Grodds Gorilla Invasion Elevates a Middling Flash Episode

first_img Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Stay on target I get it. Budgets are a thing, and CGI is expensive. A proper massive Gorilla attack on Central City would cost way more than anyone would be willing to spend on a CW superhero show. So I understand the reason we had to wait until the end of the episode for any good Gorilla action. I just wish the events leading up to it were more fun.The episode began with the team celebrating last week’s victory, and Barry making every boyfriend in the world look bad by surprising Iris with an elaborate homemade breakfast just because. He’s celebrating the fact that he managed to prevent Grodd’s invasion, changing the future and saving Iris’s life. Or so he thinks. The celebrations come to a quick end when Gypsy shows up in S.T.A.R. labs to attack Vibe and The Flash. She easily overpowers both, but fortunately, Harry from Earth-2 is there with his science gun. After Vibe and Barry ask her some questions, it becomes clear she was being controlled by Grodd. Meaning Grodd, and likely his gorilla army is on Earth-1.Meanwhile, Wally and Jesse are nervous to tell Harry about Jesse’s plans to move to Earth-1. Harry is surprisingly cool with his daughter moving universes to live with a guy. At least he seems to be until he tells Wally he’s terminally ill. He asks Wally not to tell Jesse as he doesn’t want to worry her. Fortunately, Wally is smarter than that (and smarter than Barry has been in similar situations) and immediately lets Jesse know. She sees right away that her dad isn’t sick and scolds him for using such a dirty tactic to keep her in Earth-2.Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West and Violett Beane as Jesse Quick (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)Harry’s interactions with the team were some of the episode’s more enjoyable moments before it reached the gorilla portions. It’s been so long since we last saw the Earth-2 crew, it’s easy to forget that this version of Harry is kind of a jerk. More than kind of in this episode. Aside from his manipulative tactics regarding Wally and Jesse’s relationship, he really doesn’t like having H.R. around. As H.R. isn’t a genius, Harry doesn’t see any reason he should still be on Earth-1. He and H.R. bicker and argue through nearly every scene. Harry even spits and H.R.’s coffee at one point. That’s not cool, man. The two characters bounce off of each other surprisingly well, considering they’re played by the same guy. Tom Cavanagh might be one of the best actors on the show.Since they really only had enough money in the budget for one big gorilla fight, most of the action this episode centers around Grodd controlling people from afar. One of the tensest and well-executed scenes in the episode is when Grodd takes control of Joe and almost forces him to commit suicide. The scene looks a lot like the one Barry keeps seeing in his dreams of Savitar killing Iris. There’s no way that’s not on purpose. As Joe fires the gun, Barry can push Joe out of the way of the bullet. Now, it’s true that Savitar moves faster than a bullet, but if Barry can save Joe from a nearly point blank gunshot, maybe he can still save Iris.Grodd’s other mind control plan is decidedly less interesting. He takes control of a general at a nearby Air Force base, using his clearances to launch a bunch of nukes at Central City. The Flash arrives at the launcher and attempts to input the override codes to stop the launch. He has to punch every possible code into the keypad, and though he gets frustrated halfway through, he still manages to find the right one with two seconds to spare. Since we’ve seen him do this keypad trick before, there’s not nearly as much tension in this scene as there should be. Plus, we know the missiles aren’t actually going to launch. There’s no way this episode had the budget for a gorilla battle and a sequence where Flash stops in-flight missiles.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Candice Patton as Iris West (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)The episode’s main problem is the fact that Barry’s central character conflict rang a little hollow. It all stems from the fact that he could change the future if he killed Grodd. He has to learn, through the slightly despicable actions of Harry, that he doesn’t want to go there. He has to be the hero and find a better way. While there has been an ongoing question of how far Barry would go to save Iris, this dilemma felt out of place on The Flash. This show has always been genuine and optimistic with a little bit of silver age goofiness. The dark, conflicted hero plots always feel like they belong on Arrow rather than this show.As we all knew he would from the beginning, Barry finds a way to defeat Grodd without killing him. He has Vibe go to Earth-19 and convince Gypsy to help. It takes some doing, but she eventually agrees. She also asks if Cisco is trying to “Luke Starkiller” her, which… pack it up guys, that’s probably the funniest Star Wars joke anyone will ever write. As the gorilla’s march into Central City, Barry charges headlong into Grodd’s shield. Because he’s an idiot. After The Flash is effortlessly pushed aside, Gypsy and Vibe show up with Solovar.Even though we don’t get to see a full-scale Planet of the Apes-style gorilla invasion of Central City, the climactic battle is really cool. Grodd and Solovar throw each other into a building, climb up it, and fight each other on the roof. If last week’s Flash/Solovar fight in the arena was the most awesome battle of the season, this is a close second. In the end, Solovar throws Grodd from the roof, defeating him. The Flash convinces Solovar to spare Grodd’s life. In exchange, The Flash keeps Grodd on Earth-1, and Gypsy and Vibe send the gorillas back to Earth-2.Violett Beane as Jesse Quick, Grant Gustin as The Flash and Keiynan Lonsdale as Kid Flash (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)As the episode ends, Barry proposes to Iris in an incredibly sweet scene. We don’t get to hear her answer, as the show cuts to Wally and Jesse watching Casablanca and making out on the couch. Jesse sends Wally out for some burgers, but he runs into Savitar. Somehow, he found his way back to Earth-1.Honestly, this episode was a little underwhelming, especially considering how much fun the first part was. We never got a massive gorilla invasion, and most of it was spent wrestling with a question we, the audience, already knew the answer to. There were some good moments of character development that saved the episode from being a complete waste of time, but it didn’t really turn around until the gorilla battle at the end. Despite all that, it did contain Grodd, which instantly makes it five times better. The fact that this show is willing to commit to silver age villains and concepts and make them work is still amazing and should be encouraged.last_img read more

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Thick fog caused disruption at London City Airport

first_imgThick fog caused disruption at London City Airport for a second day.The airport closed at 06:30 GMT on Monday February 11th to flights to and from the airport due to poor visibility, although operators were able to get planes moving again later in the day. A spokesperson for the airport told The Times: “Because of our short runway, take-offs and landings are steep, which means the margin for error is limited.” However, the thick fog descended again on Tuesday and airport bosses urged passengers to check with their airlines before travelling to the airport.Meanwhile, the airport announced earlier this month that it would be running two additional business flights to New York when British Airways launches new services to the US city. Commenting on the development, City Airport chief executive Richard Gooding OBE, said: “This is a fantastic development for the airport and we welcome British Airways’ continued commitment to their growth at London City Airport.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBA adds new London City servicesBA adds new London City servicesBaboo to launch flights to Geneva from London CityBaboo will introduce twice daily flights to Geneva from London City AirportBA launches new winter docklands routesBritish Airways (BA) will be launching two new routes out of London City Airport in December.last_img read more

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