By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Flash.
A Plot: Team Flash Really Did It…Again
While the main plot of this episode focused on the team’s fight against Hazard, it was really about how The Thinker managed to manipulate everyone into creating a busload (literally) of metahumans for Barry to have to fight at a later time. The writers wasted no time answering a lingering question from last week: How was The Thinker and The Mechanic creating these metahumans. I thought perhaps they were creating them with specific skillsets to take on Barry and that would have been interesting but it’s not the case. While I wanted to see Barry face the challenge of fighting an army of metahumans created specifically to battle him, I also like that the writers have left the motives of The Thinker a mystery for now. We don’t know who he is, what his motivations are, or what he plans on doing with these metahumans. All we know is that they are exactly where he wants them, the metahuman wing of Iron Heights, and there is about a dozen more left to find based on the screen we saw The Mechanic standing in front of. I think the writers have done a marvelous job with this new non-speedster villain and I like the pace at which this story is currently playing out.
B Plot: More Relationship Drama
This week the writers continued one of my favorite aspects of the show by focusing in on the personal relationships of the characters. We got more stuff from Barry and Iris while checking in on Joe and Cecile and Wally and Jesse. The Wally stuff threw me for a curve but I’ll discuss that in the C Plot section. I liked the stuff with Barry and Iris. Last season’s Savitar story was exceedingly serious with them and I like how the writers are evening that out this year with arcs that seem more like whacky hijinks. Yeah, they had to start couples therapy last week, but it was endearing to see how they both fell over themselves trying to deal with it and it was no different this week when Iris hijacked a funeral to try and marry Barry. I thought the stuff with Joe and Cecile had the same sentiment as we watched their house literally falling apart around them. The show is at it’s best when it’s a serious story about Barry saving the world but it’s definitely at its second-best when we’re watching the world fight back against him in hilarious ways.
C Plot: Farewell, Wally?
In a surprising move, Kid Flash is apparently exiting the show for a while? I don’t know where this is going. As far as we know, he’s not getting a spin-off and he’s not moving to another show like Legends of Tomorrow (although either of those would be awesome things). I suppose we can get to see Wally’s adventures in a new city but I don’t see how that advances the main story of the show. Until I see otherwise, this looks like maybe the writers ran out of ideas for Wally so they wrote him off the show for a while. Whatever the case, I hope he’s not gone for too long because he’s a great character who deserves more screentime wherever he ends ups.
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