Elseworlds, Part 1
The Flash Season 5



Critic Ratings: 17
Critics Consensus

With disorienting body swaps, confusingly altered realities, and an awesome Superman-Supergirl team-up, there is a lot to love in this joy-filled Arrowverse crossover episode of The Flash.

Episode Info

When Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (guest star Stephen Amell) wake up one morning and realize they have swapped bodies with each other, the two set off to find out what disturbed the timeline to cause such a shift. However, things quickly go from bad to worse when they present their case to Team Flash and the gang doesn't believe them. Barry and Oliver realize they need Supergirl's (guest star Melissa Benoist) help and travel to Smallville on Earth-38 where they end up meeting Kara's cousin, Clark Kent (guest star Tyler Hoechlin), and intrepid reporter, Lois Lane (guest star Elizabeth Tulloch).


Grant Gustin
as Barry Allen/The Flash
Candice Patton
as Iris West
Danielle Panabaker
as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes
as Cisco Ramon
Jesse L. Martin
as Det. Joe West
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Melissa Benoist
as Supergirl's
Tyler Hoechlin
as Clark Kent
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Critic Reviews for Elseworlds, Part 1

From the obvious humor of the body swap, to all of the Easter eggs and callbacks that the writers threw in, there was so much to love about this episode.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

They have a lot of fun playing with Barry and Oliver's body-swap, and some of the jokes are laugh out loud funny.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Any crossover featuring the excellent Tyler Hoechlin as Superman is a big step up though.

Apr 24, 2019 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

For The Flash, the presence of Jessica Parker Kennedy's Nora West-Allen has given the show a major shot in the arm following its mixed bag of a fourth season.

Jan 4, 2019 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

To use each other's powers and skills to the fullest, they need to understand what makes the other tick - which means Ollie needs to smile more, and Barry needs to drop his voice to a menacing growl. Did I mention how much I enjoyed this episode?!

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The Annual Crossover kicked offs with an interesting concept and a decent execution. The "Elseworlds" Concept is used loosely...but opens up the opportunity for some Wacky and Crazy fun.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It had a nice fun-comedic tone and it had an inner lying darkness that'll be developed on as we head towards Gotham.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's a concept pulled wonderfully from the comic canon, and it's just as wild, ambitious and wonderfully fun as anything you'd find on the page.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

We knew switching identities would be a challenge for Barry and Oliver. They are so opposite. So it will be enjoyable to watch Oliver lighten up. But seeing Barry's dark side...I know I'm not going to like that.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

When an actor loves what they're doing, that excitement flies off the screen. I haven't seen excitement like this for quite some time.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's not often that the broody vigilante gets to lighten up, so seeing Oliver adjust to his strange new surroundings and speedy powers is a comedic treat.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

These crossover events have become a highlight of my year, and "Elseworlds Part 1" is a perfect representation as to why.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…