We recently reported that in upcoming episode of The Flash would introduce the Council of Wells, a group of Wells from different earths that have teamed up. That episode is here and it’s time to see if the hype has paid off and it ends up being fun. Hopefully better than the last episode, which I thought was…meh at best. Let’s find out…
The opening bring out the funny quickly, and it’s pretty well handled. Barry and Ralph (Elongated Man) are about to be robbed by an armed man, and they then contemplate how Ralph will take him down. Push comes to shove, the guy shoots at Ralph, but the bullets fire back at the robber after it hits his skin. The scene is pretty funny and amusing, Ralph shines especially though and it sets up how this is pretty much his episode.
We then get back to the main predicament at hand; figuring out who and where Davies (The Thinker) is. This includes Harrison Wells getting the idea of gathering multiple Wells from different earths, giving birth to the Council of Wells. We also have Ralph going to the therapist to see what he remembers about being on the bus when he got his powers, all we find out is this episode’s villain name.
A new villain is introduced, and this time it’s the Black Bison, a women who has gained the powers of being able to bring inanimate objects to life. She uses them to rob various place that have special Native American artifacts. Her introduction was pretty cool, the scene itself isn’t very original but it worked.
This episode starts off funny, but has a way more serious tone than the rest of the season thus far. I think they finally found a better balance between the lighthearted parts and the serious ones. The main story with Ralph and Barry has funny moments but it’s pretty serious. The main funny aspect here was the Council of Wells, with Tom Cavanagh playing three different versions of himself.
I found the whole situation pretty darn hilarious, and Cavanagh did a great job pulling it off. Each version of Wells is funny in their own right, and they have specific personalities. Although the half man half robot Wells was my least favorite, I would be lying if I said I didn’t laugh anyways.
Back to the Ralph and Barry duo, their first encounter with Black Bison has Ralph question Barry’s way of superhero-ing. The Flash’s motto is save lives first, then catch bad guy later; something Ralp doesn’t understand. I really liked the choice to make a real effort to make this new character a real hero, his arc is predictable yet I find myself invested. One thing that bothers me is that Ralph did have a point when he said Flash could’ve saved the man and stopped Black Bison. He’s fast enough to do both things in like 10 seconds, that’s something that kind of brought the intended message down. I like where they were going with it, foreshadowing a problem Ralph was going to have, but stuff like this with the Flash made me rethink the scene entirely.
One of my main problems with the episode is how they decided to handicap Flash so much, whenever he needs to do something he’s so easily taken out it lacks a serious amount of creativity. This is present in the second encounter with Black Bison, Flash is hit and knowcked down instantly. I know it’s to show Ralph make the wrong decision on whether or not to stop Bison or save the girl, but stuff like this brings it down for me once again.
Ralph has learned his lesson by the last battle, and decides to save someone instead of stopping Bison. The scene is pretty good, some of the VFX was ok at best but there’s certainly some solid moments. Ralph has a predictable but strong arc here, I really have to give it to the actor himself because he really shined.
This was a solid episode despite its downfalls. Ralph aka Elongated Man shines in this episode and the actors give it his all never missing a beat. His character is quite predictable, but it’s still pretty endearing and well done. Although there still some excessive attempts at humor, this episode is by far the most Flash-like of this season. Totally way more balanced than the rest, but there is one part of the show that’s lacking for me right now. And that’s Barry Allen’s Flash, I feel like him as a hero has been sidelined this season compared to other characters. The Council of Wells was better than I thought it would be, I was surprised how many times I laughed out loud. The ending twist with a The a Thinker was great and it was something definitely didn’t see coming. Overall, this is the right step forward for the show. Here’s to hoping it keeps it up.
The Flash is on The CW every Tuesday 8/7 c.