During his tenure in Central City, Barry Allen hasn’t exactly had it easy. He’s faced with more family tragedies than anyone, grown superhuman talents, battled horrible archenemies from the future he didn’t even know he had, gone through time, defeated aliens, and dealt with the end of the frickin’ universe (or, well, multiverse). The Scarlet Speedster and his team then had to deal with yet another alien invasion.
But this one arrived in the guise of the evil Despero, who sought to assassinate Central City’s hero because he was afraid of what was about to happen. Barry defeated Despero and his archenemy Reverse-Flash in the last episode of the Arrowverse crossover event.
The program returned from a long absence to formally kick off its eighth season with an episode in which Bart Allen and Nora West-Allen got themselves into some time-traveling trouble. We quickly returned to the present, though, for more Team Flash escapades. In Flash Season 8 Episode 7, Kramer requests a direct line to him in order to assist The Flash with cases, which Barry refuses to offer. In the meantime, Goldface resurfaces and attacks the CCPD. Here’s what happened in “Lockdown,” episode 7 of The Flash season 8.
Flash Season 8 Episode 7 Review: Lockdown
Captain Kristen Kramer finally says the right thing and asks for a direct line to the Scarlet Speedster when The Flash drags in another foolish batch of criminals into the CCPD. Shouldn’t this be a no-brainer? However, for some reason, Barry is torn between giving it to her and not giving it to her. “Who does he think he is, Batman?” you might wonder after seeing this. Why is it even an issue to provide her a direct line when so many others already know his identity? Why not do the same with Kramer? He shows himself to seemingly everyone at random. And, once again, Batman has direct contact with Gordon.
However, witnessing Barry and Kramer bond during the episode when they’re both kidnapped by Goldface makes you love this plot even more. The sudden trust that the two of them have in one other as a result of being put into this improbable position is so natural and well-executed that it makes you fall in love with Kramer as a character, even if you didn’t care much for her before. Barry and Kramer’s interactions here were the absolute best parts of the episode, so it will be fascinating to see them together in the future. It’s also fantastic that Kramer just realized Barry is The Flash because she’s an excellent detective.
Love Story In The Flash Season 8 Episode 7
This episode spends much too much time on uninteresting romantic connections. Chester and Allegra are the first to appear. This romance appeared out of nowhere during “Armageddon,” and now they’re trying to play it up, even more, particularly the awkwardness of it, and it’s not even really intriguing. Pessimistically, it will very certainly never be interesting. Then there’s Caitlin and her new boyfriend, who Chillblaine and Frost are enjoying a double date with. Marcus also happens to be his name, and it’s a bad dating idea.
I can’t tolerate seeing Chillblaine on screen most of the time since he’s an annoying, horrible guy. However, there is a moment in which he gives Caitlin some dating advice. That’s pretty good, and it helps to make him a more lovable character. He still stinks, and I still despise him, but after that chat, I despise him a little less, which is a testament to how well that contact went.
The Cheesy Goldface
When Goldface infiltrates the CCPD and holds the entire precinct prisoner, the actual battle of this episode begins. The concept is intriguing, but the execution is lacking. Damion Poitier gives a good performance, but the character is so corny written and directed that it doesn’t work. He’s always been a corny villain, but everything related to him in episode seven is simply too much. It’s all tacky to the hilt, and it doesn’t work, from his massive gold chain to the music that plays for him throughout the program.
On the spur of the moment, he switches from cheesy to life-threatening discourse, and it’s awful. As a result, the tone has become disjointed. He even goes on a rant to his lackey about great literature at one point in the show, leaving you to wonder, “Why?” “What gives?” It’s not fun, and I’m not sure how it made it beyond a pitch meeting, much less a first draft of a script. Despite the great Barry/Kramer narrative in “Lockdown,” most of this episode of The Flash season 8 is hampered by decisions that either don’t work or aren’t really fascinating.