After taking several weeks off, The Flash returns to give us our dose of Team Flash on a weekly basis. Barry and Ralph are at odds on how to approach the search for the final “bus metas” and they surely have things to work out. Danny Trejo returns to guest star when he enlists the help of Cisco and Caitlin for a favor. It’s another normal week the Flash it seems, let’s get into it.
The opening takes us right back into the main storyline with DeVoe as Barry and Ralph train to take down the Thinker. Dibny is severely dumbed down in this scene as he not only literally acts like a turtle when confronting the DeVoe hologram but also goes off talking about random ideas they could do as a team. There is a funny reference to the name “DC Comic” that Ralph makes though. He isn’t taking it seriously anymore even though we’ve been through various episodes building up his hero-self.
The fun part of the episode is when Danny Trejo returns as Gipsy’s father, and he needs help regaining his powers. This side-relationship wasn’t too interesting if I’m being honest when it was introduced early in the season but here it’s slightly more entertaining. Trejo does a bit too much with his performance at times but it fits in the ridiculousness of the story. After another female meta (Null) is introduced when she steals a crown of some sort, Kevin Smith (director of this episode) and Jason Mewes make a cameo appearance as witnesses to the crime.
The new meta causes trouble for Barry when she touches him and makes him float in the air, temporarily, but this makes Dibny and him but heads. He’s really childish in this episode and it shows how much he still needs to progress in order to become the hero he aspires to be. They aren’t the only ones with relationship problems as The Thinker and his wife are slowly falling apart as she finds out why he is ignoring a metahuman (has to do with love and stuff).
We get a cool sequence with Flash against Null when he has to run up a building to save a guy stuck in a car that’s falling through the sky, even though the VFX aren’t that good I like that idea behind it. Things don’t go as planned and Barry feels like once again Dibny didn’t do well. This leads to him being benched, until around 10 minutes later. I get where they are going for with Dibny’s character but it seems he’s learning a similar lesson each episode in dumber and less profound ways each time.
The final showdown against Null has Dibny save the day by catching Flash in the air, the effects for the anti-gravity moments are pretty cool. At the end of the day, the whole episode seems almost entirely useless except for The Thinker with his wife and the moment at the very end with Wells. Speaking of Harrison, the final minutes show him using the thinking cap he produced to power up Gideon, the Ai that Reverse-Flash used at one-point. This was a genuinely cool moment as it sets up multiple possibilities regarding her inclusion in the series.
The best thing about the episode is some Kevin Smith’s directing, he knows how to bring a fun and entertaining feel to the show. The rest of the time, however, is filled with lackluster story arcs and jumbled action that doesn’t seem to mandate for an entire episode. The writing is seriously lacking here just below the paper-thin surface of the plot. You could cut this episode completely except for one or two scenes and the season would only benefit from it.
The Flash is on The CW every Tuesday 8/7 c.