"Don't compromise who you are, ever. Losing what makes The Flash, The Flash - my life isn't worth it, if that's the cost to save me."
So, can I just start off by saying to all my fellow #WestAllen fans out there that, it's true. It wasn't a dream - Barry Allen and Iris West are engaged. (I know, I can hardly breathe too.)
But before we delve into what is known as that 'WestAllen goodness', let's take it back to the title of this episode, Attack on Central City. That's right, this second instalment of the #GorillaCity: TV event sees Gorilla Grodd and his army of telepathic gorillas return to Earth-1, to create some drama. (Like The Flash, doesn't have enough going on already.)
In this episode, we see Barry (Grant Gustin) contemplating whether or not he should kill Grodd and be done with him for good. However, the people around, mainly Iris (Candice Patton) and Harry (Tom Cavanagh) remind him that he isn't the type of hero who kills people. Now, this dilemma would be a bit more poignant, if we hadn't see... Barry kill before. (But hey, maybe the writers don't count the deaths of: Atom Smasher, Sand Demon and their fake friend who happened to be Hunter Zoloman - who happened to be Zoom. That's quite a list there, Barry.)
Moreover, we also get to see a team-up between our favourite speedsters as they get ready to take down Grodd and his army. The Flash, Jesse Quick (Violett Beane) and Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) make their way downtown, as they prepare to go head-to-head against the gorilla himself. Though, this is a diversion set-up by the "genius super-ape" - who instead is looking for a particular military general in charge of nuclear missile codes. (Now who's a clever, Gorilla?) This scene, however, does cause fans to fear for Dt. Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) - as Grodd takes control of his mind and nearly has West kill himself. (Those writers really had me going for a minute. I mean, there is already a theory out there, that the West we'll lose this season will be Joe and not Iris. I won't be able to survive either death.)
So now, Team Flash are faced with the predicament that Grodd has the nuclear missile codes to blow Central City away --- everything's going to be fine, right? And naturally, it is.
Barry goes to the location where the missile is launched to fire, and with the help of his super-speedy powers - he is able to type in the right key code. (That Flash, is one lucky hero.) But they're not in the clear yet, Grodd is determined to see Central City destroyed.
This is where, Cynthia 'Gypsy' Reynolds' help is needed. It's great to see Jessica Camacho back on our screens as badass Earth-19 Vibe. Cisco (Carlos Valdes) takes a trip to Earth-19 to ask Reynolds for help and while he's there the audience get to see a little cameo, from a speedster, we like to call - The Accelerated Man.
Back on Earth-1, our flash family is trying to fend off the gorillas - when Solovar jumps out of the breach, created by Cisco and Cynthia. Now, this is where things get good - or where we hoped things would get good. Not to say that the visual effects weren't good - because they were outstanding. It's just that, the Gorilla vs. Gorilla fight wasn't as great as the fight we saw in the previous episode. To be honest, it was a little lack-luster for me, but that's just my opinion. Nevertheless, Solovar defeating Grodd, is Barry's solution for not having to kill. Instead, he asks Solovar to show mercy, like he had done in their fight, and spare Grodd's life - which he accepts. Thus, Grodd is now locked up in A.R.G.U.S. Nothing could go wrong, right?
Highlights of the episode:
I must say it was amazing to see the interactions between H.R Wells and Harry Wells. Those two together, perfection - though my favourite from now on, will always be H.R.
Cynthia and Cisco sharing a passionate kiss before she leaves to return to Earth-19, was also a great addition to the episode. My man, Cisco needs a little love of his own. "I'm going to marry, that woman."
It's official, Jesse is staying on Earth-1 with Wally and the rest of Team Flash.
And before I forget, Savitar is back. Surprise! Just as the episode is about to finish, Wally sees our big-bad of the season coming out of a breach.
Now it's time to talk #WestAllen:
At the top of the episode, we get some domestic bliss from the DC couple - as Barry prepares breakfast for the two of them. Now, if you thought it couldn't get any more adorable - just wait for Bartholomew Henry Allen to propose Iris Ann West, with his great-grandmother's ring, no less. It was everything it needed to be, and more. Grant Gustin and Candice Patton, always know how to bring it.
Even though, I'm so happy to see these two characters happy and in love, I don't want them to rush into a wedding. Let's just have the engagement bliss. And besides, before anyone walks down the aisle, we first need to save Iris West from Savitar.
Catch all new episodes of #TheFlash, every Tuesday on The CW (US) and Sky 1(UK)