Flash – Season III – Ep. 13 “Attack on Gorilla City- Part I”: A Review

Posted: 02/23/2017 in Uncategorized

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“Attack on Gorilla City” was a very solid episode. The character of Jessie Quick (Violet Beane) who is generally presented as focused and earnest took a back step with this run. HR (Tom Cavanaugh) continues to be astoundingly silly and of little use. Julian Albert (Tom Felton) made a little headway even providing some comedic fare with his apparel. Where the ep really delivered, however, was in the aptly named Gorilla City Earth Two trip. Much good was proffered which I will present in my review below.

Still maintaining focus on detracting the course of Iris’ (Candice Patton) murder, Team Flash heads to Earth Two to rescue Harry Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) in an attempt to do the right thing and possibly add further alterations to the path set by Savitar’s future action.  Barry (Grant Gustin) asks Jessie to stay behind to back up Kid Flash/Wally (Kieynan Lonsdale) adding the little “dig” that she might teach him something. His goal of keeping her safe, while risking his team’s life is a little short sighted… considering she has already demonstrated some battle instincts and skill. The plot device is of course a means of allowing her time with Wally to determine their relationship status. This romantic entanglement seems a bit forced in my estimation and potentially undermines the character development of this new heroine. Even her first ‘run’ with KF falls flat. He hogs the glory and embraces his fame. Her reactions actually seem perfectly natural as she seems to find his antics overmuch and with the fate of her father being unknown, her aloof demeanor seems understandable.

The crew Barry takes mostly makes sense. He brings Cisco/Vibe (Carlos Valdes) due to his breach opening abilities needed to get over to Earth Two. Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) is a two-fer as she possesses her “Killer Frost” abilities unknown to Grodd (David Sobolov) while simultaneously having a compassionate bond with him. Allowing Julian to come along was well…foolish. His Indiana Jones outfit did play well for laughs but his reason for going proved other than “his love of adventure” and that becomes a sub arc onto itself.

The use of both Harry and Cisco as the ‘physical’ voices of Grodd and Solovar respectively worked amazingly well. Cavanaugh’s Grodd was a bit more chilling as the man who plays many Wells is a capable actor and able to bring life to various versions of essentially the same character. Grodd’s reaching out to the captured group pleading for their assistance against the tyrannical King Solovar (Keith David) was vintage Grodd personification. His citing his motivations as wanting to protect their world as “his world” despite everything that befell him there, had due resonance. Grodd rising has been a long game plan so nothing he does should surprise. The rendering of both he and Solovar delivered keen visuals considering once again the limited CW small screen budget. The arena battle between the fastest man alive and the King of Gorilla City played very well. The manner in which the Flash counters Solovar’s attack per Cisco’s counsel illustrates how incredibly powerful and dangerous he could be if he wished.

Julian Albert is not a likable character and no matter how much he might try, his mannerisms and behavior keep him as such. His scientific brilliance keeps him valuable to the team. His concern for Caitlin however somewhat humanizes him. His later sequence in which she charges him with fearing her rather than wanting her was well acted. His reaction about dealing with fear was smile inducing and damn it if I didn’t pull for him…just a little.

Grodd’s end game comes into play and the earlier intimation that “you are probably smarter than all of us” by Barry is ably demonstrated. Where this episode excelled was through the emphasis of it being an ensemble cast versus a solo hero outing. With Arrow you have an ensemble cast, but make no mistake the protagonist is a lone wolf first and foremost. With Flash, you have a powerful hero whose team enhances rather than diminishes him. The plan to escape without any real violence was brilliant. Its seamless execution we know to be a feint as this is a two part arc. The end sequence reveals both Grodd’s manner of imminent incursion and the force he has behind him.  “Attack on Gorilla City” ultimately delivered. Flash Season 3 stays on course to remaining simply outstanding and well worth your time.

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