Gorilla Grodd back! Picking up where we left off two weeks ago, Jesse Quick (Violett Beane) needs Team Flash’s help to rescue Harry Wells (Tom Cavanagh) as he’s been abducted and taken to Gorilla City. Not a moment is wasted in this fast-paced episode as we are reminded that outside of Reverse Flash and Zoom, Grodd is one of Barry’s (Grant Gustin) most powerful enemies. Part one of this two-part story lets everyone flex their muscles while still working to fight the future.
Of course, though, Barry, Cisco (Carlos Valdes), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) and Julian (Tom Felton) are captured almost immediately as they arrive at Gorilla City. I have to give it to the production design team as they used every penny in the budget to show off Gorilla City. Even though the CG was shaky, everything still looked solid. Grodd tells Barry that he has to fight Solovar in order to save Wells as well as Central City as Solovar is planning an attack. To make matters worse, the gorillas are dampening Barry and Cisco’s powers, so escape is not an option. Grodd takes Solovar to see Barry and company to which Solovar gives Grodd the strongest pimp backhand that was funny (sorry it was). Solovar is convinced that Barry’s presence in Gorilla City means war between humans and gorillas. Sadly, Solovar cannot let Barry and his friends go as they have been seen by the gorillas. Barry cuts a deal that if he beats Solovar he gets to take his friends and go home. Barry barely manages to beat Solovar in the arena. Too bad that victory is short lived.
Come to find out Grodd played them all, including Solovar and the gorillas. He needed Barry to defeat Solovar in order to take command of the gorillas who, after seeing Barry fight, are now more convinced to attack Central City, where Grodd plans on ruling. In order to escape and defeat the gorillas, Barry is nearly frozen over by Caitlin in order to get Barry out of his cell and free them. Everything went according to plan and Barry phases himself back to life and grabs everyone including Wells, to escape back to Earth-1. With everyone reunited including Wells meeting H.R., Grodd, who has brainwashed Gypsy (Jessica Camacho) plans to open a breach to Earth-1.
They kept Grodd close to his comic book origins in that not only was he super strong, but he also outsmarted everyone as always. He’s always one step ahead with Barry always under Grodd’s thumb and narrowly coming out on top. Real talk, I really hope that next week’s episode leaves it open for his return because for season four, I want Grodd to be the main villain. I know that’s asking a lot and probably won’t happen as The CW mos def doesn’t have the budget for that type of CG work episode after episode, but I want to explore more of Gorilla City in the future. Having Grodd trick Harry into going to Gorilla City was brilliant as well.
Holding down Central City are Jesse and Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) who are addressing the problems of their relationship. It’s really endearing to see these two committed to each other even if Jesse doesn’t think so. My thing is, instead of Jesse staying on Earth-1 with Wally, why doesn’t Wally go with Jesse to Earth-2. Barry still has the team and though the Wests won’t like it, it’s not like they can’t visit and vice versa. I wouldn’t blame him for leaving either. Jesse is cute.
Speaking of relationships, Julian, who is continuing to be a strong character, is really committed to Caitlin. It’s endearing that those two are trying to work it out, and I understand completely why she would push him away, but he seems to in it for the long run and is trying everything in his power to keep Killer Frost at bay. The excuse he came up with to head to Gorilla City with Barry to their boss was genius. The excitement on his face (not to mention the dorky Indiana Jones outfit) was infectious. I would’ve wanted to go to. As a scientist, I can understand why he would want to explore the multiverse. As someone smitten with Caitlin, I understand. And as an explore I understand as I’d be giddy too. My hats off the writers as all the relationships have been handled well on this season. And for The CW, this is not shoving it down our throats (such as it is with Arrow ninety percent of the time).
Will Grodd be successful with his invasion of Central City? Can Jesse and Wally make it work? Is Julian the key to keeping Killer Frost at bay? Stay tuned true believers and I’ll see you next week
Season 3, Episode 13 (S03E13)
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8PM on The CW
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