Friday, May 21, 2021

What I’m Watching: The Flash

The Flash: Season 7, Episode 10 “Family Matters, Part 1” (B)

This is something new which I think I like – the approach to try to get villains to reform their ways and control their abilities rather than hold them accountable for the damage and destruction they’ve caused. Obviously there is a difference between Alexa not being able to control Fuerza’s power and Bashir wielding Psych’s nightmares as a weapon to deliberately hurt those who had wronged him, but the notion of getting someone to confess or to surrender themselves willingly to spend their lives behind bars has never made all that much sense as a strategy. I was happy that we got to see Ennis Esmer’s face after enjoying the actor on “You Me Her” and “Dark Matter,” and it’s good to see him getting an opportunity to not just play a masked villain but someone with a bit more complexity and depth now that his true motives are being revealed. Alexa did a great job of emulating Caitlin and talking to Fuerza so that they could work together to take down Psych, and it’s good to see that Barry and Iris’ approach did work. Unfortunately, Nora got to Deon first and it looks like she’s just taken out all three of the family members around Barry. There’s no way that Iris is dead so presumably both Alexa and Bashir are also okay. Joe’s departure from the force was very dramatic, and stepping down so that he doesn’t cross a line may not be all that effective if it gives Kramer too much unchecked power.

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