The Flash (2014)

The Flash – Grodd Friended Me

by Alan Rapp on February 26, 2020

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The Flash - Grodd Friended Me television review

The theme of “Grodd Friended Me” is letting go of the past and accepting change, whether you’re ready for it or not. After a post-Crisis check-in which suggest there are an unimaginable number of changes to the timeline such as Pied Piper (Andy Mientus) being a meta-criminal, an experiment goes awry leaving Barry (Grant Gustin) trapped in Grodd‘s (David Sobolov) mind. However, revenge isn’t what the super gorilla is after, instead a remorseful Grodd wants the Flash’s help to escape the mindscape prison A.R.G.U.S. has constructed for him before it crumbles under the weight of both minds. The combined force of Barry and Grodd merging their consciousness, resulting in one fast gorilla, is just what is needed for the pair to get past a familiar gatekeeper and return to the real world.

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The Flash – A Girl Named Sue

by Alan Rapp on February 19, 2020

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The Flash - A Girl Named Sue TV review

“A Girl Named Sue” picks up from last week’s cliffhanger with Iris (Candice Patton) trapped in a mirror dimension while a doppelganger has assumed her life while playing on Barry‘s (Grant Gustin) emotions to get her hands on Mirror Master’s gun. Meanwhile, the episode’s title comes from long-running B-story of Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) finally catching up with the elusive Sue Dearbon (Natalie Dreyfuss) who offers the private investigator a story about being on the run from an arms dealer ex-boyfriend since discovering how he made his fortune. As Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) points out, the pair are a perfect match (although Sue turns out to be a little too alike with the old Ralph as she double-crosses him to get what she’s really after – a giant diamond).

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The Flash – Love is a Battlefield

by Alan Rapp on February 13, 2020

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The Flash - Love is a Battlefield TV review

Valentine’s Day in Central City brings new problems for Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) both in the Flash’s overprotective nature to his wife and in the return of Amunet Black (Katee Sackhoff) and Goldface (Damion Poitier) whose failed romance has started a competition between the former couple. Amunet’s knowledge of the Flash’s true identity, and here threats to broadcast his secret to the city, keeps the hero in check for most of the episode while both criminals race to get their hands on a rare flower with telepathic properties. While goofy, the end of the episode (using the flower to bring the pair back together) works to solve the immediate problem of the escalation, but still leaves the issue of Amunet’s blackmail over Team Flash to be resolved.

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  • Title: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five
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Legends of Tomorrow  - Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five TV review

If the climax of Crisis turned out to be a bit underwhelming the epilogue brings back some fun. The first episode of the Fifth Season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow introduces us to a new world. Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and the Paragons didn’t rebirth the entire Multiverse, only a single universe with one Earth where all our heroes live. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is doubly surprised to find out she shares her Earth with Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and that Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) had one last move up his sleeve in resetting his role on the new Earth as a beloved benefactor rather than sociopathic villain. Only the Paragons remember the events of Crisis, although J’onn (David Harewood) is able to remedy the siutation fairly quickly to clue in the rest of the heroes as to what is happening, including a final appearance of the Anti-Monitor.

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  • Title: Arrow – Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four
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Arrow - Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four TV review

After a month hiatus, the Crisis crossover continues. More than any episode of the crossover, “Part Four” does feel the limits of a television budget as the big climactic moments feel a bit rushed and underwhelming. The return of Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), now revealed to be the Spectre (although not looking any different), helps free the Paragons from Vanishing Point on a two-pronged attempt to stop the Anti-Monitor. While Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), Ryan Choi (Osric Chau), and Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) attempt to prevent the the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) from opening the rift that allowed the Anti-Monitor into our universe 10,000 years ago (a plotline that ultimately never leads anywhere), the rest of the heroes head for the Anti-Matter Universe with a stopover in the Speed Force that offers a few scenes from the past and one more cameo from another alternate version of one of our heroes.

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