The latest episode of The Flash Season 3 opens with Jesse Quick explaining the disappearance of her father to Team Flash. Turns out, he was invited to Gorilla City by a cadre of its Gorilla Citizens. When he and his expedition party arrived, they were all beaten to death save for Harrison Wells. Barry (Grant Gustin) decides to get a party of his own together to find and save Wells and he leaves behind Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) and Jesse Quick (Violett Beane) to look after Central City while he’s gone.
Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco (Carlos Valdes), and Julian (Tom Felton) then join Barry on his journey across universes to Earth Two. They arrive in Gorilla City and Barry reveals that by stopping Grodd’s attack before it starts they can prevent yet another headline from coming true and in turn lower the odds of the most feared event of The Flash Season 3: Iris‘ (Candice Patton) death at the hands of Savitar.
Back on Earth One, Kid Flash and Jesse Quick foil a robbery. More specifically, Kid Flash foils a robbery, showboating all the while for the cameras. Wally eventually asks Jesse to stay in his universe, but she is unable to give him a quick answer. Jesse eventually has a heart-to-heart with H.R., the man who shares her father’s looks, but has a far different spirit and personality.
On Earth Two, Barry realizes he and the gang have been led into a trap by Grodd. After being tranquilized by Grodd, Team Flash wakes up in a prison even their respective metahuman powers can’t get them out of. They soon realize Grodd must be dampening their powers and Grodd then uses Harrison Wells to talk to them. Grodd explains that Solovar, the leader of the gorillas, was planning an attack on humankind. In order to stop the attack, Grodd says that Barry must kill Solovar in the arena and Grodd can take his place as leader of the gorillas.
Barry accepts the challenge on the condition that if he wins, Solovar will leave his world alone. They then meet in the arena for combat. Barry soon finds himself overwhelmed by the sheer power of Solovar and attempts a lightning throw. Solovar easily fends this off and is about to deliver a killing blow when Cisco tells him to pull a “Reverse Flash.” Barry does so and incapacitates Solovar, but he refuses to kill him. As he announces to the arena’s crowd that mankind only wants peace, Grodd commands his gorilla soldiers to “take him out” and Barry is knocked out by a poisoned dart.
After he wakes up back in his cell, Grodd tells Barry via Harrison Wells that Solovar never wanted to attack Central City, but Grodd himself did. Grodd explains that he is now planning an invasion of his former city and he needs Cisco’s help. Team Flash then talks through their escape options, one of them being Caitlin using her “cold powers” to kill Cisco before he can help Grodd. Caitlin scoffs at this idea, but Barry insists that one of them will have to die in order for them to escape.
Grodd then enters to find Barry lying cold and lifeless on the ground. He drags Barry out of the power dampening cage where he vibrates himself back to life. He then frees Caitlin, who helped set their escape into motion by freezing Barry, and the rest of the gang. Barry speeds them off to the outskirts of Gorilla City where Cisco opens up a breach back into Earth One.
Team Flash celebrates their victory while the two Harrison Wells share a brief back and forth. Jesse helps her father recuperate and tells Wally that he turns her world and asks him what he thinks of her moving to Earth One. The two kiss and H.R. gloats that his advice turned out to be more sage than that of her father, the supposed “real” Harrison Wells. Meanwhile, love is in the air for Julian and Caitlin as he refuse to fear her or her alter-ego Killer Frost and decides to instead ask her out for a steak.
Former love interests are even in the air as Gypsy, a previous guest star of The Flash Season 1, makes an appearance. She is not there to continue her flirtation with Cisco or even enjoy a cup of Earth One coffee. Instead, she appears to be Grodd’s captive as he vows to use her powers to open a breach to Earth One for his invasion. With that, the latest episode of The Flash Season 1 comes to a close.
Julian namedrops Bludhaven in the episode. While this isn’t exactly a mention of Gotham City or Metropolis, it is nevertheless a big time city in the DC Universe. Not far from Gotham, Bludhaven is home to Nightwing, a superhero identity of former Robin, Dick Grayson. Could a visit to Bludhaven be in the cards for future episodes of The Flash Season 3? Wouldn’t be surprising. What would be surprising is if we see any of the Bat-family run with Barry and Co., but Nightwing doesn’t seem like all that impossible or improbable a choice.
Got to again give Tom Cavanagh credit for a tour de force performance as both H.R. and Harrison Wells as well as Grodd. He really did a great job as Grodd and conveyed the great ape’s power and animal ferocity easily.
Will Gorilla City’s attack on Central City be headline worthy? Let’s hope for Barry’s sake it is not as we look forward to the next episode of The Flash Season 3. We’ll hopefully see a reunion of Gypsy and Cisco and a resolution to Jesse’s decision to move to Earth One. Certainly her father wouldn’t want to stay behind, but is Earth One big enough for two Harrison Wellses?
Check back next week for the answer as The Flash Season 3 continues with part two of “Attack on Gorilla City.” Then be sure to check-in every week for our exclusive The Flash Season 3 recaps, previews, and spoilers. Follow Gossip & Gab on Facebook and Twitter for more entertainment news and gossip. For more from Justin Hernandez, follow him on Twitter.1 of 1