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Subj: Re: Godspeed
Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 at 04:47:36 pm CDT (Viewed 1156 times)
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Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 at 11:30:32 am CDT (Viewed 1162 times)

    The best episode in quite a while.
    We finally get the backstory on Nora's discovery of her powers and her history with Thawne.

It had the opposite effect on me, I'm afraid. It struck me as an 'All filler, no killer' episode. We'd already suffered through an entire series of plodding scenes telling us what we needed to know about Nora's relationship with her mother, the power-dampening implant etc. To hit us over the head with a detailed look at it was an irrelevance that only served to distract from the main thrust of the story arc. Especially coming straight after a season break.

The only scenes of any relevance were Nora's interactions with Thawne. But they could have been slotted in anywhere in any mid-season episode.

    Man crush alert: Tom Cavanaugh' RF is the best villian I have seen in a LONG time.

Agreed. I'd never seen Tom's acting before The Flash, but I took to him immediately. They've asked a lot of him over the last five years and he always delivers. He strikes just the right note with whatever character they give him to play.

    I enjoyed the interactions between Nora and RF.I giggled with joy as he expertly manipulated Nora for the entire episode and then gives Barry "the treatment" when he appears to cry about Thawne using Nora. \:\-\)

Yeah, all good stuff. Although it's poor writing when they haven't explained why he still looks like Wells instead of Thawne. Especially when the last time he was seen (in Legends) he was back to looking like Thawne. Did the high-tech society of the future not think to take away his image inducer (Or whatever it's called)?

Speaking of that society, another case of bad writing was the torture chamber scenes. It just didn't ring true for me.

    However, I was disappointed it was so easy for Nora to capture Godspeed. I expected more of a battle to take place.

I've never read the comics with Godspeed, so I have no attachment for the character. All I saw was yet another bloody speedster, and I'm sooooooo bored with those being trotted out with monotonous regularity. I wish they'd used Abra Kadabra, or some other foe from the future instead. I was over the moon that Nora took Godspeed out so quickly.

Three more things to say about the episode:

1) Thawne teaches Nora how to phase through solid matter. Cool.

Except that back in episode 1 of this series, Barry has to teach Nora how to phase (To save a crashing plane) because she doesn't know how and has never done it before. Bad writing.

2) Team Flash ripping into Sherloque for his handling of the Nora situation. He did absolutely the correct thing. Anyone with an ounce of common sense could see that. But Team Flash behave like unthinking jerks to him. Seriously?

Bad witing.

3) They STILL don't have a clue how time travel would work in a single-history timeline. They still haven't thought it through.

Annoying, AND bad writing.

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