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TV Review: The Flash S5 E15 - "King Shark Vs Gorilla Grodd"

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  • TV Review: The Flash S5 E15 - "King Shark Vs Gorilla Grodd"

    With the Flash finally back from a second hiatus, we picked up on the most important story thread… the meta-human cure that Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) have come up with. The only thing is that they need to find a volunteer to try it on. Barry (Grant Gustin) suggests they go with King Shark (David Hayter), who is actually Shay Lamden (Dan Payne) from Earth-2. The team finds him with ARGUS and is taken by Lyla Michael (Audrey Marie Anderson) to meet Tanya Lamden (Zibby Allen) who is working to help communicate with her dead husband’s doppelganger. Except when he comes out of the water for them to ask, he freaks out and runs off.

    Meanwhile, Joe (Jesse L. Martin) is finally back from Tibet and is visiting with Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) and Iris (Candice Patton) and he figures out quickly that Iris was shaken by the run in with Cicada (Chris Klein) and the whole time-loop thing. She fears the fact that he knows who they are and can attack her loved ones any time. Joe helps her work her way through her fears by hitting the heavy bag.

    The team tracks down King Shark and try to communicate with him through the crown Tanya created and Cisco upgraded. But the communication doesn’t work at first and King Shark grabs Cisco and is about to eat him when Barry injects the big metahuman with the cure. It works and he returns to being Shay, but Cisco and Caitlin are upset with Barry for using the cure as a weapon and not getting Shay’s permission as they had discussed. The cure isn’t permanent for him because of the dark matter still in his brain, but they work on improving the cure. Meanwhile Sherloque (Tom Cavanagh) helps Tanya deal with her feelings for Shay.

    Barry goes to apologize to Cisco and Caitlin when they attack him and we end up seeing Gorilla Grodd (David Sobolov) getting the crown, which will make him 1,000 times more powerful and able to control all of Central City. Barry and Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) try to take Grodd out but fail. Shay chooses to revert to King Shark, knowing the cure won’t work on him again, so he can save the city and make up for the damage he has done. King Shark confronts Grodd in a big fight and with the help of the Flash and XS, he is able to defeat the Grodd. ARGUS takes custody of both, with Grodd in an induced coma and Tanya working with King Shark still.

    The episode was pretty straight forward and just the kind of big, action piece Flash fans love. Barry seemed a bit out of character using the cure they way he did, but by the end of the episode he understood what he did wrong and wants to offer the cure to Cicada. Not sure that’s a good idea, but that’s Barry. And that’s what next week is supposed to be showing us. Or as Nora says in the preview trailer, this is the final battle with Cicada.

    Will it really be the end of Cicada? How does the Reverse Flash play into it? And we know that the character of Godspeed will be showing up at some point. Will he be a one-shot villain or something more? Plus, we have the underlining issue of just what will Nora’s adventures in time-travelling end up doing to the timeline? Will she end up writing herself out of existence? Will we end up with the Tornado Twins instead? And if history does get changed, can we make it that she never gives Barry the horrible suit that he’s been wearing this season… please.
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