The Flash: “Gorilla Warfare” Season 2 Episode 7 Review

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For the second week in a row, season two of The Flash gets to be just its good ol’ self. The tie-ins to Legends of Tomorrow were largely in the background this week as Gorilla Grodd took center stage for another fun episode full of comic book insanity.

When several people in Central City, including Caitlin, start losing their free will for brief periods of time, the only answer is a giant telepathic gorilla. The second episode of the series devoted to Grodd was better than the first, mostly because it went all the places you’d never think a live-action TV series could go. Grodd kidnaps Caitlin, a fun twist on the King Kong tale, and asks her to make more of him. Wells says earlier in the episode that Earth 2 already has a gorilla society, something he, Jay, Zoom, or any of the metahumans failed to mention for the first six episodes of the season.

But Barry is still suffering from his encounter with Zoom last week. Confined to a wheelchair, Barry’s body is still recovering faster than the rate of a normal human. But a fractured spine is a fractured spine. Caitlin tells him at the top of the episode that he’s about 90% recovered, but he’s still having trouble even moving around S.T.A.R. Labs. It’s obvious right from the start that we’re about to see a rehash of the middle section of The Dark Knight Rises (or, even better, the fourth season of The Legend of Korra, the best version of the physically-broken-hero-finds-redemption arc in modern storytelling). When the beats of this arc are flying by in a 43-minute episode of television, they become so predictable. Luckily, Iris brings in Barry’s father. Their relationship still carries a surprisingly huge amount of emotional weight. So when it’s him pulling Barry through these tough times, the moments land better than they would with anyone else.

The final fight with Grodd is a ton of fun. With Flash back in the picture, we get some brief moments of Grodd rampaging around the city. The final moment, where Flash pushes Grodd into a portal to Earth 2 was also one of the best looking CGI moments on the series to date.

So for what could have been a predictable and boring episode, The Flash brought in Grodd to majorly spice things up. This is a foe who is now proven to have a similar effect as Captain Cold, in that episodes are just better when he’s the villain. Grade: B+

Some Other Thought Bubbles:

  • Wells in the Reverse-Flash costume again was a lot of fun, as brief as it was.
  • Grodd is planted in Earth 2’s gorilla city. I like where this is going and I can’t wait to see more.
  • Cisco is having visions of Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Before Legends of Tomorrow, we have the big Arrow/Flash crossover, which is the first week of December (next week there’s no episode because of Thanksgiving). Time to get excited!

By Matt Dougherty

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