Plot Lines of The Flash: Season 4, Episode 17 “Null and Annoyed”

By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)

WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Flash.

A Plot: Barry and Ralph and the Personality Clash

A large part of this episode was spent on the clashing personalities of Barry and Ralph. Barry was super-serious, even for him, and Ralph spent the hour cracking jokes and being even more obnoxious than usual. Dibney as a character works for me and I’m still glad he’s part of the cast but the writers really need to figure out something new to do with him. I haven’t kept count but this has to be at least the sixth time we’ve devoted an episode to Ralph learning how to be a functioning human being. It was fine the first couple of times, especially when it pertained to Ralph learning how to be a superhero, but now it just makes me feel like Ralph spent his whole life pre-Team Flash not knowing how to even get dressed in the morning. Seriously, how was this guy a successful PI? Hopefully, this is the last lesson in Ralph Dibney learning how to live a day-to-day life.

B Plot: Breacher Lost His Vibe

This episode featured the return of Danny Trejo as Breacher and it was a treat. Where the humor with Dibney fell short for me the humor with Breacher worked. Danny Trejo has always been an intimidating presence on screen no matter what role he plays. Seriously, the man could play the Pope and it would be the most badass Pope in the history of film. His work on The Flash is no different. The juxtaposition between him and Cisco is amazing.

The actual story seemed inconsequential until the very end when Breacher offered his old job to Cisco. Normally, I would say this whole story was just filler but I think there’s a chance this could lead to something. Characters come and go on this series, either by leaving the Arrowverse altogether or jumping to another series. There doesn’t seem to be any room for another spinoff, but you never know. It’s easier to believe that we could be getting a show about a girlfriend-boyfriend metahuman crime-fighting team than it is to believe Cisco could be written off the show. Or it could be nothing. We will see.

C Plot: The Thinker’s Deception

For the last couple of episodes, it’s been pretty obvious that the writers were building up to Marlize betraying Clifford. It was so obvious that I was ready to be disappointed in the predictability of such a “twist.” Thankfully, the writers were thinking several steps ahead, just like The Thinker. I like the how such a twist was turned on its head. In almost any series with an evil duo, you can expect one to turn against the other for the greater good. It’s not very often that the main bad guy gets the better of the sidekick. It happened here and I think it keeps the story fresh. While I’m sure Marlize will eventually free herself of Clifford, it’s going to take some time and maneuvering and I know that it will be worth the wait.

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