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The Flash – Duet

by Alan Rapp on March 22, 2017

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The Flash - Duet television review

“Duet” made me angry. Not because the musical episode failed to impress. No, the episode infuriated me because this is what I want from both Supergirl and The Flash and somehow you just know the writers of both shows will ignore all that works here as each show gets stuck back in the grim and grittiness of its current storylines. “Duet” is what I want both shows to be: bright, fun, energetic, and hopeful. This shouldn’t be a standout. This should be the bar both shows attempt to reach every single week. This year Supergirl has been more successful than The Flash in the regard, but both have struggled juggling darker themes and unnecessarily convoluted relationship drama getting in the way of the fun. I’m not saying never get serious, but embrace more zany hopeful storylines so that when you do need to take a serious moment it will have all the more impact (as opposed to episodes of moping or acting like a dick for weeks at a time to those who love and rely on you).

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The Flash – Into the Speed Force

by Alan Rapp on March 15, 2017

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The Flash - Into the Speed Force TV review

“Into the Speed Force” feels like one of those episodes we should learn something from… but I’m not sure exactly what that’s supposed to be. While the episode works well enough on its own I’m also a disheartened by the show’s stubbornness to continue to run from Barry (Grant Gustin) as a hopeful hero and continue down a more lonely path. Like him or not, since getting his speed Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) has been able to embody the exuberance Barry used to enjoy as the Flash (before he became a dick to everyone he loves). The conclusion of the episode seems to be to put Barry on the path to being a better speedster, but the show might be better served if it concentrated on making him a better man.

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The Flash – The Wrath of Savitar

by Alan Rapp on March 8, 2017

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  • Title: The Flash – The Wrath of Savitar
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The Flash - The Wrath of Savitar television review

Following the two-parter featuring Grodd and his army of apes, The Flash falls back into some bad habits I had hoped were behind the series this season. The return of Savitar means the return of dickish Barry (Grant Gustin). After somehow viewing the scene of the future without Barry and his memories, Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) blurting out a questionable conclusion puts Barry and Iris (Candice Patton) back three steps from last week’s engagement. And the team’s insensitive use of Julian (Tom Felton) puts strain on his burgeoning relationship with Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker). Oh, and Caitlin reveals she’s put everyone’s lives in danger for weeks by hiding a powerful relic in the lab. Seriously, did Grodd mindfuck these people while I wasn’t looking because they are all pretty much acting like bad (and dumb) examples of themselves for the entire episode.

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  • Title: The Flash – Attack on Central City
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The Flash - Attack on Central City television review

Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) joy at stopping Grodd (David Sobolov) and preventing an ape attack on Central City is short-lived as the follow-up to last week’s “Attack on Gorilla City” brings Grodd and his army of gorillas to Earth-1. Mind-controlling Gypsy (Jessica Camacho), Grodd is able to bring his entire army over (and somehow hide a large group of armor-covered apes from prying eyes for nearly the entire episode). Fearful both of an attack on the city he’s not sure they can stop, and more of Iris‘ (Candice Patton) future coming true, Barry considers the possibility of putting Grodd down, for good.

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The Flash – Attack on Gorilla City

by Alan Rapp on February 22, 2017

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  • Title: The Flash – Attack on Gorilla City
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The Flash - Attack on Gorilla City television review

The first-half a a two-part event, “Attack on Gorilla City” finally offers the return of Grodd (David Sobolov). The arrival of Jesse (Violett Beane) on Earth-1 prompts Barry (Grant Gustin), Cisco (Carlos Valdes), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), and Julian (Tom Felton) to head to Earth-2 to rescue her father who is being held captive in Gorilla City. I’ve been waiting the better part of a year for Grodd’s return, and the episode doesn’t disappoint. Not only one of Barry’s strongest adversaries, Grodd is one of his smartest which is highlighted here in his manipulation of events leading Barry to cause the very event he was attempting to prevent.

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