First off: What was NOT awesome about this musical episode of The Flash with an appearance of Supergirl?
Summary of The Flash‘s musical episode
In “Duet”, the 17th episode of the 3rd season of The Flash, our favorite red-suited hero gets trapped in his own illusion: a musical world! But: He’s in there for a reason. Because Kara fell into some kind of “coma” after facing off an alien enemy, her “friend who is a boy” Mon-El and the Martin Manhunter bring her to Barry’s Earth. So technically, Barry only joins Kara in the musical illusion.
There, they have to follow the script: In a Gangster version of “Romeo and Juliet”, Barry and Kara become the sidekicks of their real-life loved ones – Iris as Millie and Mon-El as Tommy – and actually have to help them proclaim their love for each other to their fathers. But, as Shakespeare’s classic story goes: It doesn’t really end well.
Well, good that we are living in modern times. Cisco vibes the true Iris and Mon-El into the imaginary realm in order that for once, they can save their – this time respective – partners with a magic kiss.
Back to the real world – or at least to one of an infinite amount of worlds – Barry takes the Music Meister’s lesson to heart. The episode finishes with his moving and super sweet performance of “Runnin’ Home To You” culminating in the proposal that finally feels right – and gets the right answer from Iris: Yes!
Review of the musical crossover episode of The Flash
Heroes meet your human-selves!
Now, to the episode itself: In terms of contextualization, the flashback to Barry and his mother watching Singing in the Rain seemed plausible. Perhaps for some a bit cheesy, it was a nice starting point for the episode’s plot. And it reflected a subtlety which made the musical episode even more appealing: its humanness. The fact also that we get to see the heroes without their powers and confronting their own normal, human-kind of problems was somehow relaxing from the usual running & flying around-stuff and reminded us, that even heroes are sometimes just humans. Then, we saw a heart-broken, grown man lingering on a couch and watching musicals to feel better: Who does not know that kind of feeling? There was literally no better way to make the viewers relate to Barry.
The quick unfolding of the plot was very successful with Barry rapidly joining Kara into the illusion. And, ironically, it was pretty true to his character too: Just run into the danger, Barry, even when you know that the man put Supergirl into a coma only by looking at her…you sure are not going to be the one who’s falling right into the trap…
Of course, Kara’s solo was a hit and Barry’s reaction to it was probably mirroring very adequately our faces when seeing and hearing her perform. Knowing that they produced this episode in the same amount of time than the regular episodes, one really has to take a bow before the performers and creators. Going to the studio and record while shooting? That must have been stressful – and what came out of it was worth the hard work.
With the Music Meister dropping in, the illusion gets a perilous twist: Barry and Kara have to follow the script and if they die in their imagination, they die in real life. With Cisco and Winn joining the ensemble musical number, it is now completely clear to all: this musical episode is for the WIN (and that is not a reference to Winn’s character, but still a nice pun!).
All you need is Love
And then of course, the reveal: Iris – as Millie – and Mon-El – as Tommy – are in love. The superheroes’ worst fears played out – or rather made out – right in front of them. But, because they have to follow the script and probably because their love goes so far that they’d rather see their loved ones happy with other people than with them (wait: isn’t that a little bit self-conscious? Oh, yeah, they’re heroes so they are constantly doubting themselves – how could I forget!), they help them convince their respective fathers (triple that please, because Joe and Stein became THE ultimate couple we never dreamt of but turned out to be the GREATEST OF ALL).
Although they do complete the musical with an additional song, just like in “Romeo and Juliet” – or like a lot of other musicals as Barry and Kara funnily point out – the fathers are not happy with their kids’ decision and go to war.
But: Before Barry and Kara get shot and actually bleed – yeah, crazy right? – they just have to drop the ultimate, greatest superhero-song bomb of all times.
Parallel to that going on, Kid Flash is back, though a little bit staggering still. And who did not like the constellation of Martian Manhunter, Vibe and Kid Flash? I mean, they could just as well make their own team. Or series…
And the fairy-tale does not end until the magic kiss wakes up the princess – and prince. Or in this case, Supergirl and The Flash.
The ultimate reveal however was that the Music Meister was not a Big Baddie, but rather a Big Fan of Love. Through his little illusion, our favorite superheroes found their way back to their favorite loved-ones. Because ain’t no hero without love!
A duckling’s rating on The Flash‘s musical episode ft. Supergirl
So, there’s really not much to say that would undermine this fantastic episode. Yeah, it would have been nice to watch what happens to Kara and whether she sings a little song to Mon-El too, but who knows, we’ll maybe get to see that next week. Or any other time, when we have another musical episode!
Therefore, a Super-A-Grade seems adequate for “Duet” – the must-see musical superhero-crossover-episode!