The Flash Review: “Attack on Gorilla City” (Season 3 Episode 13)

When Jesse Quick (guest star Violett Beane) informs the team that her father has been abducted, Barry, Caitlin, Cisco and Julian voyage to Earth-2 on a rescue mission to save Harry from Gorilla City. As they trek through the forest, Barry and the team are immediately captured and brought to Grodd (voiced by David Sobolov). Grodd tells them he needs their help to stop Solovar (voiced by Keith David), the leader of Gorilla City, as Solovar wants to invade Earth-1. 

Things got a little crazy on The Flash Season 3 Episode 13, “Attack on Gorilla City,” as Barry and the team took a trip over to Earth-2 to save Harry Wells from Gorilla Grodd.

It was a fun episode that once again boasted some pretty impressive visuals for a television shows budget with Grodd and his rival Solovar. All the gorillas looked great, and the final fight between Flash and Solovar was visually striking with some nice, bright colours.

It was definitely a contrast to Grodd’s previous appearances since he was so often seen in the night, but putting him and Solovar so prominently in the daylight really showed off how great each looked.

It was also great to see the team split up to tackle different problems. While Barry, Caitlin, Cisco and Julian went to Earth-2, Wally was able to have a quick team up with Jesse Quick in Central City, leading to a nice scene with the West family. The Wests may be a prominent aspect of The Flash, but its funny how there are so few scenes with just the three of them lately. Candice Patton, Jesse L. Martin and Keiynan Lonsdale have great chemistry amongst each other so its great to see them stretch their wings among themselves.

The same can be said for the other half of the cast as they traversed Earth 2, including how Tom Felton’s Julian has mixed in seamlessly with the group. Throughout the season Felton has brought something new to Barry and his friends, being a bit of a voice for the viewer as he comments on how crazy everything has been while adapting very quickly to the weirdness.

I also appreciated the nod to Felton’s time in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but part of me also wanted a more overt reference/joke made (that’s not a criticism, just realizing a lost opportunity).

One note though that I find somewhat funny is the time travel aspect of Barry’s mission. The Flash has dealt with crazy time travel theories and tropes throughout its run, but as the team preps to change the future I think they’re (perhaps intentionally) avoiding one thought: Barry is so concerned with changing the future, but what if this is a time paradox where his very actions bring about the problem he seeks to stop?

The Flash hasn’t really answered this question so far as they attempt prevent Iris’ possible death, but I hope this will be something the show will tackle a little more as Savatar enters the picture once again.

The Flash Season 3 Episode 13, “Attack on Gorilla City”, was a fun episode that showed off some of the series’ best visuals yet. It blended action with the character dynamics very well and hopefully next week’s “Attack on Central City” will be able to deliver on its promise of Grodd’s army wrecking havoc for our heroes (and hopefully make more Planet of the Apes jokes along the way).

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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