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The Flash Season 5 Episode 15: King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd Review

For our review of the last episode of The Flash, click here.

Synopsis: When Gorilla Grodd attacks Central City, Barry and friends find themselves teaming up with King Shark; when they hit a snag, they bring in Dr. Tanya Lamden to try to reach the man behind the shark. (TVGuide)

Writers: Eric Wallace and Lauren Certo

Director: Stefan Pleszczynski

Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 43mins

Airs: Tuesdays at 8pm on Space (Canada)/The CW (United States)

King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd finally happened! …And it was actually pretty good. In fact, it was more enjoyable than expected. There was a slight hesitation considering these are two iconic The Flash characters and with the season being so slow, there was definitely some doubt there. However, things turned out pretty well and there is a lot to discuss in an action-packed hour.

The episode started off with Cisco completing the metahuman cure and the team trying to figure out who to use it on. Luckily for them, King Shark was being held at an A.R.G.U.S. facility and was the perfect metahuman to test it on. However, when they pull him out, something seems to strike his mind psychically and he pulls out the dampening device and makes a run for it.

When they place the device back on him later, nothing seemed to take effect so Barry managed to inject King Shark with the cure and turn him into a human. Unfortunately, Cisco and Caitlin aren’t exactly thrilled over the idea that Barry used the cure without having a conversation about it. However, it turns out that when Cisco starts to get violent that Gorilla Grodd had taken over both him and Caitlin.

Gorilla Grodd was behind all the things that were going wrong with King Shark, and it’s revealed that he plans to control all of Central City and wants to use the device to enhance his powers. When Barry and Nora try to take down Grodd, they aren’t able to and if they want King Shark aka Shay’s help, they would have to turn him back into a metahuman which would mean he couldn’t back to being human ever.

With Barry and Nora’s help and lightning, King Shark’s powers are increased and he is able to defeat Grodd who is put under lock and key under a medically-induced coma. After all is said and done, Barry apologizes to the group for taking matters into his hand without permission.

In other parts of The Flash, Joe West finally returns from his long trip to Tibet (aka Jesse Martin’s hiatus due to an injury) and is getting back into the swing of things. One of those things includes helping Iris face the Cicada attack from the time loop. A couple of training sessions later at the gym helped Iris get back on track. It was certainly wonderful to see Joe back in the story.

All in all, this episode of The Flash was something worth talking about and finally a refreshing change from the slow-paced episodes before it. Hopefully the series can continue this pace, and keep us engaged with stories like this as the season comes to a close in the coming weeks.

Score: 7/10

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