Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
First off, sorry this review is going up a little later than usual. Even The Flash has to play second fiddle to Hamilton tickets.
After four years of various ups and downs, one thing that’s never really changed with this series is the haphazard handling of its villains. The major, season-dominating villains tend to fare well, but the smaller “monster of the week” foes are generally underdeveloped plot devices more than fully realized characters. Occasionally the show breaks that trend with an especially flamboyant or ambitious villain like Gorilla Grodd or Trickster, but that’s rarely the case.
The hope is that Rag Doll would be one of those rare exceptions to the rule. All the right ingredients are there. In the contemporary Secret Six comics, he’s a character with a generally creepy vibe, a disgusting power set and an eccentric yet lovable personality. This episode captured those first two qualities well enough, but it really whiffed the ball on that last part.