What a delightful episode, and the beginning of a beautiful friendship (or a series of cross network crossovers). While I do have a few very minor quibbles, this was about as good as I hoped it would be.
Starting off, it was probably a good idea to devote the first ten minutes or so setting up the villain, even though Siobhan's transition into the Silver Banshee was a bit quick. I also wonder if she will eventually look like her slapped together costume in the future as the curse consumes her soul. Either way, she was a pretty effective villain, using sound as a way to weaken Kara. Although it was a stretch when she punched Kara back ten feet or so. Livewire was also fairly effective, and the special effects work was well done. Got to wonder what Barry was thinking though, using energy on an energy based meta-human.
For me, though, the villains were mostly set dressing for the crossover. They gave us some plot, even though it was very routine superhero fare. The main appeal, and the really positive message, was the fact that there was no tension between our heroes. The Flash showed up, saved Kara, and after a bit of inevitably awkward introductions, they were fast friends.
Then there was the way Winn just clicked with Barry on a geek level. It was almost like Cisco was there. It seemed Barry was just as needed in Supergirl's world as he was in his own. Of course Kara is kind of amazing, but she can only be in one place at a time. Going solo, even with the DEO behind her, is a lonely place to be. He offered advice and friendship when she desperately needed it.
While I loved the ice cream moment, especially Kara's face when she realized what Barry had done, why did he just grab vanilla? Was it because he didn't know them, or is vanilla his favorite flavor?
Supergirl had two issues she had to overcome. The first was her image being ruined because of the Red Kyrptonite she was exposed to, and her subsequent actions. While the answer made sense, and the actions of the people in that square worked, she literally just sacrificed herself for them, I'm not sure the rest of the city would fall in line so quickly.
So what was the device Barry had on his chest?
So in this universe there is no Catlin, Wells, or Cisco. Even worse there is no S.T.A.R. Labs, at least in Central City. I bet there's one in Metropolis at least, because that would be kind of weird if there wasn't.
I liked the contrasting methodology -- Kara tends to rush in, Barry likes to make a plan first.
So I didn't mention Kara's other major issue she had to resolve, her relationship with James. Cat's advice was both kind and somewhat accurate, and although I don't really ship them, the Kara and James relationship had to start at some point. Unfortunately their timing sucks, because Alara and Non's device was finally activated. I guess Myriad is some form of mind control.
Being rescued by regular people and ultimately by firefighters was a very nice moment.
They gave us the preferred Twitter hashtag: #SupergirlXTheFlash
Winn: "I saw that winning the people back wasn't going so well."
Supergirl: "I have tried everything I could think of. Last night, I helped a family assemble their IKEA table. It's still not enough."
Cat: "Kira, call Security. I haven't seen eyes that crazy since I had fondue with Ramona Singer."
Kara: "What happened to Siobhan?"
Winn: "Well, after she went all Mariah Carey on you, she just split."
Barry: "So we both have Mariah Carey. That's... something."
Cat: "All four of you standing there doing nothing? You look like the attractive but non-threatening racially diverse cast of a CW show."
Cat: "The Flash? Sounds like someone whose only superpower is jumping out of an alley in a trench coat."
Flash: "Hey, Sparky. Shrieky. Hi. What do you say we step away from the nice lady and settle this like women? (Supergirl looks at him) What? There's more of you guys here than me."
Kara: "You knew he was the Flash?"
Cat: "Oh, please. Barry shows up, the Flash shows up, his insistence on that silly name, and he was so unfailingly charming and nice that he had to either be a superhero or a Mormon."
Bright, fun, and focused on the right things. This crossover was probably my favorite episode of the season so far.
4 out of 4 Ice cream cones
Note: this review was written during the initial run on CBS, which is why the comments are all about how we're not covering the show yet. We are now.
J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related.
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