The Flash – “Elseworlds Part 1” Review

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The gang is back together. Photo courtesy of Batwoman.tv. Photo content from The Flash “Elseworlds Part 1.”

Please Keep In Mind That This Article Contains Potential Spoilers For “Elseworlds Part 1” and Events That Occurred Prior. This review also only covers the first part of the annual crossover event.

The big event is here! Elseworlds has begun, as has the body swapping. When it came to that—the main gimmick of the event—it was funny to watch unfold. I felt like the show spent yet the right amount of time with the humor of the situation before steering in a more plot driver direction. Stephen Amell in particular really nailed his comedic beats as Flash. However when it came to trying to explain their situation…well nobody took it too well. Part of me wants to rag on the show for not having them believe them quicker, but their hesitancy obviously makes sense. It’s good that the show didn’t wait longer to have Team Flash on their side—I guess having a killer robot on the run will put the pressure on you.

Who was this killer robot? None other than Amazon—a classic and major Justice League villain. I mean by the end of part one alone we had everyone (including Superman!) fighting Amazo into the ground. I know Oliver is Flash and Barry is Arrow, but it was cool nonetheless. I’m still holding out hope that we can at least one big action sequence with everyone in their proper bodies. While it was cool to see Amazo—I wish there was more to him. I could do without such a big villain being an easy dispatch, and also meaning very little in the grand scheme of things. I mean Amazo alone could be a leading villain of a feature film much akin to Ultron. But with so much to get to, it’s not a surprise that Amazo was only given so little.

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The famous duo. Photo courtesy of Batwoman.tv. Photo content from The Flash “Elseworlds Part 1.”

As for the main gimmick of the event—it was funny to unfold. I felt like the show spent yet the right amount of time with the humor of the situation before steering in a more plot driver direction. Stephen Amell in particular really nailed his comedic beats as Flash. However when it came to trying to explain their situation…well nobody took it too well. Part of me wants to rag on the show for not having them believe them quicker, but their hesitancy obviously makes sense. It’s good that the show didn’t wait longer to have Team Flash on their side—I guess having a killer robot on the run will put the pressure on you.

The dynamic between Oliver, Bart, and Kara is something you don’t realize how much you miss until you’re watching them on screen together. Their energies just pop off the television, and their banter is witty and fun. Add Clark to the mix, and really all I want is a full fledged Justice League CW show. It was great to finally get Superman in an integral role in one of the annual crossovers. It was an added perk that we got to see his dynamic with Louis at the Kent Farm.  When it came to their stay on the famous farm, the show did some fairly good character work when it came Barry and Oliver. They both are learning the hard way on how they cope with their issues, and power sets—and in general how to use them. Oliver seeing Barry abuse and have only make fun with his new Arrow abilities was fantastic, and his reason for getting set off was sound. Also intriguing about that scene, was how we as the audience were right there laughing with Flash as he shot Oliver—and by the end of the scene I felt a little guilty for having laughed at the whole gag.

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Cisco comes to Kara’s Earth for help. Photo courtesy of Batwoman.tv. Photo content from The Flash “Elseworlds Part 1.”

Part one of the big annual crossover has some big, fun, and fantastic moments.  It’s fantastic to see Superman become an important part of the Arrowverse, and seeing him interact with our established characters for the first time is a blast. Now while there was plenty of good to be had, the episode was bogged down a little by clearly being necessary build-up for more exciting and bigger things to come.  It’s also shame that such a big villain in Amazo was seen so briefly, and felt like a hollow shell of what he could be—even if it was cool alone to see him in the first place. Even as set-up, part one gives us plenty of awesome moments, and paves the way for the adventure to unfold into a larger and grander epic.

Bonus Notes:

  • That Flash suit is not meant to be worn by Stephen Amell, that’s for sure.

 

You can catch new episodes of The Flash when they air on The CW network every Tuesday at 8pm EST

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Author: Russ Milheim

I'm Russ, and I'm a nerd to the core. Pop culture is the fuel that drives me. Television, Movies, Games, Comics, and Superheroes are my passions in life. Want to talk anything DC or Marvel? I’m here for you. Like Funko Pop! figures? Those are my thing as well. The moral of the story, is that I felt Game of Nerds was the best place to try and share my love for all things pop culture to the world, and engage with people across the world.

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