ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 4.24.18
Team Flash decides to be as dysfunctional as possible in every way they can in the aftermath of Ralph’s death. And for some weird reason Black Siren X shows up. Captain Cold is still himself. You’ll need therapy yourself after this one.
The Flash as a TV show only has two modes: extreme camp and extreme dourness. That’s it. There’s nothing else in between, not even a shade. So the entire tone of the season switched last week. It went from goofy slapstick fart jokes to everybody being so sad they can barely think. Literally. I really wanted to like this one. Especially since last week’s ep was the first good one we’ve had in quite a while. But alas. Nothing about anything in this episode makes a bit of sense.
Harry finds out that his ill-advised actions have indeed had consequences. Long story short, Gideon tells him he is now Team Flowers for Algernon. He will lose everything he knows, so it’s a form of Alzheimer’s disease, except it seems that he can relearn his knowledge. But like Apollo Creed, he’d rather let his pride get in the way of admitting that he made a really bad call. And we still don’t understand his relationship with Gideon.
Grief? Ain’t nobody got time fo dat
I still haven’t figured out why they think we care about watching Barry and Iris in therapy. It’s just another boring slice of the most boring couple on the show. Barry’s in denial and suppression. Doesn’t take a professional to see that. And have you noticed that Cecile has completely disappeared?
Devoe cements himself as thee biggest jerk on the planet. It’s always guys like him that have hot wives that just want to love them, and they’re so dedicated to their work, they can’t be bothered. Hello, Reed Richards. This is the beginning of the end of the Devoes as a couple. He even insults his genius level wife and tells her that it’s a mistake for her to THINK. Idiot. But he’s always, always ahead of Team Flash.
So Cisco is so heavy with grief, he comes up with the genius idea to enter the world of the Thinking Cap/Brain Enhancer. I also notice he hasn’t even talked about Breacher’s offer, but Gypsy shows up next week, so maybe he’ll deal with it then. His whole pursuit of his own version of the precioussssss in this episode was just ridiculous. Know why? Because Harry’s use of it still didn’t help them stop Devoe. It didn’t even slow him down. So Cisco thinks more of that is better? And of course Harry doesn’t tell him the truth right away, so he just plows on ahead, somehow talking himself out of the same risks he warned Harry about several weeks ago.
Devoe’s powers are not just about intelligence. They are about calculating infinite probabilities, and that’s not the same thing.
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I’m Lost without You
Can I just say, that I hated every time Iris talked to Caitlin tonight? For some reason, it just enraged me. Maybe because they at best have a pretend friendship. They’re shoehorning Iris in AGAIN to a place that is SCREAMING for Barry or Cisco. Ugh. Dr. Caitlin Snow has been diminished to pining for her frosty other half. She has never been like this before. She always knew that her medical expertise was invaluable to Team Flash. She has literally saved every life on that team including her own. Yet Caitlin spends this whole episode looking like a little girl that’s lost her way. It’s starting to feel like Killer Frost is the main character, and Caitlin’s the mask. Or the excuse. But BOTH of them have value to the team and the storyline. I don’t like Caitlin being a shell of her former self. And sometimes Killer Frost is “my powers” and sometimes she’s a separate person. More on this later.
Villains or Friends, whatever
Somehow Barry figures, since Caitlin’s depowered, that getting Snart from Earth X is the way to keep Fallout cool if needed. Later we find out Devoe anticipated that as well. Ugh. I’m going to change the name of this show to ‘Barry Allen Can’t Win.’ But get Snart he does, and Black Siren X uses her sonics to keep Vibe’s portal open, and suddenly she’s on Earth 1. That was just so random and bizarre, and I love this character. But what is her point here? And now we have TWO Black Sirens on Earth 1, unless Snart took her with him back to Earth X. She also demonstrates that she has sonar based super hearing. See, if they were going to do a story about Earth X villains crossing over seeking revenge, that would’ve been great. But this feels tacked on in the worst way.
Also Wentworth’s continually campy delivery of Snart’s lines are still hilarious every time. His joke about Cisco and Barry being married had me rolling, because Cisco does feel like Barry’s girlfriend sometimes. See how everybody has better chemistry with Barry than Iris?
And they’re still not giving us what we want: Barry, Cisco, Caitlin. How hard is it to understand that?
Nuke me Baby
I’m still feeling some kinda way about Black Siren X’s sonar based super hearing. It’s awfully convenient.
So nothing about this Fallout transfer is unknown to the villains. But it falls apart in a very unique way. Every member of Team Flash is involved, but Caitlin is in the most danger. She’s created a radiation vaccination but she’s in the closest proximity to Fallout, and Snart is the backup if things go bad. And that unique way I talked about? Did you notice that Snart becomes a psychotherapist this episode? Like a professional shrink for Barry. And Caitlin too in the truck. And KF is a separate person that lived inside of Caitlin again, not “my powers” but okay. Also. How do they hear Barry’s voice when he’s running, isn’t he talking faster than they could hear? But anyway. Devoe makes chumps of all of them with his mega meta powers, and even the Tuning Fork doesn’t work, he just stretches and bends with the sonic strike. Was Barry ready to kill him? Ralph’s body was a serious addition to Devoe’s arsenal.
So you know what Barry does? He freezes. His unexpressed grief about Ralph stops the fastest man alive right in his tracks. And right then Black Siren strikes and Devoe just ports out of there. Siren kidnaps Joe and Caitlin and Fallout and goes to CCPD with them and I’m like, WHAT the WHAT? What just happened? Barry’s so broken up over someone he trained for six months his super speed reflexes become unavailable? All of the deaths that Donna Therapist talked about earlier, his mom, dad, Ronnie, H.R., etc. wasn’t enough to slow him down, but Ralph’s was?
Heat it Up
Barry’s rude to Iris again, but I want you to remember something: whenever Barry’s rude to Caitlin like that, she puts him in check and vice versa. This speaks volumes. Iris can’t do anything with her own husband. Cisco finds out the truth about Wells the Brainless, and we get a big speech about worth. Marlize tells her arrogant husband that he can calculate everything but feelings. There’s the key to his downfall.
Again, as much as I love Black Siren, there is just no accounting for her completely out of the blue quest for vengeance in this episode. There just isn’t. But anyway, Barry does his Barry thing: he runs right into her sonic scream and falls. Then Snart has to yell at him until he snaps out of it. Which was just LUDICROUS. And then? He just runs fast enough to sidestep her and knocks her into the ceiling. *sigh* But at least Cold and Caitlin get their guns back and cool Fallout down to save the day. I honestly thought Caitlin was going to turn the gun on herself to try and reactivate Frost.
Oh yeah and Barry finally cries over Ralph and leans on Joe’s shoulder and the Cold Twins listen and CryBarry is back. I didn’t miss him.
So NOW Lyla shows up
A.R.G.U.S is conveniently convenient as usual. Snart has some long and really corny goodbyes, but how else would he exit? And Caitlin feels like she needs to make Frost proud? Cisco has dimension hopping pins for everyone. More therapy for the most Boring Couple Alive.
But the kicker? Caitlin does more tests, and is afraid to look at the results. So Iris the Bestie to the rescue. And guess what? There’s still some cryogenic anomalies in her D.N.A. And just like that, Killer Frost is back. I’m glad, don’t get me wrong, BUT. That completely negates the weight of Caitlin losing her last time. *sigh* But at least this time, with the Dark Matter gone? They’re gonna make Caitlin more in control and Frost nicer. They’re gonna blame her darkness on the Dark Matter itself. It won’t be the same character we’ve known before. It also proves that Caitlin is a mutant, not just a meta. Her mother’s experiments on her as a child altered her D.N.A., so her Frost powers were only amplified by the Dark Matter, not created by them. Well well well.
The End of all their Plans
So Fallout’s in a VR chair and Clifford condemns the experience of emotions. Marlize finally realizes she’s married to a heartless monster, and her tears mean that she realizes she’s going to have to stop him. He knows that’s what’s going to happen, and now I wonder if he’s going to kill his own wife. We shall see.
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Well, what a mighty letdown from last week. A lot of time spent on extraneous things, plus extraneous villains, still no original Team Flash scenes, and Caitlin’s situation has changed. I have no idea what’s coming next. I’m just ready to get to Devoe’s endgame and be done with the season.
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