TV Review: The Flash [S4Ep6] “When Harry Met Harry…”

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 11.14.17

Synopsis:

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, 4 x 6, When Harry met Harry, review, Harrison Wells, Council of Wellses, Tom Cavanagh, Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Killer Frost, Flash, DT2, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChatThe 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. The Flash, 4 x 6, When Harry met Harry, review, Harrison Wells, Council of Wellses, Tom Cavanagh, Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Killer Frost, Flash, DT2, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChatI 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.

Hypnotazed

The Flash, 4 x 6, When Harry met Harry, review, Harrison Wells, Council of Wellses, Tom Cavanagh, Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Killer Frost, Flash, DT2, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChatBarry, 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. The Flash, 4 x 6, When Harry met Harry, review, Harrison Wells, Council of Wellses, Tom Cavanagh, Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Killer Frost, Flash, DT2, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChatThat was a genuinely creepy moment. Jesse L. Martin as always sells whatever he’s supposed to be feeling.

So anyway.

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. The Flash, 4 x 6, When Harry met Harry, review, Harrison Wells, Council of Wellses, Tom Cavanagh, Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Killer Frost, Flash, DT2, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChatThen 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. 😐

Sioux Bloodline

The Flash, 4 x 6, When Harry met Harry, review, Harrison Wells, Council of Wellses, Tom Cavanagh, Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Killer Frost, Flash, DT2, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChatI 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.

Missing

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.

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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.

The Flash, 4 x 6, When Harry met Harry, review, Harrison Wells, Council of Wellses, Tom Cavanagh, Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Killer Frost, Flash, DT2, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChatBlack 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.

Lessons

The Flash, 4 x 6, When Harry met Harry, review, Harrison Wells, Council of Wellses, Tom Cavanagh, Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Killer Frost, Flash, DT2, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChatThey 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.

Onion Cops

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.

Conclusions

The Flash, 4 x 6, When Harry met Harry, review, Harrison Wells, Council of Wellses, Tom Cavanagh, Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Killer Frost, Flash, DT2, David Taylor II, DT2ComicsChatWell, 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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11 thoughts on “TV Review: The Flash [S4Ep6] “When Harry Met Harry…”

  • November 15, 2017 at 3:31 am
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    The review ⚡ 👌👌👌 good points to debate. Btw I know it’s getting worse with every new episode. The writers attempt to comedy it’s so cringy.
    “They are once again writing Barry down, making him be way less than what he is for the sake of the plot. ” Soo true!! Also seeing the main character staying in the back of a scene wtf! idk if it’s just me bc I don’t see Grant enjoying playing S4 Barry. Not saying he’s not comfy playing it but maybe it’s the lack of writing idk anymore! The writing is powerless it doesn’t convice me.
    Agree with evrything you said bout Tom Cavanaugh. He’s the best actor in the show.
    The measurements joke nope not funny not after the #feminism episode . See how this shows makes no sense?
    “Sn❄w and Fr❄st, standing by.” this was my favourite line! Loved it!!!!
    Also did you noticed when Barry, Dibny and Iris went to see the shrink… Iris said and let me quote: “Our friend Ralph is here having trouble remembering info?”. Lol is she gonna ask him to be her man of honor?? she has another friend thanks to Barry! 😂😂😂

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    • November 15, 2017 at 6:00 am
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      Thanks!
      And it is kind of getting worse with each new ep, isn’t it?

      Grant doesn’t really promote his own show. That ought to tell people something. And yes, in terms of the show’s messaging, it’s all over the place. But it’s always preachy!

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  • November 15, 2017 at 7:40 am
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    *sigh* I keep reading the reviews hoping the show will get better so I can go back to watching it. But I saw some of the previews and some of the clips and I just knew it was actually getting worse, this review just confirms that.

    Hopefully I will be able to see Grant, Carlos and Tom on something decent and well written after this show tanks. Grant I expect will head back to his first love, theater. Maybe Carlos will join him on the stage.

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    • November 15, 2017 at 8:13 am
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      It’s getting worse every week. It’s becoming harder and harder to hang in there as a fan.

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  • November 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    I think I can see the proof of you barely holding on to this show since your writing lacks some enthusiasm, from what I can see. It’s unlike before where you write so strongly about both positive and negative things about The Flash, but now I feel like you’re writing it for the sake of writing it and letting your heavy heart out for this show. Season 3 was the most entertaining reviews I’ve read! It’s sad that even comic book fans like you can’t keep the excitement up for a comic book adapted series.

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    • November 15, 2017 at 3:41 pm
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      Well, as I was writing this review in particular, I realized that there wasn’t much story here. Nothing happened that wasn’t completely predictable. Nothing happened that we haven’t seen before. And both Barry and Killer Frost are being written down for the sake of Iris or Dibny.

      So now it feels more like passion in = passion out. They don’t seem to have much passion to get these characters right, or write real arcs for them, or take real chances. It all just seems to be about making a glorified one hour SNL sketch.

      I certainly do miss Season 1. And I miss how Killer Frost was a thing to be feared, a forced to be reckoned with. Now she’s just a punch line. Ugh.

      This isn’t Barry Allen. They’ve proven that. And now his show is just a platform for preaching whatever their ideals are and making a parody out of some of our favorite heroes. Double ugh.

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  • November 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm
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    i don’t really know what to say except ……… this season sucks.
    Pd: Ironically I’m starting to like Dibny and he’s been on the show for what 2 or 3 episodes? and YET i can’t stand Iris and she’s been on the show from the start

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  • November 16, 2017 at 7:51 am
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    I think the next episode will be better since episode 7 is always an episode SnowBarry fans enjoy.Plus the show might get better now that I’ve seen pictures of the trio fighting crime as Flash,Killer Frost(or should I say just Frost since she never killed anyone)and Vibe.Plus Kreisberg is out for a while,the show could get better especially since I heard that he wasn’t part of making the episodes that us SnowBarry fans enjoyed.Such as 1×12,1×17 & 3×07

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    • November 16, 2017 at 8:53 am
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      We’ll see. Hope so. They’ve got to do something to salvage this season.

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  • November 17, 2017 at 11:28 am
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    *WARNING* ENGLISH IS MY SECOND LANGUAGE SO DON’T ATTACK ME IF I MAKED GRAMMAR MISTAKES.

    This show called The Flash, not The Adventures Of Iris West. I am happy that caitlin accepted Frost but I want to see more of KILLER frost.

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    • November 17, 2017 at 11:37 am
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      Okay? It’s not Team Iris.
      It is most definitely supposed to be about The Flash.
      But it seems like we’re focused on Iris and Dibny.

      And now they’ve declawed Killer Frost, one of the best characters on the show.

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