This is the episode of ‘Supergirl’ a lot of you have been waiting for. The Girl of Steel teams up with a certain speedster from The CW. Was the pairing worth the wait, or is this just a desperate attempt to boost the show’s ratings?
After she saved herself from a high-rise fall via her own screams, Winn brings Siobhan to the DEO to find out what the heck is wrong with her. All the tests seem to show that Siobhan is indeed human, but no one is sure where her powers came from. Meanwhile, Siobhan keeps having intense headaches and bursts of pain. She leaves the DEO, but on her way out, she walks past a cell holding Livewire, that electrifying hottie that Supergirl battled way back in Episode 5.
Siobhan shows up at CatCo, and when she sees Kara, she uses her screams to send her flying out a window. Plummeting out of the building, Kara is caught by a blazing trail of light, which slows down and finally sets her down miles outside the city. It’s the Flash! He introduces himself as Barry Allen, and she introduces herself as Supergirl – and the two realize they’ve never heard of each other. “I’m on the wrong Earth,” Barry quickly realizes.
When Kara brings him back to CatCo to meet Jimmy and Winn, Barry explains that he must have traveled so fast he actually jumped to a parallel Earth. Then he goes on to explain the whole “multiverse” theory to his new friends. The four next meet with Cat Grant to discuss the appearance of The Flash. Kara, Winn and Jimmy all simultaneously introduce Barry as their cousin. Cat says doesn’t like the name that Barry suggested because it reminds her of a guy in a trenchcoat who exposes himself in dark alleys. Instead, she dubs National City’s newest hero “The Blur.”
Siobhan goes to visit her aunt, who tells her niece that she’s under an old Irish curse that comes into play when someone wrongs her. The only way to lift the curse is to kill the person who caused the trouble. That means she’ll need to kill Kara in order to get the screaming to stop. Knowing that Livewire wants revenge against Cat, Siobhan feels that a team-up is in order, so she returns to the DEO and shatters Livewire’s cell with her powerful screams.
Kara learns about Livewire’s escape and asks Barry if he’ll help her stop the villain. They locate Livewire and the newly-dubbed Silver Banshee (Siobhan in laughable clown makeup that makes her face look like a skull) in an abandoned warehouse. They fight for a bit, only to eventually retreat. This is actually the only part of the episode that feels overly familiar. The show has a trend of Supergirl fighting her villains two times… once where she gets her butt kicked, followed by another where she figures out how to win.
After the fight, Kara tells Barry all about how she lost the city’s trust due to something that was out of her control. Barry confesses that a similar thing happened to him once and that Kara shouldn’t worry about it or try to fix things. He assures her that the people will come to trust her again over time.
The two villainesses show up at CatCo and take Cat hostage. They bring her outside and handcuff her to a park bench. Wearing some new earplugs that Barry designed to muffle Silver Banshee’s screams, the two heroes arrive and attempt to stop them once again.
While Barry deals with Silver Banshee, Livewire tries to use her electric powers on a helicopter flying by (she has a reason to hate helicopters, if you remember the earlier episode), Supergirl flies in front of it and takes the full force of Livewire’s energy zap. This causes Supergirl to fall lifelessly to the ground. Seeing her in trouble, the people of National City come to protect her, surrounding her body so Livewire can’t get to her. Then, when it looks like Livewire’s going to use her powers against the civilians, a group of firemen save Supergirl by dowsing Livewire with a blast of water from a fire hose. Supergirl’s willingness to sacrifice her own life to defend the people of the city has made them trust her once again.
Both villains are turned over to police custody, and Barry shows the cops how to build a prison that can contain meta-humans. With that wrapped up, Barry has an idea how to get back to his own version of Earth. He figures that if he and Supergirl run as fast as they can, and then Supergirl throws him ahead of her, the extra burst of speed will allow him to slide between universes. The two say their goodbyes and then start running. Sure enough, when Supergirl tosses him forward, The Flash is able to slip through a multi-dimensional portal back to his own world.
After taking advice for how to deal with her attraction to Jimmy from both Cat and Barry, Kara invites Jimmy over to her apartment and actually makes the first move – planting a big, wet, sloppy kiss on him. Jimmy is more than speechless – he falls into a zombie-like state. He turns and exits the apartment, walking away. Trying to figure out what’s going on, Kara looks outside to the streets below, where hundreds of the city’s citizens are marching in unison towards some unknown destination.
The episode ends with Non, who confirms that the mysterious project “Myriad” is now underway.
Prior to this week’s episode, I’d never seen the CW’s version of The Flash, so this was my first exposure to him. I have to admit, I like the portrayal of the character a lot, and actor Grant Gustin has some great on-screen chemistry with Melissa Benoist (far more than she has with Mehcad Brooks). Despite the ending and all the fight sequences, this is one of the more humorous and lighthearted episodes we’ve seen of ‘Supergirl’ and it’s perhaps the most fun of any to watch. I really hope this isn’t the last we see of The Flash in Kara’s universe. I wouldn’t mind seeing them team up again.
For those of you who are regular ‘Flash’ viewers, how did this pairing match up with the episodes you’re used to seeing on The CW? Would you consider this a good Flash story or one of the lesser ones? I’m interested in getting the perspective from the other side. Perhaps someone who’s a loyal ‘Flash’ viewer but is brand-new to ‘Supergirl’ can chime in?