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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews The Flash Season 6 Episode 12: A Girl Named Sue

February 19th, 2020 by Todd Black Comments

I’ll give The Flash props tonight for subverting a lot of expectations with “A Girl Named Sue”, but I also have a feeling that fans of Sue Dibny are going to either really like or really hate what has gone on here.

As has been teased since the beginning of the season, Ralph has been on the hunt for Sue Dearbon, a missing socialite who keeps eluding his tracking and more. But, a break in the case leads him to not just find her, but try and get her home to her parents. One problem, she’s being hunted by her ex. Classic.

Right off the bat, they definitely got a unique actress to play Sue, and her chemistry with Ralph was very evident from the beginning, and I appreciate that, especially if they do follow comics lore and get them to hook up.

But that’s where the twist comes in, Sue in the Arrowverse is a martial artist…and a thief. She knew Ralph was tracking her and used him to get a diamond so that she could stick it to Black Hole…who she apparently worked for.

Granted, I know that the Arrowverse has updated MANY characters over the years to fit the mold, but you have to wonder if they went too far here with Sue. Granted, she wasn’t too much of a forward player in DC Comics outside of being married to Ralph, but like I said…they might have gone too far. Especially if they try and hook the two up since she’s apparently a bad guy.

I’ll give this a chance to work itself out, but I’m very nervous.

Another subverted expectation is that of Eva McCollock, who if you recall is a gender-bent version of Mirror Master. Everyone assumed (including me) that this was who was inhabiting Iris’ body outside of the mirror. Turns out that’s not the case…but it raises a LOT of questions now about what Iris is in the “real world”. However, we do see Eva using her mirror powers at the end, so there is hope we get the answers soon.

I also applaud the intertwining storylines with Joe/Barry and Ralph, as Joe was suspecting foul play in certain crime scenes and confirming that there is a Black Hole mole in CCPD. I sense a fun episode fishing out that mole later.

Finally, Nash is seeing the original Harrison Wells, and…that’s it. Oh, and he’s ready Harry’s journal. Ok…

In the end, “A Girl Named Sue” definitely broke away from the mold here with certain fan expectations. But whether those are good or bad remains to be seen.

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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!