– by Joseph Jammer Medina

After four weeks of strong storytelling on The Flash it was expected to get an episode like this.  In typical Flash style we are introduced to a new villain with very little backstory and screen time.   All while, the team is caught up in some sort of drama that allows the villain a small chance to succeed. By the end of the episode Team Flash resolves their problem and stops the villain before their ultimate goal is met and either kill them or send them away to rot in jail. This weeks episode of The Flash introduced an old nemesis,  The Magician, into the Arrowverse played by David Dastmalchian.  While “Abra Kadabra” tried to add value to what The Magician was trying to do, the main focus of the episode had a heavy emphasis on the relationships that have developed this season between all the characters.  We also saw  the return of Jessica Camacho as Gypsy who had a personal vendetta for capturing The Magician.  

David made the character of The Magician as villainous as he could with a small story line to work with. A reoccurring trend for this show is to put little effort into creating a meaningful story for the villain of the week that leaves little for the audience to invest in.  The only shred of interest the audience had for The Magician was the fact that he knows who Savitar is since he is from the future.  That little piece was dangled in front of team Flash for the entire episode with Barry and Joe willing to sacrifice their morals to get that information.  Only to have a let down at the end of the episode and not find out who Savitar really is.  Now we have to wait an entire month for the show to come back to find out who Savitar is.

As a father it was nice to finally see Joe struggle with the concept of knowing that his own daughter would be killed soon at the hands of Savitar.  Joe has always been the cool headed one of the group that looks for the positive in every situation.  It was understandable to see Joe remain cool during the first two seasons because all the major events focused on Barry who had super powers to protect himself.  With Iris being the focal point of pain it seemed odd for Joe to stay calm knowing that his daughter would die before him and there was very little for him to do about it.  That’s why I was happy to see that it was Joe who broke his morals and tried to make a deal with The Magician to get the identity of Savitar.  Although the plan ultimately failed you could see the Joe as a father would do anything to protect his daughter.

While it was fun to see Cisco ponder about his relationship with Gypsy over the past weeks since she was introduced to the show, this week it took a weird turn.  Within minutes of Magician coming into the scene Gypsy has come back to Earth 1 from Earth 19 to capture Magician for mulitple crimes.  We would find out near the end of the episode that Magician killed Gypsy’s partner a while back and she was still hung up on it to the point she couldn’t give Cisco what he wanted. What does Cisco have to do to get a girlfriend or love interest?

Julian and Caitlin’s relationship has grown at a snails pace with this episode having the biggest growth yet between the two characters.  Julian who was still hurt and upset at Caitlin’s true motivation having him join the team kept his distance from Caitlin to avoid being hurt.  It was only because of Caitlin’s near death experience that Julian could move past her motivation for bringing him to the team and realize his true feelings for her.  The twist at the end of the episode having Caitlin go into shock leading Julian to remove her meta-dampener necklace to save her

Overall this was an expected episode after four great weeks of The Flash.  While The Magicians storyline didn’t have a significant impact to the show lets hope this is not the end of seeing this meta-human on the show.  With very little progress towards the team figuring out how to stop Savitar.  It wasn’t until the last five minutes of the episode that Barry develope a plan to save Iris by traveling to the future and Killer Frost was finally released to terrorize Central City.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.