcements like this in the past, it was unsurprising to be cautious about how well done this episode would be. I can now say I was extremely wrong. If there was one thing that I didn’t like was the fact that we only got one episode of this musical crossover. We could all watch several more episodes just like this one involving all the Arrowverse characters. Here is hoping for the reappearance of Music Meister sometime in the future.

 

Quick Notes/Remarks

-- Winn can sing! Broadway actor Jeremy Jordan's singing chops blew us away!

-- After a quick Google search, turns out that half of the singing cast are former Broadway performers.

-- Barry (Grant Gustin) was so talented when he rhymed end ship and friendship…

-- Speaking of Barry’s talents, who would have guessed that Barry can tap dance better than most.

-- Melissa Benoist continues to show me why she is such a celebrity crush. The girl is a triple threat!

-- The fight scene with Kid Flash, Vibe, and the Martian Manhunter put the biggest smile on my face. If you had told this comic book nerd that these three characters would team up together one day, I wouldn’t have believed you. The only sad thing was the quick resolution to that scene.

-- The group number between John Barrowman, Jesse L. Martin, and Victor Garber was a personal favorite performance of the episode.

-- Darren Criss played a wonderful, mysterious, jerk to a T. Luckily he had good intentions but boy did he make me laugh.

 

Review: The Flash 3x17Duet”: Excellent!

Need I say more! Get us another musical crossover!

Until next time heroes!

 

Note: This article is ongoing, check back later for other recaps/reviews, including:

Arrow 5x17 "Kapiushon"

Legends of Tomorrow 2x15 "Fellowship of the Spear"


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