“Harry and the Harrisons” – Review of S4 Ep21 of THE FLASH

How do you stop DeVoe? Bring in a bad guy to stop a bad guy? How can Harry help – the Council of Wells (and if so what about the name of the episode)? How can Caitlin bring back Killer Frost? And, can Iris publish an article without Barry’s permission (trust me, we’ll get to that)? Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

NOTE: This review is posting prior to the airing of this episode of THE FLASH in the Pacific Time Zone USA. If you haven’t seen the show yet, STOP HERE and come back after watching the episode.  You’ll be glad you did!

Iris has been gathering all sorts of information on Clifford DeVoe. She wants to use her blog to warn the citizens of Central City about the danger ahead. We’ll come back to this from time to time in the episode.

The whole of Team Flash is confused about one thing – why isn’t DeVoe acting right now? All the pieces are in place, so why not launch the satellites? We’ll get the answer to that at the end of the episode.

Meanwhile, Harry is dealing with his frustration about losing his intelligence. He and Cisco summon the Council of Wells, only to get one representative…who refuses to work with Harry due to his loss of intelligence.  Cisco knows that he and Harry formed the original council…so why not start another council? This one will be based more on empathy than snark (I mean, intelligence)…and it will be the Council of Harrisons!

This council is hilarious – all made up of rejects from the original council. They don’t seen to help very much…except for one very important recommendation. Their idea was for Harry to put himself in DeVoe’s place from an emotional perspective.  That gives Harry an epiphany that we’ll come back to in a moment.

First, we’ll get to the main storyline of this episode – the partnership for one adventure with Amunet Black.  In return for helping her find her missing stash of shards, she agrees to help them try to stop DeVoe. They need her – no technological solution could stop their attempts to sabotage the satellites. Only her shards could stop that from happening.  

Caitlin has an ulterior motive for seeking her help. Amunet’s genetic splicer helped her before in dealing with Killer Frost, and she wants that splicer once again to try to bring Frost back. She even agrees to do one more job for Amunet if she can get the splicer.

Problem is, both the splicer and the rest of the shards have been stolen. The thief? Amunet’s right hand man, Norvoc!

In a huge battle, Team Flash recovers the shards…and Amunet bails on them. But, before leaving she does construct one shard bomb (stop snickering!) for them to use to stop the satellite. Problem is, they will need to figure out a way to launch it, but that’s for another episode.

But, before we go further, let’s wrap up the story lines:

  • Caitlin learns from Amunet that the splicer never worked in the first place.  It was a placebo effect…and maybe that’s the key to bringing Frost back.
  • Harry has an epiphany, realizing that the only reason DeVoe hasn’t attacked already is that he is missing someone important to him – that Marlize is no longer with him! The search begins for Marlize.
  • Barry finally realizes that Iris is right, that the article needs to be published. It has a HUGE positive effect. The people of Central City begin reporting sightings of DeVoe, and they realize that Clifford DeVoe can no longer hide!

SUMMARY:

This was generally a good episode. We move sideways just a bit in the overall season plot, but it still works well. Amunet Black is a very interesting character, and watching her choosing life over death when confronting Norvoc was a neat development for her in the show. The only quibble I have is the way Iris and Barry communicated about her article on DeVoe. I get that Barry would be nervous about publishing…but Iris was so far from forceful about her defense of the article that it made her almost submissive, and that is NOT the Iris we’ve come to know. Other than that, though, this was a good episode, especially with the Council of Harrisons. Tom Cavenagh once again was amazing with his many unusual versions of Harrison Wells.  BTW – how many of your remember the 1987 movie title that is mirrored in the name of this episode?

Overall, I’ll give this episode an 8/10 – but that’s just my opinion.  What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

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