Flash Season 3 – “Paradox”: A Review

Posted: 10/12/2016 in Uncategorized

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The picture kind of says it all. This ep goes a long way toward addressing the damage brought about by “Flashpoint”. Much momentum is gained, much debris is cleared. Better than the premiere and for some of the onscreen moments alone, this was a superior run. Now – on to my review.

After last week’s mixed bag opener, Barry (Grant Gustin) attempts to learn about and attempt to resolve the damage done by his time travel attempt at regaining all he had lost. Last week’s ep ended with the revelation that Iris (Candice Patton) and her father, Joe (Jesse L. Martin) no longer speak. Barry attempts to fix things and learns he messed things up even more than he imagined when he learns of the death of Cisco’s brother, Dante (Nicholas Gonzalez). Barry also learns he has a fellow CSI investigator he has been working with for the better part of a year. Actor Tom Felton best known for his work in the Harry Potter series plays Julian Dorn, a scientist whose investigative skills rival Barry’s. Dorn also apparently despises him for a reason unknown to Barry. Felton doesn’t stray far from his earlier bad guy performance, presenting a prickly arrogance, though his revelation as to why he doesn’t like the hero of the tale does present some possibilities.

A quick visit with Felicity (Emily Bett-Rickards) pushes Barry to “fix it” and presents a cool reveal re: the Arrow series and a tie in with the brilliant “Star City 2046” episode of Legends of Tomorrow. The notion of the damage the Flash has brought about is generally presented in nuances which works rather well. There are overt moments via villain du jour, “Dr. Alchemy” re-powering people from Barry’s alternate timeline but the smaller moments carry more weight, up to and including  a stellar holy eff moment involving Kaitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) at the episode’s end.

Barry discovering there is no simple fix, opts to run back and take another crack at adjusting the timeline. An awesome moment then occurs between he and the Golden Age Flash/Jay Garrick (John Wesley-Shipp). All moments with Wesley-Shipp as Henry Allen are gold and it appears the moments as Garrick will be no less so. The diner scene in which G.A. Flash/Garrick presents the notion of the consequences of any temporal tampering over “corned beef hash” slays. He charges Barry with fixing matters as they stand. The episode had its action-filled moments, but honestly the connecting and reconnecting of the group known as Team Flash is what sells this episode as top level. Acting is solid and we are now invested in the characters enough to care about their respective lives. Back to Wesley-Shipp, it has got to be a very cool, rewarding feeling to successfully play two versions of the “fastest man alive” over the course of two decades and two series.

The Iris/Barry will they/wont’ they business seems to attain some resolution and I am hopeful this will take as I really don’t want to watch “Dawson’s Creek” with superheroes. The moments with Cisco (Carlos Valdes) are very harsh. Seeing a character defined by his joyful personality now broken is rough to watch. His reaction to Barry acknowledging he has committed the very act that Cisco begged him to do on his behalf has due gravitas.

The return of the Rival/Ed Clariss (Todd Lasance)  is simply a plot device to set up the new big bad. He is a poor man’s speedster considering his formidable predecessors, Zoom (Teddy Sears) and Reverse Flash (Matt Letscher). The inevitable ascension of “Vibe” as a field ready hero while not unexpected worked well. The group’s ultimate decision about gaining knowledge of their “other lives” comes as no surprise nor does their coming together to restore the natural order as protectors of Central City. The enmity between Dorn and Barry will carry through the season. The aspect of the as yet unknown agency of “Dr. Alchemy” promises to add further battles to be fought for the fastest man alive and his team.

“Paradox” moves forward in repairing the basically un-repairable. Episode 2 offers greater traction toward maintaining the standard set by two previous seasons, establishing that “Flash” is still simply outstanding and well worth your time.

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