FLASH SPOILER Review: Episode 4x17- "Null and Annoyed"

The Flash (4x17) - "Null and Annoyed"
Written by:         Lauren Certo & Kristen Kim
Directed by:       Kevin Smith

"It’s that time of year again" is a phrase I use a lot in the spring.  Usually when I see Roman Reigns is about to Main Event WrestleMania, and usually in the same way someone would say, “I’m getting audited.”  (Roman is why wrestling fans are learning Japanese.)

In this case, it’s a more positive tone because everyone’s favorite mid-nineties slacker film director Kevin Smith has returned!

I’m excited for two reasons: First, every week I sit down to write these reviews vowing to reign myself in and change the way I attack writing a review so this week I’m really going to get that done.  Second, I’m a long time Kevin Smith fan  but that’s going to happen when you work in a video store and a guy releases a movie about guys that works in a video store… (Do I have to explain video stores? Do you understand that before you could get movies on your phone and even before you could get movies in the mail you had to go down to the local strip mall and rent movies in a shop… Do you understand the concept, Paul?)

Like a lot of Smith films, the plot isn’t advanced all that much but where Kevin always shines is digging into our characters and their interaction to make them more relatable and interesting… and also possibly linking up his cinematic universe with the CW-Verse using Jay and Silent Bob.

The big stuff was Barry and Ralph butting head over personality conflicts with Barry struggling in the role of mentor as Ralph begins to chaff under the nature of that relationship (A problem’s Barry’s had with Wally and Cisco before) and Cisco trying to help Breacher regain his powers only to learn that age is catching up with his powers.  Meanwhile, Marlize has discovered that Clifford has been drugging her to keep her compliant.

Essentially, three characters her are presented with a terrifying situation and each reacts differently and… I’ve only just worked that out so take that for what it is.  Pretty damn cool, Kevin.

This episode seems to be the send-off for Danny Trejo as Breacher, and also a potential write-off for Cisco as Breacher asked for Cisco to take his place.

Lastly, judging by the epilogue this week, there is something very ominous going on with Harry and I’m very excited to see this play out.

Hey!  I did it!  I didn’t spend half the review transcribing the episode and just got to reviewing instead!  Thanks Kevin Smith! Just don’t think this means I’m going to go easy on you when it’s time to give the score.

Speaking of the score…

Three Things We Learned This Week:

1)      Age has a deteriorative effect on a meta’s powers.
2)      Marlize has discovered Clifford’s manipulations several times and been thwarted by her husband each time.
3)      Clifford has less than a week to either five a new host or overcome the deterioration of his body due to dark matter.

Three Questions:

1)      Was that really Jay and Silent Bob?
2)      Will Cisco take up Breacher’s offer to work with Gypsy?
3)      What’s Harry doing with Gideon in the Time Vault and why am I very worried?

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