Wednesday, January 31, 2018

What I’m Watching: The Flash

The Flash: Season 4, Episode 10 “The Trial of the Flash” (B)

Well, I don’t really see any way out of this. It could have been so simple for Barry to go in front of the judge and show him that he was the Flash so that his secret wasn’t revealed to the whole world, but this eternally selfless superhero didn’t want to get up on the stand and tell anything close to a lie, leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind that he wasn’t guilty. Mark Valley, once a superman capable of incredible death-defying feats of his own on “Human Target,” was a good and vicious prosecutor, who was gunning for Barry to be seen as negatively as possible, which unfortunately wasn’t really contradicted by anything that Cecile tried to say, especially when the photos Ralph took to show that Marlize was having an affair only ended up framing her as more sympathetic. Barry preventing Iris from revealing his secret and then leaving the court right before being sentenced to life in prison looked particularly bad, and it was powerful to have Captain Singh giving an award for heroism to the Flash intercut with the judge handing down the life sentence. On the meta side of things, it was interesting to see a villain who wasn’t actually a bad guy and didn’t even realize that he was giving everyone he passed radiation poisoning, and, as usual, Cisco and Harry helped make things entertaining by giving him a great name, terrible power, and by triggering Caitlin’s transformation into Killer Frost with the idea of dying puppies.

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