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TV Review: The Flash 3.13 “Attack On Gorilla City “
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The Flash
Season 3 Episode 13: “Attack on Gorilla City”
Directed by Dermott Downs
Written by Aaron Helbing & David Kob
Starring Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Keiynan Lonsdale, Tom Felton
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, February 21st, 2017, 8:00pm

Two weeks ago on The Flash, the meta of the day was one that Alchemy aka Julian (Tom Felton) had awakened. His touch had the ability to cause matter to disintegrate, and people to decompose to ash. That meta, Clive Yorkin (Matthew Kevin Anderson), went after cops that collared him in Flashpoint. He touched Iris (Candice Patton) to hurt Joe West (Jesse L. Martin). Barry (Grant Gustin) figured that out, so Cisco (Carlos Valdes) vibed there to find the next target. Yorkin caused a train full of people to be in danger, so Barry vibed the whole train safely through, leaving Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) to vibe (for the first time) through Yorkin with a neutralizer.

Spoilers below.

The Flash 3.13 “Attack on Gorilla City ” review: Last week, Jesse (Violet Beane) returned at the end to say that Grodd the giant ape from Gorilla City had Earth-2’s Harrison Wells. She tells a horrific tale of a search party where everyone ended up dead. As the gang is convincing her that her dead is alive, HR walks in which causes confusion and awkwardness. One of the headlines on the “Save Iris” board, is “city reeling from Gorilla attack.” Barry concludes that saving Wells could alter that timeline and potentially save Iris. And he’ll need help from someone to open the breeches between dimension… looking at you Cisco. “We had fun last time.” “Fun-ish,” Cisco replies.

Barry arranges everything before leaving. He jokes with Jesse about helping train Wally, but her enthusiasm about him being a fellow speedster is quite muted. Caitlin is coming on the journey due to her connection to Grodd, and Julian arrives in full Indiana Jones cosplay to join them to “Planet of the Apes.” Julian and Caitlin are building an adorable little chemistry. As they arrive in Earth-2 outside the gates of Gorilla City, Cisco reminds me why he’s my favorite character, “Welcome to the Jungle baby.” By the way, this is a perfectly timed episode with all the commercials for Kong: Skull Island I’ve been seeing on TV.

With Flash away, Kid Flash and Jesse Quick handle his duties, taking down a few armed robbers. She doesn’t seem impressed by his antics, and I’m thinking Wally from Earth -2 may be the issue. Back in Gorilla City, the gang walks into Grodd’s trap and end up asleep and encaged. They’re greeted by Wells with Grodd speaking through him. The leader of the Gorillas wants to take over the humans. Grodd wants Flash to dispose of their leader in a Gladiator-style battle, letting Grodd take over Gorilla City. “Speedster vs. Super Gorilla; best worst video game ever.” Oh Cisco.

After suffering some vicious shots, Barry uses the reverse-Flash technique to win, but is immediately darted again. When he wakes, Grodd-possessed Wells tells him the real plan. Grodd wants to attack Central City, and use Barry to strike fear into the hearts of Gorilla-kind. Now with Grodd as leader he will order them to go to Earth-1 where he can reclaim his glory on his home planet.

They plan to trick Grodd by having Caitlin “killer frost” Flash dead. Grodd dumps his body on the bone heap allowing Barry to wake up, free the others and make a run for it, with Cisco opening a breech at the last minute. The reunion is joyous of course, with a hilarious Wells/HR interaction. We also see some love connections as Wally and Jesse iron out their issues, and Caitlin warns Julian about getting too close. He takes her threats to heart, by asking her to a nice steak dinner. Although things seem fine, one last glimpse at Gorilla City and we know Grodd still has plans.

Classic multiverse-hopping episode, always the most interesting of all episodes. Looks like Jesse will be staying. Barry is foolishly optimistic. Although it is an endearing quality, Grodd now has HR’s bounty hunter under thrall and ready to open a breach. I predict Cisco will be here hero. Great episode. The 2nd part of this arc is next week.

The Flash airs Tuesday nights at 8:00pm ET on The CW.

The CW’s synopsis:

The Flash
Attack on Gorilla City (Ep# 313)
BARRY AND TEAM TRAVEL TO GORILLA CITY AND FACE GRODD — When Jesse Quick (guest star Violett Beane) informs the team that her father (Tom Cavanagh) has been abducted, Barry (Grant Gustin), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Julian (Tom Felton) voyage to Earth-2 on a rescue mission to save Harry from Gorilla City. As they trek through the forest, Barry and the team are immediately captured and brought to Grodd (voiced by David Sobolov). Grodd tells them he needs their help to stop Solovar (voiced by Keith David), the leader of Gorilla City, as Solovar wants to invade Earth-1. Meanwhile, back on Earth-1, Jesse and Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) hit the streets to stop a metahuman that can control gravity, with H.R. and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) guiding them from S.T.A.R. Labs. Dermott Downs directed the episode with story by Andrew Kresiberg and teleplay by Aaron Helbing & David Kob (#313). Original airdate 2/21/2017.

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