REVIEW: The Flash – Season 7, Episode 13 “Masquerade”

REVIEW: The Flash – Season 7, Episode 13 “Masquerade”

“Masquerade” is the 13th episode of The Flash Season 7. In this episode, Barry goes to Yolanda with his mother and Iris to stop Savitar. At the same time, a newly-evil Reverse Flash (normally Wally West) causes a robbery and captures the cops. When Cicada attacks the city, he starts with the Central City Police Department.

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But masks do not heal wounds. They just hide it.

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word-image-10572 Watching The Masquerade, I got the impression that Flash was trying to reassure us that we wouldn’t miss Cisco, or that he wanted us to mourn the loss of our avatar by showing us the horde of idiots who replaced him. And to help, they’ve made it very boring; this episode is an endurance test, a perfect means of testing narcolepsy drugs. Cécile is haunted by the mysterious figure in the mirror at the end of Farewell Vibrations. Chester is struggling to settle into the role of Cisco’s replacement. Joe is investigating Kristen Kramer (or so we’re told). Barry and Iris try to have fun but are stopped by Chester, which expresses this episode and what we can probably expect from the show in the future.

The masquerade begins with Joe and Cecile getting used to their new life. Joe has retired and now laments that his department is in the wrong hands – and especially in the hands of a man he believes is abusing his power and leading the police down a dark path. Cecile left the District Attorney’s office to become a lawyer and defend metahumans who are not getting their fair share of justice. Coincidentally, Cecile’s new client has ties to Kramer, which gives Joe a new lead in his unexpected investigation. Sounds like a potentially interesting story, doesn’t it? If only the producers thought so, because it quickly deteriorates into a warmed-over story about uncertainty and overcoming it.


Cecile, you see, is locked in a white room (with black curtains at the station; just kidding) in a madhouse that is actually part of her mind, or rather the golden mask she saw in the mirror. Masquerade doesn’t make it clear what exactly is going on, but she no longer has control of her body. No, it’s Psycho Pirate, who was last seen in the Crisis on Infinite Earths mess. And soon the psychopathic pirate lures Barry into his mask, or into Cecile’s subconscious, or into another dimension, or whatever. Doesn’t it seem like Flash is doing his best to push him aside lately? He seems to appear less often than usual, and when he does appear, he seems more of a secondary than a main character. For example, the climax with Powers had more to do with them than him. And when it came time to confront Eve, Barry stood by while Iris told Eve how important it was to kiss. All this after they took away his speed (again) for a few episodes.

This is starting to get boring. And in Masquerade, that’s even more the case, as the focus is on Cecile, Chester and the returning Sue Dearbone, who was so missed as an incarnate hair. Cecile and Chester are at least thematically relevant; they both feel insecure, and the psychopathic pirate manages to use that insecurity to his advantage. Cecile is haunted by the memory of leaving her mother to die alone while she pursues her career, and Chester knows he’s not Cisco and is eager to prove himself to the Flash team. It’s cheap, it’s boring, and the characters and actors who have to sell it are not up to the task. Cecile has never shown any hatred towards her mother, so it seems this was done to keep her busy while Psycho Pirate inhabits her body. And Chester’s concerns aren’t mutual, because we all know he’s right; he’s an annoying guy we only met last season, and he’s replacing a character we’ve loved from the start.

It’s almost inevitable that when a series regular is replaced, the show devotes an episode to letting viewers know that the reduced version is our new favorite character (I was so mad at Orville when they did that to my beloved Alara), but Chester is so bad that it’s even more annoying than usual.


There’s nothing unexpected about the Masquerade. Chester makes a mistake, then gets up and helps save the day, and Barry and Iris tell him he’s now a full member of the team. Cecile confronts her past selfishness and refuses to let it define her, and then fires a solar flare laser at the evil manifestation of her possessed body (I have no idea where solar flare lasers come from, and I don’t feel like anyone wants to explain). Sue Dearbone is there because Team Flash decides she needs to break into the museum where the Psycho Pirate’s mask is kept and steal it so he can’t get his hands on it.

She goes right off the episode, although it’s fun to watch her have to explain why Ralph isn’t there and make us forget that it’s because of tweets from a decade ago. All of these characters are unconvincing and the actors playing them are dumber than a trough full of pigs, not to mention they’re supposed to be funny and sassy. What makes Masquerade even worse is that it was cast aside in favor of this story. Joe’s investigation into Kristen Kramer seems much more interesting than Cecile’s mother issues, but after he finds his first clue, he disappears for the entire episode and doesn’t reappear until the end to share what he found. Why not make it the main plot and have Chester (because I assume he must be there) spoil it to make him doubt himself?

Jo is not only a great character, played by a great actor, but also a potentially interesting villain, especially since she’s probably not all bad and even has a good point. It looks like it’s really bad right now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a trick. I’d love to see Barry and the others go up against someone who isn’t trying to kill someone or take over the world, but is doing some other kind of damage that they can’t necessarily get away with in order to win.

If they insist on giving up superfights, that would be more interesting than pardoning murderers for flower power or something. I really liked the subplot where Barry and Iris have sex because they want to start a family, but in a situation too perfect to be an intentional meta-joke, Chester spoils that too and scolds them about it later in the lab. Is anyone surprised that he’s such a big nerd? You also have to feel sorry for Danielle Panabaker, who has to pretend to be amused by this idiot. Depending on what happens next week, Masquerade could be worth watching, though I can’t imagine many people wanting to rewatch the next few seasons of The Flash.


The Masquerade is a boring episode with the worst characters The Flash has ever seen. Barry is once again sidelined, Chester and Cecile learn the obvious lessons in the most routine way possible, and a potentially interesting plot is pushed aside to make way for all of this. I suggest you turn off your phone to keep yourself busy, but that may be the only way to stay awake.

The Masquerade is a boring episode with the worst characters The Flash has ever seen. Barry is once again sidelined, Chester and Cecile learn the obvious lessons in the most routine way possible, and a potentially interesting plot is pushed aside to make way for all of this. I suggest you turn off your phone to keep yourself busy, but that may be the only way to stay awake.

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