Previously on The Flash, “Untouchable”
We didn’t need a news crawl from the future to tell us Grodd would be returning to The Flash. The comic character is a fan-favorite, and the show has done the storylines (and CGI) surrounding the telepathic, sentient gorilla fairly well. Until now.
Jesse explains that her father deciphered an invitation from Grodd, leading him and a team of 10 to Gorilla City. The team died, Harry is missing, and Jesse needs help finding Harry and bringing him home. Team Flash agrees, mainly to save Harry, but also to prevent the gorilla news item from the future. Caitlin, Cisco, Julian, and Barry head through the breach while Wally and Jesse remain behind with the others to protect Central City.
Soon after they arrive, the team realize they’ve fallen for a trap. In cages, and with their powers dampened, Grodd explains he needs Barry to kill the gorilla leader, Solovar, before he launches an attack on Central City. Once Solovar is out of the picture, Grodd can take control of the gorilla population and allow Barry and his people to go home. Though Barry is skeptical they can trust Grodd, and not really up for killing a gorilla, he does know the news story is real and wants to change the future as much as possible. The decision is made for him once Solovar is alerted to their presence and challenges Barry.
In the arena, Barry eventually overtakes Solovar, but spares his life in an effort to show the gorillas that humans mean them no harm. Grodd goes back on his word and plans to use Cisco to open a breach so he can lead the gorillas to Earth-1. Faking Barry’s death provides them with an opportunity to escape, taking Harry back to Earth-1 as well.
Meanwhile, Jesse keeps Wally at arm’s length and eventually admits to being unsure of their relationship. Was Wally only attracted to her because of her speed? Now that he’s a speedster, how or why would he leave his life as Kid Flash to be with her? Wally makes it clear he wants to be with her, and Jesse agrees to move to Central City.
Up to Speed
There wasn’t much I liked about this episode, but there were a few things.
Wally. Motherfucking. West. This guy has become the heart of the show. It’s been so fun watching him grow into a member of the family and the team, and watching him grow into his role as a speedster. Keinynan Lonsdale brings such genuine sincerity to the character; it’s impossible to root against him.
H.R. and his interactions with… everyone, but especially Harry. The glee he took in Harry’s reaction to Jesse and Wally was hilarious.
That WestAllen goodness: “Everything I do is for you.”
Let’s talk about this convoluted plot. Grodd wants to go home and fuck shit up because he’s still in his feelings. For some reason, he can’t beat Solovar on his own so he decides Barry can. Barry couldn’t even kill Grodd, but okay. He sends a complicated message from Earth-2’s Africa to Earth-2’s Central City how, exactly? Once he has Harry, he waits for Jesse to decide to contact The Flash. Once he has Team Flash, he tells them his plans for Cisco and Central City, Cisco suggests that Caitlin kill him to keep that from happening. Did anyone take this seriously?
Barry fakes his death, hoping it will stop Grodd from using whatever power dampening ability which is never explained and is conveniently directed at specific powers. It works, they get away, but it’s later revealed Grodd has Gyspy and he’ll use her to open a breach anyway. Where did she come from and why the hell didn’t he just do that to begin with? Oh, right. He needed Solovar’s army and he knew Barry could beat Solovar even though Barry can’t beat him. *sigh*
I’m all for #QuickWest. I love Wally and Jesse and the actors portraying them. But when did this relationship happen? Jesse says she hasn’t heard from Wally since he got his powers, and he hadn’t heard from her before she got hers. How do we go from one kiss and no contact to “I’ll leave my world for you”?
We spent an entire episode in the much-hyped Gorilla City, and most of this time was spent in cells that looked like leftover props from Zoom’s lair.
If Grodd is going to speak through the people he’s controlling, either have them deliver his lines in their own voices, or use Keith David’s voice. Please.
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The Flash S3E13
"Attack on Gorilla City"
Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Jesse L. Williams, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Keinynan Lonsdale, Tom Felton