The Flash: “Elseworlds, Part 1” Review

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The Arrowverse kicked off its “Elseworlds” crossover with a body-swap (for lack of a better term) adventure on The Flash that was a fun prelude to what seems to be a darker story ahead. That “fun” aspect was in-keeping with one of the key takeaways from the episode, as “Elseworlds, Part 1” offered a surprisingly introspective look at the Flash and Arrow shows and title characters.

Bookended by hints at a larger conflict involving The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) and Arkham Asylum psychiatrist Dr. John Deegan (Jeremy Davies), “Elseworlds, Part 1” was primarily interested in exploring the inherently silly identity switch premise at the center of the episode. Seeing Oliver and Barry having to live each others’ lives was as delightful as it sounds on paper, though kicking the story off in this way didn’t add as much gravity to the crossover as previous Arrowverse events have done.

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