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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews The Flash Season 6 Episode 13: Grodd Friended Me

February 26th, 2020 by Todd Black Comments

While there is a TON of things that The Flash has gotten right over the years, there are a few things that have honestly gone wrong or haven’t lived up to the hype over the 6 seasons. And by and large, one of the biggest ones…is Grodd. Grodd’s teasing was beautiful at first, but then it devolved in very weird and very unfortunate storylines that just didn’t bask in the glory of the character. Even the Gorilla City storyline didn’t live up to the hype, and that’s sad. Thankfully, “Grodd Friended Me” did a better job with the character…even though another one annoyed us to high heaven.

So, let’s start with the positive. Barry is finding out that Crisis on Infinite Earths changed a LOT more than we thought. One might criticize us finding out about NOW, but I’ll give it a pass. Anyway, things are changing so fast that even Flash can’t keep up, and as a result, he’s clinging the past he remembers versus the present he now lives in.

I honestly wish that they had delved more into this. Such as what happened to Hartley (who now is basically Banshee, and is evil…again…despite the OTHER timeline changing affecting him…) or why certain places aren’t the same despite the over structure of Central City being the same…and whether these kinds of changes will show up in the other shows (as they haven’t so far) and on and on.

But when a test of an AI goes wrong, Flash finds himself in the mind of Grodd. Cool! I liked the subtle build-up to what was really going on, and you have to wonder if Grodd really was telling the truth about learning his lesson. Grodd is smart after all, and he would know to play Barry’s emotions. And now that Gorilla City is on Earth-Prime (another result of Crisis), this could just be another long-game situation. We’ll see.

While I liked the many scenes with Barry and the various forms of Grodd’s mind projections, as well as their rather epic team-up (which I’m sure blew the budget), I do question various things. First of all, if the portal was open the whole time, why didn’t Barry just race AROUND Solivar to get out? Seemed like a forced plotpoint.

Meanwhile, Nash tried to get rid of the other Wells’ by a device, and that led to Allega finding out about his “former companion” and that led…nowhere, again. Oh, a tease of Reverse Flash, that’s fine, but many are they slow-burning this one to high heaven. Enough already! Just get to it!

Like with the Mirror Master storyline as we finally got proof that Eva really is evil and that she’s controlling Iris’ double outside of the mirror. The fact that she gets hurt outside the mirror is an interesting twist, so we’ll have to see how that plays out. And her manipulation of Joe was perfect.

And then…there’s Chester. First off, since when was he a part of Team Flash? He hasn’t been seen since the episode where Cecil tried to hook him up with his crush and suddenly…he’s back? I swear every single scene with him was cringe to infinity and beyond. I get that he’s excitable, but he pushed it WAY too far. And I thought Ralph was bad when he debuted…oh wait, he was…but at least he matured! And then to find out that HE was the reason for the Grodd mind meld made me seriously roll my eyes. Hopefully he’s sparce in his returns.

In the end, “Grodd Friended Me” did succeed in the Grodd and Mirror Master storylines, but everything else? Not so much.

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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!