Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Flash - Attack on Gorilla City

The first-half a a two-part event, "Attack on Gorilla City" finally offers the return of Grodd (David Sobolov). The arrival of Jesse (Violett Beane) on Earth-1 prompts Barry (Grant Gustin), Cisco (Carlos Valdes), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), and Julian (Tom Felton) to head to Earth-2 to rescue her father who is being held captive in Gorilla City. I've been waiting the better part of a year for Grodd's return, and the episode doesn't disappoint. Not only one of Barry's strongest adversaries, Grodd is one of his smartest which is highlighted here in his manipulation of events leading Barry to cause the very event he was attempting to prevent.

Where the episode struggles in spots is back on Earth-1. Despite Jesse being naturally upset by the abduction of her father, the show's writers give her a secondary reason to be cold to Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) for the sole purpose of manufacturing some tension between the pair as filler for the episode's B-story. Thankfully this nonsense is put to rest after a single episode and doesn't detract too much from the Gorilla City storyline which offers lots and lots of CGI apes, Tom Cavanagh doing triple duty as both Wells and Grodd's puppet, and the obvious fun the episode has concerning Julian's involvement on the trip.

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