The much anticipated “Supergirl”/”The Flash” crossover episode, “Worlds Finest” occurred Monday night and it didn’t disappoint viewers. The 18th episode of CBS’ freshman show, which featured the ultimate team-up of Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and the CW’s superhero speedster, Barry Allen a.k.a. the Flash (Grant Gustin), was a hit, with the show getting 7.2 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen.
The episode cleverly begins with disgraced Siobhan Smythe (Italia Ricci), who is now aware of her metahuman powers, overhearing new Department of Extranormal Operations commander Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan Tatum) questioning Leslie Willis/Livewire (Brit Morgan) about five people (with electrical imbalances of the brain) being rushed to the hospital. Lucy thinks Livewire had something to do with it, even though she’s confined in a cell. But, viewers would learn at the end of the episode that something bigger was happening.
After Siobhan discovers that her family is cursed and the “Silver Banshee” is calling for her, she sets out to kill Supergirl’s alter ego Kara Danvers by screaming her out of the top floor window at CatCo. Cue the Flash, who appears just in time to “save” Kara.
The Flash’s face and his “nope”, when he sees Kara’ shirt on fire, starts to put it out and then decides not to, are hilarious. Grant plays the speedster with such optimism and childlike energy, much like Melissa does as Supergirl.
The characters seeing each other in action and introducing themselves was incredible and such a funny moment as they realized that neither of them had heard of each other. Also, there needs to be another crossover episode in which Kara goes to the “Arrowverse”, teams up with Barry again and meets Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) and Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten) because those four characters are truly “adorkable”.
It was also pretty cool to see how accepting Kara and Winn (Jeremy Jordan), who knew the theory of the “Multiverse”, of Barry and how jealous Jimmy (Mehcad Brooks) was of Kara’s friendship and team-up with Barry.
It was smart of the writers to have Lucy address Jimmy’s jealously and their former relationship. It was also very mature of Lucy to once again encourage Jimmy to tell Kara how he really feels about her and that Lucy understands that she and Jimmy were never going to work.
Barry’s heart-to-heart with Kara about the life of a young superhero was much-needed, powerful and effective. It was just the encouragement and advice Kara needed from someone her age who understands what she has gone through and what it’s like to be her. They have a lot in common: they were both “adopted”; around the same age; helping organizations that combat supervillains; have experience great failures and big triumphs; have a great network of friends; have optimistic personalities; struggle with their love lives; and take things to heart.
Barry has also, once again, changed yet another alternate earth, but this time it seems for the better, as he creates earbuds to counter the Silver Banshee’s screams. Barry also created a way for the National City Police Department to hold metahumans and inadvertently helped Kara solve the problem, brought up a few episodes back by Jimmy, about bad guys getting a fair trial, instead of being held indefinitely by the DEO.
Things work out for the superheroes, who didn’t defeat the supervillains. Yes, they teamed up twice during the episode, but they lost both battles against Livewire and the Silver Banshee.
And yet, this turn of events worked, with a nice touch by the writers by having the firefighters be the ones to save Supergirl and defeat the supervillains. Viewers will remember that it was in the episode “Falling” that Supergirl was infected by red kryptonite after saving a trapped firefighter. Kudos to the writers for bringing everything full circle and restoring Supergirl back to “hero” status.
The crowd protecting Supergirl, after she was shocked by Livewire while protecting a helicopter, was very reminiscent of the crowds who protected Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man in “Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man 2”.
Episode highlights included the following scenes: Kara’s “yes” and facial expression when Barry races out of the room and back with ice cream for the Supergirl gang; Supergirl, using her super breath, and Flash, moving his arms quickly in a circle to create whirlwinds, knock back Livewire and Silver Banshee so the heroes can retreat; Supergirl flying and Barry running next to each other in the desert; and Supergirl and Flash’s foot race to create a breach and send Barry home.
The deductive skills of Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) should also be commended. She has once again shown that she is observant and that she is a competent journalist. She quickly deduced that Barry and the Flash were the same person, much like she did with Kara and Supergirl. If not for J’onn J’onzz shapeshifting into Supergirl and appearing next to Kara, there would have been no way Kara could deny Cat’s correct deduction.
Other highlights included the return of Non (Chris Vance) , the second appearance of the Omegahedron and finally, the revelation of what “Myriad” really is: the mind control of humans. Couldn’t have come at a worse time for Kara and Jimmy, who were sharing their first kiss, when the project came online.
There were also a ton of nicknames and phrases spoken throughout the episode, including “The Blur” (which the Clark Kent of the CW’s “Smallville” was called before he became known as “Superman”), “speedster”, “The Red Streak” (which Barry was called on his show before he became known as the Flash), “muggles” (from the “Harry Potter” book and film series), “who is that masked man” (from “The Lone Ranger”), “Speedy” (the nickname of Thea on “Arrow” and the hero name of DC Comic’s Green Arrow’s former sidekick), “Girl of Steel” and “Scarlet Speedster.”
While it was an awesome episode, five questions arose: 1.)When did Barry run fast enough to vibrate and end up in Kara’s universe? (Maybe that answer will be revealed on “The Flash”; 2.)Since Kara appears to be able to run as fast as Barry and can fly faster than Superman, can she create a breach with her speed and travel to other earths? 3.)What did Barry create so the National City police can hold metahumans? 4.)Will more metahumans “rise” up on “Supergirl”, creating new superheroes and supervillains? 5.)Is there a Barry Allen in Kara’s universe? He never said there wasn’t a Barry Allen on her earth.
The episode teleplay was written by show co-creator Andrew Kreisberg and Michael Grassi from a story by show co-creator Greg Berlanti. Nick Gomez directed the episode.
The show was developed by Ali Adler, Berlanti and Kreisberg. Berlanti and Kreisberg also developed and executive produce the CW’s “Arrow”, “The Flash” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”, according to IMDb.com.
“Myriad”, the 19th episode of “Supergirl”, airs Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. Central on CBS.