Avis TVAll of our TV reviews in one convenient place.
Well that was a bummer.
In a way, maybe that makes sense. Flash is, if not quite still, descending, at least on the downward slope, with one more season to follow. Lately the show has peeled off some of the essentials that make it a fun ride.The Multiverse, Various Wellses, Traditional Thieves, and Supporting Superheroes (although Elongated Man’s departure isn’t really part of a master plan). News just broke today that two of the original cast will be gone by the end of the season (but more on that later). So life in prison for the no-longer-Killer Frost? This fits the general trend, although it doesn’t make much sense.
Frost admitted his guilt and dropped his trial, so all that’s left is the judge’s conviction. Cecile is convinced that Frost’s heroic deeds will outweigh her previous crimes and that she will get away with a relatively light sentence. Kristen Kramer has other ideas, however. Acting on her behalf, the district attorney urges the judge to order Frost to take the metahuman remedy, stripping her of her powers forever. She equates it with taking away a criminal’s right to bear arms, arguing that the metahuman’s powers are a weapon all the same.
As Frost argues, it’s more complicated than that, as being a metahuman is part of her DNA, and her very identity will be lost if she is forced to undergo the treatment. There’s a floating metaphor here about the morality of suing someone they were born to, and you can apply it to any number of current social issues, but it’s pretty clear that would be a horrific turn of events. , as well as a bad precedent for all other metas. And I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that this is something Cisco should have anticipated when he invented the cure, even though he never thinks he is blaming himself in the episode. (After all, who could have predicted that the American justice system would overstep its limits in this way?)
Kudos to Danielle Panabaker for giving a strong emotional performance with herself, but all of that intrigue is a bit of a drag, briefly enlivened by the almost failed attempt to neutralize the meta cure at CCPD. (In the end, that doesn’t matter, because ARGUS has already duplicated the formula.) The resolution, with Frost seeking and receiving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, seems unnecessarily bleak. After all, the judge could still have used his … well, judgment to give Frost a lesser sentence given his efforts to save the world, that Kramer felt that was enough. There might be another shoe to ditch later in the season, but if it’s Frost’s departure, it’s an unfortunate turn of events.
You’d think Frost’s pal The Flash could at least come in to offer his support and help influence the judge, but no, he’s too busy handling the Forces situation. When Fuerza As the isotype signature reappears, Barry and Nora go to investigate, finding only a volunteer health worker named Alexa at the scene. Barry suggests that she come to STAR Labs for a scan, but the Speed Force is a little too demanding about it for Alexa’s liking. Barry later returns as The Flash and manages to convince her to come for tests, which reveals that she is indeed Fuerza’s human host.
That’s all Nora needs to see, as she blasts Alexa with her lightning bolt and tricks Barry to double his lightning power to deliver the killing blow. Nora’s odd behavior over the last few episodes has certainly suggested this path, and now it appears to be: The Big Bad is not the other Forces, but the Speed Force. It could certainly create some interesting complications for Barry in the future, but hopefully it will take at least a minute. to notice that his team has gotten a little smaller.
- As mentioned above, Tom Cavanagh and Carlos Valdes are the two leave Flash by the end of the season. This is certainly no surprise in the case of Cavanagh, who is practically gone already, although he will apparently have a few guest rounds later in the season. As for Valdes, it feels like he’s had one foot out for a few seasons now, so it’s not a huge shock in his case either. Now, the introduction of STAR Labs’ B team over the past year is getting a little clearer, but it’s still a bummer. Team Flash isn’t quite the same without the jokes and beards of Cisco and Wells.
- So Alexa got mad at Abra Kadabra and passed out, and Fuerza showed up and wreaked havoc? It sounds a bit familiar. At least she didn’t say “FUERZA SMASH! “
- Am I misheard, or was Kramer talking to an Agent Cooper in the first scene? Blasphemy!