REVIEW: ‘The Flash’ Season 6, Episode 11 – Love is a Battlefield

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The latest episode of The Flash, “Love is a Battlefield,” aired last week and boy was it a struggle to get through. In the previous episode, Iris (Candice Patton) was given her time to shine as she went to great lengths to expose Joseph Carver and the secret organization known as Black Hole. Her newspaper, The Central City Citizen, prints a story about Carver and Black Hole, which puts her and her team in danger. Elsewhere, Barry (Grant Gustin) is visited by Diggle (David Ramsey) and is given Oliver’s mask. As this is happening, the rest of Team Flash deals with the ramifications of Crisis.

In “Love Is a Battlefield,” Iris seemed to have walked away from her abduction at McCulloch Tech without much harm done to her. The next morning, she surprises Barry with a Valentine’s Day breakfast. The two decide to celebrate the holiday with a special dinner, which is interrupted by Amunet Black (Katee Sackhoff). Amunet is after a particular flower but is unaware that Goldface (Damion Poitier) is also after it. Meanwhile, Frost (Danielle Panabaker) is getting into the holiday spirit and tries to encourage Allegra (Kayla Compton) to reunite with an old flame.

I normally don’t mind when TV shows decide to include holiday-themed episodes into their seasons. In fact, I love episodes that revolve around Halloween or Christmas. However, I’ve always had an issue with Valentine’s Day-themed episodes. My main issue with these kinds of episodes is that they have to hit specific tropes to fall into the holiday spirit. In “Love is a Battlefield,” there is an unnecessary amount of conversations that talk about love and its true meaning. It also couldn’t get more Valintine’s Day-themed than for the villains of the episode to be after a magical flower. The side plot of the episode, with Frost and Allegra, felt completely forced, as if it was there just fit another trope for this holiday-themed episode.

It’s been about two years since Katee Sackhoff came on to guest star as Amunet Black. It’s unfortunate that I still can’t fully get behind her character and the traits she was given. Her British accent still doesn’t sound believable, which ultimately makes me not take her villainous acts seriously. Amunet is the perfect villain for a filler episode, but even then it seems like her character still doesn’t fit well with the overall flow of the episode. It pains me to say all this since I genuinely love Sackhoff’s voiceover work and I enjoy watching her character in Battlestar Galactica. I wish that her character was written differently, or at least in a way that isn’t meant to be taken for comedic effect.

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I understand the need for filler episodes, especially after a TV show wraps up a major arc in its season. However, “Love is a Battlefield” leans hard into how much filler material should be included in an episode. For one, Frost and Allegra’s storyline felt completely unnecessary. I was completely excited to see that a Latinx character would be included in the show, but so far nothing spectacular has been done with Allegra’s character. This episode gave me an even bigger impression that her character was just included to fit that diversity marker. The only great thing about the episode was seeing Candice Patton shine.

I’m not one to hide that I have not liked Iris since the start of the show. The way her character was written never gave me the impression that she would be the tenacious news reporter that she’s always been in the comics. However, she slowly began to grow on me this season, especially with her taking on Carver and Black Hole through her reporting skills. She’s proven to be a force to be reckoned with, which gives me hope that her character will only grow more from here. In “Love is a Battlefield,” she’s becoming much more confident and willing to not just let her husband handle everything. It’s a great parallel to her character in Joshua Williamson’s current run of The Flash comics when Iris is investigating Black Hole. I’m excited to see where her character goes from here.

Like I said in my introduction, it was a struggle to get through this week’s episode of The Flash. I haven’t been this disappointed with this show since the “Girl’s Night Out” episode back in season four and when “We Are The Flash” was introduced. Those were dark days of The Flash that I hope the show never goes back to. Luckily, tonight’s episode will introduce Sue Dearbon, which is a major character associated with Elongated Man (Hartley Sawyer). I’m happy to see Ralph’s storyline finally being picked up again.

New episodes of The Flash season six air every Tuesday at 8 PM PST / 5 PM EST on the CW Network.

The Flash "Love is a Battlefield"
4/10

Summary

It was a struggle to get through this week’s episode of The Flash. I haven’t been this disappointed with this show since the “Girl’s Night Out” episode back in season four and when “We Are The Flash” was introduced.