‘The Flash – Grodd Lives’
My little trip away meant that I returned to the three concluding episodes of Season One of The Flash. And what a conclusion it is!
First is Grodd, the intelligent gorilla with the power to control minds. Yup. Seems crazy even by comic book standards.
A lot of the main storyline is put on hold for this episode while we focus on: a.) Flash battling a Gorilla and b.) Barry and Iris whining about Iris finding out that Barry is the Flash. (Note to Team Flash, put a lock on the door of STAR Labs).
The problem here is that Iris, as in the past, comes off rather horribly. In her defence though, Barry could probably have come up with a dozen good reasons why he kept her in the dark, but instead essentially moans about her not going to the prom with him… so at least it appears that the writers are not mistreating her – all our leads have the potential to be a bit whiney and annoying.
Despite my moaning though, this is another really fun episode, that, least we forget, features a fighting gorilla, something that should never, ever work.
‘The Flash – Rogue Air’
Rogue Air finds Barry forced to move the imprisoned meta-humans from STAR Labs when Harrison Wells reactivates the particle accelerator.
Pressed for time, Barry does his best Oliver Queen/Arrow impression by trying to be tough and by playing against type. He does this primarily by teaming up with Captain Cold (the always fun Wentworth Miller). Things don’t go to plan, essentially freeing up the imprisoned Flash rogues for a super super-villain team-up next season. All of this is slightly over-shadowed by the Flash vs. Reverse-Flash battle at the end of the episode which features a few returning allies to take down Reverse-Flash.
‘The Flash – FAST ENOUGH’
With the expected hero/nemesis punch-up out of the way at the end of the last episode, this episode is (to start with, at least) a little quieter than is traditional for a season finale. The action, however, is replaced with fantastic writing, character moments, and a great moral conundrum for our heroes – the imprisoned Wells (Reverse-Flash or Eobard Thawn to his friends) offers Barry a deal; Wells’ freedom in exchange for a way to travel back in time to save his mother.
What follows are some great character moments as Barry talks with Joe, Iris, and his Dad, in an attempt to figure out the right course of action – freeing Wells could result in saving his mother, but changing the past could erase the life that Barry knows.
When Barry makes his choice, the outcome is not what is expected, but the results should bring a tear to the eye of even the most cynical or cold-hearted viewer as Grant Gustin gives these scenes his all and he is brilliant.
The grand finale then brings us further heartbreak with a heroic sacrifice and a grand (and budget bustingly great-looking) cliff-hanger. Not that they needed to: there is absolutely no reason for not tuning in to Season Two, especially after this great episode.