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"King Shark" smartly shifts between action and emotion as viewers are shown both a villainous man shark ripping off rooves and a strong performance from Grant Gustin as the guilt-ridden Barry.
Seeing King Shark is always a delight, but this episode is at its best when it covers emotional ground - particularly with the West family.
King Shark is on the loose after tricking his way out of an A.R.G.U.S. facility, but don't worry, we're not gonna need a bigger recap to handle all the CGI fun of The Flash's first post-Earth-2 episode.
Though King Shark may not be as menacing as Zoom, there is something about a massive man-shark that will always terrify - especially when ripping off the roofs of West-Allen houses.
Throw in a bad guy whose distinguishing characteristic is that he's a talking, pants-wearing shark and a major Zoom-related reveal, and there was more than enough to keep the show's momentum up leading into a month-long hiatus.
I almost wish King Shark hadn't ended with such a scene-stealing reveal, given the surprisingly robust hour that could just have easily slacked off after such a driven two-part "Earth-2" arc.
Barry must face the damage done by his trip to Earth-2, while Cisco Ramon starts to see his coworker in a whole new light...
For all its over-the-top moments, the entire hour had a kind of lightness to it. It was the bounty that only a 12-foot tall metahuman man shark can bring.
The Man in the Iron Mask is certainly another Jay Garrick doppelgänger, which brings the count to three: Dead Jay, Mask Jay and Zoom Jay. Are they triplets? Is Zoom collecting doppelgängers? Are they forming a boy band? These questions require answers.
The whole story was enjoyable in the goofiest way possible, and it was appreciated. The drama after the Earth-2 return played out rather well, too.
It's also impressive how well The Flash balances high-stakes drama with humor, and without making most of it appear forced. It's like Buffy the Vampire Slayer minus the Whedony dialogue.
What you need to understand is this: In a genre notorious for convoluted continuity, gritty reboots and decades of history...There is no explanation for King Shark.
I have absolute faith in this show. But they're going to have to do a hell of a lot of fancy footwork to earn this one. And no, this isn't just me being annoyed that they might have actually killed off Jay Garrick.