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TV Review: THE FLASH: Season 1, Episode 18: All Star Team Up [The CW]

Brandon Routh The Flash

The CW’s The Flash All Star Team Up TV Show Review. The Flash: Season 1, Episode 18: All Star Team Up, brings Barry (Grant Gustin) one step closer to confronting Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and pits him against a new enemy. Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) and Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), come to Central City seeking help with Ray’s suit, while a new villain releases deadly robotic bees on pre-selected human targets.

 The team up was fun but a bit regressive. The show has grown up and taken on a darker vibe and this was working! I understand they wanted to bring Felicity Smoak back on and she is as cute as all get out, the problem is the new boyfriend, Ray Palmer. The relationship between them is stale. It would have flown better had they just been friends. Not to mention it took the show in a “G” rating direction. The writers have done an exceptional job steering this show into edgier waters. The battle with Brie Larvan / Bug-Eyed Bandit (Emily Kinney), was also a bit weak but forgivable. The technology introduced will have more weight in the long run. We also found out The Flash has a built-in defibrillator in his suit. The downside to finding out about this new feature in the suit was once again seeing The Flash has forgotten he is the fastest man alive. It was only a few episodes back where we saw Barry run so fast he traveled through time, now he can’t outrun some bees? This didn’t work but in the overall scheme of things, the show can take the hit. The collision course has been set between Barry, Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) and Dr. Wells.

The lovers are in trouble. I have to tell it…Iris is bugging out. We start to like her and then not like her…major headache alert. The non-dinner was well constructed. Iris (Candice Patton) allowed her displeasure to build and it boiled over right on point. When comparing Iris and Eddie’s (Rick Cosnett) relationship to Felicity and Ray…team Felicity loses. Their relationship is far too fake and uninteresting. They need to work on that. Having Barry attempt to help Eddie with Iris was a good touch. When it backfires Eddie realizes he may have to make some hard choices. How far will he be willing to go to keep his relationship healthy? It sucks too because for the first time he seemed to be having fun with The Flash and Joe solving crimes. Iris doesn’t seem to be ready to let this alone. Could she be ready to break it all off with Eddie? Sometimes her character can be a bit shallow, then again this could be some of the fallout from The Flash traveling through time. Technically Iris should still be dealing with the disappearance of Mason Bridge (Matt Letscher). She seems to have given up on that too quick. The motivation for this Eddie business is shaky and we can only wait to see where this is heading. It doesn’t look too good for Eddie.

The climate has changed for good. When Barry invites Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) out and it turns out to be a take down Harrison Wells party, things get very strained. Now we knew after The Flash traveled through time, Barry was warned about repercussions if he tried to change events. I think now we are about to see some of those side effects. After Barry drops the bomb about him thinking Wells is Reverse Flash, Cisco shares his nightmare he has been having. We can only wonder how this is going to turn out. Destiny-wise, Cisco was supposed to be murdered by Wells. Since that death was bypassed, he could find himself facing far worse near death experiences and endangering others around him. Something has got to happen and soon. Barry has some major things to contemplate and only so many episodes are left in this season. This is getting good.

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Brian Fire

Brian is a screenwriter and visual fx Artist who loves science fiction, drama and follows many TV shows. He is a versatile writer who is published and has written copy for: CompUsa, The California State Lottery and Princess Cruise lines. Every year he attends The Sundance Film Festival and the San Diego Comic Con filling up on his other passions…indie films, comic books and video games.

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