The CW’s Flash-Arrow crossover event finished up with Wednesday’s Arrow hour. While the biggest Arrow moment occurred during The Flash hour (as Oliver ran into his ex/baby), a few important things went down in “The Brave and the Bold.”
Here’s what the Arrow cast and producers had to say about some of the crossover’s biggest moments.
Diggle is engaged!
After Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) survived the attack against her, Diggle (David Ramsey) decided to make things official with his ex-wife/baby mama, so he popped the question to her — again.
And while happier moments are fairly hard to come by on Arrow, Ramsey confirmed viewers will get to actually see a wedding onscreen, though he was hesitant about whether the newlywed (and new father) bliss will be long-lasting. “I don’t know,” he admitted. “That was softer … the stakes are high. Diggle’s working, and he has a wife and daughter to protect.”
Oliver is going to a dark place.
Oliver (Stephen Amell) may have loosened up a little bit at the end of the crossover to take on Barry (Grant Gustin) for a playful one-on-one fight, but the lightness will vanish almost immediately in the next Arrow episode. “The smile you saw on Oliver’s face? It lasts for about four seconds in the next episode, and then it’s gone,” Amell teased.
The impact from the crossover will continue to play out.
Not only is the STAR Labs team now actively helping Team Arrow with the search for Canary’s killer, but Arrow and The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg previewed that “there’s a couple of big STAR Labs inventions that will be coming Team Arrow’s way.”
“Flash vs. Arrow,” the first part of the The Flash/Arrow crossover event, was a fun and action-packed hour. It was basically everything I could’ve hoped for. Tonight’s episode of Arrow, the crossover’s second part, was a decent enough episode, but definitely wasn’t as good as the first installment. Whereas The Flash’s episode felt like it was moving many of its ongoing stories forward, the same can’t be said of “The Brave and the Bold,” an episode that felt very much like a crossover episode. “The Brave and the Bold” tries to service Oliver’s identity issues and character development, but it ends up doing a lot more for the away team.
That being said, there were still plenty of fun moments in the episode, most of them coming from Cisco fanboying all over the place—Cisco is this episode’s Diggle. Team Flash brings so much needed levity to Arrow’s typically dour proceedings. (The sassy and smiling Oliver we saw last night also makes a welcome return tonight). Also, Captain Boomerang (Nick E. Tarabay) is one of Team Arrow’s most formidable and compelling opponents this season as he is someone who appreciates the art of strategy and plans multiple steps ahead. But, enough setup. Time to dig into “The Brave and the Bold.”
Added HD screencaptures from last night episode.
– Screen Captures 3×08 – The Brave and the Bold
The eagerly awaited Flash vs. Arrow crossover led to a ratings spike for The CW.
Tuesday night’s Flash had 4.2 million viewers and a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 7 percent from last week and marking the show’s biggest audience since its second episode (and here’s some scoop from last night’s hour). It’s the first of a two-part crossover that concludes on Arrow tonight.
I have added episode stills from 3×09 – The Climb.
– Episode Stills 3×09 – The Climb
On Tuesday, Team “Arrow” — Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) and John Diggle (David Ramsey) paid a visit to Central City for the first part of The CW’s ambitious two-night crossover between “The Flash” and its gritty antecedent. On Wednesday, Team Flash is returning the favor by heading to “Arrow’s” Starling City, where Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) will experience the harsh realities of what it means to be a hero in the Arrow’s world.
On “The Flash,” we saw Felicity ask Caitlin for help in solving the mystery of who killed Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), as well as the brief return of Caitlin’s fiance Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) — now imbued with meta-human abilities that will transform him into DC Comics hero Firestorm. Though we didn’t see a reunion between the pair in last night’s episode, Panabaker previewed, “Having Ronnie come back is very challenging for Caitlin; she’s been grieving the loss, and then she has to grieve him all over again because he’s not at all who she remembered him to be.”
The episode’s final few minutes also brought Oliver into contact with an ex-girlfriend (as yet unnamed on the show, but our money’s on Sandra Hawke), last seen pregnant with Oliver’s child in season two of “Arrow,” when Oliver’s mother Moira (Susanna Thompson) paid her two million dollars to tell Oliver that she’d lost the baby and leave Starling forever. While Oliver is still unaware of that child — who should now be around seven — executive producer Andrew Kreisberg promised that reveal “is going to have major repercussions on ‘Arrow’ down the road.”
We kick off tonight’s episode with another one of Barry’s opening monologues. As The Flash is speeding around town like an omnipresent Hitch, Barry is talking about what it’s like to a catch a major case of the feels. Actually, I liked his opening speech so much that I’ll quote it here instead of ruining through a reductive summary:
Everyone on this planet, at some point in their lives, has had a major case of the feelz; Those days when your heart is just too small to hold the big things you’re feeling. Today is one of those days. We think of our emotions like they’re these unique, personal phenomena—that no one has ever felt what we have felt. There is a basis in science for every emotion we feel… As a scientist, I know there’s nothing magical about what makes us feel something for someone else, and then I see her smile [At this point, he’s standing outside of Jitters watching Iris]… Man, that cannot be science.
Maybe it’s because of how excited I am about the prospect of this episode, but I found that last bit about Iris super charming, in spite of the seemingly lack of chemistry between the two characters.
(ASIDE: It makes sense that an episode about feels features the master of feeling all the feels, Oliver Queen. END ASIDE)
Added HD screencaptures from Flash and Arrow crossover.
– Screen Captures 1×08 – Flash vs. Arrow
Comic book fans’ dreams are about to come true when two superheroes face off—no, we’re not talking about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Arrow‘s emerald archer and The Flash‘s scarlet speedster will face off during an epic two-hour, two-night crossover event.
But why, oh why, would allies Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) go toe-to-toe? You can thank comic book villain Roy G. Bivolo (Paul Anthony) for that. To get the scoop on the crossover event, EW caught up with executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg: