Sunday, February 4, 2018

What I’m Watching: The Flash

The Flash: Season 4, Episode 11 “The Elongated Knight Rises” (B)

I’m really not sure how long this can go on with Barry in prison trying not to use his powers even though innocent people are getting hurt with the Flash out of commission, but that seems to be what we’re in for at the moment. He made one friend in prison while everyone else was out to get him, and he’s being clever in moving quickly to stop prison riots and have bad guys punch themselves so that he doesn’t have to harm anyone or reveal that he has superpowers. That can only last so long, and eventually he’s going to encounter someone he can’t stop so easily or get caught phasing his way through the glass to hold his wife’s hand. In the meantime, apparently we’re going to be treated only to comic criminals, like a kidnapper who wants a Prius and a salad and then the Trickster’s disciples, who are more ridiculous than anything else. Ralph, who has now earned the decent moniker of the Elongated Man, proved his bravery after an acid accident and then a bit of self-doubt, and it’s good to know that he can sweep in and help out after other members of Team Flash don’t always have success. Of course this DC universe show also incorporated Beebo in a creepy way after “Legends of Tomorrow” devoted an hour to the toy being revered by the Vikings as a god. Speaking of strange, I’m curious about this mysterious, generous, chatty woman who bought Ralph and Cisco their coffees before continuing to write more symbols in her notebook.

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