Sunday, March 10, 2019

What I’m Watching: The Flash

The Flash: Season 5, Episode 15 “King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd” (B-)

I’m really not a huge fan of either King Shark or Grodd, and therefore this entire episode just didn’t resonate with me. The themes that this episode addressed were definitely interesting, and the notion of being in love with a duplicate version of someone you lost in another world is indeed thought-provoking, though it reminded me much more of the recently-ended “Counterpart,” a show that deals with others and multiple worlds in an incomparably mesmerizing fashion. Barry giving the cure to King Shark without his consent was an interesting step that does make some sense to the eternal hero who never wants to take lethal action against the villains he’s fighting even if they might harm many others if left alive. Shay volunteering to turn back into King Shark was an unexpected development, and the fact that it’s so easy to reverse the process of turning someone from a metahuman into a human means that it could just as speedily be used against them. While Barry thinks that they can convince Sicada to take the cure, I’m sure that’s not the case, and they’re going to have to figure out a way to be clever about how they present it or try to execute it. Iris tried so hard not to let herself be put in a situation that could find time repeating itself, and it’s good to see the recently absent Joe step in to be the comfort that he’s always been to his children and give just the advice that Iris needed to get back on track.

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