'The Flash' & 'Arrow' Crossover "Arrow Versus Flash" Will Pit 2 Heroes Against Each Other, But Why?

After Thanksgiving, fans of The Flash and Arrow are in for a treat. It's time for a good, old-fashioned crossover episode! Both heroes will star in the Dec. 2 episode of The Flash and the Dec. 3 episode of Arrow. Now, the characters Oliver, Felicity, Barry, Cisco, and Caitlin have all appeared on each of The CW's superhero series. However, this upcoming two-night event titled "Flash Versus Arrow" and "The Brave and The Bold" promises to be different. According to the network's official episode description for the first episode, "Oliver, Felicity and Diggle come to Central City to investigate a case involving a deadly boomerang." Diggle's coming too? This is going to be the best episode ever! Wait a minute. Why would Barry Allen and Oliver Queen be fighting each other?

I can't see how Barry could've failed Starling City. Are the two masked crusaders jealous over their mutual love for Felicity Smoak? Can't they just work that out on the salmon ladder? No need to fight, boys. The trailer suggests that Barry might be taunting Oliver about having superpowers. That's petty. Why else could they be at odds? Could a metahuman have crossed over into Queen's turf, and they disagree over how to handle him? Does Oliver Queen have privileged information about Harrison Wells? (I wish!) The description goes on to detail how the two friends end up having to work against one another, and it might not be so devastating after all.

As it turns out, Barry will ask Oliver for help catching a metahuman who has been robbing banks. Why are almost all of the superpowered individuals on this show using their gifts to commit crimes? Where's the guy sitting at home cooking his food with his finger tips, or the girl earning extra cash with her suspiciously realistic magic tricks? You know the particle accelerator had to create those kinds of metahumans too. Anyway, Oliver is slightly disappointed that Barry still has far to go (or jealous that Barry's life as a vigilante has been fun and games in his hometown, rather than torture on a desert island). So Barry tries to prove himself, and tries to catch him alone.

That's rough when a vigilante goes vigilante on another vigilante. Nothing good will come of that. The Flash gets "infected" by the guy he is seeking, and the only person able to stop him from harming others is Oliver. By the looks of this pose, they team up eventually in the Arrow episode. Evil-doers, beware!

The description for the Arrow half of this crossover event has our two heroes working together seamlessly to get to the bottom of this boomerang mystery again. Oliver needs Barry's help to track him down and stop his bomb from destroying Starling City. All is well.

The final nugget I gleaned from the official CW episode description is that both Detective West and Doctor Wells think that the Arrow is a bad influence. Barry's surrogate dads say what? Oliver's not that brooding. He barely parties as much as his reputation might suggest. Is he not good enough for you, Wells, just because he's not a metahuman? I wonder what could happen to make them think Queen isn't the best friend to have. Perhaps its as simple as all that killing, but probably not. At least we know the science partnership of the two shows will be seamless.

All in all, this is shaping up to be a really exciting week for television. I can't wait!

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