ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 11.14.17
Yep so, just continual filler until the crossover. This time our meta is a Bravestarr projector. And they also wanted to let Cavanagh cut loose some more.
State of the Flash Union
The Flash is like that ex that you had a great relationship with at first. Then they broke up with you for stupid reasons. Then they kept trying to win you back by promising that they’d changed.
This show has literally become a parody of itself. It’s like they don’t get the concept of balance. We didn’t want a goofball, corny live action cartoon. That’s not what Season 1 one felt like at all. I’ll never understand how the same company that can make Justice League Action can make this. *smh*
Hardy Har Har
So our intrepid speedster and the ductile detective are out getting five coffees. They get mugged. Then they kind of go into a comedy duo routine that’s more apropos for Booster Gold and Blue Beetle. Unless of course you consider this a Silver Age show, in which case it’s quite typical. I did at first think it was kind of funny, especially with Dirk Thuggo Robber getting his bullets shot back at him.
But then….Barry superspeeds him away in street clothes. Absolutely no regard for his “secret” identity. Again. And that one little choice firmly roots the episode in parody. It’s impossible to take seriously.
Know which show did this better? Lois & Clark. They had a much better balance of tongue in cheek humor, winks to the comics and Superman mythos, dramatics and action.
This is Us
Basically Team Flash is now like Joey(Cisco), Phoebe(Caitlin), Ross(Wells), Chandler(Dibny), Monica(Iris) and Rachel(Barry). And Ciscoey haz beer! *sigh* Is this episode/season/show over yet?
Also Caitlin’s line: “I haven’t been this tired since Killer Frost decided to go to Burning Man.” Can you see how that’s an awful line? Remember how Killer Frost was something scary? Something Caitlin and the rest of them feared? Something she was willing to die for if it meant keeping her away? Now she’s just like an internal party buddy. A Louise to Caitlin’s Thelma. They have declawed one of the best characters on the show. *sigh* Just no. 😑
So we finally get a glimpse into the Thinker’s powers. We see that he’s a Data-like probability meta. He’s figured every calculable angle. That’s cool, but that just gives us the ‘what.’ We still don’t know the ‘why’ behind his actions.
Barry, Iris and Dibny go see Donna Pescow, the shrink. Seriously, that Donna Pescow from Saturday Night Fever. Nothing that happens in that scene wasn’t completely predictable, from his quick hypnosis, to seeing this week’s meta, to Dibny still being a creep. Ugh. Then we see our Native American meta make her first kill. Also with every single beat of it being predictable.
Barry and Joe on the scene figure out somehow that the statue came to life. That was a genuinely creepy moment. Jesse L. Martin as always sells whatever he’s supposed to be feeling.
The Council of Wells
Hats off to Cavanagh for at least taking playing Harry seriously. He’s still the best part of this show, hands down. Then he starts calling up his “friends” which turn out to be different versions of him from different Earths. I however genuinely could not stop laughing when he called up Gandalf Wells. Holy cow that was like cosplay gone bad times a gremlin. That was hilarious.
Have you noticed how they’ve been heavily sexing up both Iris and Caitlin? Also, Dibny’s measurement thing doesn’t get funnier with use.
Dibny’s ready to suit up. Don’t fight crime naked. In that puppy’s raincoat. Can’t you see the writers sitting in their room cracking up at themselves? How they think this stuff is just so funny?
Too bad we don’t. 😐
I myself am part Cherokee. It was kind of cool to see her stand up for Native American traditions. Black Bison activates her powers but Barry super vibrates that armor into pieces. Again, the one thing I am loving about this season is a more-mature-in-his-powers Barry. But the action was kind of over quickly. And Dibny looks ridiculous in those pajamas. Cisco could’ve done better for realz.
I want you to notice what the big Pink Speedster Elephant in the room is. It’s the fact that this season lacks narrative drive. We know that The Thinker is behind the scenes, but there’s no sense of focus since we don’t know his end game. There is also no sense of urgency. It feels like the gang is just kind of tra-la-laing through these adventures.
The Flash used to be, and is supposed to be, pulse-pounding. Again, this pace and tone is better suited to something like a Booster Gold show.
Also. If Dibny and Caitlin hookup I am leaving.
I can see your Frank & Beans
Hahahahah that was funny. Maybe we just have to accept that this is going to be that kind of show. Just like we had to accept that Smallville was never going to show us Superman. Yeah whatever, I’m laughing but I’m bored. And Iris is like “West & West is on the case.” She just loves pretending that she’s relevant now, doesn’t she?
So the Wells Freaktastic Four comes up with some suggestions, but it’s all a bust. Even tho I thought that taking the Terminator approach probably would’ve worked.
Black Bison strikes again. Onion grunion Dibny and Flasher show up. There’s no way that slow moving animated Caveman should’ve been able to lay a finger on Barry, but okay. Dibny makes the choice, against Barry’s training, to catch Bison at the expense of the safety of the civilians on the street. Also, it would’ve taken super strength for Dibny to stop that car, not just stretching powers, but okay. They are once again writing Barry down, making him be way less than what he is for the sake of the plot.
They still for some reason have Dibny and Barry constantly arguing. At the hospital, Dibny stops Barry from giving yet another lecture.
More comedy with Harry and Cisco, but once again, this segway proves that there is not much story here to tell. It’s just more bro bonding, which is cool, but it’s not really necessary to what’s going on in the story. Black Bison seems to be the subplot here. And Lothario Wells suggesting “friends with benefits” to other versions of himself is a new level of puketastic. But okay. Danke. Eventually they do learn how to combine their strengths and come up with a feasible plan to track Devoe.
Barry and Dibny. *sigh* More bro bonding. Another window into Dibny’s past and guilt. Again, he’s struggling here with becoming a hero, we get it, but…it just doesn’t feel necessary. It feels like the storytelling equivalent of treading water. It’s a patent pending Flash pep talk, but it’s overdone now.
Bison remote controls the new suit of police armor. It releases on onion bomb. She breaks out, and is determined to collect what’s hers. Hello beautiful. She does get kind of preachy this time. Then she animates a T-rex skeleton. It shouldn’t have been a problem for Barry, but somehow it is. Dibny does his best Mr. Fantastic impression. Barry talks her into getting distracted and cuffs her at super speed. And…that’s kind of it.
Then they had this stretched scene between Dibny and Caitlin where he’s asking her about dating advice.🙄 (IS THAT HER NEW JOB?)
Yeah it was a chance to show off the Microsoft laptop.
Not the Mayor of the Dictionary
Blah blah blah, Dibny mailed the necklace back to the Sioux reservation, then preaches about a superhero’s job. Again, the show here is preaching about the wrongs done to Native Americans rather heavy handedly. These shows have just become soapboxes.
Next scene is Dibny cheering up the little girl that got hurt during their first confrontation with Bison. It’s really cute and heart warming, and it firmly cements Dibny as the Jerk with the Heart of Gold. And sorry but making his own flesh into those shapes was more gross than anything else.
Team Flash finds the Devoe they’re looking for. They storm his house. I mean like superhero S.W.A.T. they storm it. There’s a quick line in there tho…”Snow and Frost, standing by.” That pretty much cements that Caitlin is going to turn into Killer Frost when needed now. She’s an anti-hero, again along the lines of Hulk. Okay. That’s selling her way short in terms of this excellent portrayal Danielle has created, but it’s what happens to Killer Frost in the comics. She atones for her past (after Batman’s intervention) by fighting on the side of right.
The Thinker’s assistant comes to the door, who is now his wife I guess. And The Thinker comes out looking like a dude in a wheelchair. So how that plays out might be interesting. We’ll see.
Well, I’ve said it before. Guess I have to say it again. I want to watch a show about Barry. 😐Not a show about Barry and Dibny. Not a show about Hashtag Feminism and Team Iris. Not a comedy hour featuring a few super antics. But whatever, if you ever loved this show, you’ve realized that you have to let your expectations go to keep watching it. Oh well.
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