Review – The Flash S04E04
Elongated Journey Into Night
Exciting: Danny Trejo is in The Flash!
Disappointing: Danny Trejo is in The Flash!
This week’s episode of The Flash picks up where last week left off/ Team Flash knows that they are looking for: ten out of the twelve Metahumans that drove through the rift Barry (Grant Gustin) used to return from the Speed Force. The team will be spending this season trying to determine who those remaining ten people are. We will have to wait to find out how the mystery man in the chair ties into this story arc!
We start off with Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Gypsy (Jessica Camacho) having a pretty heated date night when Cisco asks the question we all have been wondering: “What’s your name?” Gypsy avoids the subject. Enter Breacher (Danny Trejo), Gypsy’s father.
Trejo is an amazingly talented and underrated actor, and I was excited to see him appear on the show. My excitement quickly turned to disappointment as it seems either the writer or the director has no idea how to utilize an actor like Trejo. What is supposed to be a menacing father figure turns into more of a comic mockery of what he should be, or how viscous Trejo can be in his roles.
The character of Breacher could have been much scarier, much more menacing, and could have been written to give the viewer the impression that he was more of a threat than he seemed.
Elsewhere in Central City, we find Mayor Bellows, who we last saw in season two’s “The Man Who Saved Central City.” The mayor, a former police officer, is running for reelection. This gives us some time to see Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) and Barry interact. Joe tries not to tell his foster son that his girlfriend is pregnant, even though Barry claims Joe is “glowing” for some reason.
Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, the team looks into the bus that was hit by the dark matter. The bus driver apparently drowns in his own bathtub. Suspicious? The team is searching for the driver’s personal effects and find a card for Ralph Dibny, who owes the driver an I.O.U. Barry instantly is upset because apparently both he and Joe know this Ralph.
FLASHPOINT MOMENT!!! In the season 1, episode “Power Outage,” Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) gives us a list of characters who supposedly died during the particle accelerator explosion. Ralph Dibny was one of the names on the list, which also included: Al Rothstein/Nuklon/Atom Smasher, Grant Emersson/Damage, Will Everett/Amazing Man, Bea da Costa/Fire, and, of course, Ronnie Raymond.
Now, post Flashpoint, Ralph (Harley Sawyer) is alive. He is a sleazy private detective who, when we meet him, is hitting on a woman who had hired him to find her erstwhile husband.
While several character traits from the comic version of Elongated Man are retained, the writers also seem to borrow traits from Plastic Man as well. This creates an Elongated Man very different from the original introduced in the comics. We soon discover Ralph has the power to stretch. At first, this power is out of his control, which leads to several memorable and humorous moments. Overall, I enjoyed this version of E. M. and, as it seems they will be keeping him on as part of Team Flash, I can’t wait to see more of him.
Overall, the episode missed an opportunity to use Trejo to the best of his ability. The rest of the cast put in their usual exceptional performances. Sawyer, as Dibny, is a fresh new face on the show and I look forward to seeing how his character develops.
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