Harrison Wells, you have failed this city: Goon Reviews Flash “The Sound and the Fury”

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Nintendo Power Gloves and a black hoody does not a menacing villain make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am annoyed that I could not think of a good Faulkner joke to open this review, truly, I am devastated.

After an opening monologue of Barry about heroes we see Wells walking around his fancy home when he gets an ominous call from someone who claims to know his deep dark secret (yeah, doubt that) followed by the windows in his skylight shattering.  The next morning Barry and Joe show up to investigate.  Wells tries to pass it off as a prank from citizens still angry at him, but Barry learns that the glass did not have a breaking point and was instead shattered by sonic frequency.  Shortly after we are introduced to Hartley Rathaway, aka the Pied Piper, via a flashback, he’s smart, and an ass, but oddly enough not a smart ass.  He is the former protege of Wells and we learn that he was against the activating of accelerator, thinking it was unsafe. (hit the nail on the head with that one) Like many others he was affected by the explosion, having lost his hearing, and has since developed some pretty nifty sonic technology.  He tricks Barry into capturing him and taking him to S.T.A.R. Labs where he quickly breaks out of his cell and steals files from the computer systems and escapes.  Wells takes a proactive approach to trying to stop him and calls a press conference, sharing Rathaway’s ignored warning with the press.  This doesn’t appease him, and he launches an attack at a nearby damn.  Barry goes off to stop him again, only for Cisco to discover that the stolen files are the cellular scans of Barry.  He has used them to find the exact frequency needed to kill Barry, and lures the Scarlet Speedster into a trap.  With killer vibrations wreaking havoc on Barry, and his internal organs, Wells springs into action to save his friend.  Hacking into a satellite he uses the radios in the surrounding cars transmit a counter frequency to cancel out Rathaway’s and save Barry.  It works and Barry takes down The Pied Piper.  Cisco locks him away, but Rathaway assures him that we will be free soon, he is the only one that knows where Ronnie is and how to save him.

While this is going on we are also treated to a new subplot and the development of others. Iris is now working at the Central City newspaper but her joy is short lived as she quickly learns that she isn’t well liked by her new colleagues as the only reason she was hired is because the boss thinks that she has an in with the Flash and wants the inside story on Central City’s new hero.  She is not happy about this, but seems to be determined to prove her worth as a journalist, so that should be interesting to see play out.   We also are seeing a bit more of Wells and his motivations, it seems his speed

Gustin's response to the news he won't be playing The Flash in the movies.

Gustin’s response to the news he won’t be playing The Flash in the movies.

is unstable for reasons that are not yet revealed, and his theft of the tachyon particles is meant to stabilize his powers but doesn’t seem  to be working.  With a final ominous line of advancing to the end game we close out on him.  Lastly but not leastly, we see more of Joe’s distrust of Wells and his decisions to beginning looking into the reclusive scientist.

Honestly, not as good as last week’s episode, or a lot of other episodes this season, but far from bad.  It was very much an average episode.  There was some solid parts of to this episode, the inclusion of a long time Flash villain the Pied Piper, and I was pleased to see that they included the fact that Rathaway’s was gay, as the character was in fact one of DC’s first openly gay characters. (after his reform from villain to good guy in the comics he would make jokes about how he went straight)  But with that being said, he wasn’t all that great of a villain, especially in comparison to some of the previous ones we have seen.  His history with Wells, Cisco, and Caitlin could have made him great, giving him the ability to play the mind games with Barry’s support team, and he does a bit, but its far to little to be anything menacing.  It seems that he was just there to become another plot point for things with Ronnie.  But he has shown to be a real threat to the Flash and could possibly be used to greater extent in the future, the comics character was a member of The Rogues, who we saw last week, and could be interesting to see him teamed up with them.

Wells was definitely one of the stand out parts of this episode, mainly because he is the overarching threat for the season and we actually got to get an idea of what his plan is. I have to admit that Wells is turning out to be a perfect villain, he is carefully keeping his plans hidden, has the intelligence, the-flash-episode-the-sound-and-the-fury-pied-pipercharm, and charisma to get his biggest threat to become his friend and protege.  I like this, a lot.  The best villains are the ones that can work in the shadows, throw people off their trail, and strike when least expected.  While Joe is picking up on something off about Wells, he is a cop, and more importantly, a father to Barry, so its fairly natural for him to have some misgivings about this man who so quickly inserted himself into such an important role in Barry’s life.  I eagerly look forward to how everything with Wells will play out over the rest of the season, and more info on what his evil plan is.

Overall, while this was a bit of a lackluster episode, it does prove that The Flash is still a great show, even if not every episode is a home run.  The subplots and villains are still more than enough to keep viewer interest even on the poorer episodes.

Goon out.

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The flame or the frost: Goon Reviews Flash “Revenge of the Rogues”

Remember, having a good a villain pose is half the battle.

Remember, having a good a villain pose is half the battle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Robert Frost – Fire and Ice
Its always fun when a poem can so aptly describe an episode of a tv show.
That’s right folks, Goon is back and writing stuff for this site again.  I apologize for so abruptly stopping on the reviews, but I have a good excuse, my computer committed Sepuku and by the time I got it repaired the shows had already hit the their mid season breaks, but there back now, and so am I.  If anyone out  there actually cares…
After getting his butt handed to him by the Reverse Flash, who appears to be Wells but I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if this was a mislead of  some sort, Barry has stepped up his training, hoping to be able to match his yellow clad nemesis when next they meet.  At the same time none other than Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold, has returned to town with a friend in tow, Mick Rory, aka Heat Wave, and the two are intent on taking down everyone’s favorite speedster. They try to lure him out, but Barry has devoted himself to training and improving his skills, opting to let the police handle this one with a little from Wells and Cisco.  At the villains second strike the police fail to stop him, not knowing that Rory is packing a heat gun which he gleefully uses to set pretty much everything on fire.   The two escape and Barry now decides to take them down, being spurned into action at the injuries of the police officers.  At the same time Caitlin is looking into Ronnie and the last thing he said to her, firestorm.  With some help from Barry she realizes that its an anagram for something I can’t even begin to try and remember, but basically deals with changing matter from one thing to another, basically Firestorm’s powers.  She tracks down the person that wrote the paper on it, a Jason Rusch (one of the people to be Firestrom in DC Comics) who says that he stepped away from the project when the government got a bit too interested in it.  The Rogues nab Caitlin after her visit with Jason and use her to draw out The Flash, who is more than happy to answer the challenge to save his friend.  Wells realizes that their weapons can be neutralized if they cross the streams from them (cough Ghostbusters cough).  After being saved from a near hit by Eddie, Barry takes a blast

Worst. Chorus line. Ever.

Worst. Chorus line. Ever.

from both guns head on and uses that to force the two weapons to cross.  The baddies are caught, Caitlin is saved, and Iris has finished her move in with Edidie, resulting in Barry choosing to move back in with Joe, giving us a heart warming moment between the two.  We close out with Snart and Rory being saved from a prison transport by an unseen person identified as Snart’s sister.

After far to long, I am happy to say, this episode was fantastic because of the villains.  If every other part of this episode was terrible, which it was not, Snart and Rory would have made up for that.  Snart was basically the same as he was when we saw him last time, cold and detached, taking a methodological approach to everything, not even letting his failed plans to draw out the Flash upset him.  The only time he came close to loosing his cool is when dealing with Rory.  Rory was the exact opposite, he’s a quack pot.  He is crazed pyromaniac that just wants to burn things, in his first encounter with the police he goes off the deep end as he spraying them down with firey doom.
This is what so great about the episode, seeing these two villains juxtaposed next to each other.  One second being at each other’s throats and ready to blast each other, the second working together to take down the Flash, and even having some clever bits and barbs back and forth, Rory taking shots at  Snart over his speeches and attentions to detail.  It was great because we got to see just how different these two are, and personally I think showed the strength of Snart’s character in his ability to keep this crack pot in line.  That being said, there was a couple of eye rollingly bad moments with Rory, primarily in his little crazy speech to the captive Caitlin, talking about how fire is undefined:

Fire
Noun
1. A state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combined with oxygen, giving off light, heat, and flame.
2. A burning mass of material, as on a hearth or in a furnace.

So yeah, he is all sorts of crazy, and obviously failed high school science.
Barry was interesting in this episode too as we see a depart from the usual lighthearted Barry we know, and seeing him focused and determined on improving his skills and powers, which was not a bad thing as it does make sense after what happened in the last episode, but wasn’t anything great.

Hugs?

Hugs?

It felt more like a requirement for a teen drama, they have to have the occasions where the the protagonist breaks character and acts out of the norm.  Fortunately, it made sense in the narrative and was played well by Gustin, who continues to be amazing as Barry Allen.

Apart from that there wasn’t too much else noteworthy to this episode.  Cisco got to give a solid speech to the cops, which was nice to see, and Caitlin going further into the Firestorm sub plot that has been developing over the past few episodes.  I do have to admit I am honestly loving how they are handling it, instead of just dropping him, we get short glimpses of him and are watching his story unfold bits and pieces at a time, enough to keep the viewers interest, but not so much that it over shadows the main plot or  characters.
We also deal with the developing Iris/Eddie relationship, the two now moved in together at the episodes end.  Again nothing great, but that is because I honestly am having trouble caring about Iris.  She is far from a bad character, but she is basically this shows version of Laurel, and we all know how useless she is.  I am still waiting for Iris to do something noteworthy instead of just being Barry’s friend/unrequited love.  We did get a great moment between Joe and Barry, and damn it all if those two don’t have fantastic on screen chemistry, they play off each other so well and you can honestly believe that there is a father/son bond between the two.
Overall, this was great return to Central City, the villains were amazing, and we got to see Barry acting a bit out of the norm, but in a good way that made sense.  It is great to see the show back, and judging by some of the news posts I have seen for the rest of season, the show is just starting amp up into levels of true awesome.
Goon out.

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"See, I told you I could shoot it out of his hands. You owe me a Coke."

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Eastwood takes aim at another Oscar with this adaptation of the titular soldier’s autobiography. There’s shooting, worrying, insurgence, and stress disorders of the post-traumatic variety aplenty, but is there enough to take home that little golden man?

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When you're marching toward a guaranteed mugshot, you should always wear your Sunday best.

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Ghostbusters circa England 1941

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