Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Flash - License to Elongate

"License to Elongate" is one of the better stops so far on the "Barry Farewell Tour" as Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) continues to prepare both his friends and Central City for life after the Flash should he meet his end in the Crisis. It's also a really good Elongated Man (Hartley Sawyer) story that puts the focus on what Ralph does well, rather than include him as comic relief. Tagging along with Ralph on his latest case, Barry sees his friend in action (and causes a bit of an issue by trying a bit too hard to wrap things up quickly to get them back home in time to deliver a surprise for his friend). There's much to enjoy here as the episode runs with the Bond-theme, even offering us Carlo Rota as the ridiculously-named Remington Meister who is planning on selling a diabolical space weapon to the highest bidder in a secret underground auction. After surviving a death trap, the pair are able to complete their mission and make it home it time for a ceremony that offers a surprise for more than just one member of the team.

Neither of the episode's two B-stories is as strong as the main plot, but both provide some interesting moments. Picking up on a dangling plot thread, Chester P. Runk (Brandon McKnight) emerges from the basement of S.T.A.R. Labs in need of Cecile's (Danielle Nicolet) help and "Nash" Wells (Tom Cavanagh) spends some time with Allegra (Kayla Compton) while attempting to access the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) secret base below the city. While the later offers a tie-in to ongoing events (and oddly forces Allegra more into the fold by Wells giving away far more info about the group than he should), the Cecile/Chester storyline is mostly filler that works primarily on the charm of both actors (while also suggesting that we may not have see the last of Chester this season).

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