The Flash season 4 episode 17 review: The sad story of Marlize DeVoe

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On The Flash season 4 episode 17 Tuesday night, what we saw was a very different sort of story — one that alternated rather frequently between fantastic comedy and also pretty painful drama.

For a prime example of the latter, you don’t really have to look any further than what transpired throughout the episode with Marlize DeVoe. She was starting to piece together just how Clifford was manipulating her and with that, wanted to come up with an escape plan. Yet, unfortunately learning this didn’t quite make a difference given that she was stuck in one of the saddest versions of Groundhog Day in existence. DeVoe would wipe her memory and she would start again as though nothing ever happened. Basically, the only reason that we saw DeVoe have to wipe her brain tonight was because of a mistake made in conversation. The longer this continues, the sadder this is probably going to become with Marlize being manipulated to do this terrible man’s bidding.

For Cisco this week, what we saw was his attempts to try and help Gypsy’s father Breacher regain his abilities to vibe. He did everything that he could to help him; unfortunately, in the process of that Cisco realized that he couldn’t help him. Danny Trejo’s character was just getting too old to do this stuff anymore and was scared to help him. He lied to him and following that, there was some more drama.

There wasn’t really anything altogether notable at first about this storyline other than that it was pretty fun. Yet, at the end of the hour Cisco got an offer to effectively take Breacher’s place at the Collection Agency. Will he take it? That’s the big cliffhanger at least for him at the moment.

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As for Team Flash…

Tonight, they were able to check one more bus meta off of the list by getting Null, a meta who could manipulate gravity. Trying to take her down was not easy, and at one point, Barry didn’t appreciate Dibny’s attempts to lighten up the mission — really to the point where he eventually tried to take him off of the case for good.

By the end of the episode, though, Ralph and Flash were on the same page, Null was voided, and our heroes could breathe easy and start to prepare for what lies ahead … which may be more troublesome than you imagine.

Is Reverse-Flash back?

That was the cliffhanger at the end of the episode, given that the conclusion of this episode allowed for an opportunity to see Harry, sporting his new thinking cap, finding the old room once occupied by Earth-1 Eobard Thawne. Are these powers turning him into the old version of “Wells.” That’s a cause for concern, to say the least.

CarterMatt Verdict

The Flash season 4 episode 17 proved to be great fun, at least in the moments where a woman wasn’t being completely held against her will and brainwashed. The Marlize part of the equation is sad, but it may be the perfect example of just how evil DeVoe actually is.

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