Barry, Cisco, Caitlin, and Julian go to Gorilla City to save Harry Wells, but also inch closer to saving Iris in the process.
What can you say about an episode centered on city full of psychic and telepathic gorillas? A lot, apparently. Here goes nothing, folks.
The episode opens with Wells running for his damn life in the woods of Gorilla City on Earth-2.
We soon learn from the team back on Earth-1, that Wells went on an expedition where everyone else had already died. So, he’s super stuck and in quite a bit of peril.
All this gorilla talk jogs Barry’s memory of one of the future headlines that ultimately lead to Iris’s death. With that in mind, and with his loyalty to Harry heavy on his conscience, the speedster resolves that he’s going to go Earth-2 to save him. Cisco and Caitlin also decide to aid him in his mission.
Barry makes sure Iris is watching Wally before he leaves. Which gives Julian, who was supposed to be covering for Barry at work enough time to show up at Star Labs all decked out, prepared to go to Earth-2 along with him. Why? Because an Earth full of gorillas is too cool of an experience to pass up. Also, because he’s worried about Caitlin going on this trip to Earth-2 with the issues she’s been having controlling her powers.
Most importantly, Barry explains if they can stop the gorilla attack from the headline being set into motion, that they’re one step closer to saving Iris. On a separate but sure-to-be romantic front (soon enough, right?) Caitlin opens up to Julian about how being on Earth-2 makes her think of Killer Frost. Julian promises her that she won’t become that and she confesses that she’s glad he joined the team.
Getting Down To (Monkey) Business
The team congregates together in the woods of Gorilla City. Caitlin announces that she hears something and they all get into position. Which then prompts Barry to realize that they’ve fallen directly into a trap. Grodd welcomes Caitlin and the next thing the team knows, they’re waking up in a prison.
To everyone’s dismay, Barry can’t phase out of it. He assumes that Grodd is dampening their powers. An assumption that proves to be on point when they also find Harry in the cell, who is being possessed by Grodd.
Grodd, via Harry, tells Barry that he’s going to bring war to Earth. And then explains that the Gorilla City ruler, Solovar, is basically just waiting for the chance to kill Barry. He then explains that the gorilla mentality is to kill or be killed. Grodd says if they kill Solovar, they will be spared and so will Earth. But if they fail, he’ll turn it to ash.
Barry begs Solovar to let them go and he says he’ll never come back if he does. Barry says if he beats him, he lets his friends go and they leave them alone for good. Speaking through Cisco, Solovar tells them he’ll grant each of them a horrible death.
Wasting no time at all, Barry goes into the arena with Solovar and Cisco instructs him to use speed punches… to no avail. Solovar is thoroughly kicking Barry’s butt, so Cisco panics and tells him to run away. Caitlin suggests he uses the lightning rod. It appears to be working at first, that is, until Solovar literally moves the ground and trips Barry up.
In the eleventh hour of the battle, Barry manages to deliver a knock out punch to Solovar. Now the unlikely victor, Barry tells the gorilla audience they only want peace. As he announces he’s showing Solovar mercy, he gets taken out with a tranquilizer dart and wakes up back in Grodd’s prison.
Grodd tricked them. Because nothing’s ever that easy, is it? As it turns out, he used Barry’s victory as a way to control Gorilla City over the fallen Solovar and promises to still invade Earth in spite of everything. Wells wakes up from his catatonic state after delivering Grodd’s ominous warning. The team tries to figure a way out of the prison but Julian is pessimistic that they’ll escape. Barry says where’s there’s life there’s hope.
After contemplating less-than-stellar scenarios for both Cisco and Caitlin, Barry says the only way out and the only way to change the headline is that one of them has to die. So, that’s what he does… sort of. Caitlin and Barry try to trick Grodd into thinking he’s dead. Caitlin used her powers to freeze him and it works. Grodd assumes he’s dead and throws him out of the cage.
Once Grodd leaves, Wells tells him their plan worked and he phases out of being frozen and is able to free everyone. Team Flash then returns to Star Labs safe and sound. Caitlin takes note of Julian’s feelings for her, whatever they may be, and tells Julian to fear her because she doesn’t have control. Julian then asks her on a date to a steak house, because he understands her and isn’t at all afraid.
The episode ends (or so we think) at Barry and Iris on a couch, as almost every Flash episode does now apparently. They talk about how they changed the future without changing themselves and are hopeful this means good things for stopping Savitar from killing Iris. So, all’s well that ends well… until it doesn’t end well at all.
Grodd is preparing an army to invade Earth-1 as he had planned and he enlisted Gypsy to help him open a portal to do so.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the episode’s not-so-happy ending?