The casts of THE FLASH and SUPERGIRL are filled with exceptionally talented people – and in this musical crossover episode we get a chance to see many of them at their absolute finest. How does “Duet” fare? It’s a bit uneven, but with some exceptional moments…and a song that may become the official “Barry and Iris” anthem. Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!
Okay, let’s do a partial checklist here of the players:
- Grant Gustin (Flash), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl) and Darren Criss (Music Meister) are all alumni of “Glee”
- Jesse L. Martin (Joe West) was outstanding in “Rent”
- Carlos Valdes (Cisco) is an alumnus of Starkid (as a musician and songwriter)
- Jeremy Jordan (Winn Schott of “Supergirl”) has done musicals on film before as well in “Joyful Noise”
So…let’s check out the premise here…
- Music Meister put the “whammy” on Kara at the end of last night’s SUPERGIRL, then uses her device (a gift from Cisco) to run to Earth One to find the Fastest Man Alive.
- As this episode starts we find Mon-El and John bringing Kara to Earth One for help.
- As they try to figure things out, Music Meister appears in S.T.A.R. Labs!
- Barry and Wally run to check it out but are quickly overpowered.
- This leads to Barry waking up in that same 1940’s kind of world that Kara was sent to at the end of her show.
- And now…
Music Meister explains to the duo that the world they are in is a construct of their own minds. It’s a combination of Kara’s youthful fascination with “The Wizard of Oz” and Barry’s love from his childhood of “Singin In the Rain”. Their mission? Play out the plot…only when the plot of this musical world is over will they return home. One catch – if they die in this musical world, they will also die in real life. The team at S.T.A.R. monitors them, finding that Music Meister is “borrowing” their powers and draining their Speed Force and Solar energy while they are trapped.
From there we get a typical 40’s musical plot. They try to find a missing mobster’s daughter (who looks just like Iris), only to find she is in love with a rival mobster’s soon (who looks just like Mon-El). Barry and Kara convince them to tell their dads (“Joe”, “Stein” and “Malcom”). As that happens (Barry going with “Iris” to her dads and Kara going with “Mon-El” to his dad), both Barry and Kara realize things about their real-life relationships. They succeed…only to see a mob war break out.
In the hail of bullets that ensues, both Barry and Kara are hit! Can anything save them?
Back on Earth One, Music Meister has been captured by the combined forces of Cisco, Wally and John. Music Meister talks to Iris and Mon-El, letting them know that only they can save the people they love…by somehow finding a way into the musical world. They use Cisco to vibe them there, to find both Barry and Kara dying. As they die, each declares their love…and that leads to…
Iris kisses Barry, and they return to Earth One. Mon-El then kisses Kara and they also return to Earth One. They learn Music Meister’s true intent.
He isn’t a villain, at least not in the classic sense. He seems to know everything about everyone here…and came to “teach a lesson” about love – “Love is about letting yourself be saved” and not just saving others all the time.
This leads to…wait a minute!
I haven’t said a word about the music!
Okay – here we go…
MY TAKE ON THE MUSIC:
- There wasn’t enough music for a musical episode. Sorry, but it’s true. There were some highlights, but not enough…needed more songs.
- Jeremy Jordan (Winn Schott) can SING! Of all the singers, quite possibly the best of the bunch.
- Carlos Valdes (Cisco) can also SING! It’s a close race with Jeremy or best of the show.
- Jesse L Martin (Joe) is an amazing singer – I could honestly listen to him sing all day.
- Grant Gustin (Barry)…okay, life is unfair. How can anyone have THAT much talent?
- Melissa Benoist (Kara) is a good singer, though she took on a deceptively difficult song at the beginning with “Moon River” (full of held notes).
Songs…a quite low point and one exceptional high point:
- Some of the songs were great…except “Superfriends” – sorry. This was an attempt to be cute, and it did have some minor LOL moments, but we could have done without it
- BUT, “Runnin’ Home To You” was outstanding! Written by the songwriters for “La La Land”, this number (sung by Grant Gustin in the epilogue) gives us an anthem for Barry and Iris’ love story. Beautifully written and beautifully sung!
And now…back to that ending –
Kara and Mon-El are back together (glad to see that, as I’m a big fan of this power couple in SUPERGIRL). And…
Barry asks Iris to marry him – and she says yes!
SUMMARY: There were some definite highlights in this episode, and we do see a pivotal point in the story of Barry and Iris. But, this musical could have used some more music…and one less song (looking at you, “Superfriends”). Add to that the almost inexplicable “villain” turns magical good guy ending and you have a somewhat uneven episode. It’s a good attempt, but one that somewhat misses the mark. I’ll still give it a 7/10, if only for that great song at the end. But, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!