Friday, July 1, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Flash

The Flash: Season 8, Episode 18 “The Man in the Yellow Tie” (B+)

This other speedster storyline resolved itself a lot sooner than I had expected, self-contained in pretty much just this hour. While I'm always happy for any opportunity to see Matt Letscher again as Eobard Thawne, I'll admit that I don't understand how it's possible that he's still alive and wearing this face, and I'm not sure the writers buy it either. Positing several theories is a convenient way to explain it without actually explaining it, and I so wish that the brief glimpse of “Legends of Tomorrow” had been more than just Ray on a greenscreen and scenes we already saw with Eobard and Sara from near the finale. Given that this show is not doing well with fresh material, it would be wonderful to have the legends show up and take over the storyline. Barring that, I suppose it was sweet that this Eobard really did care about Meena and that he was able to be her lightning rod to bring her back from the negative effects of tapping into her speed. Now that one Eobard has been determined not to be a threat, the other one, still wearing Wells' face, didn't get the power he wanted from Diggle's visit but was approached by a new ally also set on usurping power: Deon. That partnership can't be good, and the same goes for Mark, whose desire to keep working on bringing Frost back may be enough to convince Caitlin to give it another try too, a process that is sure to have unforeseen consequences.

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