There Is a Flash Project Now Too I Guess: Episode 1.08, “Flash vs. Arrow”
|December 28, 2014||Posted by Jess under Comics, Television, The Extremely Ill-Advised Arrow Project, There Is a Flash Project Now Too I Guess|
Barry zips through the city, voiceovering about the scientific basis behind love as he does nice things for people, including painting a wall on a new Palmer Technologies building. The helping is cute; the speed-spying on Iris is not.
Bank. A man in sunglasses comes in and makes eye contact with as many people as possible. Each time he does, his eyes glow red and so do theirs – and they start attacking each other in a rage, leaving him free to walk into the safe and fill a bag with cash.
Cisco radios Barry and sends him to the bank. (Caitlin: “Wait, that’s where I bank.” Cisco: “Once super thieves showed up, I went mattress.” <3 <3 <3) He’s too late to catch the robber, but he does stop someone from getting shot. Eddie’s apartment. He and Iris are smooching in bed. He detangles himself to get ready for work and she picks up her computer to find a new post on her blog. Um. Sure? Anyway, Eddie doesn’t believe in the Flash despite Iris’s best efforts. Bank. Barry shows up as himself and tells Joe that it may have been an airborne neurotoxin, but it looked more like the people (now back to normal) were “whammied.” Police station. Eddie is asking Captain Singh to let him set up an anti-Flash task force. Singh scoffs and also mentions in passing that he has a boyfriend, so add another diversity point to Flash’s scoreboard. I’d like to see a major queer character (or several) like Arrow had (RIP SARA), though.
Iris comes in and a clearly irritated Barry tells her what Eddie’s up to. She’s pissed, he’s cranky, and Barry’s very eager to know if Eddie’s jealousy of the Flash is justified. Barry I love you but u r a creep. Joe shoos him off to S.T.A.R. Labs, and in a joke that seems a bit sour to me, he takes Singh’s sandwich on the way.
S.T.A.R. Joe sent Caitlin the CAT scans of everyone affected and whatever the meta did seems to have temporarily disabled their executive function, but Caitlin can’t figure out how. Barry’s phone beeps with a new blog post from Iris directly to him (???) and Caitlin warns him not to get involved, and that it would be super douchey to break Eddie and Iris up on purpose. Barry blows her off. I love Caitlin so much.
Jitters. We get some more tired “mysterious” romantic banter between Iris and Barry-as-Flash, she warns him about Eddie, and Cisco calls to tell Barry there’s a ping on the tracer hidden in the stolen cash. Barry flirts a little more with Iris and leaves. Iris heaves her bosom in his direction. Do you think Katie and Candace decided to heave at their respective heroes as an acting choice, or is Berlanti sitting there with a megaphone yelling, “HEAVE, WOMAN! HE’S A SUPERHERO!”?
Warehouse. A SWAT team led by Joe bursts in on the meta. He whammies one of the cops, who starts shooting at the others, but Barry saves them. As the whammied cop approaches, he’s knocked down by an arrow. Barry whirls to see Ollie standing there, and his YAY MY FRIEND IS HERE smile is so adorable I need to lie down.
Outskirts of town. Diggle and Felicity are eating when Barry races up, starling Diggle so much he flings his French fries into the air. He’s completely gobsmacked by seeing Barry in action. It’s hilarious.
Ollie pulls up on his bike. Barry tells him thanks for the save, but “I was getting ready to make my move.” “What move? To the morgue?” Ollie teases. AHHHH I LOVE THEIR BROTHERLY DYNAMIC. The fact that the actors seem to have a similar relationship helps, as does the fact that Grant truly elevates everyone he shares a scene with, much like Rosenbaum did on Smallville. IT’S GREAT.
Felicity tells him they’re tracking down a murderer who kills with boomerangs. Barry: “Cool! I mean, awful.” He tells them about his meta. Felicity: “Cool! I mean, awful.” I LOVE THEM. Barry suggests they team up, Felicity says yes, Ollie says no, Diggle babbles nonsense. Felicity volunteers to be the one to go to S.T.A.R. to protect Ollie’s secret ID, and Barry scoops her up and zips off. P.S. David Ramsey should do more comedy.
Barry and Felicity arrive in S.T.A.R. Labs to find that her shirt is on fire, and together they rip it off. It’s a contrived gag to get her out of her shirt, especially since the Arrow half of the crossover has Barry carrying a bunch of people long distances without flame, but it doesn’t feel exploitative, mostly because it’s over quickly when Caitlin hands Felicity a S.T.A.R. shirt.
Felicity shows Cisco the boomerang, he nerds out, and they scamper off together. Caitlin theorizes that Barry’s meta is “inducing rage via the ocular nerve…oh! Dr. Wells wants to see you.” She cringes hard at that, like the teacher’s pet she is. I LOVE YOU CAITLIN.
It’s not just Wells, though, but Joe. They don’t like that Barry’s friends with Ollie, and Barry’s all “You don’t even know him!” like Ollie’s his biker boyfriend and it’s HILARIOUS. Barry says that “He doesn’t kill people…anymore.” BARRY LISTEN TO YOURSELF.
The lecture from Science Dad and Cop Dad is interrupted by the boomerang going haywire and tearing up the lab. It’s beautiful. Joe tells Barry to get Ollie out of town tonight.
Elsewhere, Ollie terrorizes some guy into giving up the name of the owner of the meta’s storage unit.
Jitters, morning. Barry meets Ollie and Felicity and Ollie tells Barry that the meta’s name is “Roy G. Bivolo,” a.k.a. THE RAINBOW RAIDER, God I love this show. Barry’s like “You didn’t kill anyone to find that out, right?” Hah.
Iris shows up with their coffee and fawns over Ollie, which is hilarious, as is him cheerfully accepting this as just a thing that happens to him. She pulls Barry aside to drool over Ollie some more, much to Barry’s annoyance. It’s wonderful.
Meanwhile Felicity urges Ollie to help Barry, which they both describe as “hawking,” a word I have never heard used that way. Ollie tells Barry he’ll help catch his “bad guy.” Barry: “Metahuman.” Ollie: “I’m not calling it that.” Because “bad guy” is a super grown up way to refer to him, Queen.
Outskirts of town. Ollie says Barry doesn’t case his crime scenes, just rushes into things, like he did with Snart. Barry: “We call him Captain Cold.” Ollie: “We can talk about you giving your enemies silly code names later.” Barry: “What, over coffee with Deathstroke and the Huntress?” ILU Barry.
Ollie tells Barry to run at him and Ollie will shoot him. Barry laughs and agrees to humor him. He runs, Ollie shoots, Barry catches the arrow – and gets shot in the back with two hidden crossbows. He screams in pain: “You shot me???” Ollie yanks the arrows out: “I heard you heal fast.” Ollie u r a sociopath.
Police station. Joe calls Barry out on letting Ollie torture people for information. Barry admits he’s not Ollie’s biggest fan right now, but he did give them their only lead.
S.T.A.R. Caitlin and Felicity are discussing the possibility that they can use light and color to reverse whatever color-based whammy Bivolo is using on people. Caitlin also says it’s nice to have another woman to talk to, which Felicity heartily agrees with…and then they go right back to talking about science. LOVE. IT.
Wells asks to talk to Felicity privately, and tries to cajole her into revealing Ollie’s secret ID. She refuses, clearly getting a bad vibe off the whole situation.
Barry arrives, and Cisco announces that their new facial recognition software (Felicity: “Happy Hanukkah.”) has just picked up Bivolo. Felicity suggests Barry wait for Ollie, but he crankily storms off alone.
Flophouse. Barry confronts Bivolo, who immediately whammies him. Uh-oh!
S.T.A.R. Barry’s back, but not raging, and insists he’s fine. Caitlin tells him he takes too many risks, and he snaps that he’s not Ronnie and she needs to stop treating him like he is. Stung, she leaves.
Ollie texts Barry to meet him again. Barry shows up, but he’s not at all in the mood to get shot at again, and when Ollie starts lecturing him, he says that he’s pretty sure Ollie’s just jealous that Barry has powers and he doesn’t. Grant’s performance here is brilliant; our sweet baby Barry is utterly gone, replaced by someone vicious and nasty. I LOVE IT. PLEASE BRING IN BARRY’S EVIL TWIN, SHOW (canon!), I NEED IT.
Police station. Singh impatiently demands to know where Barry is with the Bivolo case, and Barry flips out on him. Joe tries to break it up, and Barry loses it at him too, eyes glowing red before he storms off.
S.T.A.R. Joe tells Team Science (and Felicity) what happened and asks how they could even stop a rage-ified Flash. “A cold gun would come in real handy right about now,” Cisco drawls. Hee! Wells says they can’t stop Barry, but Felicity knows someone who can: “I think you’d better call back Oliver Queen.” Dun dun dun!
Car. Eddie and Iris are driving along, having a tense conversation about the Flash. He’s pissed that she’s been talking to the Flash, she insists the Flash is a hero – and Barry yanks Eddie through the window (somehow???) and onto the street: “I’VE HEARD YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR ME.”
Eddie shoots at Barry, who darts out of the way. Neither of them seem to care that Iris is standing directly in the path of the bullets, but she’s fine.
S.T.A.R. Cisco literally skips in as he says he knew Ollie was the Arrow: “I mean, I had it narrowed down to a list of like a hundred and fifty people, but he was definitely on that list.” Diggle, who has joined Team Science, is not amused and asks how they stop Barry. Wells has an idea.
Street. “Who the hell are you?” Barry demands. “You think you can just come along and have whatever you want? What gives you the right?” This scene is really upsetting and gross, because it’s explicit that Barry’s expressing deep-seated emotions he’s repressed, so…I guess he thinks of Iris, his best friend and foster sister, as a “what” he can “have” until Eddie “takes” her. How romantic! Barf.
Iris is not having this bullshit, and demands to know what’s wrong with Barry. He yells that she doesn’t know him, she never did, and goes all red-eyed again – but Ollie shoots some kind of hogtie arrow around him and tells Eddie and Iris to run, which they do. He tells Barry to calm down and Barry tells him to hold on, then takes off, dragging Ollie behind him.
S.T.A.R. Diggle and Cisco + Caitlin bicker over who will win this showdown. Diggle’s all “Do you know how many people Ollie’s killed?” NOT THE BEST ARGUMENT, JOHN.
Alley. Ollie knocks Barry off his feet with an explosive arrow, then hits him with a tranq, but Barry yanks the arrow out and vibrates the tranquilizer away in a cloud effect that doesn’t make any sense but looks hella cool.
Barry creates a fiery vortex around Ollie. Ollie tries to zipline away, but Barry races up the building and pulls the zipline out, and Ollie’s only just barely able to shoot another and catch himself. Ollie tries to hit him but can’t land a blow; then Barry rains punches down on Ollie, and I think Ollie had better be grateful he sucks as a teacher, because if Barry knew how to fight, Ollie would be dead by now.
Ollie tries the “remotely activated crossbow bolts to the back” thing, but Barry’s not about to be caught twice that way. While he’s gloating about catching the arrows, Ollie throws a flechette into his leg. As Barry staggers, Ollie grabs him – and Wells and Joe pull up in a van, throw open the door, and shine rainbow lights in Barry’s face until he blinks and goes back to normal. THEY CURED HIM BY HUGGING HIM AND SHOWING HIM A RAINBOW. I LOVE THIS SHOW.
Ollie and Barry hobble off together to take out Bivolo. Aw.
Post-commercial, Bivolo is locked in the Pipeline. Cisco christens him “Prism,” though Caitlin likes “Rainbow Raider.” Babies. Ollie reminds everyone to keep quiet about his secret ID, Joe thanks him for his help, and Felicity asks Caitlin for help running a genetic analysis on evidence from Sara’s murder. Wells and Ollie exchange pleasantries, but as Team Arrow leaves, Ollie mutters that “There is something off about that guy.” Hee!
Jitters. Eddie tells Iris that he got his task force. They hug. Barry watches glumly. Well, you think Iris is an object, so I don’t feel too bad for you, Allen.
Ollie and Felicity walk in, and Felicity goes over to Iris to get some coffee. Barry apologizes to Ollie, and Ollie tells him to give up on Iris: “Guys like us don’t get the girl.” Yep, it sure is hard being a rich, handsome, able-bodied, straight, cis, white, Christian man who could be with (not “get”) the woman he “loves” (sorry, still don’t buy it) if he just said YES. Or Barry, who has all that going on except for the rich part but plus superpowers, who has decided the way to Iris’s heart is passive aggressively ruining the relationship that makes her happy while lying to her constantly. Poor you two.
As Ollie gets up to leave, he runs into the girl from last season who he got knocked up and who Moira paid to tell him she lost the baby. They make awkward small talk, he leaves, and she calls her kid. Neither she nor the kid has a name, and man, I love Connor Hawke, but I really hope that girl is Bonnie King because she is white and Connor and his mom SUPER ARE NOT.
Night. Iris goes onto the Jitters roof to find Barry there, as the Flash. He tells her last night wasn’t him, but she’s not having it. Barry sad-runs away.
S.T.A.R. Caitlin looks sadly at a picture of her and Ronnie.
A street somewhere. Two guys approach what looks like a homeless man with the intent of robbing him. Of what? He’s shivering, and they ask if he’s “tweaking or just cold.” His hands and head burst into flame as he says, “I’m not cold.” Ronnie!