With Wells' - and Barry's - true identity now in the open, our team struggles to pull together and continue the fight. Can they pull off the same kind of high-level metahuman protection they did without the genius contributions of Eobard Thawne? Especially when they, and the city, are under attack by a metagorilla?
I think the writers were having a ton of fun with this episode - I caught movie references throughout, and I bet you did too. I'm very glad we're finally past the Iris Must Not Be Told phase of The Flash. It's easily been one of the weakest parts of the first season. Iris herself makes an excellent point: she's in far more danger not knowing than she might be if she did know. Just knowing, however, isn't enough. She also needs to realize that for both Barry and her father, keeping information from her did indeed come from a place of love. Simultaneously, she must find a place in the new world order, and that's not easy. When Joe is captured by Grodd, and the team is thinking and trying to find answers, Iris' rebellious, nagging approach is totally wrong. There is no way that kind of attitude and approach can help.
Speaking of Joe being captured by Grodd - we know our favorite gorilla's been lurking around underground, a literal CHUD as Cisco notes (although Grodd certainly doesn't seem to be cannibalistic, and I cringe to think at his reaction to being called a Rodent of Unusual Size.) While defending a gold shipment, Joe's attacked by a man in armor (who looks weirdly like a Mortal Kombat character, but I digress). It turns out to be Eiling - who's mind-controlled by Grodd; the telepathy also seems to affect Barry. I actually felt the scene where Eiling's mouth is taken over by Grodd's voice to be highly creepy. So, too, was Joe simply disappearing during the hunt for Grodd. Of all the villains this first season, Grodd seems the most implacable.
But Grodd is being used by his father (remember, this show is all about Daddy issues.) During all this, Wells and the kidnapped Eddie are having a heart to heart as Wells builds... something. Eddie learns about the possibility of Iris and Barry marrying. This becomes vital towards the end of the episode: because Iris admits her feelings for Barry, but reiterates she can't be with him as long as she's with Eddie. Have we just seen the birth of another Reverse Flash? It's not impossible... especially if Wells has built a particle accelerator of his own, which it seems he may have, by the end of the episode.
The game's changed in many ways by the time this ep is done. Barry, Caitlin and Cisco continue to work together - but now advised by Iris, who's done some good investigatey and supportey things; I began to think she might indeed be a good replacement for Wells next season, and it's definitely a better use for her than we've seen so far. The moment when Barry confronts Grodd and Iris' support allows him to fight off Grodd's attack was well done and seemed like the real thing after the strange fakeness with Wells. Grodd is still on the loose, and I'm sort of hoping we get a Me-Grodd You-Jane moment with Caitlin soon. And Wells himself seems ready to pull whatever stunt he's been building up to.
Bits and Pieces
The banana moment with Grodd, Joe and Cisco by proxy was hilarious.
The supersonic punch that wasn't. A great built-up moment!
Will Barry visit his Dad soon? And is anyone thinking about putting protections into place for the remaining team members, including Iris and Barry's Dad? Having one more person kidnapped wouldn't be fantastic at this point. Am glad Cisco is tinkering with security.
To me, this was an episode about Barry and the team, and Iris becoming part of the team. I thought Grodd was great background, but would love to have a Grodd-centric, Grodd-perspective episode. Wouldn't that be a bunch of coolness?
Eiling: I am Grodd. Fear me.
Barry: What's a Grodd?
Joe: So our psycho killer has a soft spot for animals. That's sweet.
Joe: I was wrong. I was just trying to keep you safe.
Iris: You know, that excuse is getting old. You know, that excuse is getting really old. First it was the police academy and then it was dating Eddie and now this.
Four out of four non-Grodded bananas.