The Flash Review: King Shark


By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

After a quick tease of King Shark at the end of “The Fury of Firestorm,” the character made a triumphant return.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Everything the show did with King Shark during the episode was spot on. However, everything else was lacking.

King Shark was fantastic, much like Gorilla Grodd. He looked great. Somehow they were able to make him look so real without making him look cheesy. At points his movements were a little wonky, but that’s not surprising nor something to pick on. It’s extremely difficult to make a CGI character a compelling villain and somehow the series has done it twice with both Gorilla Grodd and now King Shark. Yes, there was little less motivation behind King Shark than with Grodd, but he was still menacing. Having his gills move when he was outside of the water was a neat touch.

Barry once again decided that hiding his things – in this case, Earth-2 escapades – from people was the best move. It wasn’t. It is the worst trope in superhero shows. It creates unnecessary drama. I didn’t like it when he kept his identity from Iris, and I really disapproved when he did the same thing to Patty. Arrow does this all the time as well. It needs to stop.

For some reason, Barry became a broody jerk in this episode. I understand he thinks that things that happened on Earth-2 were his fault. He messed with their Earth, so things went haywire. That doesn’t give him the right to be condescending to Wally. The series has yet to figure out what they are doing with Wally. For now he’s stuck in the sibling rivalry role. Also, the show consistently suffers when there is too much brooding. Leave that on Arrow. The Flash is supposed to be the light-hearted one. I found it ironic that Diggle ended up being on a broody episode of The Flash. I guess he brought it over with him from Arrow.

At least there was movement in the Zoom storyline. I’ve become so apathetic with him that his reveal wasn’t a shocking moment. Instead, I was more intrigued with who’s behind the iron mask. It has to be someone we know, or else keeping him or her behind the mask wouldn’t be a big deal.

After the reveal of Hunter Zolomon on Earth-1, the mystery began to fizzle behind Zoom. If it had been revealed earlier in the season, it would’ve been more intriguing. They let the mystery play out too long with no pay-off. Going into a month-long hiatus, the unveiling of Zoom only brought more questions.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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