The Flash Season 3 Episode 17 "Duet" Recap

Lawrence Kim
March 27, 2017

Jessie Robertson reviews the seventeenth episode of The Flash season 3...

If the first CW television crossover between "The Flash" and "Supergirl" back in March of 2016 sparked the superhero friendship, Tuesday night's musical revue cemented it with tap shoes. In it, she has just broken up with her boyfriend from planet Daxem, Mon-El (Chris Wood) due to his lying to her about his past. Excuse me while I go binge Jeremy Jordan on YouTube.

Darren Criss' "villain" in the big Flash and Supergirl musical crossover might have been called the Music Meister but the character didn't do much in the way of singing. "I was like, 'Dang it, I should have saved it for when we were rolling!' But the great thing about that song is that every time you hear the lyrics, you get emotional". Terrified, she doesn't know what to do as she's shoved in front of an audience. And like most movie musicals, we are treated to a happy ending, as both our heroes survive and the episode ends with Barry proposing to Iris once more - and she says yes.

Meanwhile, Supergirl and The Flash are stuck in a "musical" world where they don't have their powers.

We know there's a villain looking for him because we've already seen the Music Meister KO Supergirl on her own show and announce to her friends that he was looking for the Fastest Man Alive.

In addition to including covers of "Moon River, "Put a Little Love in Your Heart", and "More I Cannot Wish You", the collection features musical score from composer Blake Neely as well as an alternate version of Gustin singing "Runnin' Home to You".

Music Meister is there too, applauding them for their performance. And boy, would Ryan Murphy be proud! What is a surprise (though given his Broadway background it shouldn't be) is Jordan's moments in the spotlight. Joe (not Joe) comes walking in, and wants them to find his daughter. Tommy's dad is Millie's dads rival. The opportunity to blow a good blow between two intrigues very trying and we must admit that the dynamics of Barry and Kara still works as well. The reason becomes obvious when Music Meister uses his newfound abilities to break into Central City Bank. Vibe opens a few portals while Martian Manhunter and Kid Flash punch him through them. It's a very effective, well-choreographed sequence, and goes a long way in restoring Kid Flash's confidence.

The Music Meister has the same powers as a God and locked Kara and Barry inside their own heads, where they shared a common conscience that was set in a musical. Meister gives them an out by revealing to the waking team that only true love will wake them up.

The Flash - "Duet" - FLA317c_0464b.jpg - Pictured (L-R): Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West - Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW - © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. Picking up from where they left off on Supergirl, Benoist graces the stage in an awkward and coy manner while singing the song from Breakfast at Tiffany's. If the episode itself was far from being a catastrophe - Perhaps, we remember with horror the musical episode of Gray's Anatomy - there was enough to be quite frustrated.

I was pleasantly surprised at the episode and actually hope they do more "gimmicks" like this in the was very well done, and kept me interested throughout.

Neither hero knows exactly what is going on or why they are there, but they compare notes and determine they need to find a way out. (Martin Stein as a gangster!) It's a lot of fun. This number exemplified the wise decision to make Barry and Kara conscious of the absurdity of their situation. Barry and Kara's awareness of their reality allowed the writers to insert meta-jokes as well as enticing musical numbers. Yet unlike most beings of his magnitude, Meister sides with the good guys. Mon El and John Jones travel to Earth 1 to seek help so they can wake up Supergirl. And for the record, she says "yes". This show could've used more goofy. You're so sneaky, Music Meister. First, he zooms like a speedster and takes out Kid Flash. Admittedly there is dialogue where he establishes at the end what he's about, but enigmatic without payoff is frustrating.

The episode has more to offer than that, however. The musical itself and its lessons were corny, but this fun episode should satiate the appetite of any musical fan. Share your favorite song selections in the comments section, below. "Duet" proves that she's absolutely right.

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