Skip to main content

THE FLASH Review (S1E11): 'The Sound and the Fury'


Another week, another classic Flash villain make an appearance. This time it’s the Pied Piper (Andy Mientus) and as usual, the baddie of the week is out to make the Flash’s life miserable. But this time Hartley Rathaway has an axe to grind with his former mentor, Dr. Harrison Wells. The overall result made for an interesting vehicle for Wells to find some humility as the episode dealt mainly with the consequences of his actions. It was a good episode but came across as a set-up for bigger things.


It’s a difficult endeavor to top the week before when you had both Captain Cold and Heat Wave battling The Flash in a big showdown to this week when you have the brilliant but non-metahuman Piper. His sonic wave-inducing gauntlets pack quite a punch but he shouldn’t have been as formidable as he turned out to be. Rathaway used to be Wells’ golden child, whose brilliance helped engineer the particle accelerator but when it came time to engage the machine his dire warnings were ignored. We all saw what happened when the accelerator went haywire due to Wells’ hubris and ego.

 Rathaway was betrayed and fired because he challenged Wells and now he’s back for retribution. It's this vow for vengeance that drives Rathaway as Piper but remains one-dimensional despite having a backstory that could have been mined for more development. As a rich kid with intolerant parents of their gay son there was a chance to create some sympathy for the character but instead he remained more of a jerk throughout. 

Wells was the focus of 'The Sound and the Fury' and as such it's always interesting to see if we'll get a clearer picture into who he is. Sure, on the one hand he's a brilliant scientist mentoring the Fastest Man Alive but on the other he's also the Reverse Flash taunting Flash and toying with life. Or is he merely helping him to become a better superhero in light of the impending crisis foretold in his magic closet? 

Certainly his magnificent mind has elevated science and technology but in his heart does he truly care for those around him? If the arrival of Rathaway did anything it forced Wells to express his feelings to Cisco, Caitlin and Barry. But not just in words but in action. His impromptu press conference showed he was taking responsibility for ignoring warnings by his colleague and apologizing for his error in judgment. The great Dr. Wells had to humble himself and admit he was wrong. After all, the accelerator accident had altered the lives of many for good and bad. He owed many, including Caitlin, at the very least an apology for callously going through the event. 

It does become clear that Wells does have affection for his team at least on some level. He's still keeping plenty of secrets and if Wells, played brilliantly by Tom Cavanaugh, isn't careful he will be exposed. Joe, for one, is convinced he's hiding something. He's already made it clear to Wells that there's something amiss with parallels to the murder of Barry's mother. He has Eddie snooping around. There was plenty of foreshadowing that will surely pay off at some point. 

Thankfully it appears Iris will finally emerge from the love triangle mud pit that was slowing down her development with a new gig at the local newspaper. It gets off the wrong foot with being treated as an unqualified mindless newbie by her coworkers. It's rather cliched but could be a springboard for better storylines than she's been involved in. 

Some things were rather awkward in the action scenes this week. Flash has a harder time taking the non-powered villain of Piper down. Even in the climactic showdown it made little sense what the Pied Piper had planned if his intention was to murder a great number of people he certainly went about it in the least efficient manner. Pipe is not a metahuman so why was held in the STAR Labs prison? And why aren't there any toilets in the cells?

 Piper's surprising offer to Cisco at the end could be why writers imprisoned him there. There's still a chance to develop the character if he's going to be around. So many questions still left unanswered. What is Well's "end game" anyway?  When will we see Firestorm again?

A solid but middling episode that centered mostly on Wells and fell short on fleshing out the villain. As fans we've become spoiled with great episodes. Every now and then The Flash is due for a downer. 

Check out scenes from next week's episode and the synopsis below:



The Flash 1x12 "Crazy for You" - Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) decides that she and Barry (Grant Gustin) need to move on from Ronnie (guest star Robbie Amell) and Iris (Candice Patton) and find new loves so she takes him for a night out at the local karaoke bar. Caitlin doesn’t have any luck making a love connection but Barry meets Linda Park (guest star Malese Jow), a sports reporter for the Central City Picture News, and asks her out on a date.When Barry tells Iris he has a date, Iris is surprised by her reaction.
 Meanwhile, Cisco (Carlos Ramon) considers Hartley’s (guest star Andy Mientus) dangerous offer and the team searches for Shawna (guest star Britne Oldford), a meta-human with teleportation powers, who just busted her boyfriend Clay (guest star Micah Parker) out of Iron Heights. When Henry (guest star John Wesley Shipps) snoops around in an attempt to help Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Barry solve the crime, he ends up in the infirmary after getting roughed up by inmates. Rob Hardy directed the episode written by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing (#112). 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

NYCC: Dynamite's Next 25-Cent Revival is 'Dejah Thoris' with Amy Chu

The Princess of Mars is set to return to her throne this January, as Dynamite Entertainment announces the relaunch of one of their most beloved characters, Dejah Thoris. Writer Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja, KISS) will bring the strong, iconic character back to the comics in the debut issue Dejah Thoris #0, which will retail for 25 cents and allow fans to join the adventure at this introductory price.


This replicates the outstanding debut of Sheena #0, which broke 120,000 sales. Retailers can confidently stock their shelves with extra copies of this red-hot new series.

This exciting prequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs' beloved book, A Princess of Mars, will delve into the untold story of the classic Red Martian princess!  After learning of the legendary Gardens of Mars from her grandfather, Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, sets off on a dangerous scientific expedition to save her dying planet. But things don't go the way she planned when she encounters a mysterious Green Martian…

PREVIEW: 'Sovereigns' #5 by Ray Fawkes and Dylan Burnett

This is it!  All your questions will be answered, all the mysteries revealed!  What has obliterated humanity?  What the hell happened to the moon?  What is the true nature of the Hidden Jungle?  Why do the heroes you know and love—Turok, Magnus and Doctor Spektor—seem like completely different people?  And perhaps most importantly, how will the world be saved, and at what cost?



DOCTOR SPEKTOR PART 6: The story of the all-new master (and we use the term lightly) sorcerer continues... when Doc gets drunk & summons a demon – and good decision-making ensues!
Sovereigns #5
writers: Ray Fawkes (main),        Aubrey Sitterson (Doctor Spektor) artists: Johnny Desjardins (main),              Dylan Burnett (Doctor Spektor) covers: Stephen Segovia (A)               Johnny Desjardins (B)               Fred Hembeck (C)               Kenan Yarar (D)               Stephen Segovia (RI-B/W) FC  •  32 pages  •  $3.99  •  Teen +











REVIEW: 'Witchblade' #1 by Caitlin Kittredge, Roberta Ingranata, and Bryan Valenza

The next iteration of Witchblade has arrived and Top Cow has assembled another great creative team to bring the legendary wielder of the powerful artifact to life.


WITCHBLADE #1
Writer: Caitlin Kittredge Artist: Roberta Ingranata, Bryan Valenza Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 6, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
Handed down from one worthy woman warrior to another for ions, the Witchblade gauntlet has chosen its next host in wartime journalist Alex Underwood. She suffers from PTSD and helps battered women find justice. The book opens with her bloodied and dying. The non-linear story jumps around from what led up to her situation, to helping an abused cop's wife, to having visions probably induced by the gauntlet. She rejects the growing power of the Witchblade it but that could kill her. 
The trouble with origin stories like this is the predictability of passing the torch to another chosen one. We know that Alex will eventually take to the Witchblade and use…

Fred Van Lente & CAFU Decode ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1

Valiant announces ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1 – a hard-charging, standalone special coming this winter from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, Incredible Hercules) and red-hot rising star CAFU (RAPTURE)! On February 7th, join in a riotous celebration for the ages as Armstrong, for the very first time, uncorks the ancient mysteries of his centuries past – and dares his closest comrades into the adventure of several lifetimes!

Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history’s greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer… Ivar, Timewalker… Faith… Quantum and Woody… And special guests from across the Valiant Universe… All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong’s most valuable and tightly guarded treasure… From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the C…

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …