The Flash: Crazy for You Review


By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

If “Crazy For You” wasn’t a packed episode of television, then I don’t know what is. On paper it shouldn’t have worked, there was too much going on, but surprisingly the show nailed it, once again.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

My goodness there was a lot of plot driven story telling in this episode, however it was balanced nicely with character work.

It’s been a few episodes since the last appearance of John Wesley Shipp and he delivered a fantastic performance in “Crazy For You.” Shipp and Gustin are so great whenever they have scenes together, which are few and far between because of Papa Allen’s current incarceration. Their scenes are always standouts, but in this particular episode they were even better, especially the one towards the end when Henry told his son he was proud of him. It was outstanding.

Catlin and Barry were hilariously cute. I’ve mentioned this before but those two have a ton more chemistry than Barry and Iris. I know those two are probably never going to happen but a girl can hope. Their relationship will probably turn out to be another version of Clark and Chloe from Smallville, which I guess I’m okay with. So far Caitlin has been played as the straight character to Cisco and Barry’s goofiness but this episode allowed the character have some fun. In short, everything drunk Caitlin did was adorable and hungover Caitlin was fun too.

I had to roll my eyes a little when Caitlin and Barry sang at a karaoke bar. We know, we know Grant Gustin was on Glee and can actually sing, so it was only a matter of time before the show would integrate singing.

Linda Park was introduced as Barry’s new casual love interest because we all really know he’ll never stop pining for Iris. I’m thrilled Barry actually gets to date now. Having one character go on with their lives and the other just sit and mope is extremely annoying. At least now Barry can have some sort of love life that doesn’t revolve around Iris.

Peek-a-Boo was like a female version of Marvel’s Nightcrawler. She was solid, nothing to really hate or write home about. She was a minor thorn in Barry’s side with all of the plot points being thrown around, but her teleporting was entertaining to watch and looked good.

The storyline regarding Hartley from the previous episode, “The Sound and the Fury” continued into this episode. In the last one, Hartley came off as angry and impulsive, but “Crazy For You” showcased him as more of a schemer and manipulator, which I loved. If they would’ve showcased him as that kind of villain in the previous episode it probably wouldn’t have been as subpar as it was. And Cisco can hold his own in a fight. Who knew?

Firestorm, aka Ronnie Raymond and Dr. Stein, has become a huge subplot over the last handful of episodes and continued to be in this one. I know they are building to a big homecoming story and reunion, but it’s about time we see Ronnie again.

I should start a weekly paragraph in the reviews that exclusively talks about “The Cool Things Barry Does With His Superspeed.” This episode had Barry vibrate a car door off of its hinges and the coolest of all was Barry quickly preventing a bullet from hitting him in the neck.

One word for the end of the episode: GROD.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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