A new villain has a vendetta against Harrison Wells, and he reveals one of his secrets. Meanwhile, Iris gets a job at a newspaper because of her Flash connection (and she briefly mistakes her editor for another DC character).
We also get Flash-backs, Arrow-like, to Cisco’s first day and the Pied Piper’s origins.
So there’s a lot to “The Sound and the Fury.” What does any of it signify?
Title: “The Sound and the Fury”
Directed by John Showalter
Written by Alison Schapker, Brooke Elkmeier
Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton as Iris West
Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West
Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne
Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
Andy Mientus as Hartley Rathaway / The Pied Piper
Tom Butler as Eric Larkin
Roger Howarth as Mason Bridge
The Pied Piper comes for Harrison Wells—and the Flash stands soundly between them. Dr. Wells, however, presents bigger problems than the Piper.
Andy Mientus does an excellent job depicting the Pied Piper, a villain with nuance and great story potential.
The plot doesn’t really make sense.
The Flash captures the villain in front of the authorities. Somehow, S.T.A.R. labs gets custody of him for their secret illegal prison—despite the prisoner having no metahuman powers. Somehow, Rathaway knows this will happen, because his plan requires it to happen. S.T.A.R. also gets his gun, which they promptly leave unguarded. A superhero show will be far-fetched and it can be silly, but it shouldn’t be idiotic.
Originality: 3/6 The Flash uses some new techniques against the Royal Flush Gang that would have helped him in past episodes. I hope the writers won’t forget about them in the future.
Acting: 5/6 In addition to Andy Mientus, Tom Cavanagh stands out in this episode.
Emotional Response: 4/6
In total, “The Sound and the Fury” receives 30/42
Lingering Questions and Thoughts
1. Comic book shows really raise the issue of why a gang like the Royal Flush would insist on being so very conspicuous while committing crimes. Thirty-some years ago in a certain Canadian town, a group of youths acquired the name “Grasshopper Gang” because they committed their low-level crimes dressed in green paramilitary outfits. Guess how long it took the police to collar them?
2. Did the Piper look a little too much like a certain Potter?
3. Shouldn’t the Flash’s high-speed rescues have some negative effects on the people?
4. Why does Benjy say that Caddy smells like trees? Why doesn’t she smell like trees anymore?