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Mmm, Power Bars. A superheros best friend.
We open like we did last time, with a voice over from Barry, usual stuff, I’m a hero, I do heroic stuff, blah blah blah, pretty usual fair. Then things actually get going, we see that Barry is on his way to burning building, Cisco running ops from back at S.T.A.R. Labs. Barry successfully pulls out the people stuck in the building and returns to base. Caitlin is unhappy about this, thinking that Barry is being stupid and taking needless risks, that he is supposed to be focusing on the Meta-Humans and not the things that police should be handling. Cisco also asks Barry if he is feeling okay, noticing some odd readings in his suit. Barry tells him its nothing to worry about and speeds off to a crime scene at a gun store. Thawne pulls security camera footage which shows the crime was done by one person, but Barry finds foot prints for six different men, all of them of the same shoe size. Joe is quick to figure out what Barry has been up too, and comes down hard on him. He tells Barry that he isn’t a hero and shouldn’t be involving himself in situations that the police should be handling. Back at his lab, Barry is hard at work when Iris comes in. At Barry’s insistence she took a journalism course (another nod to the characters comic book counterpart) and she has a report to write on a local scientist/CEO who is being given an award, Barry having promised to come along and translate the science talk. At the ceremony masked gunmen storm in, planning to kill the guest of honor but just end up robbing the place since he had already left. When a security guard tries to stop the thieves, they pull guns and shoot on the guard. Barry springs into action and pulls the guard out of the way before giving chase, but passes out before he can catch them. His plucky team of scientist friends discover that his metabolism is running faster than a normal persons, a side effect of his powers, and needs to up his food intake to counteract it. Joe comes down hard on Barry again for putting himself in harms way, and possible revealing his powers to Iris. We learn the group of gunmen is in fact just one guy that can clone himself, another Meta-Human affected by the accelerator explosion. They discover that the killer is a former employee of the Simon Stagg, the CEO from before, and had stolen the baddies research and fired him. Barry tries to stop him, and while Stagg is able to get away, Barry is unable to stop the baddie. In light of his failure, and Joe’s lingering words, Barry chooses to walk away from the hero life, not believing that he is cut out for it.
(despite Oliver’s pep talk last week) Dr. Wells goes to Joe, telling him that the real reason Barry doesn’t have faith in himself is because Joe, the man who raised him and was a second father to him, doesn’t believe he can. Seeing the error of his eyes, and fully realizing what all Barry can do, Joe goes to him and tells him to stop the baddie, that he is the only one. Inspired by the words of his friend and father figure, and armed with Cisco’s new super power bar, Barry once again suits up and goes to be a hero. With Caitlin’s discovery about how the clones only work when the Prime baddie is controlling them, Barry is able to isolate him and knock him out, after a pretty awesome fight scene. We learn that the baddie is after revenge not because he was fired but because his wife died because Stagg stole his research. He charges Barry, who dodges out of the way, and goes flying out the window. Barry tries to save him, but the baddie lets go, refusing to be saved and falling to his death. Dr. Wells goes to confront Stagg, who witnessed Barry in action, making plans to find a way to control Barry’s powers and probably do evil stuff with it. Wells stabs him, dick move I know, stating that The Flash must be protected, casting more mystery on Well’s connection to the Scarlet Speedster and what his motivations are. The episode closes out with Barry and Joe making amends in a rather touching scene, Barry telling Joe because of everything he has done for him over the years, he is in fact a father to him and Joe deciding to help Barry find his mother’s real killer and prove his father’s innocence. We also have Iris finding a new goal, to learn as much about this mysterious “Red Streak” as possible.
Like Arrow, we are also treated to a flashback subplot revovling around young Barry and his relationship with Joe. This doesn’t take place long after Barry goes to live with Joe and Iris, and still hurting and angry over his father’s imprisonment, is naturally rebellious against Joe. He constantly is sneaking out to try and go to visit his father in prison, getting into fights and arguments with Joe when he is stopped. There is a nice scene between young Barry and his dad (who I just learned is played by the same actor from the 90’s Flash series) but not much else happens with this story.
This show continues to be great. This week we are treated to Barry’s first pot hole on his road to being hero, something that happens to every hero at some point. This one is handled very well too. Barry at the beginning is full on embracing his new found role as a hero, going out of his way save people, to be the hero he was always meant to be. At the same time, Caitlin and Joe falling into the role of his detractors felt real and natural. Joe is obviously worried about Barry, seeing him as a son and not wanting any harm to befall him. He is also concerned about Iris, worried that she will figure out Barry’s secret and be placed in danger as well. Another factor to this is that Joe is just flat out scared of Barry’s powers. His normal world has been shattered by the reveal of Barry’s powers and the existence of Meta-Humans, he doesn’t know how to handle this new information and tries to bury it, make Barry stay in the role of the CSI tech because that is what he knows and his comfortable with. Dr. Wells appearing to him was an amazing moment, giving Joe that outside viewpoint allowing him to see everything that Barry can do, all that he is capable of, and most important, just how much Barry values his advice. Learning that he can’t hold his son back, he has to stand with him and support him. In a word, it was amazing.
For Caitlin, its pretty obvious that she is starting to care for Barry as a friend, her anger over his placing himself in danger and not telling them about his dizzy spells evidence to that. This all goes back to the death of her fiance Ronnie, she already lost one person she cared about (or did she?) and doesn’t want to lose another. In the end, she is moved by Joe’s words just as much as Barry, realizing what Barry can do, and the amazing things he can do.
We have some subplots here, the big one focusing on Iris and new found passion for journalism, but this was really more for seeding future story lines than anything else. It is mentioned but nothing much is done with it. Overall, it is a nice bit to help break up the story and flesh out the character of Iris a bit more, but it is a minimal part of the episode and doesn’t really bring much to the table.
The whole Barry and his metabolism thing, another small part, but was nice. The ultra fast metabolism is a part of the Flash’s powers, and their touching on it was a nice point, mostly because it was used to minimally. It was played up as a bigger problem than it was, just a fun thing to throw in to show us more of the effects of Barry’s super speed on how it is impacting his life. The whole Flash specific power bar is something that is well integrated in Flash Lore, appearing several other media sources that contain the character. I hope it is something kept around as a running thing in the background, Barry randomly munching on one at times, or going to Cisco to pick up more, small things like that can really help to expand on the universe.
Finally, Wells, what is up with that guy? I am gonna start keeping a count of what we learn about him, and here is what he have so far:
A) He is lying about being paralyzed
B) He is from the future, or at the very least has some knowledge of it
C) It appears that he wants to protect Barry, but for what purpose we don’t know.
Overall, great episode, Barry’s self doubts were believable and it was nice to see how important the relationship between Barry and Joe is. The other characters played smaller, but solid supporting roles, and we got some nice little bits that helped to flesh out the world a bit more, and give us some nice nods to different parts of Flash Lore.
I am not certain if you can lock onto a video game avatar and trace it to where the user logged in, can someone please tell me if that is a thing?
Unlike other reviews I do, and Castle reviews in the past, I am changing things up. Gonna spend less time going over the plot and more time talking about the stuff that happened. The reason? Each episode follows a pretty basic format, like most crime dramas, what sets it apart is the various little things they do to make it unique, like this episode, which we will start talking about right now.
Brief summary of our CoW. (has that caught on yet? please tell me that has caught on)
Open on the victim, who is apparently killed by nothing. Beckett and Castle find out he worked for an insurance company by day and hustled pool by night, which of course leads them to believe that his hustling caused his death. They meet with the owner of a pool hall, who says that his marks wouldn’t be the type to seek revenge, and of course introduces our twist for the episode, that the victim got his kills by making deal with the devil. Castle of course eats this up and concocts his wild theories, which are soon replaced by the belief the invisible man did it. Beckett denies this until they are attacked by an unseen assailant in the victim’s apartment. They are able to track down where the victim really works, a government facility working on cloaking technology. They learn that the victim was unhappy with his work, thinking that no one should have the power of invisibility. They believe that his friend and neighbor was the killer, but learn that he just used the stealth suit to help him cheat at pool, and commit a minor assault. Castle and Beckett learn that the victim was basing his research on the camouflage ability of the cuttlefish, something his biologist girlfriend was working on. She of course, is the killer. She was enraged that the vic was just using her for her research and killed him in a fit of rage and hurt.
Right from the get go, this episode shows you that its going to be one of the weird ones that make Castle such a fun show to watch. At the beginning the characters are true to form, Castle immediately diving into the strange and wondrous, while Beckett remains level headed and grounded. However this does change and helps to set things out from other episodes of the show. After the “ghost” attack, Beckett is fully pulled into the crazy of this episode, and its amazing. Its always fun to see both Castle and Beckett working on the same train of thought and embracing the wacky, granted its best when done only on occasion, but still super fun to watch.
The CoW itself, when just looking at the crime and the process to solve it, was pretty standard. We had the usual run of clues, witnesses, and false leads that ultimately lead us to the confrontation in the last ten minutes with the real killer, and as always, it was the characters playing off each other that really made the show. The personal lives of Castle and Beckett this week revolved around the fact that they hadn’t done the dirty deed since Castle went missing and was found. This made for fun relationship moments between the two, the best part being midway through the episode when they try to get it on but the recent encounter with the invisible baddie leaves them shaken and uncomfortable. So how do they solve this? Castle rigs up an alarm system with dental floss and pots and pans. Gotta be honest, it was funny, I laughed. It showcased Castle’s quirkiness perfectly, and Beckett’s response, finding it to be a bit of turn on, shows just why she is with him and loves him, she likes the fun he brings to her life.
For Ryan and Esposito, they of course fall into their usual roles of helping to run down clues and leads, but their role in the case is limited this week. Instead most of their focus is on their amusing subplot. Ryan is acting odd, and Esposito accuses him of cheating on Jenny. Ryan is quick to shoot down this theory, explaining that he has taken a night job as a security guard at a club to make extra money, babies being expensive and all that. This was funny, as it was revealed that it is a male strip joint that Ryan works at. So of course we get Esposito giving his friend all kinds of good natured crap, as any good friend would do. While brief, it was funny to watch, and had an amusing pay off at the end when Ryan turned it around and started tormenting Esposito with the g-string he bought him as a joke.
Overall, it was a fun episode, but I have some problems with it. It honestly felt just a little to sci-fi for me. Castle is not afraid to flirt with the weird, its part of what gives the show its charm, but there is always a strong sense of reality to it. The weird stuff that happens is either explained off in a perfectly rational way or just left vague to let the viewers have fun with it. But in this case, a full on stealth suit like what he saw, it made the episode feel like something out of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or a spy show like Chuck. Castle is at its best when it stays grounded in the real world, but has fun by channeling tropes or other genres, such as the vampire episodes in season two, or the time traveler episode from last season.
While far from a bad episodes, as there were a lot of laughs and the all the characters were true to form, it was just a little to out there to be a truly great episode.
Marian learned the hard way just how unpleasant a brain freeze is. Sucks to be her I guess.
When last we left Anna, she was searching all over The Enchanted Forest to find help for her sister, and to do so, she was on her way to meet Rumpelstiltskin, but what about the sister she left behind? This week we return to Arendale and see what Elsa and Kristoff are up too. Surprise surprise, Elsa is worried sick over Anna. The scouts that Elsa dispatched to find Anna have failed to do so, turning Elsa into a worried wreck. She decides to go after Anna, but Kristoff talks her out of it, saying that she needs to stay behind because she is queen and can’t abandon Arendale. (basically the exact reason she used when Anna said they should go) While not finding any sign of Anna, one of the scouts finds something even more important. An army is camped out in the mountains, led by none other than Hans and his brothers. Kristoff offers to go and gather intel, his knowledge of the mountains and experience in the wilderness allowing him to easily sneak close, but Elsa says no, saying that she doesn’t want any harm to befall him because it would upset Anna. Kristoff, in true hero fashion, ignores this and sneaks away. He returns with news that Hans is looking for a magic urn that can trap magic users like Elsa. Knowing all the hidden routes and back trails through the mountains, Kristoff offers to go to the cave holding the urn and destroy it before Hans can get it, Elsa agrees, but states she shall accompany him. They find the urn and Kristoff is all set to trash the thing, but writing appears on it that Elsa believes could help her find others with magic like hers. Hans and a few of his bros show up and are able to get the drop on our heroic pair. Elsa offers the urn to Hans in exchange for Kristoff’s life, the two having bonded on their little adventure through the mountains. However, when Hans opens up the urn, instead of trapping Elsa, it frees the as of yet unnamed Snow Queen who freezes Hans on the spot. In an interesting twist, we close out our flashback with the reveal that the Snow Queen is in fact Elsa’s aunt, gasp!
Our time in fairy tale land this week was actually quite enjoyable, primarily because we got some development in the relationship between Elsa and Kristoff. In the season premier, it was strongly implied that Elsa, while not disliking Kristoff in any way, wasn’t all that close with him. It seemed that if is was not for the fact that her sister was marrying him, she would have little, if anything, to do with him. For Kristoff, he cared about Elsa, but honestly seemed to be intimated by her. Seeing her as a queen rather then a friend or sister. All that has changed now. The two bonded, Elsa obviously seeing that Kristoff does in fact care about her, and considers her to be important to him. For Kristoff, he started to see Elsa as a person and not just a queen. The two connected and a true friendship was formed between them, Elsa even defending Kristoff, willing to sacrifice her freedom for his safety, and not just because he’s her sister’s fiance. I loved this, it was great. It was a steady and natural progression, even if we didn’t see much of it. It starts off with Elsa treating Kristoff much the same as she did in the premier, but after actually spending some time together one on one, they were able to connect in a real way. I look forward to seeing where their friendship goes, and how they will overcome the obvious pitfalls along the way. Best of all, was that nothing was dragged out, the story and characters are progressing at a decent pace and nothing felt like filler. The one bad thing I can say about this was the whole Hans thing. At the end of Frozen, Hans is sent back to his homeland in chains, the strong implication from the dialogue being that his brother’s wouldn’t be pleased with this actions, so I can’t help but wonder why they are now fully on board with the whole conquering Arendale thing, but this is a question that probably won’t be answered as Hans is now a cave bound princesicle, don’t think there is gonna be any true love to melt him down.
Back in Storybrooke we open with the Hoods having a family day as Robin shows Marian around town. They stop off for ice cream, and as we learned last week the shop is run by the Snow Queen, the frosty monarch places a curse on Marian’s cone. The curse kicks in at a town meeting held by Snow, who is embracing her role as mayor of Storybrooke. The meeting quickly spins out of control as everyone quickly plays the blame game and is just a few steps away from forming a lynch mob to hunt down Elsa,
blaming her for the ice wall around town , it doesn’t help that the curse on Marian kicks in at this point as well. Emma tells Hook to take Elsa to the sheriff station to keep her safe while she and David set out to find the culprit and clear Elsa’s name. The two go to Robin Hood’s camp, where they find a familiar face lurking around the tents. Tis none other than Will Scarlet, last seen carousing around Wonderland with Alice. It is not revealed how he got to Storybrooke, or where exactly in his time line this is taking place, but he does actually help. He reveals that during the black out in the previous episode he broke into the ice cream shop and saw that none of the ice cream melted from the power outage. The three go to the shop, Emma quickly noticing that there is nothing there that is actually keeping the ice cream from melting. Will takes the opportunity to slip away, Emma and David putting a pin in the hunting him down to track down the frosty villain. While this is happening, Hook and Elsa have decided to ignore Emma’s orders to stay out of sight and do their best to find whoever is keeping the ice wall up. Elsa has taken a piece of Marian’s hair and the two go to see Gold, Hook getting him to help by threatening to tell Belle that he gave her a fake dagger. Gold breaks down the magic in the hair and the two follow it back to Snow Queen, who is holding up in the forest next to what appears to be a statue of an ice palace. The two confront the Snow Queen, important to note that Elsa has no memory of the Snow Queen or how she was trapped in the urn. The Snow Queen tries to bring Elsa over to her side, telling her that its only a matter of time before everyone begins to see her as a monster, and claiming that it was Anna who trapped her in the urn. Elsa doesn’t believe her (way to go Elsa!) so the Snow Queen takes more drastic measures, freezing Hook in place and conjuring up some ice spikes above him to impale him. David and Emma show up, the Snow Queen being shocked that Emma was there and showing that she knows Emma in someway. After Emma lays the magical smack down on the Snow Queen, driving her off, we get a couple of brief heart to hearts between Emma and Elsa and Emma and David. We close out with Gold confronting the Snow Queen, their being some history between the two. Gold points out the mysterious relationship between her and Emma and offers to help, she refuses, saying that she won’t make a deal with him, and walks off into the night.
This episode was not as good as the previous two, but was in no way a bad one. We had some great scenes with Emma showing some self doubt, the events of the past two episodes weighing on her mind, but David is fast to swoop in and play the supporting father, telling her that there is no reason to doubt herself, that everyone goes through some rough patches and that she can’t let her it get her down. I gotta be honest, any scene were we can see David and Snow dispensing some parental advice to Emma is always great to see, and really helps to show just how far Emma has come in her relationship with them, that she actually sees them as her parents and is willing to accept their help and guidance.
The Hook and Elsa scenes were a bit lackluster, it was nice to them actually doing something and not just sitting on the sidelines twiddling their thumbs, but there wasn’t anything overly great about these moments. Hook confronting Gold and his fiddling with the cellphone were equal parts badass and amusing, but apart from that there scenes didn’t really do anything more than show Elsa being determined to find the cause of the ice wall and Hook being determined to help Emma. Nothing that stood out as great, but it was far from bad.
We had some brief subplots, and apart from Regina’s, they were pretty average. Snow is adjusting to her role is mayor, trying to balance that out with being a mom, but unwilling to be apart from baby Neal for even a moment, citing that she doesn’t want to miss anything. As Archie is quick to point out, this makes sense, she missed all of Emma’s life and doesn’t want to risk the same thing with this. Archie dispenses some nice advice about the importance of space, but it is left unclear as to whether or not this sinks in with Snow. There was nothing overly special with this, but that is because it was so brief. If more time had been spent on it than just two short scenes it could have, time actually being given to better show Snow’s refusal to be apart from her son it would been better, but as it stands, it just fell flat.
In a shocking twist, Regina is actually honest with Henry about her plan to find the writer of the book and convince him to write her a happy ending. I was honestly expecting Regina to keep this from everyone until it blew up in her face, always nice when I can be surprised. In a turn that is no surprise, Henry immediately jumps on board with the plan, knowing that his mom isn’t the villain she used to be and is deserving of happiness. Before to much more can happen, Robin shows up, asking Regina for help with Marian. Regina does her best, but is unable to stop the curse, instead she removes Marian’s heart, leaving her alive but frozen solid. Unlike the Snow story, this one was amazing, and really shows how far Regina has come. She is quick to help Marian, not showing the slightest hint of reluctance or any possible joy over her condition. Her only focus is on helping her, maybe because Robin asked for her help, of maybe because its just the right thing to do, either way it was amazing. The biggest moment of this coming from reveal that Robin couldn’t use True Love’s kiss to save Marian because he is also in love with Regina. Again I saw, amazing on so many levels. I was honestly concerned that they would use the return of Marian as an excuse to make Regina go bad again, or at least make her an antagonist. Instead, she is becoming even more likable, and apart from being a bit snippy with Emma, she is showing to have no problem being around Snow and the others, even providing a joke about Snow’s taste in decorations for the Mayor’s Office.
Overall this was a good episode, but not great. The main story was interesting to watch play out, and admittedly it was nice to see Will Scarlet again, he being the best part of the failed Wonderland spin off, but the main story was pretty average. If they had taken more time to find the Snow Queen, stretched that a bit and give us more of Emma and David standing up for Elsa to the town, or the towns people actually trying something against Elsa instead of just blowing hot air it could have been a great and well done dramatic episode. Instead we got a fairly average story with a some great character bits and jokes. Still though, the story continues and my interest in it grows with it. I look forward to seeing what comes next.
Snooty and Goon object to a movie that tries to straddle two genres when it clearly doesn’t know how to do even one with any finesse. Somewhere out there, John Grisham is crying miserable tears while he prepares to sue the metaphorical pants off this movie.
Oh, and Tim Burton co-directed Corpse Bride.
So damn, that was awesome.
After all sorts of build up and much anticipation, The Flash has finally premiered, expanding the DC television universe established with Arrow, and boy howdy was it worth the wait.
The series opens with a voice over from Barry Allen, and shots of a red blur running around the city. He gives the usually superhero speech, who he is, what he does, blah blah blah. It then jumps to young Allen as he runs away from some bullies, only to be caught and get pounded on. Tough breaks. We are then introduced to his mom and dad, who seem to be solid people. Always nice to see. The happy family fun times don’t last long as Barry wakes up one night to find his mother trapped inside a spinning lightning storm, thingy, whose color scheme has a striking resemblance to a major Flash baddie. Barry is somehow dumped outside, and his dad is blamed for the murder. Jumping to the present day (mostly) we see Barry, no a CSI tech, on his way to a crime scene. After finding clues and giving the cops a lead he returns to his lab, where we are introduced to Iris, Barry’s long time friend and current crush, who in true to teen drama form, has no idea that Barry has a thing for her. They talk about going to see the activation of a Hadron Collider at S.T.A.R. Labs. While there, Iris gets her laptop case snatched and Barry gives chase, but is unable to catch him. We are then introduced to Det. Eddie Thawne, the third part or our love triangle. (grrrr) Upon returning home, those people who watch Arrow are treated to a familiar scene of Barry getting zapped by lightning and being put into a coma. He is transferred to S.T.A.R. Labs, no basically hated by the community for the disaster caused when the collider exploded, and wakes up nine months later, where we see Cisco Ramon and Dr. Caitlin Snow, also previously seen on Arrow, and Dr. Harrison Wells, the mind behind S.T.A.R. Labs. Barry goes to see Iris but leaves quickly when time seems to slow down around him, he then discovers his speed. He returns to his new scientist buddies, and they run the all important tests. At the same time, a crook with weather powers is on a crime spree, and after a brief confrontation, Barry sees that he is the same suspect from the crime nine months before, who was believed killed in the collider accident. Dr. Wells then relieves to Barry that the explosion cased a dimensional rift, thing, that caused the appearance of an unknown number of Meta-Humans. Barry believes that he has to stop the bad guy, but Wells dissuades him of it, saying that he isn’t a hero, just a kid that got hit by lightning. In a state of rage and frustration Barry runs away, and ends up in Starling City. He goes to see Oliver (in our first of hopefully several crossovers) and tells him everything that happened, saying that he always wanted to be something more, but not believing he can be. Oliver knows this is BS, and tells Barry that he can be what Oliver never can, a symbol of hope and inspiration for his city, a true hero and not just a vigilante. Barry takes this to heart and returns to Central City, enlisting the help of Cisco and Caitlin to stop the baddie. Barry suits up in a suit made by Cisco designed to withstand the friction and heat he generates when he runs, and Barry is off to stop the baddie. He shows up just in time to save Det. Joe West, his long time friend and Iris’s father, and his partner, Det. Thawne. The baddie, who believes he is God, is intent on destroying the city with a massive tornado. Barry goes to stop it, and is able to succeed after a false start and some inspirational words from Dr. Wells.
We close out with Barry visiting his dad in prison, telling him he has made new friends that will help him find his path in life, also telling him that he never believed that his father was the killer. At the same time we see Dr. Wells enter a hidden room at S.T.A.R. Labs and get out of his wheel chair and walks to a terminal that projects a holographic display or a newspaper from the future, saying that the Flash has gone missing.
This was a fantastic start to the series. Some old ground was retread with the scene that we previously saw on Arrow, but it only made sense to actually show the clip in the premier. The story progressed smoothly, most the the emphasis being placed on Barry’s character and his adapting to his new power. We got a lot of Barry, establishing the important people in his life as well as his backstory and motivations. Sadly this didn’t leave much to the supporting characters, we are only treated to brief glimpses of them, but lets be honest, it’s not there show, so it makes sense that we would be pushed to the sidelines, at least for the premier. I am sure this will change as the show progresses, and given the names of these characters, I have no doubt that we will have plenty of them in the future.
Let’s take a moment and talk about the characters shall we? Barry is almost taken right out of the comics. He is a good person, believes in the impossible, and wants to make a difference in the world. He his motivated by the murder of his mother, and the fact that his father was falsely accused of the crime, always seeking the truth, no matter what. He had a brief moment of doubt, which is perfectly understandable when he wakes up with super powers and has virtually no support from the few who know the truth. The guest appearance by Stephen Amnell was perfect, he didn’t steal the scene, was there only to offer advice to his friend and help tie two shows together. Barry’s remark of cool as Oliver swings away, and Oliver’s same comment as Barry speeds down the street was simple fun, and shows the mutual respect and admiration the two have for each other. His dealing with Cisco and Caitlin was great, not having any anger or placing blame on them for the accident and the appearance of Meta-Humans, but calling them to action, saying he needs there help to stop them.
In his support structure, we have Team Science. Cisco is the upbeat tech head of the group, and obviously a geek if his 8-bit video game t shirt is anything to go by. Caitlin Snow is a bioengineering expert with a less than sunny disposition. Because of the explosion her career is in jeopardy and her fiance dead. There isn’t much done with her, but its pretty obvious that her working with Barry on the hero thing will help her make peace with her past. On another interesting note, she bears the same name as the civilian identity of the DC villain Killer Frost, so we may very well see her going evil before to long, which could be a very interesting story to watch unfold. Dr. Wells has a secret, he is obviously from the future and has plans for Barry, whether they are for good or ill is still yet to be seen.
On he cop front, it was surprising to see Det. West learn of Barry’s identity so early, but its not a bad thing. It gives him some help in the police force, West being set up to act as the Lance of the show, being able to pass on information to Barry in his dealing with the super powered baddies. This also gives the added bonus of the man who was basically a second father to him, being there to help and support him. Barry will of course have some stumbles on his road to being a hero, and who better than his surrogate dad to help him back up. Iris was there, and that is really all that can be said about her. She is Barry’s love interest, another thing taken from the comics. She is currently secretly dating Det. Thawne, whose name is shockingly similar to that of the major Flash baddie, Professor Zoom/Reverse Flash. Yeah, I bet its just a coincidence, nothing happening there.
Overall, this was a fantastic premier, there is great set up for the series and the characters are interesting and have a lot of potential in them. Flash is starting out fast off the blocks, and I can only hope that it won’t stumble further down the track.
So Little Bo Peep is basically a mob boss? Huh.
Picking up where we left off with Anna, she has safely arrived in the Enchanted Forest, and first stop on her tour is an old friend of Kritoff’s. It’s David, no surprises there. She goes to him looking for a place to crash for the night, which David is more than happy to provide for his old friend’s fiance. We are treated to some amusing dialogue between the two, including Anna giving a fake name and constantly referring to her secret mission, which is a secret, that she has to keep secret. Did I mention it was a secret mission? We are then first introduced to Little Bo Beep, apparently the writers are now throwing nursery rhymes into the mix as well, yeah, definitely not running out of ideas there. Turns out Bo Peep is a local warlord that David and his mom owe a debt to, and she has come to collect. She gives them a day to gather the money and throws a magical brand on them, allowing her to track them with her magic Shepard’s crook. David is ready to roll over in defeat, but Anna won’t stand for that. She teaches David to use a sword, but he is intent on giving up. This all changes when he discovers that Peep has snatched Anna. Big mistake on her part, as this what spurns David into action. He takes out her guards with ease, and is even to best Peep. He rescues Anna, and the two depart as friends, David and his mother even being invited to the wedding. Before she leaves, David’s mother writes down the name of a powerful wizard who may be able to help Anna with her magic problem, none other than Rumpelstiltskin.
The flashbacks were short and sweet, and honestly a lot of fun. It was nice to see this new side of David, see who he was before he became Prince Charming. Plus, Anna being awesome is always nice to see. Best of all, it helps to tie everything together. Anna played a small, but pivotal role in David’s life. Showing him the path that would eventually turn him into the hero he was always meant to be. It was a nice play on the mysterious mentor trope. The stranger that shows up just long enough to impart knowledge or skills before leaving again. Basically she was the Obi Wan to his Luke, only with less laser swords and and limb chopping.
Back in modern age. Elsa is still desperate to find Anna, and erects an ice wall around the town to keep everyone in until her sister is found. (this means she is at least an eight level sorcerer) The wall of ice takes out a power line, plunging the town into darkness. Emma and David spring into action to, Emma calling in Hook for help. Which of course leads to some amusing flirting between the two. Emma sees a break in the ice and goes to investigate, finding Elsa hiding out inside a cave in the wall. Elsa admits to bringing up the wall, refusing to lower it until Anna is found. A mishap occurs, causing the opening to the cave to be sealed up, trapping Emma and Elsa inside. To save Emma, David and Hook and set off to find Anna while Emma and Elsa get to know one another. The two form a connection over their mutual lack of control over their magic, and Emma is quick to realize that the villainous persona that Elsa first presented was just an act, and she is just a person desperate to find her family, something that Emma can relate to. David and Hook pay a visit to Gold’s shop, hoping that the necklace Elsa took from there will help them find her sister, turn out it does. David recognizes it from his first meeting with Anna, and the two pay a visit to Bo Peep, who is now a butcher. They take her magic crook and return to the ice wall to free Emma, who is close to freezing to death. David is able to talk Elsa down, and help her to control her magic enough to melt a whole in the ice. They take Emma home and use the magic crook to try and find Anna, and while they aren’t able to find Anna, they do learn that she is still very much alive, filling Elsa with hope. At the end Elsa tries to take down the ice wall, but finds she is unable to, someone else with cryomancy is keeping the wall up, surprise surprise, its the owner of the ice cream shop, who is the Ice Queen, the fairy tale character whose story Frozen is loosely based off.
While this it happening we have to two subplots running in the background. Henry wants to help Regina through her heart break, but Regina cuts him off, not wanting to be around anyone. Not much is done with this, but after an inspirational speech by David at the end about how their family never gives up, he goes to Regina and tells her that he won’t leave, he will return everyday until she lets him, because family and yada yada yada. Regina opens the door and we close on the two of them hugging.
We also see Snow White in her own mini adventure. With the black out, the town is slightly panicked, and they go to Snow to solve the problem, stating that since she enacted the new curse, Snow is now the mayor. She is pressed gang into helping get the power back on in town, but an electrical engineer she is not. When she is unable to figure out how to get the power back on, she blows up at Granny, Grumpy, and Happy, and chews them out for basically being annoying jackasses. They leave, thoroughly shamed, and Snow stays behind, and through what I can only assume is shear dumb luck, is able to restore power to the town. Way to go Snow!
While not as good as last weeks premier, this was still a good episode. It was nice to see that they are not dragging out the whole Elsa being a villain thing, as I still don’t think that made much sense with where her character ended up at the end of Frozen. Emma seeing through the act Elsa put on was a nice touch was well. She quickly saw that Elsa wasn’t evil or bad in anyway, just desperate to find her sister. The two bonding over similar back stories was excellently done, and I am sensing some future BFF moments between the two. The one complaint I have with this is that by the end of Frozen Elsa was shown to have pretty good handle on her powers, so her whole claim that she couldn’t release her and Emma from the ice cave seemed a bit off, but her explanation that having Anna around helped her to control her powers was at least a solid attempt to explain things, and honestly isn’t to far outside the realms of believable, at least when it comes to Once Upon a Time.
I will give the writers props for the inclusion of the Snow Queen as well. A lot of the promo build up, and rumors and news over the summer implied that Elsa would be taking on the role of the villain for at least the first half of the season, and this was all basically a clever mislead. We see Elsa welcomed into the family by Emma and Charming, no longer a threat, but a friend that needs help. I am hoping that with the Snow Queen we will get another crafty/manipulative villain, on the same line as Pan was, using her similar powers to go about her evil and divert suspicion to Elsa to cover her tracks. I am hoping for a big, ice magic throw down between the two.
The two subplots were nice, if unimpressive. Henry’s really just helped to show just how important Regina is to him, and how hurt he was over her cutting him out, especially when she was hurting so much. The resolution to it was short, but sweet, and does help to alleviate my fears of Regina going darkside again.
Snow’s on the other hand seemed to act more as seed for future plots. The whole Snow being mayor now was a nice change up, and will hopefully allow us to see her in a more take charge role for the rest of the season.
Overall, the season continues to be strong, and is still a massive step from the back half of season three. We have a new friends and a new, and hopefully, interesting villain. But only time will tell whether she will be a great one or just another dud.
Until next time, Goon out.