Okay, this week’s crossover episode of “The Flash” was the most loaded hour of television I have ever watched, so just bear with me here. Not only did it feature a very significant appearance from Team Arrow, but Barry became the bad guy and essentially ruined everyone’s lives for a bit thanks to the effects of a meta-human and Oliver had to fight him (hence the title “Flash vs. Arrow”). Oh, and Eddie now has an agenda against the Flash and wants to take him down with a task force.
This week’s episode of “The Flash” finally answered our burning questions about the night the particle accelerator exploded. Well, some of them. Mostly it gave us even more questions, but it was still really interesting to see through flashbacks exactly what happened that night and who was really behind the explosion that changed everything for our main characters.
While Marvel has the cinematic market cornered with its “Avengers” movie universe, DC has quietly dominated with its live-action TV shows. Partnering with the CW has been a shockingly smart move, considering superheroes and “Gossip Girl” don’t go together in any way, shape or form. But with “Smallville,” they established a model that has paid dividends for them: Tell origin stories that are grounded in (relative) reality with ridiculously attractive casts.
That formula must be how “Arrow” was greenlit, and it’s more effective than it has any right to be. I was skeptical going into “Arrow,” mostly because Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” had such a rocky first season that I wasn’t looking forward to picking up another superhero show. But the show had me hooked from episode one and only got better through its first two seasons.