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You'd look pretty upset too if you had just watched this movie.

You’d look pretty upset too if you had just watched this movie.

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Lightning Psychosis, its totally a thing: Goon Reviews The Flash “Rogue Time”

Jazz hands!

Jazz hands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what’s the lesson we learned this week?  Don’t screw with time travel, a cop will punch you in the face.

Picking up where the last episode left off, Barry has arrived in the past, confused and disoriented from his experience.  While investigating the same case as before, he seems to be a step ahead of everyone as he already remembers what happened.  Wells picks up on this and confronts Barry in private.  Telling him that he can’t do anything different as that could damage the time line and make things even worse, and forbids Barry from telling anyone about what happened.  Despite Wells’ words of warning, Barry breaks from the established events, not wanting to see the same horrors play out again, and grabs Mardon, throwing him into the S.T.A.R. Labs prison.  Things begin to divert from the established events there.  Cisco ends up having to go to his brother’s birthday, Caitlin going with him for moral support, and we see how awkward things are with this family.  Barry tries goes to Iris about his feelings for her, hoping that she will once again admit to loving him, it fails.  At the same time, none other than Snart, aka Captain Cold, and his hot head friend, Mick Rory, have returned to town, with Snart’s little sister, Lisa, aka Golden Glider, joining the team as well.  Sadly, Lisa is lacking in her super powers from the comics and is instead wielding a gun that seems to turn people to gold, which begs the question why she even needs to be a criminal.  Through some deception, and a blonde wig, Lisa and Cold are able to take Cisco, and his brother, hostage.  Snart forces Cisco to rebuild their respective weapons, and the siblings attack a local crime controlled casino.  Barry stops them, and the two retreat.  Snart then tortures Cisco’s brother, forcing our tech headed friend to reveal the identity of the Flash.  Given his experience, Cisco decides he needs to leave the team, but in a lighter mirror of last weeks confrontation, Wells convinces him to stay, and reassures him of his worth to the team.  They discover that Snart and company’s real target wasn’t the casino, but the money that would transported out of it in the event of an attack.  Barry stops the attack an confronts Cold.  They come to a deal, Snart will keep Barry’s secret, but only if Barry doesn’t lock him up, in return, Snart will stay in Central City, but will prove how good he is at the crime thing by continuing his spree, but without killing anyone.  With the bad guys out of way, and some help from Caitlin to remove the awkwardness between Barry, Iris, and Eddie, the day come to an end with everything more or less as it should be.  We close out with Wells, in the guise of the Reverse Flash, killing Mason Bridge, the reporter who was after him, and Barry telling Joe that he believes he was right about Wells all along.

This was an interesting episode in that it completely undid everything that happened last week.  Last week’s was an emotional roller coaster, Cisco died, Caitlin discovered the truth of Wells, Iris and Barry admitted their feelings for each other, and the entire city was at risk of drowning.  And now?  Well, awkward moments for Barry and Iris, Cisco has a rough day, and Captain Cold is back.  Now, not to say that this is worse, far from it.  Watching Barry scramble to prevent tragedy, only to have to work twice as hard to stop the new crisis that arrives is great, and she still rides that roller coaster after being shot down by Iris and punched by Eddie.  I’ll be honest, the main story in this weeks episode did not interest me as much as previous episodes.  It wasn’t bad, and was very interesting seeing Barry try to navigate his way through the repeat day, but for whatever reason it just didn’t pull

Flash, Lisa Lisa, Flash

Flash, Lisa
Lisa, Flash

me in.   The biggest thing with Barry was his realization at the end at Wells may not be on the up and up.  It seems a bit odd that all it would take to tip him off was a missing reporter, but when you add in that Barry knew that Bridge was actively looking into Wells, and had solid leads, only for him to suddenly go missing after Barry tells Wells what Bridge was looking into.  This was very much future plot seeding, and will lead to what I can only assume will be pretty amazing stories as Barry’s trust for his one time mentor continues to deteriorate, leading to their next showdown.

Now, there was still a lot of great parts to this episode.  For instance, last week we say Cisco expressing distaste to his family, this week we actually got to see that.  He is jealous of his brother, the favorite of his parents.  At the birthday scene, we see that Cisco is basically treated as an after thought by his family.  His brother, Dante, even hitting on Caitlin right in front of him.  But again this is also where it falls a bit flat.  Later, when both of them are taken prisoner, we get the cliche of the favorite always being jealous of the other brother, in this case, because Cisco is actually living his dream and Dante works a crappy job and lives with his parents. (I feel for him, greatly)  While a reconciliation between the brothers was nice, it did feel forced.  A big deal was made of Cisco not being on good terms with his family, I thought this would be a major development for his character, give us some subplots with him in the future, but sadly its just wrapped up all nice and neat in a kidnapping induced heart to heart.  It was a wasted opportunity.

While we’re on Cisco, he’s not dead anymore, yay!  His death last week was heart wrenching, and while I do admit I am not overly thrilled with everything that happened last week being so easily written off, and that his death could have been a game changer for the series, I am overjoyed that we are not saying goodbye to the geeky tech wizard just yet.  His scene with Wells was a mirror of last weeks, Wells talked about seeing Cisco as a son, reaffirming how important he is to the group, and convincing him to stay.  This was a great moment, and also really helps to show that there is more to Wells than him just being a villain, he is an interesting villain.  I would say that he does legitimately care about Cisco and Caitlin, and even Barry, despite them being enemies.   Not to say I he wouldn’t stab them through the back at a moments notice if it helped him achieve his goals, we know he would, but the fact that he does actually care about them adds depth to his character, making him more than just the mustache twirling villain.

The villains this week were enjoyable, as Captain Cold usually is.  I have always liked that he is the level headed, calculating villain, and that he is fairly simple in his desires.  He likes crime, to him its fun and challenging for him, gives him something to do.  His learning Flash’s identity, just another move in the game.  Barry’s counter of saying he is smart enough to be a criminal without killing people intrigues him, its a challenge that he will rise to.  His and Barry’s confrontation was well played and great moment for the characters as they came to terms with everything.  Heat Wave once again plays the foil to Snart, being crazed and hot headed.  Nothing new to him there, but nothing bad in the slightest.  Our newest villain, Lisa, was flat out fun.  Her and Cold’s easy banter was exactly what you would expect from siblings, and she was a fun character, appearing as almost a balance between Snart’s level headedness and Rory’s crazy.  I look forward to more of her, she is great.

Once again we were subjected to more of the annoying Barry/Iris/Eddie love triangle, but thankfully it was brief, and resolved through Caitlin’s quick

This why I don't go to bars, never know when a pretty girl may be a super villain.

This why I don’t go to bars, never know when a pretty girl may be a super villain.

thinking.  Her lie of Barry having Lighting Psychosis, which was causing him to act all crazy like, was hilarious and a smooth move on her part as she quickly came to the aid of her friend.  Still pulling for those two to get together, keeping my fingers crossed.

Overall, this was one of the weaker episodes of the season, but still had some great parts.  The villains where all sorts of fun to watch, as usual, Cisco was great in this episode, even if his family drama was wrapped up a little to nicely for my tastes.  This episode shows that even great shows can have the occasional misstep and still have something good to offer to the show.

Goon out.

Snooty and Goon: The Gunman

As a modern action star with a busy schedule, Sean Penn likes to do most of his threatening from the comfort of his own couch. Convenient!

As a modern action star with a busy schedule, Sean Penn likes to do most of his threatening from the comfort of his own couch. Convenient!

Sean Penn may have the respect and accolades of the Academy, but he’ll have to work a little harder to impress Snooty and Goon. This latest entry into the 50+ action star subgenre could have used a little more script polish, some better editing, and a camera operator not currently suffering from a personal earthquake. But on the plus side, if you’ve ever wanted to see Sean Penn shirtless and holding a surfboard, your dreams have finally come true.

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Things have gone way past complicated: Goon Reviews The Flash “Out of Time”

Woo, hiatus over!

Woo, hiatus over!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a month of no super hero antics, Flash returns, and pulls out all the stops.

We open with a flashback to the pilot, giving us a different look at the Mardon brothers and what happened with them during the accelerator explosion.  Jumping back to the present, we see that Mark Mardon, aka the Weather Wizard, has come back to town, looking to get revenge for the death of his brother, who Joe killed, way back in the first episode, armed with his own weather control powers.  He murders the info out of a coroner and starts to hunt down Joe.  He makes an attack at the police department, seriously injuring the captain in the process, before Barry is able to drive him away thanks to a handy anti-weather device worked up by Cisco.  At the hospital, we briefly meet the captain’s fiance, who seems like a nice enough guy, massive props to Joe and The Flash in general for the line of being his fiance makes him family, props to them for that.  The attack and injury of Captain Singh, and the potential threat to his children, forces all rational thought out of Joe’s mind.  He orders Barry to stay with Iris and goes off to hunt down Mardon.  Eddie meets up with him and the two find Mardon’s hide out, only for Joe to be nabbed by the baddy.  Mardon gets a message out to Iris and Barry, intent on killing them to punish Joe, and lures them to the waterfront.  He then proceeds to unleash a tidal wave on the city.  Barry and Iris admit feelings to each other (more on that later) before Barry is forced to don the Flash outfit in front of Iris and speed off to save the city.  Caitlin tells that he can in theory stop the wave by creating a wall of air to suck the energy out of the wave, but while Barry does that, he ends up running so fast he goes back in time, merging with himself from earlier in the episode.
In a subplot, we see Cisco starting to question Wells’ intents, being convinced by Joe that his friend/mentor is hiding something from him.  He does some digging and finds a flaw in the trap they used to try and catch  the Reverse Flash, discovering that it was all a trick of Wells’ to throw suspicion off him.  Despite Caitlin’s best efforts to distract Wells,  he figures out something is up and speeds off to confront him.  In a truly heartbreaking scene, Wells rams his hand through his chest, killing him.
The final subplot is lightly touched upon, thankfully.  Relationship drama!  Barry and Linda seem to be doing well, but Iris has apparently realized that now that Barry has a girlfriend, she suddenly wants to be with him.  This of course causes some unpleasantness in their relationships, before feelings are admitted and kisses happen.

I honestly had some mixed feelings on this episode at first, before I had the chance to sit down and really think about it.  For starters, like I said above, this episode pulls out all the stops.  It is revealed the Wells is the Reverse Flash, Cisco dies, all of Central City is at risk, major relationship stuff for Barry, and he travels back in time!  This episode plays out exactly like a season finale, with all the reveals, deaths, and time travel, but thankfully its not.  I really like that TV has progressed to the point that we can have these huge cliffhanger episodes not be finales, and just standard weekly

Impromptu Dance Party!

Impromptu Dance Party!

episodes.  At the same time though, there is something else about it that irks me a bit, hence the aforementioned mixed feelings.  This episode took a lot of steps, and a lot or risks, that were basically all immediately undone.  Take for instance the biggest part of this episode, Cisco’s death.  Now, by no means did I want Cisco dead, he is an amazing character and one of the best parts of the show, and that is what made his death so shocking, it was a total game changer!  Cisco was gone, not only did Barry lose his major tech support guy, but one of his best friends, and add in the betrayal of his mentor, and the rest of this season could have taken a very dark and interesting turn for the Scarlet Speedster.  But at the same time, this time travel induced reset does bring along plenty of other interesting changes to the season.  For starters, can Barry change things, or is the future set in stone?  Can his changes make things better, or even worse.  Add in the small level of fear about Cisco ultimate fate, and you have an audience that can’t wait to see what comes next week.

Lets talk about Cisco’s death for a moment shall we.  Not gonna lie, I almost cried there as Cisco, tears streaming down his faced, stared down his killer.  This scene hits you right in the feels, and hits harder than a ball of hale thrown by a super villain.  The betrayal and heartbreak on Cisco’s face as he learned the truth is engraved in mind, also factoring in the earlier reveal that he doesn’t get along well with his family, preferring to spend his night watching old movies with Wells instead of going to a family party, as well as Wells comment about considering Cisco the closest thing he has to a son, and you have a truly amazing moment between the two as Wells murders him.  Carlos Valdes and Tom Cavanaugh played that scene perfectly, the two have always been great together on camera, but this scene was their best yet, by far.  I look forward to when those two will have to face each other off again.

Joe was a bit off this episode.  His desire to push everyone else out of the case, and lack of the common sense he has been so great about in the past, was odd and a bit out of character for him, but this was a case that strikes close to home for him seeing as it involved the murder of his previous partner, but I felt it was taken a just a bit too far.  I can understand his worry with Iris and Barry both being threatened, but at this point Joe is well aware of what Barry is capable off, and what he has done in the past.  He should have realized that keeping Barry close on hand to stop this guy would have been the smartest thing he could do.  It seems like aspects of his character were ignored or downplayed to maneuver the characters into more dramatic moments.  While this isn’t a horrible thing, its still not fun to see, so I hope it is not something that will be done regularly.

That's how you make an entrance.

That’s how you make an entrance.

The relationship stuff in this episode felt so forced, and frankly uninteresting.  I have made no attempt to hide my dislike of Iris, and this episode did nothing to change that.  She seems to only be interested in Barry now that he is off the market, even going so far as to say that this great woman he is with  isn’t good enough for him.  For her, its basically that she didn’t want Barry but at the same time didn’t want him with anyone else, and that is a total bitch thing to do.  Now I am not saying Iris is in fact a bitch, or that she does want Barry to be alone, but that is what it seems like here.  Their interactions with each other at the bowling alley, and the following actions of their significant others was not interesting to watch, and just dragged the episode down.  However, I must admit I am interested to see how Barry is going to deal with the knowledge that Iris does have feelings for him now that he has gone back to before she admitted it, judging by the preview, things are gonna get messy in regards to Eddie.

Overall, this was a great episode and a perfect return to form after the brief hiatus of the series.  Amazing things happened, only for them to be undone, only so we can see how they happen in again.  There were some flaws of course, nothing is perfect, but damnit it all if this wasn’t one of the best episodes so far this season.  I cannot wait to see the fallout of Barry’s brief trip through time.

Goon out.

Snooty and Goon: Cinderella

BEST FRIENDS!

BEST FRIENDS!

Good, kind, courageous woman seeks handsome prince in this remake of the Disney animated classic, which is itself an adaptation of a fairy tale, which of course is sourced in old oral traditional folklore…so, it’s been done a few times before, is what we’re getting at. But is this one worth the price of admission? Snooty and Goon have the answer!

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