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TV ReviewsThe Flash (6×04) There Will Be Blood Review

Ariba BhuvadOctober 30, 201975/100
Director
Marcus Stokes
Writers
Lauren Certo, Sterling Gates
Rating
TV-PG
Running Time
43 minutes
Airs
Tuesdays 8pm
Channel
The CW
Overall Score
Rating Summary
The Flash continues to successfully build towards the Crisis storyline leaving us to wonder, will Barry actually die?

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

Synopsis: Barry’s efforts to prepare Cisco for Crisis are derailed when Cisco schemes to save Barry’s life instead; Ramsey Rosso uses his deadly new abilities to save his own life, and he sacrifices his humanity in the process. (IMDb)

As the Crisis rapidly approaches, things are getting generally complicated in the Arrowverse. Last week, Barry told Team Flash what madness is about to hit their world, and this week, it is all about them trying to process that information.

There Will Be Blood starts off with Dr. Russo struggling to get his hands on some dark matter. He’s a hot mess and hoping to get his fix from wherever he can. The guy is not doing so hot, is he?

Meanwhile, Team Flash is trying to comprehend what Barry has told them about the crisis, and it’s not going over so well. Naturally, Cisco is the most upset of the bunch, and it makes sense, right? The guy considers Barry to be like his brother, and now he might lose him? It’s something he doesn’t want to and can’t process.

Dr. Russo decides to steal blood bags from the hospital, but the CCPD has no idea he’s responsible as there are no cameras in the area. But given its Halloween, anyone could have done this, just to get their hands on some real blood.

It turns out that Ramsay found a temporary cure for the HLH cancer in his blood via absorption through Mitch Romero. But in order for this to stay permanent, he needs more blood which is why he went to the hospital in the first place.

Hoping to get Cisco to accept his fate, Barry attempts to have a conversation with him about it, but it doesn’t go as planned. You see, Barry wants to help save Dr. Russo’s life, but Cisco doesn’t agree. He thinks these efforts should be used towards saving Barry’s life, and he can’t understand why Barry would want it any other way. Before the argument could continue, Harrison “Nash” Wells shows up and offers to help them save Dr. Russo if they help him with whatever he’s on their Earth for.

Back at the lab, Dr. Russo injects the new blood serum only to find that his entire body is being consumed by black goo. It’s a rather disgusting scene if you ask me. Meanwhile, Barry, Cisco, and Nash learn that the blood serum won’t help Dr. Russo if he’s already too deep into his disease. Well, that makes sense now, doesn’t it?

But wait, there’s more! Cisco realizes that they could use the serum on Barry to protect him from whatever antimatter is supposed to kill him during the Crisis. We’re not sure what Cisco is up to, but he distracts everyone long enough to take the serum in the safe at McCulloch Technologies. Nash teleports them back to S.T.A.R. Labs where Cisco hasn’t come clean about stealing the serum, however, Barry is onto him. But guess what? Cisco isn’t going to let him do anything with it!

Inevitably, Cisco breaks down over the fact that he is going to lose his best friend. He can’t imagine a world without him, but Barry says he has to and he needs Cisco to step up his game. He’s going to be the leader of Team Flash, so he has to do what’s right. He gives Barry the serum who passes it along to Dr. Russo.

It occurs to Dr. Russo after the serum doesn’t work, that adrenaline is the missing component. When he absorbed Mitch Romero’s, he was full of it, and that’s why nothing else has worked. Basically, he thinks that if he kills someone he’ll have the surge of adrenaline he needs for the cure.

Of course, the entire episode leads to Dr. Russo losing it and Team Flash coming to the rescue to stop him. Along the way, we see Frost use some new powers (ice knuckles!). But there’s also the reminder that too much is being lost at this point.

Luckily, Team Flash gets it together by the end of the episode. Even Ralph, whose storyline involves his future wife (at least in the comics). My favorite part of the episode is seeing Cisco and Barry interact and bond over what the future is going to hold. It’s quite emotional, even though something tells me Barry is not the guy we will lose during the Crisis. It was also a welcome change to see Joe finally react to the news that Barry is supposed to die during the Crisis. He was pretty mum about it all episode, but he’s holding a lot of resentment for the fact that his heroic son is being punished for all the good he’s done. I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Also, what the heck is up with Nash?! He’s someone we have to keep our eyes on.


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