June 2nd, 2012
Oh god, they’re everywhere.
Interesting episode, although I worry that they’re biting off a hell of a lot more than they can chew by also introducing some kind of distopian future deal already on top of the endless Cadmus Xanatos gambits, alien invasion, mangled Speedy, MISSING HOURS, etc etc etc. A little focus never hurt anybody. I’m also not entirely sure why they decided that Cheshire and Red Arrow’s adventure was best told in very brief cutaways. Maybe it’s because they didn’t want people to think too hard about why Cadmus would’ve stashed Speedy’s mangled body in a monastery in the middle of the mountains. I guess it wasn’t like Neutron was that interesting either though. If I had a penny for the number of times Flash’s master plans were either "run X somewhere deserted before it explodes" or "run in circles around it," well… I’d have a lot of pennies.
Impulse was pretty annoying for most of the episode, but that was salvaged quite a bit by the reveal at the end that all of it was an act. That didn’t really mesh too well with him panning so painfully obviously to the camera the entire episode about his ‘secret’ plan to save Flash, which could’ve only been deduced by a 4 year old child, so of course, the other characters had no idea what was going on at all. The way they were obnoxiously tossing around "THE MODE" got a bit grating too. There’s a fine line between alluding to some unknown thing to stir audience interest and beating them over the head with totally mysterious technogibberish that we’re not going to explain yet. Regardless, I think I’d prefer an Age of Apocalypse storyline to more of the alien gremlins, although I’m sure the two will tie together soon enough. At least we’re finally moving forward again instead of continuously recapping about the past.
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