The Flash-Supergirl Musical Crossover Is Everything You Wanted and More
It's always a blast whenever superhero crossovers take place in The Flash-Supergirl verse (remember this?). Last week's musical crossover had our heroes breaking into song and tap dancing, which makes it one of our favorite episodes of all time. Here are a few reasons why it worked so well.
- Cue music. Mostly set in Barry Allen's turf, the episode brings together The Flash, Supergirl, and new baddie Music Meister, who puts our heroes in a musical dreamland. Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, and Darren were Gleeks in their past life, so it was absolutely the perfect time to add a musical element to the show. And all out they went—Barry's romantic solo, "Runnin' Home to You," was written by La La Land's Benj Pasek and Justin Paul...
...while Barry and Kara's cheeky duet was co-written by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star and co-creator Rachel Bloom.
- The theater life. Other characters also get a chance to shine since the actors who play them have theater/musical backgrounds: you’ll remember Jeremy Jordan (Winn) from Newsies, Smash, and The Last Five Years; Jesse L. Martin (Joe) from Rent; and Carlos Valdes (Cisco) from StarKid Productions. Victor Garber (Professor Stein) and John Barrowman (Malcolm), who have been in basically everything musical and geeky, also deliver amazing performances. With that much musical talent in the cast, it was really just a matter of time till they made a musical episode.
- Small, small world. With Glee's Zach Woodlee in charge of choreography, it was really like being transported back to McKinley High for Grant, Melissa, and Darren. But the connections don't end there: Darren and Carlos went to the same university and worked on StarKid projects like A Very Potter Musical, while Grant studied musical theater with Chris Wood (Mon-El). All that history and friendship bleed into the show’s vibe, creating a feel-good hour of entertainment.
- The Darren factor. As expected, Darren brings his A-game, blowing us away with his smooth, pitch-perfect performance. He clearly has a ball with this character, and we hope to see him again. Darren co-wrote the music and lyrics of A Very Potter Musical, so we'd love to have him return and work his magic in this super universe—which is something he's open to. Maybe next time Julian Dorn a.k.a. Tom Felton a.k.a. Draco Malfoy could join the fun, too? Darren played Harry Potter in AVPM, and it would be amazing to see them together onscreen!
- Jump right in. Even if you haven't kept up with The Flash and/or Supergirl, you can easily follow the crossover storyline—although you'd be spoiled re: two major romantic developments—so catch up or re-watch! Here's the Music Meister making his own version of heart eyes to convince you (as if Darren needs any help making his eyes sparkle more).
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.