By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Flash.
Deric A. Hughes
A Plot: Attack on Central City…Well, More of a March Really
I thought this was a good episode but it didn’t feature nearly as much action as I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, an episode of a series doesn’t have to be non-stop fighting to hold my attention, even if it is a show featuring superheroes. But when you put the word “attack” in the title and put in hundreds of angry gorillas, I’m expecting a little more than a game of cat-and-mouse between the main hero and villain-of-the-week.
Now that I got that little rant out of the way, I did think this was a good episode. Now that I’m over the lack of “attack” in “Attack on Central City,” I can appreciate that the team had to fight Grodd, a gorilla with enhanced mental capabilities, with their brains more than their brawn. Even the final battle was more like a riddle for Barry than a fight; he needed to kill Grodd but knew he shouldn’t, so he got Solovar to do the fighting instead. That was a fantastic way for the writers to let Barry honor his no-kill code while still defeating the gorilla army and saving Central City.
Lastly, I did think it was a little weird that the writers chose to address the no-kill thing this far in the series. Maybe I just take it for granted that everyone knows that the main DC characters don’t kill (well, everyone except Zack Snyder knows that), but these interactions between Barry and Harry felt like they came out of nowhere for me.
B Plot: Harry and the Adventures of Parenting
Some of the best parts of this episode were the interactions amongst Wally, Jesse, and Harry. I really got a kick out of Harry implying that he was dying to Wally, even though I’m sure we all saw the landing of that joke coming from a mile away. More than anything, I like that this plot ended with Jesse definitely staying in Central City. I don’t know if this will be a permanent thing, but I think it is. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I like how Barry, Wally, and Jesse interact with each other. Three speedsters on one series work well for me. I don’t know how the writers managed to pull that off, but as long as it works, they might as well run with it while it’s entertaining.
C Plot: Lighten Up, Harry
I know I’ve been back-and-forth on my feelings towards HR, but I definitely felt extreme amounts of sympathy for him tonight. Frankly, Harry was an insufferable dick in this episode. Maybe that was the point. Maybe we’re all supposed to come out of this feeling like HR is the good guy. It’s just a shame that one of my favorite characters, Harry, finally came back and all I could feel was annoyed towards him.
It looks like we’re finally getting back to the Savitar plot, and not a moment too soon. Really, this is perfect timing. The last few weeks have been nice, but I’m ready to get the story moving again.
Thanks for reading!