In The Flash episode, "Duet," Flash and #Supergirl finally had their much talked about musical. Full disclosure, I was NOT in any way shape or form looking forward to this as a) I'm not a fan of the genre and b) The last time this happened was on #BuffyTheVampireSlayer and I was not a fan.
"If I see these kind of moves in something horror related, somebody better be wearing one glove"
I understand there are those that love that episode, but we'll just have to agree to disagree. "Duet," however, may have changed my mind on the whole #musical episode. It was funny, the songs were very well performed, and it was a continuation of both shows. The episode took plot points from each show and brought them to a logical conclusion.
It Didn't Feel Like A Gimmick Episode
One of the problems with musical episodes is that they always feel like a gimmick. Make no mistake, "Duet" doesn't take itself too seriously and they even reference it a couple of times. But it takes the premise and runs with it. Not only does it not feel shameful for making a musical episode, it revels in it. The showrunners make homages to previous musicals, poke fun at its own continuity, and just generally have a good time. The producers realize that they have a stellar cast and use it to its full potential.
It Mixed Classic Songs With Original Material
From the start, it is obvious that the producers are going to have fun with #MelissaBenoist's version of "Moon River," a rendition so powerful it not only rivals but surpasses Audrey Hepburn's. Other homages include an actual namedrop from Hepburn, various nods to Hamilton, as well as mentioning West Side Story.
The original song "Super Friends" could have been classic roll-your-eye territory, but I found myself giggling like a school girl with references to #Flashpoint as well as Supergirl's inferiority complex considering the Man of Steel.
Moreover, Barry singing a cheesy love song popularized by Stevie Nicks to Iris was the icing on the cake. If he had burst into Van Halen's "Running with the Devil," every television in the world would have exploded from all the awesome.
Pop Culture Is Still Strong With 'The Flash'
In addition to musicals, the show continues to pay homage to popular films. To paint a picture of how little I know about musicals, I thought Supergirl singing "Moon River" was an homage to Fletch and not Breakfast at Tiffany's (I'm turning in my movie credentials as I type this). However, the most important movie reference would be the end scene very reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast. Flash tells Iris he loves her before dying and then Iris throws herself on Barry's chest uttering the same thing. It was very sweet, touching and really brought the episode together.
I was pleasantly surprised at the episode and actually hope they do more "gimmicks" like this in the future. it was very well done, and kept me interested throughout. While I know little about the Music Meister, I found it confusing that he was essentially the flash's version of Mr. Mxyzptlk. Flash has one of those. His name is Krakkl and the less said about him the better. Not one of Grant Morrison and Mark Millar's finest moments.
Here's that Fletch reference I mentioned earlier. Fun Fact: The guy playing the doctor, M. Emmet Walsh, was also Barry Allen's Father in the '90s Flash television show.
What did you think of the musical crossover? Sound off in the comments below!