It's the crossover event everyone's been waiting for since the day The Flash pilot aired - a superhero team-up! In fact, the titles of the two episodes, whose official synopses were released by The CW, speak to the classic superhero team-up formula. The first episode, on The Flash, is "Flash vs. Arrow," while the second, on Arrow, is "The Brave and the Bold." So, they meet, they clash, they team-up to save the day - and the writers are well aware of it being a trope. The latter title is also a classic - it's the name of DC Comics' old team-up book.
But let's be honest, none of that is very surprising. The surprising part? The villains! There's the already-rumored villain Digger Harkness, aka Captain Boomerang, who is now 100% confirmed. In fact, he was even teased on The Flash this week with a little boomerang cameo (a literal boomerang). But he's villain number two. Villain number one is Roy. G. Bivolo aka the Rainbow Raider (get it? His name is ROY G BIV, the colors of the rainbow! Get it?!). Rather than hardlight projecting goggles, however, his powers on the show will involve making people lose control of their emotions, filling Barry in particular with rage.
If this all sounds a bit outlandish, it's probably supposed to. After all, this week, we saw (Ahem, SPOILERS) Barry Allen run up a building and across water, and we saw Oliver use a literal boxing glove arrow and call his protegé "Arsenal," something that's repeated down in the synopsis, so it looks like it's sticking.
“Flash vs. Arrow” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV)
PART ONE OF THE EPIC CROSSOVER EVENT WITH THE FLASH AND ARROW — Barry (Grant Gustin) is thrilled when Oliver (guest star Stephen Amell), Felicity (guest star Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (guest star David Ramsey) come to Central City to investigate a case involving a deadly boomerang. Excited about teaming up with his friend, Barry asks Oliver if he’d like to help him stop Ray Bivolo, the meta-human Barry is currently tracking. Bivolo causes people to lose control of their emotions and has been using that skill to rob banks. Unfortunately, the superhero partnership doesn’t go as smoothly as Barry expected. When Oliver tells Barry he still has a lot to learn, Barry sets out to prove him wrong by attempting to stop Bivolo alone. However, when Bivolo infects Barry and sets him on a rage rampage, everyone is in danger, and the only one who can stop him is the Arrow. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) is furious when Eddie (Rick Cosnett) tries to get a task force to stop The Flash, Joe and Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) agree the Arrow is a bad influence on Barry, and Caitlin and Cisco deal with a new team in S.T.A.R. Labs. Glen Winter directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Ben Sokolowski & Brooke Eikmeier (#107). Original airdate 12/2/2014.
“The Brave and the Bold” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
PART TWO OF THE ARROW AND FLASH CROSSOVER EVENT — Oliver (Stephen Amell), Arsenal (Colton Haynes) and Diggle (David Ramsey) track down the location of a boomerang-wielding killer named Digger Harkness (guest star) but are surprised when they come face to face with an A.R.G.U.S. team. Diggle asks Lyla (guest star) why A.R.G.U.S. is involved but she defers until Harkness attacks the building, killing several agents and targeting Lyla. The Arrow joins the fight and gets help from an old friend – The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin). Harkness manages to get away and Oliver teams up with Barry again to find him before he can get to Lyla. When Harkness plants five bombs in the city that are timed to explode at the same time, both teams must come together to save the city. Jesse Warn directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg, and teleplay by Marc Guggenheim & Grainne Godfree Schwartz (#308). Original airdate 12/3/2014.