REVIEW: The Flash – Season 7, Episode 14 “Rayo de Luz”
For the past couple of episodes, The Flash has been dealing with the aftermath of the death of Barry’s mother, and coping with the loss in the most dysfunctional way possible. It has been an interesting take on the show, but it has gotten a bit over the top. Now, we get a season finale where Barry is getting dealt with the loss of Nora, and to top it off, he is being blackmailed into being a weapon. It all leads to a tragic ending, and I have to say, it is a bit disappointing.
This week as part of the “Arrowverse” event, The Flash had to fight off a new villain named “Rayo de Luz” who was built by the Reverse Flash. Rayo de Luz is a master hacker and one of the most deadliest individuals that the Flash has ever faced. He wants to take over the world with a new “ray” weapon that will turn anything it hits to ash. When Barry confronts Rayo de Luz to try and stop him, he is defeated and sent to prison. The episode ends with Rayo de Luz being transported to Iron Heights Penitentiary.
After a long and grueling week on the streets of Keystone City, Barry finally has time to relax and recharge. But when a fire breaks out in the Central City Police Department’s clock tower, Barry is left to save the city from the rogue metahuman fire-starter.. Read more about the flash season 7 episode 15 and let us know what you think.
CHECK : The Flash – Season 7 Episode 14 Rayo de Luz
Rayo de Luz is not the episode we needed after being told – but not shown – how great Chester is last week. Instead of bringing the focus back to Barry, as it should, Flash puts him completely out of the picture in this episode, allowing Allegra, Chester and Sue to travel unnecessarily, which is one of the best arguments for shorter TV seasons I’ve ever seen.
Barry announces that he and Iris (who never appears on screen, perhaps because Candice Patton has the best agent in Hollywood) are going on vacation, leaving Caitlin, Frost, Chester and Allegra to guard the fort. Ultraviolet, Allegra’s cousin, returns and urges Allegra to try Barry’s new philosophy of forgive and forget on her evil relative. Joe continues to investigate Kristen Kramer’s questionable military past. The executives at CW are finally blushing because they overplayed their hand (maybe; who knows what their threshold is?).
Since Rayo de Luz started, we were warned what to expect this week. Barry immediately explains that he won’t be there because he and Iris have decided to have children, and they need to be as far away from Chester as possible to get pregnant. Not only do we get a repeat of last week’s embarrassing moment, but we also get a reminder of exactly what happened, as we can’t even escape Chester’s past exploits, let alone his new ones. Over the past week, I’ve noticed how Barry has been sidelined on his own show, and Rayo de Luz is doing everything he can to confirm that opinion. Caitlin and Frost also barely appear, but there’s a practical reason for that: Daniel Panabaker was the director of this episode! It’s like if a TV star presented Saturday Night Live, and was written off during the week of their SNL show. (Remember Buffy’s transformation into a rat?) I wonder if they gave her an episode where she can cut her teeth if she fails. Anyway, she’s good, but in this series, especially lately, it’s hard to judge.
The gist of Rayo de Luz is that Ultraviolet is returning to Central City to cause trouble. If your reaction to Allegra’s mention of her nephew was..: Who is it? I’m in. One consequence of this series being forgotten in recent years is that none of the villains are memorable, even those associated with members of Team Flash. Fortunately, the presentation is there to explain what the self-preserving part of my brain has forgotten: Ultraviolet was one of the Black Hole killers who tried to kill Barry, Iris, and a lot of other people last season. With Barry’s new tactic being to hug the bad guys until they get better, Allegra decides she can bring her cousin back into the light, not only by helping someone she loves, but also by impressing Barry and Iris when they return. Talk about dedication: The Flash is fully committed to its Gandhi-esque approach to superhero stories, rejecting each week what makes these characters funny in the first place.
But Rayo de Luz points out the limitations of this philosophy. Not intentionally, of course; God forbid they do something interesting and thought-provoking with their simplistic nonsense about benevolence. But in Ultraviolet, they represent a person determined to make the wrong choice every time one is offered. She tracks down the doctor who gave her superpowers, but fails to kill him, and when Allegra offers her a second chance, she gasps with more violence and wounds Chester (she gets a few points from me for saying she doesn’t care if he dies; killing horrible characters is my idea of redemption). When the evil doctor agrees to cancel her surgeries if she kills Allegra, Ultraviolet is tempted to kill Allegra. She doesn’t hesitate for a second before firing her beam power (who remembers what that actually does?) at her cousin and doesn’t stop until she has defeated him. She doesn’t get a revelation or change her mind, she is knocked unconscious and prevented from killing Allegra.
This would be the perfect time for Rayo de Luz to explain that some people cannot be rehabilitated and should be taken off the streets before they kill someone. I hope you expect your expectations to be disappointed, because it turns out that even cold-blooded murder for personal gain can be forgiven after a few hours. Allegra brings Ultraviolet back to STAR Labs, where she is offered a chance to be cured. It is a moral disaster to pretend that you are never responsible for your choices and that you have the right to see your desires fulfilled, even if you tried to kill someone to get them. Can you imagine sending your children out into the world with that kind of mentality? What’s odd is that this seems to be true of Ultraviolet only this week. Why hasn’t the doctor been forgiven? Salvation is out of the question for him. And when the badass bartender Frost likes appears in the film, his release from prison is seen as a miscarriage of justice, when in fact he did something to earn it by testifying against other criminals. I don’t think that’s enough to exonerate him, but it’s a lot more than Ultraviolet did. There’s no logic to it, and the smartest person in this episode is Barry, who runs off to have sex with a beautiful woman instead of listening to this crap.
If Barry were gone for an entire week, Rayo de Luz would be better off focusing on the only interesting storyline this season: Joe’s war with Kramer. This plot is getting more attention than last week, but it’s still being overshadowed and treated as an afterthought. The most frustrating part is that Kramer is a much better example of a nemesis with shades of gray than any of the other characters the series tries to make us sympathize with. Kramer has flaws and weaknesses, but she didn’t want to kill anyone, and the really bad things she did were understandable from her perspective. I’m glad they don’t make her a full-fledged villain, and I love the shot of her and Joe going through the files together. However, the scene where Joe confronts her in his office is horrifying, especially when she threatens to arrest him if he doesn’t stop trying to find out about her past. Arrest him for what? Doing something you don’t like without a permit? This could have been a great scene, but they ruined it by overdoing it, which they do much more often than they used to; see Natalie Dreyfuss’ entire performance as Sue as an example.
Rayo de Luz is the low point of a series whose luster is quickly fading. The obnoxious secondary characters take center stage again, the exploration of the philosophy of forgiving the bad guys makes no sense and is shockingly immoral, and the only potentially good plot is marginalized and ruined by silly dialogue and pretentiousness. I know there has been a steady decline for a while now, but I still feel entitled to ask what happened to Flash?
Location – 3
Actor – 4
Progression – 4
Production planning – 5
Subjects – 2
Rayo de Luz is the low point of a series whose luster is quickly fading. The obnoxious secondary characters take center stage again, the exploration of the philosophy of forgiving the bad guys makes no sense and is shockingly immoral, and the only potentially good plot is marginalized and ruined by silly dialogue and pretentiousness.(SPOILERS ALERT) The episode begins with Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) telling Barry (Grant Gustin) that she has some bad news. “I had a vision of you and Iris (Candice Patton) trapped inside a prison cell together,” she tells him. “I saw you in the same cell as her, and she was doing the same thing to you that she did to me.”. Read more about the flash episode guide and let us know what you think.
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