Review: It’s Barry and Ollie Against Everybody in The Flash’s Crossover Episode

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - 11:17PM
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The Flash
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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - 11:17PM
Review: It’s Barry and Ollie Against Everybody in The Flash’s Crossover Episode
Last week on The Flash, fans got their first real taste of an Earth One Killer Frost. This week, however, the show switches gears for the incredibly hyped four show crossover. Though Barry and Cisco only made a brief cameo at the end of last night's Supergirl, all of the Flarrowverse heroes came together to fight the alien invaders on tonight's episode of The Flash.

In "Invasion!," an alien spacecraft crash lands in Central City, and Barry's there to witness it. After seeing the Dominators emerge from the ship, he begins to recruit the other heroes to aid in stopping the new extraterrestrial threat. This includes a trip to Earth 38 to pick up Kara Danvers, as well as to Star City to get the Green Arrow on board with his plan. However, when the Legends of Tomorrow arrive, they bring with them a recording that happens to mention Flashpoint sent by an older Barry from the future. The revelation that he's altered so many people's lives causes many on the team to lose their faith in him, leaving only Ollie to stick up for his friend. So when the group goes to confront the aliens, Ollie and Barry stay behind. 

Upon finding their target, the team is attacked with a form of mind control. Meaning Barry and Ollie must confront the entire team, including Supergirl. This leads to an epic brawl that only ends after a huge chase scene, as Barry tricks the brainwashed Supergirl into flying through him to destroy the machine that's controlling their minds. The victory is only temporary, however, as the final scene of the episode shows basically the entire team getting beamed up by the Dominators.    

There are also a few other interesting developments that take place over the course "Invasion!," such as Martin Stein finding out he has a daughter (presumably another result of Flashpoint). Likewise, Wally got his first chance at superheroics when he zoomed in to save Barry and Ollie from their brainwashed friends, though he's badly injured almost immediately after. Just as well, Wally convinces HR to train him, as the rest of the team is doing everything in their power to stop him from using his speed due to his reckless nature.  

Overall, "Invasion!" is a very promising second part to the Heroes vs. Aliens crossover. The action is near-perfect, and the interplay between Ollie and Barry is just as good as it ever was. Likewise, having the two face off against the rest of the team is a really interesting and exciting decision, and despite all of the craziness going on, the writers were even able to add in a major plot point to Barry's story with the revelation of the recording. None of the heroes are too neglected in the screenplay either, which is a marvel considering how many of them there are. Finally, the writers also juggle quite a number of important subplots without making the episode feel disjointed or overstuffed (though it may have come close to the latter).   

Things are looking optimistic for a strong conclusion to the story, with tomorrow's episode (which also happens to be Arrow's 100th episode) bringing back a number of Arrow alumni, including Deathstroke and Moira Queen, for an apparently hallucinogenic centric episode. The crossover is off to a great start, and it'll be interesting to see how the alien invasion affects the Flarrowverse moving forward.

Heroes vs. Aliens continues with Arrow tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.
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