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I hyped myself too much cause “Man Who Saved Central City” was an underwhelming season premiere same for IZombie which I’ve enjoyed previous. Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold) hammed it up, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) mop about Ronnie Raymond’s “death” for the majority of the epsiode leaving Team Flash to hog the spotlight (Smallville deja vu). Cliffhanger with The Singularity resolved quickly. This alternate universe can’t keep going without Eobard Thawne existing. John Wesley Shipp leaving irrated me especially on Henry’s flimsy speech which goes against what he said in finale.
I’m currently reading DC’s Library featuring Barry and Jay Garrick’s adventures collected while writing this. Barry meets Jay when he comes out of retirement to take on Fiddler, Thinker, and Shade as opposed to in his prime while second year as Crimson Comet. Teddy Sears great addition to the cast portraying Jay’s nobility and optimism in-contrast to everybody else. He’ll serve as a true mentor for Barry unlike his false idol. The ability to throw lighting bolts something Captain Marvel would do.
At least Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten) earned her position on Joe West’s vacant Anti-Metahuman task force unlike his daughter who was handed a Picture News job without much credentials. Patty could possibly 52 universe where they’re already an item causing annoying love-triangle-melodrama.
Unfornately, Barry’s first kill with this new move very jarring. You’d think Jesse L. Martin’s character would tell his surgent-son about Iron Heights offically able to contain Metahumans. While it’s understandable why he has trust-issues, still got absurd towards imprisioning Jay after calling them out on their paranoia. Barry’s bad attutide got obnoxious halfway through similar to how Clark (Tom Welling) distrusted every future ally he encountered.
Catlin (Danielle Panabaker) having hots for Jay isn’t suprising despite Jay already has someone special named Joan Matthews. Iris still dumb cause Barry didn’t defeat Eobard. He kicked his ass since he’s still a rookie in his second year under-the-name Scarlet Speedster.
Series starting to lose-focus on Fastest Man Alive by plugging other heroes to-be-featured in upcoming Non-Justice League (Legends of Tomorrow) shown in this year’s reel using Eddie Slick aka Sand Demon (Kett Turton) being another Firestorm villain for them to fight.
Despite things that peeved me, this should’ve been opener. Good start to assembling Flash Family. Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West and Jesse Quick (Violett Beane), daughter to Johnny Chambers/Quick (Golden Age) speaks a formula (3x29YZ4A) to access his speed still to come. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) collapsing been separate from Ronny (Robbie Amell) for so long would’ve happened sooner.
Rating: 7 1/2
Tom Cavanagh returning as Harrsion Wells means this Earth-2 version is evil unlike in this world where he was good before Thawne (Matt Letscher) took his face.
Episode twelve, “Crazy for You” was filler with Brtine Oldford (American Horror Story) guest starred as another Wally West adversary/ally (like Girder), Shawna Baez aka Peek-A-Boo (really Johns?) portrayed as Harley Quinn with Nightcrawler’s powers even though her comic counterpart’s teleportations are supposed to be destructive. Even writers, Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing ripped-off “see where I’m going” line from X2.
Post-Crisis Jason Rusch/Mick Wong during Infinite Crisis really got me into Firestorm having seen Ronald Raymond/Martin Stein’s appearence-on Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (season six episode five, The Wild Cards) Cartoon Network reruns back-in-the-ninties.
Victor Garber (Alias) acts over-essentric in-the-role-of Proffessor Stein especially in the scenes when sharing thoughts/feelings about pizza or explaining to Barry about time travel it’s enjoyable. Pretty gruesome for Ronald (Robbie Amell, Stephen’s cousin) cutting “Where” onto his arm with broken glass after feeling Stein being tortured by Clancy Brown’s General Wade Elling along-with Eobard’s contribution beforehand by-means-of a drugged icecube for Martin’s scotch. Not suspring considering his prior urge to just kill them both with his gun (episode thirteen, “The Nuclear Man'”) other-then Tom Cavanagh saying the show’s catchphrase here. Elling adds to short list of people that see through Eobard’s humanitarian facade (Joe West and Tina McGee).
Martin not wanting his research to be weaponized blows my theory he went to Star Labs that night sabotage the Particle Accelerator (protesters included) with his F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M matrix which is still too long an acronym.
However, biggest plothole to Nora Allen’s murder case is that CCPD would’ve found that spot-of-blood-on-the-wall had they focused police procedure on entire house rather then just their living room makes them incompetent. To have Joe (Jesse L. Martin) along-with Cisco finding this evidence fifteen years later to-be lazy. Elling tranquilzing/gassing everyone at CW’s stockplace (Jitters) to capture “The Burning Men” in public should’ve drawn unneeded attention to his operation that-one should’ve been a black-ops objective.
While glad they have Candice Patton’s Iris working at Picture News like she should do but didn’t care about her snooping subplot. She or her colleague, Mason Bridge (Roger Howorth) might do something dumb to escalate current problems in Central City like freeing inmates at Star Labs’ Gulag. Especially don’t care for further love triangle moments using Wally’s girl (Linda Park) now there’s two versions around (like Cat Grant).
“Wells” is a Reverse Flash as we all knew however another person is possible. Still don’t know what he gets from Grodd besides his trust for his “kindness” to him during his captivity days. No matter, his identity gets exposed a month from now:
Cisco isn’t gonna walk out of Star Labs alive having figured it out since it hasn’t clicked in Barry’s head that his idol/”mentor” is obssessed with him in that sick-fixation kinda way.