During its first season, The Flash has managed to adapt many of the sci-fi elements, plot twists, and characters from the DC comics on which the show is based. With time travel, identity-stealing devices, robot bees, and a character who can fly using firepower all existing within the series, it seems not much is off limits for The Flash.
Now, as The Flash nears its season finale, another character from the comics will be featured in the upcoming episode. The telepathic talking ape Gorilla Grodd has been living in the sewers under Central City, but will battle Barry Allen's (Grant Gustin) Flash in "Grodd Lives."
The CW released an extended trailer for "Grodd Lives" (above), which features more of the fight between Barry and Grodd - including a brief shot of the two running at each other inside the sewer tunnels. Additionally, the trailer reveals that the battle won't simply be physical, but mental as well, as Barry experiences flashes of what appears to be Grodd's past as a test subject.
Throughout the season, The Flash has teased the existence and role of Gorilla Grodd beginning with a glimpse of the ape's broken cage with his name on it in the pilot. Midway through the season, Grodd appeared for the first time and was subsequently revealed to be the subject of testing by Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) and General Eiling (Clancy Brown). The previous teaser for "Grodd Lives" confirmed that Harrison has some control over Grodd, and the extended trailer reveals that the ape views Dr. Wells as his father.
While Gorilla Grodd doesn't technically fall into the camp of one-off villains featured on The Flash this season (since his existence has been slowly established over time), "Grodd Lives" will certainly bring the intelligent ape into the spotlight. The addition of telepathy to the fight between Barry and Grodd may make the match-up more compelling than some of those featured previously on The Flash with one-and-done villains.
However, with other plot threads also set to be explored in “Grodd Lives” as the show sets up its season finale, it’s difficult to say whether Grodd’s history will be explored in a way that satisfies the fans who have been waiting all season for the ape’s appearance. That being said, the final shot from the extended trailer depicting Barry and Grodd running at each other head-on certainly hints that the fight will be worth the wait.
With only three episodes left in season 1, The Flash will soon be tying together many of those plot threads that have been established throughout the year. Of course, a final battle between Wells and Barry is coming, but the synopsis for the finale also teases the return of two fiery characters and perhaps some more time travel.
CB released the official synopsis for the last episode of The Flash’s debut season, titled “Fast Enough.” The episode will see the return of Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) and Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber), who join to create Firestorm. Additionally, the title may hint that Barry will again travel through time.
Read the full synopsis:
“Fast Enough” — EPIC SEASON FINALE; VICTOR GARBER AND ROBBIE AMELL GUEST STAR — Wells (Tom Cavanagh) presents Barry (Grant Gustin) with a life-changing choice. Dr. Martin Stein (guest star Victor Garber) and Ronnie Raymond (guest star Robbie Amell) return to help the S.T.A.R. Labs team with this final fight. Dermott Downs directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Gabrielle Stanton & Andrew Kreisberg (#123). Original airdate 5/19/2015.
With time travel on the table, “Fast Enough” certainly has the potential to completely change and rewrite the first season of The Flash. Although the title of the episode may hint at whether or not Barry’s speed will be enough to fight the Reverse-Flash, it could also be a reference to running fast enough to travel through time.
Since it was established that an adult version of Barry was in his home the night his mother was killed by the Reverse-Flash, “Fast Enough” may see Barry’s attempts to go back in time and attempt to save his mother. Since The Flash’s first season has drawn inspiration from “Flashpoint,” it’s possible Barry’s “life-changing” decision in the episode will be whether or not he should save his mother; he may need to choose between the life he knows and an alternate universe in which his mother survived.
Of course, this is mostly speculation and with spoilers about who will appear and what may happen in the final episodes of The Flash, it’s difficult to judge how the finale will wrap up season 1. However, The Flash has largely been successful in adapting the comic characters and it’s more than likely the finale will continue to entertain fans and casual viewers alike.
The Flash continues with "Grodd Lives" Tuesday @8PM on The CW.