Less than 5 – Skip it, 6 – OK, 7 – Good, 8 – Great, 9 – Phenomenal, 10 – You owe it to yourself to watch this episode!
This week’s episode of The Flash picks up directly where the last one left off. With fantastic character drama, natural humor, some clever Easter eggs (GRODD!) and a solid villain, Crazy for You proves to be one of the best all-around episodes of the season.
The episode opens to Barry performing his usual heroics. Building on the reveal of the Flash to the public, it was nice to see people recognize him as a hero. The cold open with him saving the two civilians from the car was a nice action sequence in its own right but also managed to set the tone of the episode quite well. There were a number of moments in which the characters reminisce and come to realizations of who they are. With the general public embracing the Flash, Barry is accepting his role as a bonafide hero. A feeling that comes full circle when he speaks with his father at the end of Crazy for You.
The final scene between the two of them was one of the most powerful the series has offered thus far. It genuinely felt like a passing of the torch both literally and symbolically. John Wesley Shipp played the Flash in the 90’s series and, for people in the know, it seemed like he was deeming Barry worthy of taking on the responsibility. In reality, he was offering his blessing and conveying how proud he was of the man his son has grown into. It was a touching moment and by far one of the best emotional beats on the show.
The dramatic moments between each of the characters were the real stand out this week, and that’s saying something considering Barry’s fights with Peek-a-boo (Britne Oldford) were very well done. The opening saw Rathaway try and wriggle his way out of the meta-prison by dangling information about Ronnie in front of Cisco, to eventual success. Building on the sense of family that last week began to seed, it was very interesting to see how invested Cisco is in his relationships with the STAR Labs staff. Initially his prying into Ronnie’s whereabouts seems like something he is doing on behalf of Caitlin, but it turns out he is only trying to right his own conscience. His reveal that he trapped Ronnie in the accelerator was a nice moment for him and even more surprising was the fact that nobody really blamed him for it. He was met with an understanding where most shows would have capitalized on the opportunity for tension. It was a good decision and showed the growth of everyone on the team.
The Cisco/Rathaway segments pushed the FIRESTORM subplot in a more natural direction. The mid-season finale saw Ronnie randomly appear to save Barry. Had the showrunners decided to keep treating his story the way they were it would end up feeling more distracting from the main plot instead of being an interesting side story. Here we get information much more fluidly and in a way that compliments the other plots going on.
Crazy for You once again hinted at Cisco’s eventual transformation into Vibe. He got his very first action sequence and fared pretty well for himself. They even went so far as to give him a vibration weapon. Now all he needs is a costume and training and we can see him fight alongside Barry.
In addition to Cisco and Barry, Caitlin got a lot of attention this week. Her friendship with Barry took a few steps forward this episode while still remaining platonic. Caitlin’s drunk shenanigans made her all the more likable and proved that she can wear the hell out of a dress (kudos to you Danielle Panabaker). The karaoke scene was also a nice touch that referenced Gustin’s past work on Glee. I’m glad they didn’t showcase an entire song, which might have been too much.
The one aspect of the episode that fell a little flat was the introduction of Linda Park (Malese Jow). It’s great to see Barry begin to move away from Iris but there just wasn’t enough here to really judge how the two will perform together. Iris was clearly jealous of Park and it seems only a matter of time before everyone has to confront their feelings again.
Lastly, I can’t end the review without mentioning the button scene. GRODD! Gorilla Grodd was finally introduced in full and it was insane. There was a real horror-vibe going on with the crew men in the sewers and the way Grodd tore through them was just terrifying/awesome. How he will fit into the grand scheme of things will be interesting to see but from the small sampling we got tonight, it is clear Grodd is being handled with care.
Overall I give this episode a 9/10