TV ReviewsThe Flash Season 4 Episode 11: The Elongated Knight Rises Review

Ariba BhuvadJanuary 24, 2018

If you would like to read my review of the last episode, click here.

Synopsis: When a familiar villain returns to terrorize Central City, Ralph must rise up to defend the innocent while Barry is detained by his trial. Meanwhile, Barry searches for the strength to keep his optimism alive in the face of his new circumstances. (TVGuide) 

Writers: Sterling Gates & Thomas Pound

Director: Alexandra La Roche

Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 43 minutes

It’s so disappointing to see The Flash fall short of expectations week after week. This episode, unfortunately, was no different. Apart from some stand out moments, it was fairly weak, boring, and uneventful.

After last week’s events, Barry was living out his days in his father’s cell at Iron Heights. The S.T.A.R. Labs team was hard at work on proving that Barry was innocent of the crime, but were having no luck. What was perhaps the most annoying thing about tonight’s episode was Ralph. His version of The Elongated Man is over-the-top and he tries to embody a Jim Carrey “The Mask” persona that just doesn’t suit him. However, thankfully, his costume finally changed from the drab, tight in all the wrong places suit to a proper, functional one, thanks to Cisco.

With Barry in jail, the fate of Central City was in Ralph’s stretchy hands. At first, the power began to get to Ralph’s head but his ego was soon deflated when he faced off with young Trickster, aka Axel Walker. Axel Walker managed to escape Iron Heights, thanks to his wacky mother,  and they both became the central villains of this episode.

Barry dealt with his own share of dilemmas as he became the target of some prison bullies. However, one man known as “Big Sir” (Bill Goldberg) came to his rescue. He was indebted to Barry’s father for saving his life and felt he owed it to him to save Barry’s.

One of the funniest moments of this episode of The Flash was when Mr. Beebo made an appearance. For those of you who watch, Legends of Tomorrow, you’ll recognize this furry blue stuffed animal.

After an unfortunate encounter with the Trickster, Ralph began to doubt his abilities to save the city and went to visit Barry. Of course, Barry gave him an inspirational speech that quickly turned things around for Ralph and allowed him to save the day–and capture the Trickster and his mother, Prank.

The final moment of this episode was the best thing to happen in all of it. As Cisco and Ralph grabbed a coffee from Jitters, they were greeted by a strange girl who paid for their drinks. Between rambling about helping people and showing off her Oregon Trail shirt, we were a bit a confused as to who this girl was. As Cisco and Ralph are seen leaving, we see this mysterious girl jot down symbols in her notebook. The same symbols that Barry was seen manically jotting down in the season 4 premiere. Coincidence? We think not! It appears that this girl may, in fact, be Iris and Barry’s daughter from the future–Dawn Allen. The same girl we saw from the DC show crossover at Iris and Barry’s wedding!

Overall, this episode was quite the snooze fest and just didn’t move along the story in an interesting way. Apart from Ralph’s new suit, the Mr. Beebo cameo, and possibly Dawn Allen’s entrance into the story, not much went down. Here’s to hoping next week’s “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids” style episode brings more flavor, excitement, and oomph to The Flash because quite frankly, it really needs it.

Score: 6/10

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