I don’t usually do spoiler reviews for The Flash but this week’s episode contained enough questionable content that I decided it needed to be addressed head-on. Don’t get me wrong, there were some enjoyable moments but the show also went places that had me scratching my head and wondering what the hell they were thinking.
The bulk of the episode focused on Barry teaching Dibney how to be a superhero and in this case, how to be a better human being as well. It’s an uphill battle as Ralph has been living the life surrounded by his own privilege that it’s hard for him to grasp the superhero mentality of caring about others first. His struggles with this are one thing but his habit of listing off the measurements of every woman he meets came off as lazy storytelling and very painful to watch. I’m not sure what the writers were thinking here but this did not go over well.
Continuing the Barry/Dibney school of how to be a superhero, they encounter another meta from the bus named Black Bison. This storyline, about a woman trying to reclaim artifacts for her indigenous people, was fumbled and bumbled from the very beginning. Instead of making a real point about something current, the whole arc was dumbed down and then the writers try to make everything OK with Ralph’s last minute ‘heroics’ by having him return the items to Mina’s (Black Bison) family.
In both of these instances, the show had an opportunity to do something good and failed miserably. I’m not sure who to blame here but I can’t believe all the actors involved, especially the women, were pleased with what was going on this week. I know The Flash lives and dies with the chemistry of the actors and the humor they create but someone really fell asleep at the wheel in regards to these storylines.
Even the one redeeming part of the episode had a major failing, that being the multiple Harry’s, or the Council of Wells. In order to track down DeVoe, Harry teamed up with three different multiverse versions of himself and it was a lot of fun. However, the one Harry, that being the playboy type fellow, accidentally exposing himself to everyone was a very weird choice, especially with everything going on in the real world. The jokes didn’t work for me and it seemed crude and out of place, again having me question who thought this was a good idea in the first place.
The Council of Wells do succeed eventually and the team surrounds the home of DeVoe. However, he is way ahead of them and he and his assistant greet Joe and Barry at the door as any regular person would. It is a wonderful plan and works perfectly, except for the fact that DeVoe is presented in a way that being in a wheelchair makes it impossible for him to be a super villain.
OK, I know it’s just a TV show but I wasn’t really trying to read too much into it. The end of ‘When Harry Met Harry’ was an exclamation mark on an episode that made me cringe far too many times for all the wrong reasons. Let’s hope this is just an aberration and we never see such a collection of missteps and bad ideas again.
Two stars out of five
- Multiple Harry's are always good for a laugh
- Cringe-worthy storylines were baffling and awful
- It's going to be very hard to like Ralph