Barry’s body heals, but his mind may require more time. His father returns to help, as the Team tries to determine what to do about Zoom. Before they can accomplish much else, someone throws a monkey wrench in the works.

Title: “Gorilla Warfare”

Director: Dermott Downs
Writers: Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash
Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon
John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen
Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow
Shantel VanSanten as Patty Spivot
Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells
Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West
Candice Patton as Iris West
David Sobolov as the Voice of Grodd
Ciara Renee as Kendra Saunders / Hawkwoman


While Barry struggles with injuries to his body and mind, Caitlin and Grodd re-enact King Kong.

High Points

The CGI work on Grodd goes above and beyond what I would expect from a weekly television series, and worked very well with the actor’s voice. We felt for Grodd.

Seriously. We have a live-action Flash series. With Grodd. And Gorilla City. And people are watching.

Low Points

Ramon decides to go out on a date despite the events surrounding him—and then stands her up when he realizes she might be a metahuman?

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6 The references and adapted elements are clear enough, but this was a strong episode.

Team Flash needs to get over using people as bait.

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 5/6 Gustin and Shipp get to expand their range, while David Sobolov turns in a great voice-performance as Grodd. The show keeps Candice Patton in the background for now.

Story: 5/6 I like how effectively they’ve expanded the DCU, while building to the new spin-off series. This week didn’t sacrifice story to do so.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 5/6

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Gorilla Warfare” receives 32/42

Lingering Questions

1. What happened to Linda Park? And does anyone on Team Flash care?

2. It can be difficult (as I’m sure we all know) to get rid of a giant telepathic super-gorilla, and the Team had to make the best of a bad situation. But I’m not certain Gorilla City really wants an outsized dysfunctional simian dumped in their backyard, and I really doubt anyone on Earth-Two is ready for the gorilla uprising Grodd might decide to lead.

At least for now, our Team is sans simian problems, which can grow and get out of control.

3. Will next week’s the forthcoming crossover event fly?