I watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before I watched this particular episode, and the juxtaposition of the two tales is absolutely stunning. I shouldn't be surprised with that development, considering one was film and the other television, or how one was pushing an R rating and the other is maybe pushing TV MA. However, if BvS shows us the worst of the DC live-action universe, then Supergirl shows us the best of it.
So far Supergirl has been a fun show to watch its first season - Melissa Benoist captures the wide-eyed innocence of this character, as this version of the Girl of Steel takes to the Capes n' Tights scene like a fan finally called up on stage to jam with the main act. That enthusiasm is matched by the reality-hopping Flash, as played by Court of Nerds heartthrob Grant Gustin. The two actors have a sterling chemistry that goes back to their days on Glee (which is still absolutely fascinating), and that chemistry shines as Flash and Supergirl interact right from the get-go.
The Flash "saves" Kara Danvers from a tumble out of the top floor of CatCo's shining skyscraper, and it leads to an incredible scene where the two young heroes discuss not just their superpowers, but their own notoriety. That sets the uber-buddy tone that prevails all episode, and it forces the viewer to wonder: is this what it's supposed to be like? Fun?
Supergirl and Flash combine their powers frequently in innovative ways, and they match each other in impossible enthusiasm, but on different levels: Supergirl is the thrilled student who can't wait to learn more about the world of superheroics, while Flash is beyond excited to be able to relay his experience to a willing (and capable) audience.
Using Silver Banshee and Livewire as villains were a nice choice, as each have easily discernable powers that show up well o the small screen. Their hard-ons for over-the-top vengeance also works well in contrast to the heroes' vehemence for do-gooding.
This is an extremely fun episode of a fun series that showcases the charm from both of the leads (although super-buff and super-handsome "James" Olsen is still around and unbearable), and it shouldn't be dismissed if it seems hokey or just for kids: so what if it is? What's wrong with having joy in a team up? What's wrong with bright colors, crazy abilities, villainous theatrics, and warm comedy?
I truly hope CBS and the WB continue their partnership via Greg Berlanti & Co - this was too much of a good time to simply have once. It was akin to the Green Arrow/Flash team ups on the WB, but it's so much more different when both characters are young, happy, and have incredible powers.
I give this episode 8 out of 10 pelvic thrusts.