'The Flash' Season 6 Episode 13 Review: A filler that hints at the return of Cisco and possibly Reverse-Flash

While 'Grodd Friended Me' does look at the aftereffects of the post 'Crisis' world, it also brings back Chester P Runk, as Cisco's replacement


                            'The Flash' Season 6 Episode 13 Review: A filler that hints at the return of Cisco and possibly Reverse-Flash
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Spoiler alert for 'The Flash' Season 6: Episode 13: 'Grodd Friended Me'

This one's a proper filler of an episode. In the end, it just felt like a video game battle between Grodd and Solovar— two recurring characters from the series. While 'Grodd Friended Me' does look at the aftereffects of the post 'Crisis' world, it also brings back Chester P. Runk (Brandon McKnight) as Cisco's (Carlos Valdes) replacement. For those who missed the genius, there's good news as the character is set to return. 

After an experiment goes horribly wrong,  Barry (Grant Gustin) finds himself in Grodd's (voiced by David Sobolov) mind. It is revealed that Grodd was in a mental coma in Argus prison and needs Barry's help to get out of it.  What follows is the classic question of whether Grodd could be trusted, despite the gorilla's earnest pleas. 

'The Flash' has heavily used teamwork as a theme in its episode and despite the absence of Team Flash's central characters, it uses Kamilla Hwang (Victoria Park) and Runk as replacements who need a bit of a boost. This would also mean that Runk would be the latest addition to the team as they take on new challenges and metas over the course of the season. 

The Eva McCulloch-Iris storyline has a major reveal in the end and unsurprisingly, Efrat Dor's confused and weak-looking Eva is indeed confirmed to be the Mirror Master while there's also the return of Reverse-Flash that's hinted in the final minutes of the episode. 

It's impressive how the writers have managed to introduce the Reverse-Flash through Harrison Nash Wells (Tom Cavanagh) this season. From being a multi-versal explorer to Pariah, the character might just be the Reverse-Flash and that will be a major twist if this theory holds true. And finally, the focus shifts back to Barry post 'Crisis'. Perhaps the episode was meant to serve as the platform to bring  Cisco and Kid Flash back into the team fold. 

'Grodd Friended Me' may not have been the most impressive episodes of the second half of the season, however, it packs in enough to sit through. It can also be safely assumed the Mirror Master storyline will continue for a bit more before the team puts two and two together. 

It has been a great run for the Scarlet Speedster this reason as it gets most elements right. That it brought back old foes with a twist in persona just made it a lot more refreshing. Hopefully, there's more of this in the weeks to come. 

Heads-up:

The March 3 episodes of 'The Flash' and DC's 'Legends of Tomorrow' have been delayed. The CW announced that the delayed episodes will now air on March 10 instead.

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