A Season of The Flash with Too Little Wally West Now Has

first_imgWally West really got the short end of the stick this season, didn’t he? After season three ended with Barry running into the Speed Force, I was excited to see a solo Wally protecting Central City. He was always my favorite. (Sorry Barry, but he was my first Flash.) We got maybe half an episode and one cameo in Legends of Tomorrow of a full-on Wally West Flash. After that, the show didn’t really know what to do with him. Last week, he spent the entire episode in the background. This week he’s sidelined again, but not before the show craps on him a little bit, taking Jesse Quick away from the show in the process.Early on, the team sees that a portal is opening up in S.T.A.R. Labs. Wally is waiting in front of it with flowers and a giant teddy bear. He and Jesse have a date planned. Well, had a date planned. Harrison Wells steps out of the portal instead, and presents Wally with a cube. This scene, and a lot of this episode, is really funny. The Flash has certainly found its sense of humor again, which is good. The cube contains a holographic recording a la Princess Leia, but it breaks down before it can finish playing Jesse’s message. Harrison is then forced to explain that it’s a break-up cube, and recite the entire message, which includes some details he’d rather not think about.Carlos Valdes as Vibe (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)As sad as it is, that we won’t see Jesse much anymore, it is nice to have Harrison back. This season looks like it’s trying to reset nearly everything back to season one. That’s not a bad thing. Season one is where we all fell in love with this show. As long as they keep the character growth that happened over the last two, this should be fine. Though I really miss the happier, eternally caffeinated H.R., it’s nice to have some version of Harrison Wells back. The show really isn’t the same without him. It kind of sucks to be back down to one speedster though. After Wally spends an entire episode thinking about the break-up, which is the writers’ excuse not to use him at all, he decides to leave Central City. He has to find himself. I can understand why having two insanely powerful speedsters running around might not make for great stories, but it sucks to see Wally dumped from the show like this. At least it leaves open the possibility that he might come back. And who knows where he’ll end up? Greg Berlanti is developing a Titans series for DC’s new streaming app. That’d be a good place for Wally.The villain this week was a lot of fun, easily the best one-off bad guy they’ve had in a long time. Most of that comes from the fact that the episode really made you feel for her. It begins with an extended look at her pre-meta life. Essentially, she just had the worst luck. She gets milk in her latte despite making it clear that she’s lactose intolerant. She runs home to poop and finds that her boyfriend is cheating on her. She works at a casino, where she deals a guy 21. The guy gropes her, and in jumping away, she spills his drink on him. That gets her fired for some reason, and if that’s not bad enough, the parking lot has booted her car. It’s funny watching the universe continually dump on a person like this, but it also makes you feel sorry for her. It helps that Sugar Lyn Beard is so awkward and hilarious in the role, you almost root for her when she starts robbing banks.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Sugar Lyn Beard as Becky/Hazard (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Beard plays Hazard, a metahuman with extraordinary good luck. That luck comes at a price, though. Whenever things go well for her, an aura of bad luck expands around her. People begin to have horrible accidents. It makes for a tight, focused episode, where every subplot ties into Hazard’s effect on the world. Joe’s old, squeaky pipes burst, and soon the whole house begins to fall apart. Cecile wants him to sell it, but changes her mind after hearing Joe talk about how he raised both Barry and Iris there. Speaking of, Barry and Iris lose both their ideal wedding venues and now have no place to get married. Iris tries to get it done quick in a church that just finished a funeral, and it’s exactly as awkward and cringey as you think it is. It doesn’t even work as the priest has an allergic reaction and has to be rushed to the hospital. Things get even worse when Hazard goes back to her old casino to try to win the $10 million jackpot. A bird flies into a jet engine, Joe’s house actively tries to kill Cecile, and S.T.A.R. Labs’ accelerator is about to explode. The disasters build organically, and it was fun to watch everything get worse and worse as the episode went on.It’s nice that the show is giving Barry enemies that counter his speed in some way this season. Last week, it was a guy who controlled technology, of which there was now a ton in Barry’s suit. This week, it’s weaponized bad luck. In trying to defeat her, he slips on some change Home Alone-style, gets himself caught in his own power-dampening cuffs, and has a sign fall on him. This show is much more exciting when Barry has to do more than run really fast to defeat a villain. In the end, it’s Harrison Wells who saves the day, allowing him to become a permanent member of Team Flash. Again. He and Cisco try to shut down the accelerator, but he has the idea to let it go off. The energy emitted negated Hazard’s bad luck field, allowing Barry to capture her and put her into Iron Heights… which seems to be exactly what The Thinker wants. When Barry left the Speed Force, a bus full of people drove through the area, and each one became a Metahuman. That’s how Hazard and Kilg%ore came to be. Now, The Thinker wants to find the rest, and Barry’s doing the work for him. He’s also watching Team Flash through the Samuroid head. Why did they keep that thing?Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Candice Patton as Iris West (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)There’s not much in the way of an overarching story forming so far this season. We’re slowly building up The Thinker as the main villain this season, but he’s still mostly in the background. Instead, it looks like we have a lot more of these villain-of-the-week episodes in the near future. After last season, I’m OK with that. The Flash is getting back to the basics of what a superhero show is. It doesn’t have to be a long, dark and brooding epic. Sometimes it can just be a series of fun one-offs. If the metahumans we meet this year are all as cool as Hazard, I can’t complain.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more