Warning, spoilers follow.
“I am Grodd! Fear me!”
This week featured one of the more difficult foes of The Flash to translate into live-action, through a TV production much less, in Gorilla Grodd. Luckily though, the execution from comic book panels to TV screen was good. Kudos to the special effects team.
As for the episode, I honestly thought that the momentum of the previous episode would carry-over to this one, but the sad thing is it didn’t. But that doesn’t mean that the episode was bad, it just means that with last week’s reveals its difficult to follow-up.
Speaking of, in the opening moments of the show we were immersed in the point-of-view of Iris and what it meant to her that she discovered that Barry is The Flash. I’d say that this was a welcome change of pace and that it was a smart move for the show runners to bring Iris to the forefront just this once. It felt much like this episode was the equivalent of Arrow’s The Fallen episode in the sense that the love interest of the hero got her moment to shine, and Iris did shine in this installment.
Iris was given a lot of material here with her confrontation with Barry and her conversation with Joe, and then later on another confrontation with Barry at S.T.A.R. Labs. But the best one was when Iris guided Barry against Grodd’s psychic attack. It’s really close to that of Dr. Wells guiding Barry to phase-through objects.
In terms of our big baddie this week, we were given a glimpse early on of a masked man robbing gold reservesin Central City and was lead to believe that this was Grodd, only to be revealed later on as General Eiling, then later on to be revealed that it was Grodd controlling him, which was rather nifty in its execution. From there the team comprising of Joe, Cisco and Barry tracked down Grodd’s lair only to be defeated by Grodd paving the way for round 2. In the ensuing battle the best part would easily be how Grodd simply caught the super-punch of The Flash and threw him through the wall. However, the resolution to the battle was really not drawn out that much, and was simply shrugged off in this episode. Hopefully a rematch is in store for us.
As for Dr. Wells and Eddie, the seeds are being planted by Wells, or should I say Eobard, in Eddie’s mind, even revealing that Iris would get married with Barry, which would probably set Eddie to a path of hatred towards Barry most likely in season 2.
- Cisco was on fire this week with his quips. Really laughed when he asked Joe if Grodd likes bananas and if Grodd was more of King Kong or Planet of the Apes.
- A moment of levity also when Caitlyn and Cisco convinced each other that they should eavesdrop on Barry and Iris’ conversation.
- The whole discovering the lair of Grodd had that vibe of Jurrasic Park which was later on echoed by Cisco.
Overall, the episode had big shoes to fill with the last week’s events, but nonetheless we were given good moments in this episode and it sets-up tons of possibilities moving forward.
I give it a 3.75/5 Lightning Bolts.
Gino is the Gladiator’s resident TV episode and Comicbook reviewer. He is a lawyer in the making at morning and a full on geek by night. He believes that the lightsaber is the best weapon during a zombie apocalypse. #AgeOfTheGeek Facebook