“Supergirl” Episode Review – “The Flash” S03E17 “Duet”

Superman Homepage reviewer T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao) reviews episodes from the “Supergirl” TV series, airing on The CW.

Check out his review of the 17th episode of Season 3 of “The Flash” in which Kara and Barry are forced to sing and dance in a dream world that’s very real.

DuetOriginally Aired: March 21, 2017
TELEPLAY BY: Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing
STORY BY: Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg
DIRECTED BY: Dermott Daniel Downs

GUEST CAST:
Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl
Victor Garber as Digsy’s Husband
John Barrowman as Cutter Moran
David Harewood as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter
Jeremy Jordan as Grady
Chris Wood as Mon-El and Tommy Moran
Darren Criss as Music Meister
Michelle Harrison as Nora Allen

5Rating – 5 (out of 5): Finally, the crossover viewers deserve, need, and waited for. Thus far, the crossover for this year, Invasion, was less a team-up, and more a pile-on Barry for Flashpoint. Duet allows the natural optimism of Supergirl to bleed over into The Flash, which very much needs it. This has been “down with Barry” year, since his blunder with Flashpoint. However, what viewer wants to see Barry be reminded ad nauseam of his error, when his heroic exploits are always the draw? The last straw was Barry backing away from Iris, after she made her way back to him from the worst contrivance of their romance. The reverie provided by Duet allows Barry, and surprisingly, Kara, to put aside their conscious reservations, and just be in love with their respective counterparts. The CW gets no small amount of flak for tilting at windmills, particularly in the romance department, still it was refreshing to see love win the day, as opposed to a lie, a secret, or a fear derail it. Love, good people, it’s what we’re all after, and thankfully, our hero and heroine were allowed to claim their portion of it tonight.

Now, what I had been waiting for, the music! The level of talent on this show was quite surprising. When Malcolm Merlin shows up and not to shoot but to sing, that is more shocking than him losing a hand. Cisco, Professor Stein, Detective West, Winn, everyone turns in pitch perfect vocals for superb songs, but the best is reserved for Barry Allen, who proposes to Iris again, and who is thrilled to have his proposal once more. You may not like musicals, singing, dancing, performing, but thankfully, the cast of tonight’s episode has no such compunctions. Enjoy!

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NeoRanger
Member
It was okay, it had some heartwarming moments. I stopped watching Supergirl after the Mxyzptlk debacle; if I was a few years younger, maybe I would extend the show the same courtesy I did Smallville and stick with it out of brand loyalty, but I’m too old to be patient and waste time with such insipidness. This was mostly a Flash episode and it was a nice change of pace for that show (especially that final bit with the proposal), but if I take anything out of it in regards to Supergirl it’s that: 1) I will miss the cast… Read more »
redcape
Member

Well they did it once. Let’s hope they don’t do it again. I was sort of numb while watching it. Thought the long song at the end was a little bit much. Didn’t care for the gay reference between Stein and West. It’s like they can’t stop injecting this stuff in all four of the CW shows. “dads”…..you got a problem with that? Good lord. What’s next?? 2.5 for me!

andramus
Member
redcape Have you considered that your repeated negativity in comments towards the inclusion of LGBTQIA characters in these shows can be hurtful towards Superman fans who frequent this site and are members of both the LGBTQIA community and the Superman fan community? Making them feel unwelcome in coming here as well as participating in this forum. As far as the two dads thing goes I think there was actually a double meaning there. The whole musical world Kara and Barry were in was a product of their subconscious and it’s not that surprising that Barry’s subconscious would conjure a two… Read more »
liheibao
Member
As far as the two dads thing goes I think there was actually a double meaning there. The whole musical world Kara and Barry were in was a product of their subconscious and it’s not that surprising that Barry’s subconscious would conjure a two dads scenario given that he has had two dads for most of his life in the form of Joe West and Henry Allen. That is an incredible amount of mental gymnastics. Have you considered that your repeated negativity in comments towards the inclusion of LGBTQIA characters in these shows can be hurtful towards Superman fans who… Read more »
NeoRanger
Member
The less we all do the political thing, the better. I can turn the line on its head and make it sound like a homophobic comment very easily. Instead, I’ll stick with it being a funny throwaway line which gave me a chuckle, primarily because of Jesse L. Martin’s reaction. The worst thing I can really say about it is that Joe being paired with Dr. Stein doesn’t make sense, but it’s a small thing. I obviously disagree with redcape on this, but anyone in the LGBTQ+ community shouldn’t feel unwelcome here; there will be dissent of opinion and some… Read more »
redcape
Member

I am certainly not trying to hurt anyone’s disposition regarding this. This show along with the other three has been for some time now throwing these (all) stupid relationships in our faces. To me at least, they are a waste of time and interrupt and or side track the shows in general. But it does seem like they’re going out of their way at every opportunity to keep inventing more of them.

MattComics
Member
I thought it was a fun ep and the singing skills on display were really amazing and of course Kara was drop dead gorgeous in her period costumes. Cisco’s reaction to “Henshaw” morphing into Martian Manhunter was priceless. The two dad’s thing didn’t bother me one bit. The only problem I had with it was that totally needless dig at Superman from Barry and then Kara agreeing with it. Really? Barry is “not impressed” with someone he’s never even actually seen or met? WTH? I was actually looking forward to Barry and Clark meeting at some point and that crack… Read more »
NeoRanger
Member

The dig bothered me as well. Supergirl, both the show and the character, seem to be suffering from a major case of inferiority complex. It bothers them both that Superman is the bigger name, despite the fact that they continuously rip the guy’s mythology off to make that show. The dig was a hissy-fit and, considering the quality of the show and the characterization this season, it’s hypocritical.

Here’s the deal, guys; if you want to be more popular than Superman, then be better than Superman.

liheibao
Member

Here’s the deal, guys; if you want to be more popular than Superman, then be better than Superman.

More popular? Sure. Better? Never!

MattComics
Member

Why does it even need to be a contest to begin with? Can they not both be popular without one at the expense of the other? Neither Kara or Batman or any other character needs the creators crapping on Superman to put them over.

NeoRanger
Member

Exactly; I don’t like Kara Zor-El and came to the show with the hope that it would change my mind– it almost did, last season, when the character showed potential to stand on her own legs. The irony is that, in the two episodes that Superman showed up, he was far, far more courteous to Kara doing her thing than she has been this entire season. In their over-zealousness to make Kara stand out the creators managed, somehow, to make Superman the highlight of this entire season and arguably the better character IN TWO EPISODES.

It’s equal amounts amazing and depressing.

redcape
Member
Quite possibly it was because Superman was ONLY on for the two episodes and they rolled out the red carpet. Thanks the stars that it was only two as I would be willing to bet if he was on the show for the season that he would have also fallen into what this show seems to be concentrating on. Which is a soap opera of relationships. As far as I’m concerned the whole season has been for the most part nothing but love interests. They’ve got Kara flip flopping back and forth between an emotional sulking Kara and snapping out… Read more »
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