Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Flash - Love is a Battlefield

Valentine's Day in Central City brings new problems for Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) both in the Flash's overprotective nature to his wife and in the return of Amunet Black (Katee Sackhoff) and Goldface (Damion Poitier) whose failed romance has started a competition between the former couple. Amunet's knowledge of the Flash's true identity, and here threats to broadcast his secret to the city, keeps the hero in check for most of the episode while both criminals race to get their hands on a rare flower with telepathic properties. While goofy, the end of the episode (using the flower to bring the pair back together) works to solve the immediate problem of the escalation, but still leaves the issue of Amunet's blackmail over Team Flash to be resolved.

The two most notable moments of the episode both come from the epilogue as Tom Cavanagh appears as not one but two separate versions of Harrison Wells and the last-second twist which helps explain the disconnect between husband and wife as it's revealed Iris is trapped inside a mirror (by a new Mirror Master, perhaps?) and has been replaced by an impostor. The episode's B-story features Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) attempting to bring love back into the broken-hearted Allegra's (Kayla Compton) life. It's curious that after slowly teasing a possible Frost and Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) romance, the later is nowhere to be seen in a Valentine's Day episode.

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