The Flash last night was downright magical. I went on Facebook to see if anyone else loved it as much as I did. I found a lot of hate, not just for musicals in general, but for this episode in particular. People said it was a rip off of Buffy (not really), that it was cheesy (so is the genre), and that the show itself in general was just awful.
I, for one, found it delightful. The crossover musical starts at the end of Supergirl where the Music Meister (played by Darren Criss) puts Supergirl under a spell and sends her to a 1940s inspired musical world. Moving into the Flash we see Barry watching Singing in the Rain as a coping mechanism for his breakup with Iris. He’s been staying with Cisco and Cisco finally convinces him to get off the couch and do something. Frankly the idea that they have down time in which the world is not about to end is entertaining on its own. After all, what hobbies to Superheroes have?
Mon-El and Jean bring Supergirl to the Flash in an effort to save her. Of course, the Flash falls under the Music Meister’s spell as well, because let’s face it…there’s no episode without a little bit of obviousness.
From the opening number where Kara is singing Moon River, to the musical number involving Cisco/Not Cisco and Wynn/Not Wynn, the entire episode feels like a musical. And it made me miss Glee. Part of the background fun were the reactions of the characters who were not speaking. I don’t want to give things away, but don’t forget to look behind people who are front and center.
The best song of the episode though goes to the “Dads” in Barrowman, Martin, and Garber. These three and their older, more developed voices blow me away every time I hear them individually, but together they made magic.
I came for the schmaltz. I came for the cheese. I came for the music. The Flash did not disappoint. I read another review where the writer said that they could do a musical episode every year and it wouldn’t be enough. I’m compelled to agree. I need more musical weekly shows. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend does an excellent job of providing this, but I still want more. I hope there are more people like me out there. Who loved the episode and were left being happy with the result. What did you think?