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TV Reviews: FTN Reviews The Flash Season 04 Episode 07: Therefore I Am

November 22nd, 2017 by Todd Black Comments

Have you ever known you were right about something, but no one would believe you? No matter how hard you begged them to? Well, that was the crux of “Therefore I Am”, for Barry could just feel that Clifford Duvoe was indeed the man behind all of this. Yet despite all they’ve been through, no one listened. Which led to Barry getting more and more paranoid and falling right into The Thinker’s hands.

For me, this was the best episode of the season, and it all boils down to simplicity. For there were only two stories told here. The first was Barry trying to prove who Duvoe really was, and the other was Duvoe’s transformation into The Thinker. And both were really great.

Seeing the return to the night of the particle accelerator was really fun, especially since we got some new scenes that cast a terrifying light on the man known as Eobard Thawne, as he KNEW who The Thinker was, and even admitted that “I am a fan.” And he even wished him good luck!

Unlike many of the Flash main villains, Duvoe is easily one of, if not the, most compelling and most sympathetic. He didn’t start out wanting to be a villain. He just wanted to show the world the power of knowledge. And with the help of his wife, he was able to create his “Thinking Cap”, which is pulled straight from the comics. Then, when his body started to fail, he become The Thinker we now know him as. Though I’ll admit, that “removing his head” bit at the end was really freaky!

I am also glad that Barry and Duvoe had a “heart-to-heart” chat, and put all their cards on the table. It would’ve been bad if no one believed Barry for a couple of episodes.

Another interesting twist was the return of Wally! Who…apparently fought Starro!!!! HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!?

Now, there was some down moments. The “no one believes me!” trope is a bit played out, and they were a bit easy to believe him at the end, but it’s a small gripe. Also, despite his very sympathetic past, it’s still incredibly unclear why Duvoe needs the metas from the bus in order to (more than likely) heal him. What’s the endgame? I hope we found out soon.

4.5 out of 5 nerds

 

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians (guardians-comic.com). He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!

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