The Flash: Pay the Piper review S6 E18

Pay the Piper was a misstep of an episode at this point in the season that felt like a major waste of one of Flash’s better Rogues.

Barry breaks the news to Joe and the rest of Team Flash about the duplicates. The convo with Joe was criminally cut short and we were robbed of an inspiring pep talk from Joe.

Team Flash stayed bummed out after getting the news particularly Cisco after learning Kamila was a mirror duplicate. This seemed like a very weird episode to remind us about Allegra’s tension with Nash.

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Team Flash deduces the only way to stop him is via sonic vibrations and the best candidate to help is Hartley Rathaway aka Pied Piper. in the Post-Crisis world, Hartley had a crew of goons, but got really ticked off when his No. 1, Roderick, gets caught in a loop thanks to Hartley’s sonics and Flash’s lightning strike.

For some reason the team is completely clueless that Roderick is Hartley’s boyfriend. Ralph would care, but he’s got to visit a bummed out Frost as Danielle Panabaker is stuck on hide the baby bump behind pillows duties this week.

Frost is worried that Caitlin’s mother will cure her freaky cold issues and eliminate Frost for good. Frost’s storyline has gone nowhere in month’s now and it’s too late to write her out for the rest of the season.

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Godspeed randomly arrives and is a reminder the show still hasn’t figured out what the heck to do with one of the cooler new Flash characters from the comics. He’s trying to steal Flash’s speed, but I’m confused how Flash has any reserves left at this point let alone enough to have Godspeed steal any of it.

Eventually Team Flash pulls together long enough for Barry to convince Hartley to help him stop Godspeed. So far Godspeed has just been used as a minor obstacle who’s yet to come up with a fresh speedster angle.

It’s hard to break new ground when the writers opt for the Reverse Flash, Zoom and Savitar speedster playbook instead of the more original comic book backstory.

The writers give themselves another mulligan by saying this isn’t the real Godspeed either — just another drone capable of speech. This payoff for Godspeed really needs to be worth it at this point.

I kinda loved the frontier justice of Team Flash this week. Hartley and Roderick were criminals, but in the name of true love Flash let’s them off with a warning. Maybe in hindsight it would have been better off just keeping Hartley a Team Flash ally instead of adversary like the post-Flashpoint universe?

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At least the Godspeed encounter inspired Cisco to come up with a new device capable of restoring Barry’s powers — a perpetual motion machine with endless energy. Well, it’s worth a shot.

In the mirror world, Iris finds Kamila without a ton of effort. How did Eva manage to keep them apart so long? And where did she store Singh? Maybe they’ll kill Singh off and have his mirror version become Plunder like the comics?

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Pay the Piper didn’t really advance the main plot and felt like an unnecessary detour from the conflict with Eva. Time to see how this season finale shakes out.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Photo Credit: The CW

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