Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Flash - There Will Be Blood

The looming Crisis continues to loom large in "There Will Be Blood" as Barry (Grant Gustin) enlists the help of Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Harrison Nash Wells (Tom Cavanagh) in an attempt to save Dr. Ramsey Rosso (Sendhil Ramamurthy) by stealing an alien cure. Even before learning that the scientist is a crazed killer whose victims turn into zombies, Cisco makes a choice putting Barry's life before the mad scientist's that creates some friction between the pair for most of the episode. Don't worry, they'll work things out before the credits roll. The cure (itself a call back to an earlier crossover) isn't successful as goes full on murdery confirming the character's role as the season's main villain pre-Crisis (begging the question, what happened to the serum... and will we be seeing it again?).

There are a few interesting takeaways here, between all the glum looks the characters give each other over Barry's "inevitable" fate. Wells seems very interested in the movements of the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), but what is driving his curiosity? While there's more hugs and tears shed between Barry and Cisco and Barry and Joe (Jesse L. Martin), along with some mopiness from Ralph (Hartley Sawyer), the episode does throw in a nice comic reference for the Elongated Man who, if on-screen history follows that on the printed page, may be on his way to meet a woman who will change his life forever (just keep her away from Dr. Light).

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