Critic Consensus: This Arrowverse crossover episode manages to entertain while posing thoughtful questions about morality -- and all without getting bogged down in meta references.
as Oliver Queen
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
as Walter Steele
as John Diggle
as Robert Queen
as Quentin Lance
as Thea Queen
as Felicity Smoak
as Roy Harper
as Malcolm Merlyn
as Barry/The Flash
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Critic reviews for The Brave and the Bold
The first part of this "Arrow" season has really meandered, so this episode gave some much needed momentum that will hopefully carry through to the mid-season finale next week.
This is without a doubt one of the best episodes of the series, and I think it's because the Flash team blended in so seamlessly with the Arrow team.
While this first big Flash/Arrow crossover wasted some of its potential by delivering two mostly standalone episodes, this second half proved to be more consistently entertaining and satisfying than the first.
"The Brave and the Bold" was bad. It was bad in almost every way that it could be bad.
Credibility is crucial here - mixing up two shows so tonally disparate as Arrow and The Flash could easily have undermined both, but 'Flash vs Arrow' expertly blended the two by poking a little fun at the po-faced nature of Oliver Queen's world.
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