The Flash 3x11 "Dead or Alive" | Recap/Review

By Christopher Ross (@boss_ross92)

Frank Ockenfels III/The CW

Frank Ockenfels III/The CW

A good old fashioned H.R. Wells’ (Tom Cacanagh) daydream is the perfect way to start off an episode of the Flash. The CW could make a show that has a cast made entirely of different multiverse iterations of Harrison Wells and it’s still be fun to watch.

The episode begins with a cool Barry/Wally (Grant Gustin/Keiyan Lonsdale) team up, where the duo stop a few low-level baddies called the Electric Gang from using some state of the art weaponry similar to Plunder’s from last week’s episode. It’s Wally in the end who got the attention of a bus full of cheerleaders who were swooning over the new sidekick’s abilities.

Back at Star Labs, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) maps out the setting of Iris’ (Candice Patton) future death via a Lego display but is quickly shut down by Julian (Tom Felton). The newest member of Team Flash doesn’t hold anything back as he explains to Barry the impossibility of Barry enhancing his speed quick enough to stop Savitar in 4 months’ time.

Next, we see this week’s adversary Gypsy (Jessica Camacho), who seems to have the same vibe powers as Cisco. She has a flashback of H.R. in Jitters right before she takes out a couple police officers who were trying to apprehend her. The next day Barry and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) are hot on the new metahuman’s trail. It’s not long before Gypsy finds her way to Star Labs and H.R explains to Cisco and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) that the intruder is called a Collector on his Earth. The bounty hunter shows Cisco a couple of new abilities he hasn’t learned yet including traveling at will within the same area and stopping Kid Flash in his tracks. The Collector tells the group that H.R. is fugitive for an unauthorized breach travel and she is there to collect him. With only an hour to get his affairs in order before he is taken back, H.R. explains that his punishment on Earth-19 is to be put to death.

Before Gypsy comes and takes her bounty, H.R. explains to Cisco and Barry that the only way he can escape his fate is through a trial by combat. When the bounty hunter arrives, Cisco challenges the Earth-19 Collector to the trial, but not before he offers a dinner date instead. Cisco is given 24 hours to prepare for the trial.

At the Star Labs warehouse, Julian sets up a training area for Cisco to work on his vibe abilities. While Cisco tries to work on his accuracy, we get to see a few cardboard cutouts of some past villains including one of King Shark and another with Gorilla Grodd. He also tries to transport within the warehouse but finds his way on the rafters close to the ceiling.

Before the trial by combat, the viewers are treated to a subplot with Iris and Wally who are trying to find the person responsible for all the enhanced weaponry being sold. Iris distracts Joe in the police station to give Wally enough time to speed on through and take a couple snapshots of the information the police have on the arms dealer. When the brother/sister duo find the warehouse where they believe the dealer is holding the weapons, Iris confronts the dealer until Wally runs through and knocks the baddie out. In the end Wally, Iris, and even Barry (although he didn’t do anything) get chewed out by Joe for their actions.

Act 3 of the episode starts off with the showdown between Vibe and Gypsy. We get a couple cheap shots by Gypsy before things start to get heated. The Earth-19 meta opens up a breach and tackles Cisco through the portal. The two end up battling between multiple Earths including a rooftop on Earth-2, a volcano-like setting on an unknown Earth, and a quick crossover appearance to Jimmy Olsen’s office on Supergirl’s Earth. When the pair makes their way back to Earth-1, Cisco exploits a weakness in Gypsy tactics (courtesy of Julian) and wins the trial by combat.

The H.R. plotline comes to a close when Gypsy tells Team Flash that H.R. can never return to Earth-19 because she must make it seem like she killed him before returning back. Before she leaves, Gypsy has a romantic moment with Cisco and it looks like she is about to kiss him but vibes back to Earth-19 before Cisco can reach her lips. The poor guy could only remark on how cool her exit was.

The episode ends on an interesting note. Barry walks in on Wally running around the Star Labs track and tells our young hero that he (Barry) has been looking at the Savitar situation the wrong way. Barry is not going to stop Savitar -- Wally is. We will see next week what’s in store for Kid Flash, but it looks like he is going to need to quickly increase his speed to keep up with the Speed God. 

 

Note: This article is ongoing. Check back later in the week for this week's other articles, including:

Legends of Tomorrow 2x10 "The Legion of Doom"

Arrow 5x11 "Second Chances"

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Supergirl 2x10 "We Can Be Heroes" Recap/Review


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