In Review: The Flash, Episode 30 “Gorilla Warfare”

Grodd is back and it's amazingly awesome.

The Flash, Episode 30 “Gorilla Warfare” Broadcast November 17, 2015

Written by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing

Directed by Dermott Downs

“Previously on The Flash,” Zoom is sending metahumans through the breach to get at Barry, Henry Allen asks for his son’s approval so he can leave town, Zoom beats the Flash and carries him around Central City to show its citizens that their hero is beaten, Cisco shoots Zoom with a dart that decreases the sinister speedster’s abilities, the villain escapes, and after regaining consciousness Barry realizes he can’t feel his legs.

Using a cane, Barry tries to walk. However, he can only do six steps before it’s too much for him. The gang at S.T.A.R. Labs try to buck up his spirit, but he’s not having it. Caitlin shows him that he’s healing, but it seems something else is wrong. Wells arrives and says he’s going to do something about Zoom. “It’s time to go home.” Cue opening title sequence.

Caitlin says Harrison shouldn’t be allowed to go because if he knows how to defeat Zoom he needs to stay on their earth to do so. “Dr. Snow, what I need is to return home. And I’m going to do that with or without your assistance.” Caitlin is adamant he not go. An alarm goes off reminding Cisco he has a date with barista Kendra Saunders. Cisco leaves as Barry’s phone rings: Patty’s calling. She asks if he’s still sick, and he says he is. “Well, try to stay off your feet,” she tells him. “Oh, believe me,” he replies, “I am.” Barry’s not thrilled with having to lie to her. Later that night, Caitlin has tracked Harrison to a restaurant where she tries to convince him to stay, saying they can help rescue his daughter. “I made a big mistake coming here,” he admits. She leaves upset, but not before giving him an idea of how to stop Zoom. On their date, Cisco takes Kendra’s hand and gets a “vibe”. Then, at Vaughan Pharmaceuticals, a senior doctor goes glassy eyed and shatters a window in a containment closet to take out a cylinder. When a peer tries to stop him, he punches the man. Outside, his head clears and he looks up and says, “What are you?” He’s punched and smashes into a building and plunges to his death. “Foolish human,” says the great ape. “I am Grodd.” Cue first commercial break.

Giant brain controlling apes hits so many buttons on my Geek Control panel, I can’t stand it! This was a fantastic episode due to Grodd. The effects team did an even better job with him his time, getting the simian to actually emote. He learned his own origin and he’s trying to to go after what all mammals have. I could understand, but he is a killer! The story with Barry trying to regain his courage was okay, but did come off as cliche, until (and I realize this sounds cliche) John Wesley Shipp gave a terrific monologue. Wow! It made up for all of Barry’s baggage. Also good was seeing Danielle Panabaker being more aggressive. Caitlin has some bite, and she doesn’t care what her friends think. I’m liking this Caitlin! Fans will know Cisco’s relationship is doomed once he has his “vibe”, which is a shame because it’s nice to see him be others outside the group. Jesse L. Martin has some good bits, especially at the end when Joe’s wishing on something that never happened in his life, though Iris knows something he doesn’t, and Candice Patton gets a few precious seconds to deliver some dramatic irony with a glance. Tom Cavanagh stole the episode for acting. Earth-2’s Wells may actually have some goodness in him, as it was showing tonight. Just seeing him in “that” costume was awesome.

The good: The story, Grodd, the effects, Grodd, the cast, Grodd, Cavanagh, Grodd, Panabaker, Grodd, and that scream worthy final 90 seconds that will have long time fans roaring with Grodd.

Fun lines: “I highly doubt that,” “What are you doing? If Harry wants to go…’Bye!'”, “Breakfast? Why breakfast?”, “Zoom destroyed me,” “What is wrong with you!?”, “Sometimes you just have to slow down…”, “Yup, that’s the one,” and “Won’t you, Flash?”

The bad: I got really tired of Barry’s doubts. They went on for too long. It could have been the script, which had Grant Gustin in a vegetative state often, or the actor’s performance. It just didn’t ring true. Fortunately, with such a large cast, and so much going on, it didn’t hurt the episode too much.

The final line: Grodd is back and it’s amazingly awesome. Overall grade: A

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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