With DeVoe’s Enlightenment device nearly complete, in order to disable it The Flash (Grant Gustin) and his team must put their faith in an unlikely ally – Amunet Black (guest star Katee Sackhoff). Meanwhile, Harry (Tom Cavanagh) hits an all-time low when the “Council of Wells” kicks him out but then Cisco (Carlos Valdes) introduces him to the “Council of Harrisons.”
The Flash Season 4 Episode 21, “Harry and the Harrisons,” once again failed to really impress or advance the endgame in any major way. While the main plot with Flash, Caitlin, and Amunet Black was good enough, the time devoted to Harry and the new Council of Harrisons not only seemed like a waste, but was cringeworthy.
It had been a long time since we’d seen or heard from Katee Sackhoff’s meta-human arms dealer Amunet Black. The last time was when she tried buying Barry and the other bus-metas for her trafficking ring. The circumstances now around her were quite different as she was found running a small time gambling den and changed her disguise and accent to blend in. As a fan of Sackhoff through her performances in Battlestar Galactica and Longmire, it was great to see her again. Unlike most of her other appearances, she was more of an ally to Caitlin (and a reluctant one to Team Flash) than she had been with in the past, and this made Black a bit more relatable.
Her chemistry with Danielle Panabaker was one of the more positive aspects this week, highlighting how their relationship is almost like a twisted mentor/mentee as Black tried helping Caitlin bring Killer Frost back. Black also got a chance to be good, or at least as good as she can be, by helping Flash and not killing her former right-hand man. The show still took time to emphasize she was helping more out of self-preservation than any altruistic sense, though. That’s a fact that is in keeping with her character. It was also humorous, though a bit frustrating, that Black knew Flash’s identity right away because of the facial features she could see. I say it’s frustrating only because The Flash never makes Barry’s secret identity that important as so many regular people and villains in the show know who he is.
Another strength was how Barry wasn’t the story’s focus, but instead the spotlight was placed on Caitlin and other supporting characters. Caitlin factored heavily into the plot’s movement as she thought of new ideas to stop DeVoe and gain Black’s help, and we even received several scenes between her and Joe, something that doesn’t happen very often at all, as he helped her search for Black and think of new ways to bring Frost back. As I said, Panabaker was great in this episode through her chemistry with Sackhoff. For once, Caitlin was taking charge of the plot, but it was also nice to see she somewhat had ulterior motives as she could kill two birds with one stone by also using Amunet for Frost. It was refreshing to see her play such a pivotal role and again rely on her brains rather than brawn.
It was also a nice excuse to involve Joe into the proceedings. The past few episodes have really seen him sidelined to the point where he may have only had one or two short scenes in a given episode, and that was usually only to relay exposition to Barry, Ralph, or the team. Joe’s role in Caitlin’s journey to think of new ways to get Frost back was a nice reminder not only of the bond they share, but how important Joe is as the team’s moral compass.
Harry Needs A Rest
Unfortunately, as good as some of the other material was, nearly half the episode was taken up by Harry and Cisco attempting to re-form a new Council of Wells made up of less arrogant and snobbish versions of Harrison Wells. Ironically, trying to improve upon the Council idea only made it that much worse. It can be fun, sometimes, to see Tom Cavanagh portray multiple and varied versions of the same character, but the idea showed how tiring that can also be earlier this season. That idea was taken up to 11 as Harry and Cisco met some really out there and downright annoying versions of Wells that were just awful in every scene.
The fact that it took an entire episode for Harry and Cisco to speak with these other Wells just to figure out that they should perhaps try to empathize with DeVoe and understand where his head was at was, frankly, ridiculous. What was more ridiculous, however, was the French Harry and the downright annoying Fonz Harry. He came across as much more of a silly caricature of the Fonz combined with how people imagine mobsters to sound than anything remotely funny.
The only silver lining comes from knowing DeVoe isn’t acting because Marlize has left him, making her more of a key figure going into the final two episodes. Combined with the fact that Iris has gotten all of Central City to be on the lookout for DeVoe, it sets the endgame up more and will hopefully mean Marlize will help Team Flash stop DeVoe’s plan.
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