CBS’s Supergirl World’s Finest TV Show Review. Supergirl Season 1, Episode 18: World’s Finest was the crossover that everyone was waiting for when both Kara (Melissa Benoist) and The Flash (Grant Gustin) teamed up for this week’s episode. The exciting hour also introduced Siobhan Smythe (Italia Ricci) as the villain Silver Banshee, who teamed up with Livewire (Brit Morgan). It was an episode that was fun and full of gags that made it enjoyable.
The addition of Barry Allen was icing on the cake as he makes any scene enjoyable. After Banshee hurled Kara out of the CatCo building, it was Flash who got there in the nick of time to save her even though she didn’t need it. It was cool hearing The Flash theme played in the background when he shows up and does a heroic act. The music really resonates with the character when he appears. It was an awkward encounter, considering that both Kara and Barry gave away their secret identities to each other.
Benoist and Grant have great chemistry when they play off each other onscreen. The setup between the two was great and didn’t go in a conventional way where they would face off against each other before Barry explained who he was. Instead, the two immediately became fast friends and cliqued right away. Even the two heroes managed to help each other out with their dilemmas. Even watching Barry explained the multiverse concept to Kara and her friends as a method of how he got to their Earth was fun to see. Kara’s expression when Barry got them ice scream in a dash was priceless. Even Cat Grant’s (Calista Flockhart) side comment saying that they look like a diverse cast from The CW was hilarious.
Tonally, The Flash seems to fit in better with Supergirl in her world. If the concept of parallel universes weren’t used, it would’ve been believable to have both heroes exist in the same Earth. Even though we don’t get an explanation on how Barry ended up in Supergirl’s world, we should get one during this week’s Flash episode according to what Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg said this week.
There was a great team up of villains this week with Silver Banshee and Livewire. Despite explaining how Siobhan got her powers through a family curse, it wasn’t the most organic way to show her origin story, but it worked for the episode. Even seeing Siobhan’s makeover as her alter ego wasn’t helping anybody, no matter how accurate her look was from the comics. Even so, the two of them made a excellent match against both Barry and Kara. Their first encounter didn’t go well, with Flash’s lightning against Livewire being used against him. That was all made up during their battle at the park.
The Flash managed to use his expertise against Pied Piper to come up with a device to similarly stop Banshee from damaging their ears with her sonic scream. The episode was also a touching one for Supergirl. Since the Red K incident, the public had lost trust in Supergirl but the citizens assisted her when she sacrificed herself for them. It would’ve taken a few episodes to slowly build their trust, but the people immediately went to Supergirl’s aid, even the fire department managed to save the day for our Girl of Steel.
However, it did feel so sudden that the public instantaneously regained their trust in Supergirl after just two episodes. Regaining the public’s trust would’ve been a great arc for Supergirl in the remaining episodes of season 1 or hopefully a second. It was a bit rushed that National City’s citizens would quickly help her in what would’ve been a strong moment in a later episode. This did tie things nicely when Barry offered Kara some good advice on what how she can win the public’s trust back. Barry managed to get along well with the rest of the cast, including Winn (Jeremy Jordan). Those two seemed to have the most fun when they were at the DEO. It was fun in the end of their partnership when the two raced each other to see who was the fastest, even though we never found out who the winner was.
The episode also had some powerful developments during the final minutes. We had Kara and James Olsen’s (Mehcad Brooks) relationship developed even more when the two shared a kiss. Even though we weren’t emotionally invested in their romance, their kiss was a great segway into the upcoming two-part finale.
This week’s superhero team up was a fun and upbeat episode, perhaps the best in the season so far. Rather than having the two of them fighting each other in their first encounter, Flash and Supergirl became superfast friends, which was invigorating. Barry was a nice addition to the episode, fitting in perfectly to Kara’s world. Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist showed some tremendous chemistry. Despite unbelievably having the public suddenly trust Supergirl, ‘World’s Finest’ proved to be pure entertainment.
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