It looks like The Flash is going to be out of action for just a little while longer. The DeVoes succeeded in framing Barry for Clifford’s murder. Now, he’s in jail and the team is no closer to getting him out. They’ve been monitoring the DeVoe house, but the couple hasn’t made any moves. They have no evidence exonerating Barry. This means these last two weeks have been notably light on speedster action. It really makes you wish they’d kept Wally West around. I only hope Legends of Tomorrow makes up for that when it returns next month.On the bright side though, it means no DeVoe. As far as villains go, The Thinker has turned out to be kind of a dud. It was exciting to have a main villain be super smart, instead of another evil speedster. But The Flash doesn’t appear to have the ability to show what that intelligence looks like. It just tells us how smart he is. So smart that Harry is particularly vexed at coming across a person he can’t outthink. That plot detail would be a lot more effective if we had any insight into how DeVoe’s mind works. Or what his ultimate plan is. Great, he got Barry locked up. Now what? But hey, as long as the show is focused on how Team Flash gets by without Barry, we don’t have to put up with that dead weight plot. Instead, we get to focus on the adventures of Vibe and Elongated Man. For now, that’s much more fun. Especially with a villain as cool as this.Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe and Hartley Sawyer as Dibney (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)I will give the show credit for one thing. While Barry’s been locked up, it has been able to make a good, heartwarming story out of his time on the inside. Goldberg turned out to be a decent actor too. At this point, Barry’s memorized the locations of the oscillating cameras in the prison. He knows exactly when he can use his super speed to his advantage. That means he can cheat at poker for extra pudding, and help his new friend Big Sir out too. Then he finds out that Big Sir is in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Just like Barry’s dad, and just like Barry. Barry resolves to help him out, and asks his friends to look into the crime. Good thing that happens to line up with an ongoing criminal investigation. Joe is checking out a strange robbery, and the suspect seems to be able to make things appear out of thin air. A nearby ATM security camera captured a bald man fleeing the crime scene in a getaway car he seemed to conjure from nowhere. They track the guy down, and wouldn’t you know it? He used to look strikingly similar to Big Sir.This is Dwarfstar. In the comics, he’s a serial killer who steals technology similar to Ray Palmer’s. He’s traditionally been an Atom villain, but since the Arrowverse’s Atom is currently traveling through time fixing anachronisms, he’s Team Flash’s responsibility. And here, he’s not so much a serial killer. He’s more of a thief who doesn’t care if he has to kill to get what he wants. He has the power to shrink and grow objects at will. He has a bunch of miniature cars, trucks and weapons around his apartment, just so he can throw them at and use them on people. Vibe and Elongated Man try to stop Dwarfstar from escaping, but he shoots them with his shrink beam. They spend most of the episode the size of action figures. Obnoxious, argumentative action figures.Derek Mars as Sylbert Rundin (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)This is largely a comedy episode, and in a rare occurrence for The Flash, the comedy all works. The lighter tone of this season may have kept the stakes a little too low, but it has given the writers lots of room to practice their jokes. If The Flash is going to move in more of a comedic direction, a la Legends of Tomorrow, that might be the best move. Especially if they can all be as funny as this. Cisco and Dibny get on each other’s and everyone else’s nerves instantly, and the jokes about their powers not taking them as far as they’re accustomed to don’t wear out their welcome. Even the subplot about Cecile suddenly being able to read minds is well-written. The show uses it as an opportunity to explore her relationship with Joe, and really flesh both of them out as characters. This episode is mostly fluff, but it’s well-presented, satisfying fluff. The only part that didn’t work was the attempt to raise the stakes with Harry’s embiggening ray. (It’s a perfectly cromulent word.) It doesn’t embiggen them as he’d hoped, it just causes their cells to destabilize and explode, giving them ten hours to live. The time bomb never feels real. It completely fails to give the episode any tension. It’s only saving grace is that it was completely unnecessary. Cisco and Dibny want to be back to normal size because they’re annoyed with each other and their limitations. That was enough. The 10-hour time limit completely failed to raise the stakes, but at least we could ignore it.Plus, it led to a real good action scene. Vibe and Elongated Man’s powers may not be as exciting as The Flash’s, but that doesn’t matter when the villain is able to throw cars at people. Something about a toy Hummer becoming real and crashing through the air awakens my inner five-year-old. I just want to watch the cars crash around. In the end, Harry tricks Dwarfstar into hitting Vibe and Elongated Man with his power beam, returning them to normal size. Then Iris incapacitates him with a collar gun. As cool as she looked doing that… yeah, I’m gonna need more. With Barry in jail, all I want to see is Iris stepping up to do some superhero work. I need a lot more of her and that giant gun in future episodes.Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)It’ll have to come soon too. Sadly, despite Barry’s promises that his friends would prove Big Sir’s innocence, Dwarfstar refuses to talk. It’s obvious he framed Big Sir all those years ago, but he refuses to confess. Big Sir is just thankful that Barry allowed him to feel hopeful again, but that’s not enough for Barry. When the cameras aren’t looking, he breaks Big Sir out and brings him to the place he’d always longed to be: a quiet, secluded monastery in China. Yes, it’s predictable. It’s exactly how we knew this episode would end the minute Big Sir brought the place up. That doesn’t make it any less heartwarming. The Flash follows its formula to a fault sometimes, but done right, that formula can work. It was the sweet, happy ending Big Sir’s story deserved. Sometimes it’s nice when a TV show gives you exactly what you want. Of course, there’s a price. The warden secretly installed a stationary camera on Barry’s cell. He knows Barry’s The Flash. Now, he’s drugged him and taken him away. He plans to sell Barry to Amunet. Remember Amunet? Of course you do. Of the two recurring villains we’ve seen so far this season, she’s the more interesting one. Forget The Thinker, can the show just focus on her for the rest of the season?Last night’s episode of The Flash wasn’t its best. It was filler, it barely moved the story anywhere, and the stakes were below sea level. But aside from one lame attempt to raise them, it accomplished everything else it set out to do. It was funny, it had great character development and some of the best villains we’ve seen in a while. If the show is going to get back to the glory days of seasons one and two, it could use more episodes like this one. Stay on target Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.