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The Flash “All Star Team Up” Review: Bees, Betrayal and Boredom

by on April 15, 2015
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With a season filled with many more highs than lows, I guess it was inevitable that a clunker of an episode would appear eventually and man, this was week. Even the appearance of two Arrow cast members could not save this episode from drowning in its own deep pool of bad villains, bad storylines and a very large amount of boredom.

The idea that Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) would come for a visit was believable enough, seeing as Ray needed some help with his Atom costume and where better to go then S.T.A.R. Labs? This also allowed for some playful banter that was fun and one of the few high points in this episode.flash-episode-17-atom-harrison-wells

The whole build up in regards to the suspicions about Dr. Wells has been a good slow burn and continued in this episode, I’m guessing to be part of the betrayal theme they were going for. However, besides a lot of talk the only good thing that did come out of it was Cisco’s weird time flashbacks of sorts, which were interesting but again, not enough to save this episode.

So let’s get into the really bad parts, starting with the villain of the week. Not have a meta human as the bad guy is also a welcome sight as it is far too easy to continuing sip from that pool. But well, how can I put this nicely, she was a…monumental bore. Brie Larvin (Emily Kinney} the Bug Eyed Bandit, was not only boring but killer robot bees? Really? I think the only reason they created this bug problem was so we could here so many bad bee jokes and in the end she became nothing more than a disposable character that somehow fit right into the mess of this episode.

Of course, my reviews wouldflash-episode-17-bug-eyed-banditn’t be complete it seems without a rant and rave part dedicated to the character of Iris and this time she brought poor old Eddie along for the ride into mediocrity. Granted, Eddie now knowing what he knows would cause a little stress in the old honesty part of their relationship but still, the interaction between the two was just bad. Maybe Iris will decide to move away, as in right out of the city, when she realizes that almost everyone she knows has been lying to her but I don’t think we could be that lucky.

Even the usually solid interaction between Barry and Joe seemed a little off, like maybe they were getting the bad vibes from the rest of the episode and couldn’t get into it. It was funny too, as the episode danced all around charcters suspicions of Dr. Wells yet he had little meaningful screen time except a couple good one liners and a five second death stare.

Inevitably, The Atom has to get busy and help the Flash with the bee problem and while it was nice to see Routh and the suit get some quality screen time it was still not nearly enough to save this episode. Also, there was a ‘big’ dinner scene as well but the less I say about that the better as I spent more time laughing at spots where I really shouldn’t have been.

With the season quickly coming to a close, let’s hope this is the end of this kind of bad, filler episode and we can get back to the fun and exciting story lines that have made this season so enjoyable.

Two stars out of five

Positives

- Not much here except the interesting Cisco time flashbacks that will definitely have an impact in coming episodes

Negatives

- Boring from start to end

- Iris and Eddie, once kind of interesting but now a sad side show

- Horrible villain. Please don't bring her back. Ever.

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This episode was definitley a low point of the series, combining all the things you don't want to do to make an episode successful. Let's hope this was just a one time thing and we can all move on to bigger and better things for the rest of the season

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