It’s been a while since we’ve seen The Flash and we’re almost done with the season, but things are looking pretty good at the moment. The Flash has been a staple of the CW’s lineup, with its first series premiere in 2014 before moving to the CW for its second season in 2015. The Flash ran for a total of three seasons.
Welcome back to Flash! We’re back to our normal time slot here at Varsity Gaming, and I’m very excited to bring you an episode of The Flash. This week, we got to see Cisco (Carlos Valdes) dealing with the fallout of the events of last week’s episode. We’re still in the early stages of the “Flashpoint” story, and as a result, we’re seeing a few of our favorite characters in completely different situations than we’re used to. On a smaller side note, both Weather Forecaster and Firefighter have become playable skin options for your Flash.
CHECK : The Flash – Season 7 Episode 17 Heart of the Matter Part
I think it pays to be impulsive sometimes.
Heart of the Matter Part 1 is not a good movie; in some places it is so bad that it would be embarrassing for anyone to watch it. But there are some really good moments, especially thanks to the visuals, that give a glimpse of the great show that Flash was and certainly never will be again.
Barry teams up with his future children, Nora and Bart – or XS and Impulse, probably because Cisco left before he could give them names – to stop Godspeed’s war, but Bart’s association with Godspeed puts the whole team at risk. Chester needs Allegra’s help to find a way to defeat Godspide. Joe and Kristen Kramer do the right thing by having a subplot. Caitlin is here.
The first part of Heart of the Matter begins by showing how Nora and Bart become embroiled in the Godspide War. In the future, Flash’s children got tangled up with Godspid just before his time jump and followed him into the past. In this scene, some terrible decisions are made that undermine all three characters. The first one is Godspeed: His voice is reminiscent of Cobra Commander mixed with Randy Savage’s Macho Man. I don’t understand how anyone thought it would work. So far, Godspeed and his clones are intimidating villains who pose a threat to the Flash. When you hear that voice, you almost expect Bugs Bunny to be singing it on the rails of a high-speed train or something.
Bart is even worse, as his voice, movements and facial expressions are so bad that they complement this drastic change in tone. Flash was always funny, but one day he started taking himself seriously, especially in the villain department. Now he has a cartoon villain and a new hero to go with it. Nora does better than them, but she and Bart seem like the most incompetent superhero team when they argue like idiots while Godspeed runs away. Shouldn’t they have been active crime fighters for a while? Either way, the three men enter the current year ready to start the episode in earnest.
Heart of the Matter Part 1 is the result of the biggest problem with Godspeed War’s script: it’s too rushed. One episode is filled with Bart’s history with Godspeed, Jay Garrick’s involvement, Barry’s family trying to function as one even though they don’t communicate much, and the use of the innocent August Heart to find out what Godspeed wants. These things happen so fast that none of them have enough time or development to become meaningful. Oddly enough, an episode so rich in information and plot points still feels like filler, as none of the action has any significant impact on the plot. Neither the good guys nor Godspeed and his clones accomplish anything or advance in their own way.
Take Bart, for example. In Heart of the Matter, Part 1, he shows up (unless you count his 10-second appearance in last week’s Stinger), becomes a grinning idiot – sorry, an impulsive young man – his rivalry with Godspeed and close friendship with Jay Garrick are revealed, and he clashes with his father and returns under his care. That’s a lot of character development for 40 minutes of television, and Bart is suffering. We don’t feel his connection to Jay because we’ve barely seen Bart alone, let alone his closest ally. We’ve never seen him interact with Barry, so a brief introduction to him is like reading a children’s book to a sleeping parent at bedtime.
The relationship between Bart and Barry also seems unrealistic because Barry’s reaction to meeting a son he didn’t know existed is so inauthentic. With more episodes at his disposal, Barry could be overwhelmed by Bart, slowly get used to his son’s presence and learn to be a father to a boy who is already in an independent phase of his life. There is no learning curve in The Heart of the Matter, Part 1; Barry immediately switches to father mode, as does Iris to mother mode. I know they’ve been through this before with Nora (not that Arrow has ever had a problem repeating what they’ve been through), but I find it hard to believe they’d adapt so quickly. I did appreciate, however, that there was no arguing after the kids arrived; Barry and Iris bonded as adults and supported each other, and I’m always happy to see that.
This strong compression of the story also harms Godspeed. The villains of the past, even the most lousy ones, have shown how evil they are by their actions, by the actions we have seen and felt as a result. For example, we saw Reverse-Flash kill Barry’s mom and Zoom kill his dad. But Heart of the Matter Part 1 just tells us that Godspeed kills Jay Garrick at some point. Why not show us this at the beginning of the episode instead of this pathetic opening? Let us feel Bart’s pain and Godspide’s ruthlessness, and let us feel Jay dying at the hands of this monster. Jay’s murder follows the moment he tells Bart to take a chance, an important piece of advice that brought the two men together. That would do a lot to put us in the shoes of these characters. Instead, we are told these things through the dialogue of characters who have changed timelines so many times that it doesn’t seem to matter anymore.
The same goes for Augustus Hurt, the man who will one day become Godspeed. We didn’t spend any time with him or see him interact with Barry and the others. Still, in Heart of the Problem Part 1, we have to make sure Barry trusts Hart and helps them stop Godspeed. It must be a difficult decision, and we are dutifully told it is, but again, we don’t feel it. This all had to happen after seeing Godspawn’s evil and Bart’s pain. Making us believe that we should trust the man who killed a beloved character. Shows how hard it is for Bart to accept this; maybe Impulse is even trying to thwart Barry’s attempt to get into Heart’s mind because of his hatred. All the drama was done because of those boring storylines at the beginning of the season.
Although all the plot lines and characters are poorly developed, there are some great moments in Heart of the Matter Part 1. The first is when Barry dives into the path of Godspawn’s rays to protect Nora. We don’t often see Barry as a hero these days, but his act of self-sacrifice to save his daughter is an impressive image. The moment when the speedsters gather in the church and the Godspeed clones surround them is also effective. One by one, each escape route is cut off by another squadron of clones until they are completely surrounded and ready to be destroyed. There is a real tension in the way everything is staged, and the good guys seem to have real problems. Finally, the return of Cisco is a fitting triumph, even if it comes so soon after his departure that one wonders why Carlos Valdes just didn’t last the rest of the season. Were these four episodes really a bridge too far? The rest is meaningless. Chester and Allegra have a lot on their minds, and Joe and Kramer get involved in the Godspeed War. (The fact that they had no idea the entire city was under attack by an army of supervillains is one of the dumbest things I’ve seen in this series). And poor Caitlin has nothing to do but wait for a much less interesting character to acknowledge her existence. It’s a disgrace.
The first half of Heart of the Matter is both overwhelming and unnecessary, and lacks potentially good storylines and character arcs because Godspeed’s war starts so late in the season. There are a few strong moments, but the rest of the episode weakens their impact. Next week’s finale should be great and make up for most of this season.
Location – 5
Actor – 6
Progression – 6
Production planning – 5
Topics – 5
The first half of Heart of the Matter is both overwhelming and unnecessary, and lacks potentially good storylines and character arcs because Godspeed’s war starts so late in the season. There are a few strong moments, but the rest of the episode weakens their impact.
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