‘Elseworlds, Part 1’ Recap: Barry Allen and Oliver Queen Swap Skills, Visit Superman

Variety | 12/10/2018 | Jacob Bryant
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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Elseworlds, Part 1,” the first part of the 2018 “Arrowverse” crossover, which aired Dec. 9.

After past crossovers that introduced beloved characters’ doppelgangers, a wedding and death, “Elseworlds,” the fifth annual “Arrowverse” event, had a lot to which to live up. Unlike previous years, this crossover actually went smaller in scope, featuring only three of the four shared universe DC on the CW series: “The Flash,” “Arrow” and “Supergirl.” However, emotionally, the goal was to go deeper, says “Arrow” showrunner Beth Schwartz.

Elseworlds - Part - Right - Start - Look

“Elseworlds, Part 1” delivered on that right from the start, with a look at a decimated Earth-90 — a landscape of destruction that included numerous dead villains and 1990s-era Flash (John Wesley Shipp) standing face-to-face with The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), who threw out a few threats before Flash had a chance to speed off.

The next time the Monitor was seen was on Earth-1, visiting Dr. John Deegan (Jeremy Davies) moments after he has been laughed out of a conference. The Montior gave Deegan a book he had been using on Earth-90, telling him he can shape reality with it however he sees fit.

Setup - Episode - Crossover - Hook - Elseworlds

After this quick setup, the first episode of the crossover dove right into the big hook of “Elseworlds”: a power-swapping experience for Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). Oliver woke up in Barry and Iris’ (Candice Patton) apartment, greeted with pancakes and a kiss from Barry’s wife. Soon enough Cisco (Carlos Valdes) called with information about a Central City warehouse crime, to which Oliver headed over quickly but not without some issues adjusting to Barry’s skill set.

At the warehouse, Oliver struggled to get the hang of super speed and threw an out of control lightning bolt to dispatch the criminals. As he zoomed off...
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