“Duet” | The Flash
It’s been one heck of an exciting week on TV with Once Upon A Time kicking engagements into motion. Madam Secretary gave us further insight into Jay’s struggles at home. When Calls the Heart showcased the power of friendship while exploring the importance of chasing our dreams. The Americans gave us a beautiful slow dance I can’t stop replaying. Chicago P.D. shattered our hearts. And Superstore reminded us of how much the Cloud 9 employees really care for one another. But it was The Flash’s musical crossover with Supergirl that left me the happiest.
I love musicals. I wish my life was a musical. So naturally, I knew I’d adore this episode, but I didn’t anticipate just how much. Presumably all I needed was a second engagement executed more beautifully than the first. Barry’s song titled “Runnin’ Home to You” was filled with the most hauntingly magical lyrics that reiterated Barry’s adoration for Iris perfectly. I can’t stop listening to it.
Grant Gustin’s voice is something I’ve adored since Glee. (Even when I quit the show, I’d still keep up with the music.) And to hear it come out once more for such a pure, wondrous relationship was something I couldn’t have ever imagined. The tenderness in Gustin’s expressions cobbled with the gorgeous sincerity in his voice made for an exquisite song that’d be etched in our memories for a long, long time. Now while Grant Gustin’s sweet voice and gentleness were a real treat to watch, it was Candice Patton’s sincerity that had me bawling. Iris was so taken aback by the gesture, and you knew in that moment that she could feel his love with a fervency she’s never felt before. You could see the ardent adoration in her expression light the room just as he sang of her being the light. (I swear I thought I was gonna melt as they slow danced.)
It was moving. It was lovely. It was everything I could’ve asked for in their proposal. This time, Barry wasn’t doing it to potentially save the future, he was doing it to keep the light in his life in a state of eternal bliss. Iris’ joy when he first proposed was unparalleled, and the realization that the truth hurt her haunted him greatly. That’s why when he did it once more through song, through sincere heartfelt lyrics, it was because he came to the realization that whatever the future holds, she is his, as he is hers, and however short their forever may be, he doesn’t want to waste a single moment of it. She’s been his home since they were kids, his past, his present, his future, and wherever she’s been, serenity has met them there, too. To promise forever with such a gorgeous showcase of the fact that they are each other’s everything remarkably illuminated the fact that where there’s pure, real love, there’s comfort — even in the darkest days, there is light.
Now, let’s watch the scene 10 more times shall we?
What was your favorite scene this week?