SPOILER WARNING: This article contains minor spoilers for tonight’s episode of “Supergirl” “World’s Finest,” which has not aired on the west coast as of publication.
If you’re reading this, we’re guessing (or at least hoping) you’ve already watched tonight’s episode of “Supergirl.” If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Get to that DVR like you’re the fastest man alive, or at least faster than a speeding bullet.
Still here? Great! In “World’s Finest,” Barry Allen accidentally flashed over from Earth One (which makes Kara’s earth… Earth Three? Earth Zero?) just in time to save the Maid of Might from an unconscious fall out of a skyscraper. That chance meeting led to a gem of an episode in which Barry and Kara join forces to take down a pair of really, really disgruntled former employees. It’s a blast, and you should check back later for our full recap, but for now, who’s faster? Supergirl, or The Flash?
Answer: it’s a tie. And the real moral of the story is that as fast as they are separately, they’re fast enough together to rip a hole in the universe. As the two race, Kara gives Barry a push — Barry’s idea, don’t worry, there’s no unsportsmanlike conduct — and the added boost makes it possible for Barry to zip back to Earth One. At least, that’s where he’s supposed to have gone.
The point isn’t the winner, anyhow. That’s lucky, because there isn’t one. The point is that the quick race embodies the spirit of fun that fills the whole episode, a point that the “Supergirl” team made recently.
“We definitely wanted to do a shoutout to the classic race [between Flash and Superman],” “Supergirl” and “Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. “You’ve seen it in the comic books, the ‘Speed Demons’ episode of the ‘Superman’ animated show. Usually, you never get the answer.”
“Our visual effects artists and storyboard artists storyboarded her flying against him running, as well, and it just didn’t feel right,” fellow “Supergirl” and “Flash” EP Greg Berlanti added. “It didn’t have the same spirit and actual fun of a footrace.”
Check back tonight for CBR’s full recap of the episode.