Since creating CGI animation like Gorilla Grodd is pretty expensive, it was pretty clever to have Barry fight Zoom, lose the fight and become paralyzed where he cannot use his speed. That saves money for Grodd. As a result, this episode has some pretty good characterization throughout.
The episode opens with Barry taking about six slow steps before he cannot continue. I cannot even begin to imagine what Barry must be going through. But he must be masking his emotions pretty well from the others with the kind of pain he must surely be feeling. He had been the Flash then got his butt kicked in a very humiliating way before being paralyzed. That is a recipe for bring an emotional wreck but somehow, Barry holds it together better than I would if I had been in his position. Even still, a bit later in the episode, the tests come back and say everything is fine with Barry. I think now, at this point, the only thing preventing Barry from having his speed is Barry himself. He needs to believe in himself again.
It takes balls to put on a spare Reverse Flash suit in order to try and rescue Caitlin, especially since Harry is going in without back-up. I am starting to like Harry, heâ€™s growing on me and isnâ€™t such a jerk anymore.
Bringing in Henry Allen to talk to Barry was a brilliant move considering what Barry went through or rather what both went through. A pep talk from dear olâ€™ dad lays it all out and Barry needs to embrace what was done to him and accept it. Itâ€™s how Barry can improve being a hero and become a better hero because of it.
I knew Barry would get his speed back and just in time to beat Grodd and not only that but banishing him to another world where itâ€™s as close to home as possible. on top of that, Harry reveals that other apes like Grodd were sent there. So, it is a nice nod to Gorilla City even if it wasnâ€™t specifically named. Barry needed this victory since he never officially beat Grodd in their first encounter. This should be a pretty big confidence booster.
Patty Spivott, you forgive Barry so readily after lying to you? I can buy that, but itâ€™s a little too perfect. We need to see a few bumps in this blooming relationship.
I knew Barry would get his speed back so soon and I am glad it didnâ€™t take a few episodes or better yet, the rest of the season.
All in all, a very nice episode. 4 out of 5 stars.