The Flash (S04E17) "Null and Annoyed"

Okay this episode was a great episode, another great episode directed by our lovely Kevin Smith! I truly loved every moment of this episode especially the two characters from Smith’s own movies that came in for at least two scenes for this episode. We will get to that in a little bit! Lets get to the review though, I’m sure you all are dying to read it!

So this episode is the third episode that Kevin Smith has directed for The Flash television series and with every episode he directs it becomes a fan favorite episode of mine all the time. In this episode we met one of the new bus metas that we heard the name of and we finally saw what she can do. The bus meta is Janet Petty aka Null (Bethany Brown) now this is literally the first meta-human of this season that is actually going by the character’s comic book roots. Null is a villain who literally is annoying, she can make anything or anyone so lightweight that they can easily float away. She can also make those things become weighed down that they fall with gravity once again. It’s literally the gravitational pull system used at will, and our own hero almost died because of the villain being able to use it to her advantage.

In the comics though, Null was a male who had the abilities of Gravitational manipulation. But Null in the comics had no origin story nor real name, so using the name Null for the series as Janet Petty’s villain name works really well. But like Null, Janet Petty also had similar abilities in the comics. Yes readers, she really is in the comics and it makes sense that they introduced Janet especially since she’s one of the most well known characters with the ability. In the series Janet/Null was given a origin of how she got her abilities which is good, like how I said the character never really had an origin so this series is kinda an origin story of how she got her abilities.

Now that Barry (Grant Gustin) and Team Flash have Null in their custody, it’s going to be hell for Devoe (Miranda McDougall) to get to Null. Or is it? I guess we will have to wait and see. As for the episode, Barry almost died at one point thanks to Null’s abilities raising him in the sky at points of death if he landed on the streets, which we all know that speedsters can’t come back from death. But thanks to Ralph’s (Hartley Sawyer) abilities, he was able to save Barry and get Null captured all in one and put in a little humor after saving Barry. The whole whoopie cushion effect that Ralph did afterwards was really hilarious.

Now this is after all Kevin Smith’s episode that he directed like I’ve said before; and a lot of Kevin Smith fans, including myself have always wondered if we would ever see either a little crossover or a full crossover of Kevin Smith’s characters from his movies Jay and Silent Bob who were played by Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes. Of course it seems like the names were reversed for this episode Jason Mewes name for the episode is Bob the Security Guard and Kevin Smith’s name for the episode was Jay the Security Guard. But Kevin Smith kept one thing from his movies he never says a word and stays silent all the time. I really miss those movies and seeing Smith and Mewes interact with each other, even on this episode it was hilarious!

I just hope that we get another episode within Season 5 directed by the great and wonderfully crafted Kevin Smith. His episodes are always phenomenal and I always love his work! Until Next time Mr. Smith!

Next Episode: The Flash(S04E18): “Lose Yourself” airs Tuesday April 17, 2018 at 8/7c on The CW