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The Flash – Good-Bye Vibrations

by Alan Rapp on June 10, 2021

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  • Title: The Flash – Good-Bye Vibrations
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The Flash - Good-Bye Vibrations

In a season that has often felt like both writers and characters are going through the motions, “Good-Bye Vibrations” puts larger storylines on hold, taking a welcome break from the Forces storyline, to say farewell to Cisco (Carlos Valdes), and to a lesser extent Kamilla (Victoria Park), as the couple prepare to leave Central City behind. The episode doesn’t go crazy with flashbacks, but does offer a few callbacks as Barry (Grant Gustin) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) put on such a brave face that Cisco begins to wonder if his friends will miss him at all. The karaoke final scene fits the group well, and its intersting split on the most long-running members of Team Flash sticking with Vibe on his final night while the Citizen crew say goodbye to Kamilla.

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  • Title: The Flash – Family Matters (Part 1)
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The Flash - Family Matters (Part 1) TV review

The Flash follows up one Barry (Grant Gustin) has a bad idea episode with a second one. Unlike “Timeless,” where the episode startled the line, “Family Matters (Part 1)” pushes Barry into full dick mode as he becomes convinced training an ill-prepared Alexa (Sara Garcia), who is still afraid of the monster inside her, is the only way to keep her safe. It’s finally Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) who steps in with the personal experience that Alexa needs to hear. Despite the process of getting her ready not running smoothly, and Barry putting her into harm’s way in a somewhat irresponsible manner, Alexa is able to get control of the monster and help reach Psych (Ennis Esmer) who has been using his powers to attack old friends who turned their back on him years before.

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Justice Society: World War II

by Alan Rapp on May 18, 2021

in Home Video

  • Title: Justice Society: World War II
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Justice Society: World War II Blu-ray reviewAfter some lean years where DC Animated had decided to explore the clusterfuck that was the New 52, things appear to be getting back on track. It’s amazing how easily and well DC can do when they make the Flash (Matt Bomer) the heart of the story (see Justice League: The New Frontier and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox). And, thank god, the creators of the film knew enough to keep the character’s gorgeous simplistic design rather than the eyesore DC has been pushing on readers for nearly a decade now.

While fighting Brainiac (Darin De Paul) with Superman (Darren Criss), the Flash accidentally races so fast he enters the Speed Force and winds up in Germany. During World War II. On an alternate Earth. On this world, alongside the Allied troops, a group of heroes is fighting off the Nazis including another Flash (Armen Taylor), Wonder Woman (Stana Katic), Hawkman (Omid Abtahi), Steve Trevor (Chris Diamantopoulos), Hourman (Matthew Mercer), and Black Canary (Elysia Rotaru).

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The Flash – Timeless

by Alan Rapp on May 13, 2021

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  • Title: The Flash – Timeless
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The Flash - Timeless television review

Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) plan to deal with the Forces creates a schism within Team Flash in “Timeless.” Despite his own history which says attempting to change the past is a really, really, really bad idea, Barry becomes insistent on the idea of resetting time to prevent the Forces from being born. Iris (Candice Patton) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) are against the plan, but that isn’t enough to prevent Barry from enlisting the help of the lasting remaining Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). In an episode that cements family as the theme of the season, the show also lays the foundation for Cisco’s exit as this has been confirmed to be Carlos Valdes final season on the show (on the heels of another character disappearing into prison for life).

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  • Title: The Flash – The People v. Killer Frost
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The Flash - The People v. Killer Frost television review

In a season that’s been struggling to define itself, “The People v. Killer Frost” throws a curveball both in the main storyline of Frost (Danielle Panabaker) being sentenced and the B-story where the fight against the Forces takes an unexpected turn. The outcome of the trial allows the show to give Frost a hero moment and complete the character’s arc by refusing to accept the permanent loss of her powers by the state and instead voluntarily sign-up for life in prison without parole rather than allow Kristen Kramer (Carmen Moore) to set precedent and go after the powers of all metahumans. Although not exactly a subtle metaphor, Frost speech taps into transgender and racial themes taking a strong stand for acceptance rather than oppression or an enforced normal. While Caitlin appears to be sticking around, it looks like we’ve seen the last of her frosty alter-ego… for now.

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