Flash – Season III – EP. 18 “Abra Kadabra”: A Review

Posted: 03/31/2017 in Uncategorized

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A dark run followed up the exceedingly light “Duet”. The villain, Abra Kadabra was duly vile and played with panache by David Dastmalchian. Another step toward learning Savitar’s identity is teased and some holy hell occurs throughout the run. My review is offered below.

That Abra is from Earth 19 played well and easily allowed for Gypsy’s (Jessica Camacho) return. His being from the 64th century adds an extra element to the plot as his knowledge proves to be a matter which divides Team Flash.. The opening moments with Abra pretty much reveal what kind of villain we are dealing with. His dispatching two security guards was vicious and gave a quick sampling of his abilities. Homage to the source material is duly paid as he is a showman with a penchant for theatricality presenting his technical wizardry as “magic.”

As is typical, the Flash’s first attempt to defeat him is unsuccessful, but the return of Gypsy as she hunts Abra ups the ep’s game. We learn that she has been pursuing him unsuccessfully and based on her demeanor that there is a personal element to her chasing him.The Gypsy/Cisco (Carlos Valdes) dynamic takes a hit with this run. Though the romantic chemistry between the duo is undeniable, it is disrupted by  her vendetta.

The action sequences in this run were big screen worthy both through the demonstration of Abra’s tech chicanery and the exhibition of all parties’s respective abilities, including tandem portal/breach openings by Vibe and Gypsy, as well as the speedster moments featuring both Flash  and Kid Flash (Kieynan Lonsdale). Kudos must be given to the superior visual in which Vibe saves Kid Flash via controlling his descent after he falls from a great height. The end goal of Abra ties into the group’s end goal and becomes a power play on his part when they do manage to foil his plans.

The heart of the episode again is stopping Savitar’s seemingly inevitable murder of Iris (Candice Patton). Where this ep really succeeded is in its pushing heavy frustration toward Barry (Grant Gustin). Everything he does leads to the same result. Cisco vibes to check the future and the outcome remains the same. Abra might have been used exclusively as a plot device, but his use in any regard was duly effective.

Gypsy’s reveal as to why she wants Abra brought to justice so badly causes a fracture between she and Cisco, as well as with Team Flash. Upon initially stopping him, the 64th century rogue offers a trade to the Flash, telling him he knows Savitar’s identity and the key to defeating him. He offers this intel in exchange for his freedom as on Earth 19, he is slated for execution. The quandary plays well but as anytime Barry has given in to villains’ request, he has faced equally great consequences, his taking the deal is not likely. The source of accepting said deal was understandable.

Jesse L. Martin is the best actor on this series. His “Joe-Ments*” with Iris in which he tells her of his fears for her when she was a baby could come off as corny in lesser hands. With Martin, they, like the character, are genuine. A show without Joe West is not a show I would watch, honestly. He is the show’s soul and though his actions bring about a potential victory for Abra, they are again, completely understandable.

Two speedsters and two portal hopping super heroes chasing a time travelling space ship throughout the city plays as awesomely as it sounds. Even though the urgency to capture the villain is great and the consequences should he get away be dire, one cannot help but get lost in the ‘coolness’ of such moments.

Barry’s seeing the good in people is both his strength and weakness. After seeing all that Abra is capable of throughout the episode, we know that any attempt to reach his better nature is bound to fail. The Flash pulling a potential winning strategy via learning from his mistake draws attention once more to the character’s intelligence, especially as regards history and strategy.

The end sequence is blistering. The switch from a gentle romantic moment between Julian Albert (Tom Felton) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) to an emotionally devastating moment deftly occurs. The final scene set the stage for yet another hurdle to be faced and the assurance that viewers will return for the next segment. Flash Season III returns to form, ably demonstrating it is simply outstanding and well worth your time.

 

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