By law, this is the part where you need to be warned that this recap/review may or may not contain spoilers from last night’s episode. However, if you’ve made it this far, chances are that you know this and want to know details about last night’s episode. So, without further ado.
When we last left Barry Allen, he was stuck in bed without any feeling in his legs. A previous battle with Zoom had left him bloody and beaten, and not to mention slightly paralyzed. Thanks to his super speed, though, Barry was able to recover without any setbacks, physically. However, something else could be said for his current mental state. As we catch back up with the rest of the gang, everyone is still gathered around Barry helping him on his way to recovery. At this point, a week has gone by and recent tests show that he’s almost fully recovered. Yet, Barry is still wheeling himself around the lab in a wheelchair and walking with a cane.
The next day, Det. West and Patty meet each other at the latest crime scene in Central City. This is the second death of a lab tech that week and the second time specialized drugs have gone missing from the same lab the deaths occurred at. Strangely enough the only thing that was found at this scene were hair fibers scattered throughout the scene. Also, the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Back at the lab, Barry is still working on getting his groove back. But something is still holding him back and neither Joe nor Iris can help. Finally, Joe presses Barry for an answer. It turns out that Barry has been his defeat by Zoom really get to him. The hero of Central City has been humiliated in front of everyone and he can’t get past it.
Just then, Joe gets a call from Patty to go over the evidence from the crime scene. They discovered that the drugs which were stolen help enhance brain function and the hairs that were found at the latest scene contained gorilla DNA. That could only mean one thing – Gorilla Grodd. Det. West had the same idea, and immediately told everyone at the lab. Cisco had also come into the lab and told everyone that Caitlin had been acting weird and had hit him. However, after hearing what Det. West had to say, Cisco realized that Caitlin had come under the control of Grodd and quickly took to the lab security system to find that Grodd had taken Caitlin.
Cisco eventually shows up with…the Reverse Flash? Oh wait, it’s actually Dr. Wells from Earth-2 in the Reverse Flash suit. It turns out that Cisco and Wells have come up with a plan to trick Grodd into thinking that the Reverse Flash is still alive. If you don’t remember, the original Harrison Wells was the “father” to Grodd. By tricking Grodd, they’re hoping to convince him to set Caitlin free. Of course, this is trouble because how do you get anything past a super intelligent gorilla? You don’t, but the crew is able to get Caitlin back.
With that new, found confidence Barry is able to suit back up and help with the Grodd problem. Their new plan is to send Grodd to a place on Earth-2 where he can be with others of his kind (according to Wells). The team sets up the Speed Cannon at one of the breaches and The Flash speed punches him through the portal.
At some point, there will be a bad episode, but this wasn’t it. Watching Barry get beaten last week was a real bummer, but it was something that the character needed. A smack to the back of the head could have also sufficed. Up to this point, Jay Garrick has done nothing but campaign that Zoom is the worst thing to happen to his world. A man stopped at nothing but to be the best and only speedster on his world which means he has nothing to lose and a lot to gain. A man like this is extremely dangerous. Yet, Barry felt that because he had his team to back him up that he could take Zoom down. The thing is, when he finally did take on Zoom, he didn’t really have his team. If you recall, Zoom caught Barry off guard when he had Linda Park on top of the lab. When Zoom dropped her, Barry lost his edge. At this point, Zoom has the advantage.
Ideally, you want a bad guy like this to come to you, on your terms. And that’s what this episode set up. Wells’ idea to close every breach but one allows the team to gain the opportunity to have Zoom come to them, on their terms.
This episode was nothing like The Dark Knight because that movie is in a league of it’s own. In comparison, though, the two had a lot in common this week. The idea of taking your failures and using them to your advantage is becoming somewhat of a cliché nowadays. They work, though, especially when you apply it to a superhero – someone who feels the pressure of the world on their shoulders. Sure, the idea is a cliché, but it’s how the character overcomes that problem that audiences can buy into. And on this week’s episode, bringing back Barry’s dad was the right move. Once he did his job, he was gone. This was also smart. Parental issues used to be taboo, but in today’s society, it seems like everyone has problems, and that’s okay. Those families just deal with them. So, this episode really connected in many ways.
Overall, this was another good episode of The Flash. And so far, it feels to be on pace with the previous episodes as far as ups and downs go.
“Gorilla Warfare” overall grade – A
There is no preview for next week’s episode of The Flash as the show goes on a Thanksgiving hiatus. The next time the show will be new again is with the Legends of Today episode! That episode airs December 1st. Okay, there’s a preview. Check it out!