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The Flash – Rogue Time

by Alan Rapp on March 25, 2015

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The Flash - Rogue Time

“Rogue Time” isn’t a bad episode by any stretch of the imagination but it’s hard not to feel disappointed when it undoes so much of what made last week’s show the best episode of the series so far. Stuck “a day and some change” in the past, Barry (Grant Gustin) has the chance to relive the events the past two days. Despite warnings from Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) about not diluting the time steam with any changes, Barry chooses to act on his knowledge of the past taking down Mark Mardon (Liam McIntyre) before he can threaten Joe (Jesse L. Martin) or paralyze Singh (Patrick Sabongui).

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The Flash – Out of Time

by Alan Rapp on March 18, 2015

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The Flash - Out of Time

The Flash delivers a game-changing episode including removing any doubt as to the identity of the Reverse-Flash, allowing Iris (Candice Patton) to admit her feelings for Barry (Grant Gustin) and discover his secret, and deliver the death of a major character. Or did it? The show’s creators have been teasing us for some time that time travel will play an important role of the show’s run and that all begins with “Out of Time,” first when Barry catches a glimpse of another version of himself and later as the character discovers he has been offered a second chance to change the events the past day and alter the timeline.

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The Flash: Season Zero #5

by Alan Rapp on March 4, 2015

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The Flash: Season Zero #5“Smoak Signals” reunites the Flash and Felicity when Green Arrow‘s Girl Friday is target by killer robot drones known as Sky Lords who have been programmed to take out Ms. Smoak. I though the two shows gave up on the possibility of a Felcity/Barry relationship far too quickly so its fun to see the two thrown together here (albeit as friends). Given that the issue teases, but doesn’t offer the identity of, who wants Felicity dead I’m betting we’ll see the thread of this story picked up in the near future.

The first few pages of the issue also give us Felicity watching the Flash battle the Hydro Hunter whose origins and motivations aren’t explored here. The fight is fun but given the level of the villain’s powers he seems an odd choice for what boils down to a pre-credit scene fight. However, the sequence does illustrate how Felicity continues to keep tabs on Barry and offer a more a-hole version of the pre-Atom Ray Palmer than we’ve seen on the show so far (what a dick!).

Fans of both The Flash and Arrow should enjoy the crossover even if questions are left unanswered. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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The Flash – Fallout

by Alan Rapp on February 18, 2015

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The Flash - Fallout

“Fallout” serves two purposes as the latest episode of The Flash wraps up the Firestorm storyline by decoupling Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) and Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and removing any doubt to the identity of the Flash‘s (Grant Gustin) arch-villain as Barry learns a troubling truth that he will travel back in time to save his mother… and fail.

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The Flash – The Nuclear Man

by Alan Rapp on February 11, 2015

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The Flash - The Nuclear Man

After teasing us for weeks slowly putting the pieces together about what happened to Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) The Flash finally turns its attention to Firestorm whose growing instability endangers all of Central City. Although the main storyline gives the episode its name, promises to cause the return of General Wade Eiling (Clancy Brown), and offers more insight to the mind/body combination of Ronnie and Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber), the episode’s various subplots may have more lasting impact on Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) life.

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The Flash – Crazy for You

by Alan Rapp on February 4, 2015

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  • Title: The Flash – The Sound and the Fury
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The Flash - Crazy for You

Although the main story lacks a big name Flash villain there’s quite a bit to enjoy in the latest episode of The Flash. “Crazy for You” introduces our hero to a new meta-human in the unfortunately-named Peek-a-Boo (Britne Oldford) who has the ability to teleport short distances within line-of-sight allowing her to break her boyfriend (Micah Parker) out of prison and go into business for his boss using her powers for big scores leading her into contact with the Flash (Grant Gustin).

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The Flash – The Sound and the Fury

by Alan Rapp on January 28, 2015

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The Flash - The Sound and the Fury

“The Sound and the Fury” introduces yet another of the Flash‘s (Grant Gustin) trademark villains when the Pied Piper comes to town. In an episode that all but confirms Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) as the Reverse-Flash given his use of super-speed and absorption of the Speed Force through futuristic technology, former Star Labs golden boy Hartley Rathaway (Andy Mientus) returns to Central City seeking vengeance on Wells who he blames for the accelerator explosion and everything which came after.

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The Flash – Revenge of the Rogues

by Alan Rapp on January 21, 2015

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The Flash - Revenge of the Rogues

Since his defeat to the Reverse-Flash in the mid-season finale Barry (Grant Gustin) had rededicated himself to stretching the limits of his abilities, getting faster, and reclaiming the moniker “The Fastest Man Alive.” The intense training comes at the cost of his new super-hero duties which causes problems for Central City when Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and his new partner Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) return to town spoiling for a fight.

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The Flash: Season Zero #3

by Alan Rapp on December 20, 2014

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The Flash: Season Zero #3Captured by the circus, the Flash learns the tragic origin of Mr. Bliss and discovers the ringmaster’s powers firsthand as Bliss feeds Barry his greatest fear and worst nightmare simultaneously stopping the Scarlet Speedster dead in his tracks. With the help of a couple of Bliss’ unwilling minions, Caitlin and Cisco are able to rescue their friend from the circus but not before the damage had already been done.

Along with Bliss’ full introduction, the main takeaway from The Flash: Season Zero #3 is how the ringmaster uses his power to control those around him. The Flash doesn’t need to take down the entire gang, just one man (albeit a man who can look straight into his soul and feed him his darkest fears).

The issue also illustrates that Barry’s deepest fears and nightmares don’t involve the legion of evil meta-humans waiting for him, or even the mysterious man in the yellow suit who stole his life, but the two most important people in his life he feels he has failed: his parents. For fans.

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Arrow – The Brave and the Bold

by Alan Rapp on December 4, 2014

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  • Title: Arrow – The Brave and the Bold
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Arrow - The Brave and the Bold

The second-half of The Flash/Arrow crossover brings Barry (Grant Gustin), Cisco (Carlos Valdes), and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) all to Starling City to help in the search for a former agent of Argus returned to take revenge on the organization that left him for dead. I’ll freely admit Captain Boomerang (Nick E. Tarabay) has one of the more ridiculous concepts of any Flash villain. He’s a killer with a boomerang fetish, but is that any more ridiculous than a hero with a bow and arrow? Presented here as a merciless and skilled killer as well as a battlefield technician whose arsenal includes several surprise trick boomerangs, the episode makes good use of the character by presenting him as a large enough threat that both heroes, and both supporting teams, are all needed to stop him.

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