Kapushion is the 109th episode of Arrow and the 17th episode of season five, written by Brian Ford Sullivan & Emilio Ortega Aldrich and directed by Kevin Tancharoen.
In flashbacks, Anatoli becomes the new Pakhan. Kovar buys Sarin gas from Malcolm. Anatoli learns that Kovar is planning a coup against the Russian government. By torturing an operative of Kovar’s, Oliver learns that Kovar has invited key government officials to his casino, where he plans to assassinate all of them by the gas. Oliver convinces Galina, Taiana’s mother to give him her key card to the casino. Oliver and the Bratva infiltrate the casino, where Kovar learns about Galina’s betrayal and kills her, angering Oliver, who fails to stop the spread of the gas in time, leading to Viktor’s death. Anatoli fails to persuade Oliver from killing Kovar. The former appoints him as a Bratva captain. Malcolm helps Kovar’s operatives revive him. In the present, Adrian continues torturing Oliver to make him confess a “secret”. The former brings a seemingly reluctant Evelyn, apparently killing her after Oliver refuses to do it. Oliver reveals that he killed people because he liked it, which Adrian wanted to hear. Evelyn is revealed to be alive and still assisting Adrian. Adrian lets Oliver go, and he returns to the hideout and tells the team about his decision to end his vigilantism.
A really solid episode, a lot of really interesting story going on and some pretty good action sequences involved.
Duet, the 63rd episode of The Flash and the 17th episode of season three, was written by Aaron & Todd Helbing from a story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kriesberg and directed by Dermott Downs and it is the musical crossover episode with Supergirl.
J’onn J’onzz and Mon-El arrive on Earth-1 with a comatose Kara. Music Meister attacks and places Barry in a similar coma. He wakes up in a musical world and finds Vivian Hang Xu. Meister tells them that if they follow the script, they will return to the real world. Barry and Kara are forced to work as singers in a nightclub run by Malcolm, with Winn working as a piano player, Cisco as a waiter and Stein and Joe as two gangsters opposing Malcolm. Barry and Kara find Malcolm’s son, Mon-El, and Stein’s and Joe’s daughter, Iris, in a forbidden relationship. Kara and Barry convince the pair to reveal their love, also helping Barry and Kara to realize their own mistakes. Malcolm, Stein and Joe subsequently decide to go to war. Barry and Kara are shot in the crossfire, but the real Cisco, Mon-El and Iris vibe into their world to save them, allowing Barry and Kara to admit their loves for Iris and Mon-El. They wake up in S.T.A.R. Labs; and Meister reveals that he just wanted them to realize their love. Kara’s team returns to Earth-38; and Barry and Iris move back in together. He reproposes to Iris, who accepts.
This is such a ridiculous premise for an episode BUT the episode makes it pretty clear that is meant to not be taken seriously and for that, this probably makes this my favorite episode of the season so far. I really love the chemistry Grant Gustin & Melissa Benoist have when they play these characters and in this, it works incredibly well. I even though Darren Criss did a pretty solid job playing the Music Meister.
But it’s the music that takes the episode to new levels of enjoyment, you have a variety of different songs to appease your taste, you have songs by Rachel Bloom from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and then you have songs written by the guys who wrote the songs for La La Land and they all fit very well, they are all very catchy and the singing on the songs are all nicely done.
This is just an overall fun episode, very over the top, works off the great chemistry of its’ two leads, great music, and just an overall enjoyable hour of entertainment is in this one.
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