This week’s episode of Flash worked well enough as a way to pass an hour. Abra Kadabra was hokey and over the top, but that’s the sort of thing Flash’s rogues gallery lends itself to.
Once again, relationship drama dragged things down. Everything was filtered through the lens of romance. We had Barry and Iris’ ongoing Savitar story, Cisco chasing Gypsy, and Julian courting Caitlin. It’s starting to look like CW doesn’t know how to tell any other kind of story.
The big problem is we’re still being strung along with Savitar. Abra Kadabra teased his identity, but there was no payoff to it. We keep hearing Savitar is Flash’s greatest nemesis, but so far he’s just boring me.
The big development at the end with Caitlin offers some potential. I’m actually hoping Killer Frost is here to stay. She’s an established character we’ve come to care about. She and Barry have chemistry, and so having her be a central villain later, down the road could do for Flash what Ollie and Slade’s faceoff did for Arrow in season 2. It wasn’t great this week, but there’s reason to be somewhat optimistic.
Yes. Abra Kadabra was hokey and unbelievable as a stone-cold killer, and yes, the CW uses romance like my brother Tim uses Siracha. We’re having peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? I’m adding Siracha. It goes with everything. No, Siracha doesn’t go with everything and neither does romance. “Abra Kadabra” suffered from a lot of what Jim and I have been complaining about this season.
At this point in last season’s storyline there was heated speculation as to who Zoom was. Just check YouTube or any other social media. Fans don’t care about Savitar. I’m not talking about critics, they’re a fickle bunch, fans don’t care. Part of this indifference must stem from fatigue. Flash has used this trick (of who’s the big, bad guy) the past two seasons and it’s doing it again. Flash also dropped hints last season as to who Zoom was but Savitar gets a vague “he’s someone from Barry’s past,” which most likely will lead to a groan-inducing rewriting of history.
An impending rewriting of history is why I can’t invest into this season or potentially Flash going forward. Savitar’s existence is offensive. I can’t get too excited about Caitlin as Killer Frost. I said at the beginning of the season Flash would turn Caitlin into Killer Frost, have a big showdown between her and Team Flash, and the show would change her back. I was wrong on the timing—I thought Flash would pull the trigger on a big Killer Frost battle midseason—but the show’s back on track for a showdown and reverting Caitlin back to her normal self, late this season. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Caitlin was Killer Frost for half an episode before the midseason break. “Abra Kadabra” marks the last episode before Flash’s late season break. Guess what? We get Caitlin as Killer Frost. Lather, rinse, repeat.
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