[Review] The Flash Episode 4×02: “Mixed Signals”

written by George Hatch

Good people, who have traveled from villages near and far, lend me your ears!

…That’s disgusting.

Spoilers under the cut.

This episode is all about how communication is essential for healthy relationships. Which is a little funny, because the show spends the entire forty-two minutes screaming it into your ear. It’s not even a little subtle.

Iris is still fuming at Barry because he left her to go into the Speed Force, Cynthia is mad at Cisco because he keeps breaking a date on her Earth’s version of Valentine’s Day, and the villain of the week (Kilgore, a cyberpath able to mentally interface and control any technology) is the personification of every entitled white boy on social media.

This one is mostly meant to be a lighthearted affair…sandwiched in between one attempted murder and one actual, grisly murder. Even though the victims are billionaires who helped create malware, the juxtaposition is still, shall we say, no bueno. I guess the biggest thing I have a problem with this episode is everyone’s blasé attitude towards the violent crimes being committed. I get that these guys have been at it a while, and no matter what there will be desensitization, but the fact that everyone is prioritizing their personal lives over everything else in the plot rings false.

I find that the bulk of this episode is geared towards jokes that don’t land. It’s a mixture of slapstick and awkward comedy, neither of which I find particularly funny. But maybe that’s just a me issue. The rest of the episode is kinda meh, no real meat on the bone besides the tease about Kilgore’s powers. I do like that an Arrowverse show took the time to do an episode on communication and how that’s a healthy and positive thing. I’m sure that everyone on Team Flash is going to be open and honest in their dealings from now on, right?

…Right?

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Seasons 1-5 of The Flash are available now on Netflix. George Hatch can be found listening on Twitter at @Raeseti. Really listening. Despite the fact that Twitter is comprised almost entirely of the written word.

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