You big ape!

Title: “Grodd Lives”

Director: Dermott Downs
Writers: Grainne Godfree, Kai Yu Wu

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Candice Patton as Iris West
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells / Eobard Thawne
Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Rick Cosnet as Detective Eddie Thawne
Clancy Brown as General Wade Eiling
Patrick Sabongui as Captain David Singh


The Reverse Flash completes a part of his plan, as Team Flash– now including Iris– search for two Thawnes and instead find Gorilla Grodd.

High Points

The possession scene, and the journey into Grodd’s lair, both feel creepy, in the manner of a monster movie from a half-century ago, and that’s about right for Grodd.

Low Points

The Fastest Man Alive can’t track Grodd when he kidnaps Joe?
The besieged Team Flash just leaves the door unlocked so that Iris can walk in? Also, is anyone doing any work at STAR Labs, besides throwing together ass-pull technology to assist the Flash?

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6

Effects: 5/6 This week mixes some decent effects with some serviceable but obvious CGI.

Acting: 5/6 Clancy Brown gives the best performance this week, one entirely in keeping with the tone of the show.

Story: 4/6 I enjoyed seeing Grodd onscreen, and he worked, as I’ve mentioned, in the manner of an old-school Creature Feature. The episodes continue to rely, however, on character behavior that doesn’t really make sense, and this week also delivers too much unlikely overlapping dialogue.

Emotional Response: 5/6 I wish we could have seen more of the big ape but, F/X cost money and, hey, we still got Gorilla Grodd.

Production: 5/6

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Grodd Lives” receives 32/42

Lingering Questions

How many people think Grodd will smash the pipeline and release the metahumans?

How many people can know your secret identity before it’s no longer a secret?

Now that we’ve seen Grodd, can a giant purple super-gorilla be far behind? Will the Arrow meet an Ape? Will Jimmy Olsen almost marry a female King Kong in Superman v. Batman?