The Flash, Season 5, Episode 15, “King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd”
If this episode didn’t break the bank for The Flash‘s effects budget, then the only thing left is a handful of change. Don’t be surprised if Team Flash does more telling than showing over the next few weeks. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest episode of The Flash:
What’s the scoop: The team has the cure but they need a guinea pig, er, shark to test it. They figure King Shark would happily volunteer because his meta powers also turned him into the Hulk for the breathing underwater set. There’s a lot of blah blah blah about psychic communication technology, which becomes important later when everybody’s favorite telepathic ape hits the scene. Killer Shark seems to turn on everyone, and looks like he’s going to bite Cisco in half. Barry quickly administers the cure, but in doing so goes back on his promise to let Shark make the choice, and he ticks off Caitlin and Cisco in the process.
Meanwhile in B-plot Land: After all that tough talk (and stabbing) with Cicada the last couple of episodes, Iris realizes she’s bitten off more than she can chew, and doesn’t want to go back to her office because Cicada knows where it is. Luckily, Joe is back from visiting Wally in Tibet and so she spends some time catching up with him. Joe notices his daughter is a little off and drags the story of the confrontation out of her. Joe takes his daughter to the gym for some physical and psychological work. By episode’s end, she’s confident enough to go back to her office, and bummed she was doing all this soul-searching while a gorilla and a fish-man were throwing haymakers in the streets.
What about the action: The episode’s title is a dead giveaway for what the night’s main event was. However, we had to give Killer Shark a little redemption so he will be the babyface in the upcoming battle royale. So with the cure, he transforms back into human form and rekindles his romance with this earth’s version of his former flame. When Grodd steals the psychic amplifier doodad and starts enslaving the city, Shark realizes he has to undo the cure to help Team Flash beat Grodd, even though he learns that turning back to a fish-man will be permanent. With that, we get our CGI monster mash with Barry and Nora adding a little lightning to the festivities at the end just to liven things up.
What’s next: Barry is going to offer the cure to Cicada, and hilarity will ensue.
Last impressions: I’ll say it was nice to get a break from the whole Nora impending betrayal rut the show has been in since returning from the holiday break. When you have two monsters at your disposal, it’s always acceptable to let them out and smash each other with forklifts even though it advances the plot very little. Given the limits of time and budget, the CGI monster battle was fun and overall impressive, especially when you consider they rarely let Barry and Ralph use their powers in the same episode. It was also nice to see Jesse L. Martin back looking spry and healthy after injuries from a car accident left him ashen and mostly immobile during the first part of the season. This episode was a nice diversion and sometimes a diversion is all we really need.