TV Review: The Flash S1E21 Grodd Lives
If the idea of a psychic telepathic gorilla sounds stupid, then this episode might not be for you. But, what should be a silly concept, and sillier execution, is pulled off brilliantly by great use of shadows and keeping scenes short and to the point. There’s no bad guy standing around to show off here, which was a fantastic direction to go.
The episode kicks off with some attacks on gold, and who’s behind it is interesting, closing up a thread from earlier in the season. That leads to Grodd, the classic Flash villain who just so happens to be a psychic telepathic gorilla. It’s all really cool actually, and Grodd is set up as a hell of a battle for the Flash, and a villain that’s his superior in many ways.
The use of Grodd was interesting, relegating him to the shadows, a smart move that probably saved on the FX budget, but also made the character a bit more “realistic” looking by limiting our view of him.
Also moved along is the triangle between Barry/Iris/Eddie with Iris dealing with her feelings for both men. That’s compounded by the fact that Eddie is kidnapped by Harrison/Eobard. The love interest story is being handled well, and the will they/won’t they angle isn’t tiresome at all. We know the outcome, how we get there is the interesting part.
The series continues to run at the speed of light, and be one of the most fun comic adaptations on television right now. Another solid episode.
Overall rating: 9