The highly-anticipated Flash and Supergirl musical crossover aired last night and boy did it deliver. Talented singers, impressive dance moves, and 1940s â€œNew Yorkâ€ accents, could it get any better? (Maybe if it was a little longer.) In the alternate reality, Barry and Kara learned everythingâ€™s easier in a musical and were pleasantly surprised how they confronted their issues from the outside world.
At the end of Supergirl this week, Kara was whammied by the Music Meister as he opened a breach to Earth-1 to catch the fastest man alive. Jâ€™onn Jones (Martian Manhunter) and Mon-El brought Kara to Earth-1 in hopes that the STAR Labs team could bring her back. Unfortunately for them, Barry fell into the same state as Kara, but fortunately for us as we got to witness Grant Gustinâ€™s amazing voice and dance moves (did you see that tap dancing).
Due to Barry and Karaâ€™s love for musicals, the Music Meisterâ€™s alternate reality takes the form of a 1940s movie musical. I thought it was interesting how he stated it could have been anything, such as a war movie, but then we would not have gotten the stellar performances that we did. This new world was very similar to Wizard of Oz, as the characters pointed out, because familiar faces inhabited roles in the musical. I thoroughly enjoyed the rival gangs of Malcolm Merlyn and Joe West with Dr. Stein. It was a nice touch adding a West Side Story element with the love story of both gangâ€™s children aka Iris West and Mon-El. It was also extremely ironic and strange to see the love interests of Barry and Kara with each other. While it was odd to see Malcolm Merlyn on the Flash (heâ€™s normally on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow), I did see a resemblance with him and Mon-El. It was also a nice touch that Mon-Elâ€™s name was Tommy (RIP). Cisco and Winn also delivered out of this world performances and Winnâ€™s accent could not make me stop thinking of him as Jack Kelly in Newsies. I just wish there were more songs to showcase their talents. However, â€˜Put a Little Love in Your Heart,â€™ was a great way to kick off this musical world. I think it was one of my favorite songs of the night.
Once again we got to see Barry and Karaâ€™s adorable friendship. Despite the serious major plots occurring on both of the shows, it was nice to see them in a more comical manner. They always seem to be that way together throughout all of the crossovers weâ€™ve seen them in. All of Barryâ€™s reactions to seeing people he knows sing were our reactions (clapping, smiling in awe). â€œSuper friendsâ€ was a cute, playful song to represent their friendship, written by Crazy Ex- Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom. I particularly enjoyed all of the little jokes, such as Barry telling Kara heâ€™s no longer able to change the timeline and how he admires her more than her cousin. (Ironic, seeing as how Grant Gustin is a huge Superman fan.)
While the ending seemed a little cookie cutter, fixing everything nicely and having the characters learn a lesson in the alternate reality and apply it to everyday life, it was a nice way to tie up some of the problems we just faced in both shows. Kara learned she can forgive Mon-El for not telling her about his past, and Barry learned to live in the moment and not worry about what will happen to Iris in the future. I think it was interesting how Music Meister really wasnâ€™t a bad guy. He was just helping them with their issues in an unusual setting. But the question remains, how did he know? And now that heâ€™s gone will he eventually return? His mysterious disappearance does leave his story open and I know Darren Criss has said that he would love to return next season and write some songs of his own. Due to how well this episode went I have a feeling that might be in our future, but for now weâ€™ll take the lesson Barry learned and live in the present as both shows start to wrap up their seasons.
The songs from â€œDuetâ€ are now available for digital download
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 on the CW
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 on the CW