The two part Flash Vs Arrow event concluded on Wednesday with the Arrow episode titled “The Brave and the Bold”. If you have not seen either episode yet, head over to CWTV.COM now and watch them. After my several viewings of these two magnificent episodes, I thought it would be fun to list the top five things these episodes did right. So, I present to you the top five things these shows did right.
5. Rainbow Raider and Captain Boomerang
If you never read comic-books, reading that title you could possibly assume I was having a stroke as I was typing. Fear not however, those two names are actual names of villains in The Flash’s rouge gallery. Rainbow Raider was the villain on the Flash episode. Although he did not appear in his fashionable rainbow colored spandex or was given the name Rainbow Raider by Cisco (Prism), we all know who Roy G. Bivolo really is. Bivolo was the main plot device that allowed the battle between Oliver and Barry happen at the end of the episode.
The character I was really impressed with was Captain Boomerang. I was wondering how they were going to pull this guy off on film. When I saw his first fight scene I was like “Holy S*!T!! They actually pulled this guy off”. This guy was a villain that tossed boomerangs and I loved every minute of it! They did a fantastic job with the costume, a trench coat covering a vest of boomerangs. The acting was good, his fight scenes were good, he was overall one of the best things in this episode. Captain Boomerang is now one of my favorite villains from these two shows.
4. Who needs secret identities
In the Flash episode of the two part event, Dr. Harrison Wells made it his mission to discover the identity of The Arrow. He first asked Felicity to reveal it to which she informed him that it was not her secret to reveal. Later when the showdown begins, Wells reveals to everyone in the lab that Oliver Queen is the Arrow. At the end of the episode, Oliver asks them to keep this secret due to the lives that it will put at risk.
In the Arrow episode, Barry decides to work out on the Salmon Ladder. He works up and appetite and heads out for sushi. When he returns, Oliver and company (yes I did) are back in the Arrow Cave. Barry decides to remove his mask and start eating. Everyone freaks out because he reveals his identity to Laila, Diggle’s on again off again wife. He makes the comment that it is cool because it is Diggle’s wife to which Diggle replies that he keeps secrets for a living. I like the fact that these characters are still growing and will make mistakes from time to time.
These two events show the maturity of the two characters. Oliver knows what the damage would be if his identity got out where Barry wants everyone to know what he can do.
3. John Diggle
Out of all members of the two teams, Diggle stole the show for me. In the Flash episode he see Barry moving at super speed for the first time. He make this awesome facial expressions and starts to make hilarious statements. “I had a cousin that got hit by lightning once, he just developed a stutter”. I did loose it later in that same episode when he made the comment “All right do you think he can do everything really fast? I mean, how fast do you think he goes to the bathroom after he has eaten something?” To which Oliver replies ” This is you watching my back?” That was a priceless moment.
2. Minimal Laurel
I am not a Laurel fan at all. I hope that her story gets better when she becomes the Black Canary but right now she is just annoying to me. I was very thrilled to see that she was only in the episode for less than 30 seconds.
1. The Fight
This is the part of the episode that made me nervous. In the past, these type of events would be dragged out across the episodes causing you to get bored with the plot. The creators made sure that there was a fight and it lasted about ten minutes. That was it! No need to drag the fight out over the two episode event. Barry was infected by Rainbow Raider (Prism) and was forced to show his rage. This rage caused him to hurt Iris’ boyfriend Eddie Thrawn which forces the Chief, later in the episode, to allow the taskforce. Ollie has to stop Barry so the battle begins. This fight was short but it showed the viewers what it is like for the two heroes to go toe to toe with each other. At the end of the fight, they were able to reverse the effects of the rage and took down Rainbow Raider.
In the second episode, we find the two heroes making claims that each one would win. At the end of the episode, we see them start a fight and then it cuts away to the title. This was done perfectly. I don’t need to know which hero would win out of a fight between the two. I also want to mention that the banter between the two teams when they did fight was perfect. If only the WB film Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice would take some cues from these two shows.
Slade started Temple of Geek in 2012 with his friend as a podcast. Since then, it has become a lot more. His obsessions are Transformers, Star Wars, Classic Video Games, Superheroes, and comedies.
Slade’s life was turned to the Darkside when his father gave him a gift in 1985. He was presented with the leader of the Decepticons, Megatron. Since then, Slade has become a collector of the robots in disguise.
The only other thing that comes close to Slade’s love of Transformers is Star Wars. He has met a few of the cast over the years. Slade’s one goal in life is to meet with George Lucas and just discuss movies with him.