THE FLASH: “Duets” RECAP
I know this recap is a tad late with a busy reviewing schedule this week but this latest episode of Flash is worthy of a closer look. It’s a Glee reunion on the latest episode of The Flash. “Duets” picks up where Monday night’s Supergirl left off after Music Meister (Glee alum Darren Criss) placed Kara in a comatose state before going after Barry. Warning, spoilers ahead…
J’onn J’onzz and Mon-El arrive on Earth-1 with a comatose Kara to not only seek help from STAR Labs but to warn Barry that the Music Meister plans to go after him. The Music Meister does indeed appear and attacks Barry and places him in a similar comatose state. Barry wakes up in a gangster style setting that reminds me of the roaring twenties. There he finds Kara singing on stage. Meister reappears and tells them that need to follow the script to return to their world. In this “reality”, Stein and Joe have a daughter, Iris who is in a forbidden relationship with Mon-El, Malcolm’s son. At the nightclub, where Barry and Kara are forced to work as singers (which they do very well), run into familiar faces like Winn, a piano player and Cisco, a waiter.
To correct this reality and return to their own, Barry and Kara must convince the wayward lovers to confess to their parents the love they have for each other. In doing so, both Barry and Kara start to recognize their own mistakes back home. Unfortunately, Malcolm, Stein and Joe decide that going to war with each other and Barry and Kara are caught in a crossfire. Mon-El and Iris arrive thanks to Cisco’s vibe powers and save them. As the two wake up in STAR Labs, Meister reveals to them that all of this was his gift. He wanted them to realize what was important and realize the love they have for Iris and Mon-El respectively. Kara, Hank and Mon-El return to their Earth and later we see Barry moving back in with Iris and proposing to her again, this time for the right reasons and she accepts.
Duets was one of those episodes that doesn’t really further the overall arc of the season but its hard to go wrong with any episode that showcases the singing talents of Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, John Barrowman, Victor Garber and Jesse L. Martin. Not to mention the Meister himself, Darren Criss. Job well done.
May the Dork be with you,
The Dork Knight