The Flash 3.11 “Dead or Alive” Top 5

Jessica Camacho as Gypsy and Tom Cavanagh as H.R. Wells - The CW

It seems H.R. Wells has gotten himself into a bit of a pickle, and the only one who can save him is… Cisco (Carlos Valdes)? Yes, that’s right, our valiant Vibe tests his powers against Gypsy, another dimension-warper, in this week’s episode, “Dead or Alive”. Here’s my Top 5: #5: Iris West, Investigative Reporter While all in all, Iris (Candice Patton) is taking the news of her impending murder in stride, it seems she’s bothered by something besides just dying. She wants to leave a lasting mark on journalism. Not…

The Flash 3.10 “Borrowing Problems from the Future” Top 5

Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Candice Patton as Iris West, and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen - The CW

Welcome back from the hiatus, Flash fans! We certainly ended the front part of the season on a down note, didn’t we? Now the team is back from their holiday vacation, and so are we! Barry (Grant Gustin) is having nightmares about his trip to the future, and Iris (Candice Patton) is upset that he won’t let her in on why. H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) is pushing forward with his S.T.A.R. Labs Museum, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) reaches out for help, and Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) is itching to get in on the…

Legends of Tomorrow 2.08 “The Chicago Way” Top 5

Nick Zano as Nate Heywood and Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer - The CW

Welcome, loyal readers, to your weekly Top 5 run-down for Legends of Tomorrow. I’m pinch-hitting for Brianna this week, but she’ll be back after the winter hiatus. Fresh off of saving the world from aliens last week, the Legends return to chasing Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) and Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher) through time this week, heading to prohibition-era Chicago and tangling with Al Capone. Let’s get right into it, shall we? #5: The Legion of Doom Smart recruiting on Thawne and Darhk’s part, getting Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) to join…

The Flash 3.09 “The Present” Top 5

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Fresh off last week’s #DCWeek mega-crossover, The Flash turns its attention back to Savitar, the season’s Big Bad, for its mid-season finale. Along the way, Barry (Grant Gustin) gets a big assist from Earth-3’s Flash, Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp). Let’s take a look at my Top 5 for episode 3.09, “The Present”: #5: A glimpse at Earth-3 We got an unexpected, and quite welcome, cameo from Mark Hamill, playing an alternate version of his character of The Trickster, on Earth-3, the home of Jay Garrick. Counting the 90s-era version…

The Flash 3.08 “Invasion!” Top 5

Arrow 5.08 'Invasion' Top 5

It’s here: one of the biggest television crossovers of all time – the 4-episode “Heroes vs. Aliens” crossover among Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. Since we have capable writers that cover all of those shows separately, I’m going to just concentrate, as usual, on The Flash. This episode begins the real arc of the crossover, when an alien species called the Dominators launches an invasion force against Earth. #5: Supergirl vs. All the Others It’s actually pretty ridiculous to call this a 4-episode crossover event. It is,…

The Flash 3.07 “Killer Frost” Top 5

Danielle Panabaker as Caitlyn Snow / Killer Frost

Hoo, boy, there’s a lot going on in this week’s episode of The Flash – Savitar is on the scene, Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) is in a cocoon, and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) is fighting her inner demons. Barry (Grant Gustin) is going to be racing around from crisis to crisis even more than usual, I think. This is my Top 5 for episode 3.07, “Killer Frost,” guest-directed by indie movie hero Kevin Smith. But first… Oops! So, I goofed last week, and ended up making myself look pretty foolish. I looked…

The Flash 3.06 “Shade” Top 5

Dr. Alchemy and Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West - The CW

Welcome, everyone! Are you excited, like I am, to see Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) go back in time and reverse the results of the 2016 Presidential election? Alas, that is not the plot of this week’s show, so let’s take a look at the actual episode. Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) hears the siren call of Dr. Alchemy in his dreams, Barry and the team try to track down a new meta, and Caitlyn Snow (Danielle Panabaker) confides in Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) about her terrible secret. Here are my Top…

The Flash 3.05 “Monster” Top 5

Susan Walters as Dr. Carla Tannhauser and Danielle Panabaker as Dr. Caitlyn Snow - The CW

Hello, hello, speedsters! As we start to ramp up into the season, the team is adjusting to the “new” Wells, Caitlyn has an identity crisis and reaches out to her mother, and The Flash battles Godzilla (sort of)! Let’s take a look at my Top 5 for episode 3.05, “Monster:” #5: Julian is Draco Malfoy! I guess the writers didn’t want to work real hard on developing a gripping backstory for Julian Albert (Tom Felton), so they just borrowed the one from his most famous character, Draco Malfoy in the…

The Flash 3.04 “The New Rogues” Top 5

Violett Beane as Jesse Quick and Grant Gustin as The Flash - The CW

Things are starting to settle down on The Flash this week – no crazy timeline paradoxes, for once! But we have a new bad guy in town – another old comics favorite, but with a twist! Let’s take a look at my Top 5 for episode 3.04, “The New Rogues”: #5: Ugh, CW Relationship Drama While this was a strong episode over all, the sub-plot of Barry (Grant Gustin) being unwilling to kiss Iris (Candice Patton) in front of Joe (Jesse L. Martin) was just annoying. First of all, the…

The Flash 3.03 “Magenta” Top 5

Joey King as Frankie Kane / Magenta - The CW

The fallout from Flashpoint continues this week as Barry (Grant Gustin) faces another re-awakened villain in Magenta (Joey King); but first, Barry and Iris (Candice Patton) go on their first date, and a couple of familiar faces return! Let’s take a look at my Top 5 items from The Flash episode 3.03, “Magenta”: #5: Finally, a Time-travel Conundrum That Makes Sense I posed this question at the end of last week’s Top 5: when Harrison (Tom Cavanagh) and Jesse Wells (Violett Beane) returned from Earth-2, which version of Earth-1 would…

The Flash 3.02 “Paradox” Top 5

Tom Felton as Julian Albert, Jesse L. Martin as Joe West, and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen - The CW

So Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) has “reset” the timeline from Flashpoint, but some little things (and some big things) are different. How different? Let’s dig right in to episode 3.02, “Paradox”:       #5: It’s the Little Things… At first, it seems like it’s just a few little things that have changed around Central City when Barry returns. After all, they beat Zoom and closed the rift, right? So what’s different? First of all, Barry and Iris (Candice Patton) have taken a small step back – not a huge…

The Flash 3.01 “Flashpoint” Top 5

Grant Gustin as The Flash and Keiynan Lonsdale as Kid Flash - The CW

It’s been a long off-season waiting for “Flashpoint,” hasn’t it, speedsters? Before we dive into the episode, let’s briefly review last season: In defeating Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher), the Reverse Flash, at the end of season 1, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) accidentally opened a breach into Earth-2, a parallel dimension. This unleashed a new enemy, Zoom, from that world, who wanted to steal his speed. He also made some new allies, including that universe’s Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), and its Flash, Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears). As he battled Zoom and…

The Flash 2.23 “The Race of His Life” Top 5

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Here we are, Flash fans, the end of Season 2! It’s been a long, strange trip, with other dimensions, alternate versions of all our beloved characters, another wolf in sheep’s clothing, trips to the past, a sojourn inside the Speed Force, and more. It’s all led to this point – Barry’s (Grant Gustin) final showdown with Zoom (Teddy Sears). Was it a satisfying ending? Read on to get my thoughts. Here’s my Top 5 for episode 2.23, “The Race of His Life”: #5: Time Remnants When we first encountered the…

The Flash 2.22 “Invincible” Top 5

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Following his sojourn in the Speed Force, Barry (Grant Gustin) is back in action against Zoom (Teddy Sears) and his army of Earth-2 metas. Zoom’s chief lieutenant is Black Siren, who is none other than the doppelganger of Arrow‘s recently deceased Black Canary, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). With his powers back, Barry is confident he can prevail – too confident, his team believes. Can the team defeat Zoom and his minions, or will Barry’s overconfidence be his undoing? Here’s my Top 5 look at The Flash episode 2.22, “Invincible”. #5:…

The Flash 2.21 “The Runaway Dinosaur” Top 5

Zombies, dead moms, and anthropomorphic manifestations of mystical energy forces. I don’t know if that’s a terrible description for a Kevin Smith project, or the most Kevin Smith thing ever. Nonetheless, that’s the simple description of this week’s episode of The Flash, “The Runaway Dinosaur”, directed by indie film hero, and giant comic book nerd, Kevin Smith. Here’s my Top 5: #5: A Bittersweet Reunion Barry (Grant Gustin) spends a majority of his time in this episode with the (ghost? spirit? psychic projection? avatar? I don’t know what to call…

The Flash 2.20 “Rupture” Top 5

Nicholas Gonzalez as Rupture (The CW)

Zoom (Teddy Sears, Tony Todd for voice work) has turned his attention back to Earth-1, intent on conquering and controlling Barry’s (Grant Gustin) world in addition to his own. Barry and the team seem to be powerless to stop him, but Wells (Tom Cavanagh) has a plan. Will it work, and will Barry even be willing to try? Let’s take a look at my Top 5 for The Flash episode 2.20, “Rupture” (caution: there be spoilers within…): #5: Rupture When Cisco (Carlos Valdes) had his adventure on Earth-2, he met…