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This Arrowverse crossover episode manages to entertain while posing thoughtful questions about morality -- and all without getting bogged down in meta references.
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.
The presence of Barry, Caitlin and, especially, Cisco brought a level of lightness that's a rare occurrence on Arrow, and a welcome one here.
For a famously stunt-heavy show, you had to be impressed by how this episode took time here and there to not just breathe but delve into what I'll call "superhero theory.
"The Brave and the Bold" tries to service Oliver's identity issues and character development, but it ends up doing a lot more for the away team.
"The Brave and The Bold" is handily the best installment of Arrow season three so far.
Arrow Season 3 Episode 8 didn't live up to the first hour, but it did pretty much as expected -- showed The Flash team dealing with criminals can be a mean business and allowed Barry to give Oliver a much needed pep talk about his humanity.
The CW, DC, and WB really know how to handle mid-season finales!
Unfortunately, the episode was a mixed bag, filled with great fight scenes... but it also delved into some ponderously preachy territory regarding the morality of violence and the use torture in pursuit of justice.