"Explain to me why I just pulled an Audrey Hepburn and sang in a nightclub."
When the Supergirl team beams in looking for help, the Flash gets sucked in by the power of the Music Meister — and Barry and his friends begin making a little music of their own.
I love musicals. There's something about the way a good musical can take a few threads of plot and then weave them into a stunning moment of song which connects to and enlarges the characters until they are figures of human emotional myth. This show and its brothers and sisters in the Berlantiverse have a nice range of accomplished singers. Jeremy Jordan, Victor Garber, Grant Gustin, and Melissa Benoist all got a chance to shine tonight, with some very happy results.
When the episode opens Barry is in a very confused emotional coma, and rightly so; this is an episode that's all about heart. When Kara arrives on his Earth with the DEO team, she's in a less metaphorical coma, having succumbed to the odd mental powers of the Music Meister. It turns out the Meister is after both of them for reasons of his own, and catapults them into a world of noir and music which is also a psychological working-out of their current problems, both romantic in nature, as Barry and Kara see Iris and Mon-El reveling in the relationship they'll never have. I think I'll review by the songs:
"Moon River" really gave both Melissa and Kara a true solo. Not only were we treated by (is she a soprano? I'm not up on the music terms) her voice, we were also treated to an insight into the character. When she sings "There's such a lot of world to see," and gives us that look with her eyes, I melt. I truly do. And the whole thing's Kara to a tee: because despite her whole Super nature, and all the things she's seen, she's still in many ways new to the world and basking in the newness — or Mon-El's deception, maybe, wouldn't be the horrific surprise it was.
"Put a Little Love In Your Heart" was the kind of ensemble piece that always gets me smiling and out of my seat. It felt like everyone except Kara and Barry had a moment here; Wynn was present and Carlos Valdes walked through. Barry was the cutest: his feet kept tapping along, you could see that he wanted to sing. It seemed entirely off in the beginning, but felt more and more relevant by the end of the episode.
"More I Cannot Wish You" came with glorious energy from the mouths of Joe West, Victor Garber and John Barrowman. I think this maybe was my personal favorite of the night; it was just so sentimental and strong and direct. Paul McCartney would be proud. I was also flashing back to Joe being shocked Barry didn't ask him for his hand in marriage, way back when, and here Barry is asking Joe to give Iris to another man.
"Super Friend" was just cute and charming, wasn't it? I was smiling throughout. It's funny how Barry and Kara have become truly close so quickly; the banter and singing in this episode were just perfectly done. I am glad they have each other; even just knowing there's someone else out there who's doing the leather and goodness gig has to help lighten the load now and then.
"Running Home To You" was my second favorite of the night, for several reasons. It crystallized Barry's journey, I think, so far this season. Grant Gustin is just a damned good singer. That moment at the end when Barry proposes, again, and Iris says Yes with more force and conviction than I've ever seen her have so far in the series — tears. These two have almost lost each other, and now they're rushing back. We moved past some severe emotional blockage. It would be nice to think that all the moping and depression of the last few weeks are now over, and we can move back to the more confident and powerful Iris and Barry I saw in "Borrowing Problems from the Future."
So much to love about this episode but I'm leading with the dynamic trio of Vibe, Martian Manhunter and Kid Flash, out against the Music Meister. Wasn't this a fantastic group? One possible downside is that it highlights how Carlos Valdes has sort of outgrown his current role. He was a kickass leader and instantly took charge even of the Manhunter.
The noir hotel and background were mostly setting for the singing, of course, but I loved how the show referenced so many plays and musicals without truly emulating any of them. Romeo and Juliet was the most obvious, maybe, especially with the names Cutter and Moran standing in for Capulet and Montague. What others did you notice?
Iris having two dads! WOOOHA!
It was clever having Barry and Kara sort of have to come to terms with their feelings by encountering their partners in love, in the dream world.
Kid Flash didn't come out very well tonight; the win at the end probably will help, but I think we'll be looking at a harder-training Flash come next week.
Who or what is the Music Meister? He kept acting like Q, just exactly like Q from Star Trek.
Kara: "I miss being bulletproof." (Ironic, considering what happens at the end of the episode!)
Kara: "He's my nothing."
Barry: "This is just like West Side Story."
Kara: "I was thinking more like The Fantasticks, but..."
I enjoyed this a ton tonight, but I wonder how rewatchable this episode is. I think The Flash traded plot and story for music tonight — and that they arguably got the best of the deal, especially with Barry's solo and "More I Cannot Wish You."
Four out of five stolen super-powers.